Both these texts are well known in Tibetan translation. He then returned to teach in India, but at an advanced age accepted an invitation to teach in Tibet, where he stayed for the rest of his life. Instead of being delighted, he was concerned that he would not have enough negative emotion to work with in his mind training practice. So he brought along his ill-tempered Bengali servant-boy, who would criticize him incessantly and was challenging to spend time with. The aphorisms on mind training in their present form were composed by Chekawa Yeshe Dorje — CE. The phrase struck him and he sought out the author Langri Tangpa —
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It is a mind training practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and is based on a set of 59 slogans formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Geshe Chekhawa. Mind training teachings, originally a secret transmission, were only practiced by a few sincere students, with a proven capacity for practice. The essential message of these teachings is that if we want to see a better world, we should begin by improving our own mind.
Slogan 3 Examine the nature of unborn awareness. Slogan 4 Let even the antidote be freed in its own place. Slogan 5 Rest in the alaya, the essence. Slogan 7 Train in the two, giving and taking, alternately. These two are to be mounted on the breath.
Slogan 8 Three objects, three poisons and three sources of virtue. The 3 objects are friends, enemies, and neutrals. The 3 poisons are craving, aversion, and indifference. The 3 roots of virtue are the remedies.
Slogan 9 In all activities, train by applying slogans. Slogan 10 Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself. III Transforming Adversity into the Path of Enlightenment Slogan 11 When all the world is filled with evil, transform adversity into the path of enlightenment. Slogan 12 Drive all blames into one. Slogan 13 Meditate on the great kindness of all. Slogan 14 Meditating on delusory perceptions as the four kayas. Slogan 15 The fourfold practice is the best of the methods.
Slogan 16 Whatever you encounter, apply the practice. The 5 strengths are: strong determination, familiarization, the positive seed, reproach, and aspiration. Slogan 18 The Mahayana instruction for the ejection of consciousness at death is the five strengths: how you conduct yourself is important. When you are dying practice the 5 strengths. Slogan 21 Always maintain only a joyful attitude. Slogan 22 If this can be done even when distracted, you are proficient.
Slogan 27 Train first with the strongest destructive emotions. Slogan 28 Abandon any expectations of results. Slogan 29 Give up poisonous food. Slogan 40 Counter all adversity with a single remedy. Slogan 41 Two tasks: one at the beginning and one at the end. Slogan 42 Whichever of the two occurs, be patient. Slogan 44 Train in the three difficulties. Slogan 45 Acquire the three main provisions: the teacher, the dharma, the sangha.
Slogan 46 Cultivate the three that must not decline. Slogan 47 Keep the three from which you must not separate: body, speech, and mind. Slogan 48 Apply the training impartially to all.
It is vital that it be deep and all-pervasive. Slogan 54 Train wholeheartedly. Slogan 55 Gain freedom through discernment and analysis. Furthermore, he received the most secret and profound teachings of the Dzogchen tradition the central teaching of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism , instructions that are forbidden from being written down or transmitted to more than one student at a time. He teaches in English and is loved for his kindness, warmth, laughter, and the joy with which he teaches his students to awaken their innate buddha nature.
The Why and How of Lojong, or Mind Training
Photo by Mika Fowler. 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 Mahayana can actually be put into action. They show us how to make it real. These teachings are attributed to the great tenth-century Buddhist master Atisha Dipankara and became widely known after the Tibetan teacher Geshe Chekawa arranged and summarized them in a collection of fifty-nine mind-training sayings or reminders.
The Preliminaries and Bodhichitta Training
In this session we will be looking at aphorisms from the Lo Jong tradition about befriending adversity, and take a close look at the contemplation of the Four Immeasurables through that lens. The Four Immeasurables are found in some form in virtually every Buddhist text and teaching, but are often glossed over. These teachings are deeply relevant regardless of faith background, and especially important for those working in the healing arts. We will do several guided mediations, learning simple techniques to prime the mind for resilience in challenging times.
Lojong / Mind Training Reader's Guide
They can perhaps best be characterized as a method for transforming our mind by turning away from self-centeredness and cultivating instead the mental habits that generate bodhicitta, the awakened mind that puts the benefit of others above all else. The teachings on it are more diverse than many people realize, so we thought we would lay out a map of its origins and development for our readers, with some recommendations along the way for books through which the practice can be explored. The Origins of Lojong Atisha The lojong texts present a system for putting compassion into practice according to the teachings that originate with the Buddha himself and echo throughout the centuries. The origin of lojong as a codified system is generally attributed to Atisha, the eleventh-century Bengali master who came to Tibet and founded the Kadampa tradition and whose influence on all the Tibetan lineages was profound. Whatever the case, it is reasonable to think of Atisha as the anchor of these teachings. Related Books The Heirs of Atisha Thought to be an image of Dromtonpa From Atisha and the Kadampa masters who followed him, we have received a rich array of core lojong texts that form the basis for the commentaries and teachings we have today.