Training in Compassion

Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong

Author: Norman Fischer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611800404

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called "slogans") as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years or so--and it has become very popular indeed, because it's a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life, and because it works.Through the influence of Pema Ch�dr�n, who was one of the first American Buddhist teachers to teach it extensively, the practice has moved out of its Buddhist context to affect the lives of non-Buddhists too. It's in this spirit that Norman Fischer offers his commentary on the lojong slogans. He applies Zen wisdom to them, showing how well they fit in that related tradition, but he also sets the slogans in the context of resonant practices throughout the spiritual traditions. He shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren't otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don't have the time or inclination to meditate, or who'd just like to morph into the kind of person who's focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.
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The Practice of Lojong

Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

Author: Traleg Kyabgon

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834826618

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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For many centuries Indian and Tibetan Buddhists have employed this collection of pithy, penetrating Dharma slogans to develop compassion, equanimity, lovingkindness, and joy for others. Known as the lojong—or mind-training—teachings, these slogans have been the subject of deep study, contemplation, and commentary by many great masters. In this volume, Traleg Kyabgon offers a fresh translation of the slogans as well as in-depth new commentary of each. After living among and teaching Westerners for over twenty years, his approach is uniquely insightful into the ways that the slogans could be misunderstood or misinterpreted within our culture. Here, he presents a refreshing and clarifying view, which seeks to correct points of confusion.
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Experience

Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion

Author: Norman Fischer

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 0817358285

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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Norman Fischer s Experience is the fruit of forty years of thinking on experimental writing and its practice, both as an investigation of reality and as a religious endeavor, by a major figure in contemporary Zen Buddhist practice and theology. "
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The Compassion Book

Teachings for Awakening the Heart

Author: Pema Chodron

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840642

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Let compassion and fearlessness guide you and you’ll live wisely and effectively in good times and bad. But that’s easier said than done. Here Pema Chödrön introduces a powerful, transformative method to nurture these qualities using a practice called lojong, which has been a primary focus of her teachings and personal practice for many years. And for centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have relied on these teachings to awaken the deep goodness that lies within us. The lojong teachings include fifty-nine pithy slogans for daily contemplation, such as “Always maintain only a joyful mind,” “Don’t be swayed by external circumstances,” “Don’t try to be the fastest,” and “Be grateful to everyone.” This book presents each of these slogans and includes Pema’s clear, succinct guidance on how to understand them—and how they can enrich our lives. It also features a forty-five minute downloadable audio program entitled “Opening the Heart,” in which Pema offers in-depth instruction on tonglen meditation, a powerful practice that anyone can undertake to awaken compassion for oneself and others.
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The World Could Be Otherwise

Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path

Author: Norman Fischer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834842149

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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An imaginative approach to spiritual practice in difficult times, through the Buddhist teaching of the six paramitas or "perfections"--qualities that lead to kindness, wisdom, and an awakened life. In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what’s hidden, and it shape-shifts reality’s roiling twisting waves. In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or “six perfections”—generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding—can help us reconfigure the world we live in. Ranging from our everyday concerns about relationships, ethics, and consumption to our artistic inspirations and broadest human yearnings, Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a necessary resource for our troubled times.
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Universal Compassion

Transforming Your Life Through Love and Compassion

Author: Kelsang Gyatso

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120818682

Category: Bodhicitta (Buddhism)

Page: 165

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Universal Compassion is a book of practical instructions on increasing love and compassion, an ideal guide to the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on training the mind, step-by-step instructions on developing universal love and compassion in our daily life and, an essential advice on how to transform all life situations into opportunities for spiritual development. The supreme Dharma of training the mind (Tib. Lojong) is an unsurpassed method for controlling our mind, and reveals the principal path to enlightenment. There are many different sets of Lojong instructions such as those contained in the One Hundred Practices of Training the Mind. The present text, Universal Compassion, explains how to put into practice the Lojong instructions given by Bodhisattva Geshe Chekhawa in his root text Training the Mind in Seven points. The seven points are: The preliminary practices of training the mind; The main practice/training in the two bodhichittas; Transforming adverse conditions into the path to enlightenment; How to integrate all our daily practices; The measurement of success in training the mind; The commitments of training the mind; The precepts of training the mind. Geshe Kelsang provides us with an indispensable companion for our day-to-day life.
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Lighting the Path

The Dalai Lama Teaches on Wisdom and Compassion

Author: Dalai Lama XIV Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho

Publisher: Lothian Children's Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Buddhism

Page: 256

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Teachings given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his May 2002 visit to Australia and New Zealand. Includes the Four noble truths, Atisha's lamp for the path to enlightenment, and the Eight verses of mind training.
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The Intelligent Heart

A Guide to the Compassionate Life

Author: Dzigar Kongtrul,Joseph Waxmen

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840138

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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Compassion arises naturally when one comes to perceive the lack of solid distinction between self and other. The Buddhist practice known as tonglen—in which one consciously exchanges self for other—is a skillful method for getting to that truthful perception. In this, his commentary on the renowned Tibetan lojong (mind training) text the Seven Points of Mind Training, Dzigar Kongtrul reveals tonglen to be the true heart and essence of all mind-training practices. He shows how to train the mind in a way that infuses every moment of life with uncontrived kindness toward all.
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Start where You are

A Guide to Compassionate Living

Author: Pema Chödrön

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590301420

Category: Philosophy

Page: 221

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An American Buddhist nun explains how to become compassionate and fearless by accepting the pain in individual lives in their present state through the study of fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist sayings.
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