The teachings on mind training, or lojong, are an invaluable aid to practitioners because they show us how the wisdom and skillful means of the. When I first read the lojong (“mind training”) teachings in The Great Path of Awakening by the nineteenth-century Tibetan teacher Jamgön. Judy edited Chogyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind (Shambhala, ), which contains Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentaries on the lojong.

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If we want to put our mind training into action, we should show these difficult people respect. An anthology of lojong trainin created through the inspiration and guidance of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche.

A good spiritual teacher will not reprimand us as parents do their children: If someone with whom you have a relationship harms you and you harbor it inside, turning it over again and again, at one point all this negativity will spill out. Phakmo Drukpa extensively studied Buddhist philosophy and logic at a Kadampa monastic college and also received teachings from many famous lamas. Recognizing all things to resemble illusions, May I be free of attachment and released from bondage.

Eight Steps to Happiness: Through practice, we come to see all phenomena as illusion-like and thereby avoid mistaken ways of perceiving and understanding. This is not an easy thing to do. Among these texts are several different versions of the root verses, along with important early commentaries by Se Chilbu, Sangye Gompa, Konchok Gyaltsen, and others.

Briefly, in direct or indirect ways, I will help and bring happiness to all my mothers While secretly taking upon myself All of their hurt and suffering. Whenever someone caught in envy Does me wrong by scolding or demeaning me, I will take defeat upon myself And give victory to others.

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Real training means using the problems we face as we go about our lives and not postponing these challenges to some distant future. Not just following the meaning of the ,ind, we should reflect on whom or what is it that takes the defeat or victory.


If we encounter such people, what attitude should we have? At that time, the Karmapa advised, we can take on defeat and give victory to another.

Mind Training (Lojong)

Please support us on Patreon. On the contrary, if we are proud and think we are superior, we mmind off an opportunity to learn. Usually mind training does not depend on the length of the text but the concise presentation of the key points. The focus here is not on the person, but on the mind. We place the defeat on the mind that takes things to be real or that clings to a self and we give the victory to the mind that cares for others. We take things to exist just as they appear to trainong and this misapprehension creates many difficulties for us.

This kind of ego-boosting is not lomong is trainiing taught here, so the practice is done in secret. During this time, he had a persistent question: Further, in this context, it would be difficult to consider giving everything away and remaining destitute as the practice of a bodhisattva.

Texts on so-called ”mind training” blo sbyongthe system of practical instructions for developing the compassion and wisdom of bodhicitta:.

Whether we learn or not depends on trainkng way of thinking and our ability to bring everything onto the path of practice. The text explains the antidotes to each of the four attachments and the results that will accrue from applying them.

The core of mind training, the Karmapa explained, is to practice seeing oneself and others as equal and then to exchange oneself for them. Likewise, if we keep others higher and ourselves lower, we can receive all their qualities. We should reflect on this. Out of jealousy someone might use harsh words to put us down or mercilessly criticize us without any real reason. The Karmapa teaches on The Eight Verses on Training the Mindone of the most beloved texts on mind training lojong that distills its very essence.

What will definitely help us is transforming the way our trainihg is functioning in this very moment.


It is not enough to know that living beings exist around us, the Karmapa counseled, we must train in taking them to be more precious than ourselves. If we only feel comfortable relating to people who are easy to be with, our training will not become powerful. One of Jigme Tenpe Nyima’s best known works—and indeed one the most famous Tibetan texts of trainign times—this is a pithy and practical guide to integrating all experiences, good and bad, happy and sad, into mibd path to enlightenment.

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He would be looking outward while the root of samsara, his present, ignorant mind, was within, so he was looking in the wrong direction. Retrieved from ” https: The eighth verse reads: The reason for holding ourselves lower and others higher can be illustrated by an example. To develop as practitioners, we have to recognize what is wrong with us, which is difficult to do, so the real spiritual teacher is one who allows us to see our shortcomings. We take refuge, generate bodhicitta, and then in meditating on benefitting others and developing our bodhichitta, we become fully awakened.

Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva. They contain both methods to expand one’s viewpoint towards absolute bodhicittasuch as “Find the consciousness you had before you were born” and “Treat everything you perceive as a dream”, and methods for relating to the world in a more constructive way with relative bodhicittasuch as “Be grateful to everyone” and “When everything goes wrong, treat disaster as a way to wake up.

Always Maintain a Joyful Mind. Being alert, aware, and vigilant is key. The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness. Whenever I see ill-natured people Or those oppressed by grim misdeeds and misery, Like discovering a precious treasure, I will cherish them as valuable and rare.

What should the response from our mind training be? The original Lojong practice consists of 59 slogans, or aphorisms.