The Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist Practice for Cultivating Theheart of Compassion

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Here is a practical Buddhist guidebook that offers techniques for developing a truly compassionate heart in the midst of everyday life. For centuries, Tibetans have used fifty-nine pithy slogans—such as "A joyous state of mind is a constant support" and "Don't talk about others' shortcomings"—as a means to awaken kindness, gentleness, and compassion. While Tibetan Buddhists have long valued these slogans, recently they have become popular in the West due to such books as Start Where You Are by Pema Chödrön and ...

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Overview

Here is a practical Buddhist guidebook that offers techniques for developing a truly compassionate heart in the midst of everyday life. For centuries, Tibetans have used fifty-nine pithy slogans—such as "A joyous state of mind is a constant support" and "Don't talk about others' shortcomings"—as a means to awaken kindness, gentleness, and compassion. While Tibetan Buddhists have long valued these slogans, recently they have become popular in the West due to such books as Start Where You Are by Pema Chödrön and Training the Mind by Chögyam Trungpa. This edition of The Great Path of Awakening contains an accessible, newly revised translation of the slogans from the famous text The Seven Points of Mind Training . It also includes illuminating commentary from Jamgon Kongtrul that provides further instruction on how to meet every situation with intelligence and an open heart.

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"Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on the slogans is one of the best books I studied. I was relieved that Buddhism was so simple. You can just follow the book and do as it says, which is extraordinarily powerful and such a relief."—Chögyam Trungpa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590302149
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/12/2005
  • Series: Shambhala Classics Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 433,662
  • Product dimensions: 5.95 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamgön Kongtrül (1813–1899) was a versatile and prolific scholar. He has been characterized as a "Tibetan Leonardo" because of his significant contributions to religion, education, medicine, and politics.

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Table of Contents

The great path of awakening 1
The source of the transmission 3
The need for mind training 5
The actual instructions 7
The explanation of the seven points of mind training 7
The groundwork : instruction on what supports Dharma 8
The actual practice : training in Bodhicitta 10
The transformation of adversity into the path of awakening 17
The utilization of the practice in one's whole life 25
The extent of proficiency in mind training 29
Commitments of mind training 30
Guidelines for mind training 37
Concluding verses 45
Additional instructions from the transmission lineage 46
App The seven points of mind training (McLeod) 89
App The root text of the seven points of training the mind (Nalanda Translation Committee) 93
App Soothing the pain of faith : a prayer to the mind-training lineage 99
App The seven-branch prayer 105
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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    One of the most important books in the Tibetan Buddhism

    The mind of awakening is the root of the tree of enlightenment. This book gives the key to its development. It is one of the most important books in the Tibetan buddhism.

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