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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For one thing, material resources are limited so, to take a simple example, if we have only one pojong, to whom will we give it? Being alert, aware, and vigilant is key. We secretly give all our well-being and happiness to other living beings and secretly take on all their injury and suffering.

loojng Texts on so-called ”mind training” blo sbyongthe system of practical instructions for developing the mmind and wisdom of bodhicitta: How to Transform Sickness and Other Circumstances by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo This is a classic work on ‘bringing difficult circumstances onto the path’ lam khyera subgenre of mind training.

Chekhawa is claimed to have cured leprosy with mind training. Social Twitter Facebook Instagram. However, someone specifically targeting us with verbal abuse and harm can trigger our afflictions, as can views that are very different from our own.

Often when we meet a teacher, we feel delighted and happy, but the real question is: On the other hand, if we are fixated on our own way of thinking and keep ourselves in the center of the frame, we lose the chance to expand our horizons. If we understand benefiting others as passing along everything we have, that would also be mistaken. A Direct Path to Enlightenment.

He would be looking outward while the root of samsara, his present, ignorant mind, was within, so he was looking in the wrong direction.


We are faultless and yet another ascribes faults to us and even severely criticizes us for having them.

With its direct and pithy language, it is not so much a poem as a series of maxims on the bodhisattva path. Thoughts of love and compassion as well as meditating on bodhichitta are the cause for attaining full awakening.

If usually we are vigilant and aware of what is transpiring in our minds, we can sense that an affliction is about to arise. And mjnd also need a clear and powerful idea of what we are doing.

Mind Training (Lojong)

As soon as an affliction starts to arise, we can encounter it directly and forcefully, stopping it in its tracks. Usually mind training does not depend on the length of the text but lojont concise presentation of the minr points.

One seminal commentary on the mind training practice was written by Jamgon Kongtrul one of the main founders of the non-sectarian Rime movement of Tibetan Buddhism in the 19th century. On the contrary, if we are proud and think we are superior, we close off an opportunity to learn. Otherwise, we will not have the time to block it since it has already occurred.

If you cannot do this, you are not a true teacher. Facebook Twitter Pinterest E-Mail. One of Jigme Tenpe Nyima’s best known works—and indeed one the most famous Tibetan texts of recent times—this is a pithy and practical guide to integrating all experiences, good and bad, happy and sad, into the path to enlightenment.

The eighth verse reads: It is not difficult to be with people whose character resembles ours; however, encountering mund individuals whose character is set far apart from ours will challenge us. Instead of being delighted, he was concerned that he would not have enough negative emotion to work with rraining his mind training practice. Whether they are one or the other depends on the way we relate to them.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.

Lojong – Wikipedia

We can develop these abilities to the point that we are happy to meet with anyone. In the end, we become free of attachment to things and released from anything that could bind us. You can watch the recording below or on YouTube. Having completed his studies, Phakmo Drukpa turned to practice and went to see one of the founders of the Sakya lineage, Sachen Kunga Nyingpo So he brought along his ill-tempered Bengali servant-boy, who would loong him incessantly and was challenging trakning spend time with.

Without this open attitude, mind training will not be effective. Two commentaries to the root texts of mind training have traininb written by Kelsang Gyatso founder of the New Kadampa Tradition and form the basis of study programs at NKT Buddhist Centers throughout the world. Therefore, we do not think in terms of things, but in terms of lojonv body, speech, and mind, which can truly benefit others.

During this time, he had a persistent question: There are a number of ways to explain why the practice should be kept secret, the Karmapa noted.