Mind Training: The Great Collection (The Library of Tibetan Classics, Volume I)


Compiled in the fifteenth century, Mind Training: The Great Collection is the earliest anthology of a special genre of Tibetan literature known as "mind training," or lojong in Tibetan. The principal focus of these texts is the systematic cultivation of such altruistic thoughts and emotions as compassion, love, forbearance, and perseverance. The mind-training teachings are highly revered by the Tibetan people for their pragmatism and down-to-earth advice on coping with the various challenges and hardships that ...
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Compiled in the fifteenth century, Mind Training: The Great Collection is the earliest anthology of a special genre of Tibetan literature known as "mind training," or lojong in Tibetan. The principal focus of these texts is the systematic cultivation of such altruistic thoughts and emotions as compassion, love, forbearance, and perseverance. The mind-training teachings are highly revered by the Tibetan people for their pragmatism and down-to-earth advice on coping with the various challenges and hardships that unavoidably characterize everyday human existence.

The volume contains forty-four individual texts, including the most important works of the mind training cycle, such as Serlingpa's well-known Leveling Out All Preconceptions, Atisha's Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland, Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses on Training the Mind, and Chekawa's Seven-Point Mind Training together with the earliest commentaries on these seminal texts. An accurate and lyrical translation of these texts, many of which are in metered verse, marks an important contribution to the world's literary heritage, enriching its spiritual resources.

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Editorial Reviews

Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
"The practice of mind training (lojong) is based on the essential Mahayana teachings of impermanence, compassion, and the exchange of self and other that the eleventh-century master Atisha brought to Tibet from India. The lojong teachings are a source of inspiration and guidance shared by masters of all Tibetan traditions. This makes Thupten Jinpa's translation Mind Training: The Great Collection a natural choice for publication as part of the Library of Tibetan Classics series. For the first time, this early collection of the instructions of the great Kadampa masters has been translated in its entirety. The clarity and raw power of these thousand-year-old teachings are astonishingly fresh, whether studied as a complete anthology of opened at random for inspiring verses on the heart of Buddhist practice."
Georg Feuerstein
"Compiled in the fifteenth century, this is the earliest anthology on mind training (lojong), containing no fewer than 43 individual texts authored in the period between the eleventh and the fifteenth centuries. Each text in this anthology, compiled by two great masters, is like a sparkling jewel in a precious crown, which derives its luminosity from the spiritual realization of the adept who wrote it. Thupten Jinpa, the editor and translator, is a most erudite guide whose introduction and annotations to the texts greatly facilitate the reader's understanding of the essentially simple but multifaceted tradition of mind training. I have a feeling that this volume will be one of my favorite sources of inspiration in the years to come."
B. Alan Wallace
"Thupten Jinpa has done us all a great service by editing and translating this marvelous volume, Mind Training: The Great Collection. In an era when Buddhist meditation is largely equated with simply calming the mind and developing mindfulness, this compendium of methods for training the mind gives a glimpse of the tremendous richness and depth of the Buddhist tradition for enhancing mental health and balance and realizing the full potential of consciousness in terms of wisdom and compassion. With the current rise of positive psychology, in which researchers are seeking a fresh vision of genuine happiness and well-being, this volume can break new ground in bridging the ancient wisdom of Buddhism with cutting-edge psychology. Such collaborative inquiry between spirituality and science is especially timely in today's troubled and divisive world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861714407
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Series: Library of Tibetan Classics Series , #1
  • Pages: 720
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thupten Jinpa Langri was educated in the classical Tibetan monastic academia and received the highest academic degree of Geshe Lharam (equivalent to a doctorate in divinity). Jinpa also holds a BA in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from the University of Cambridge, England. Since 1985, he has been the principal translator to the Dalai Lama, accompanying him to the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama, including The World of Tibetan Buddhism, Essence of the Heart Sutra, and the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium.

Jinpa has published scholarly articles on various aspects of Tibetan culture, Buddhism, and philosophy, and books such as Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Poems of Awakening and Insight (co-authored) and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought. He serves on the advisory board of numerous educational and cultural organizations in North America, Europe, and India. He is currently the president and the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to translating key Tibetan classics into contemporary languages. He also currently chairs the Mind and Life Institute.

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Table of Contents

1 Bodhisattva's jewel garland 21
2 How Atisa relinquished his kingdom and sought liberation 27
3 The story of Atisa's voyage to Sumatra 57
4 Root lines of Mahayana mind training 71
5 Annotated root lines of Mahayana mind training 75
6 Seven-point mind training 83
7 A commentary on the "seven-point mind training" 87
8 The wheel of sharp weapons 133
9 The peacock's neutralizing of poison 155
10 Melodies of an Adamantine song : a chanting meditation on mind training 171
11 Stages of the heroic mind 177
12 Leveling out all conceptions 195
13 A teaching on taking afflictions onto the path 197
14 Guru yoga mind training 199
15 An instruction on purifying negative karma 203
16 Mahayana purification of grudges 205
17 Two yoginis' admonition to Atisa to train his mind 207
18 Kusulu's accumulation mind training 209
19 Mind training taking joys and pains onto the path 213
20 Sumpa Lotsawa's ear-whispered mind training 215
21 Bodhisattva Samantabhadra's mind training 217
22 Eight sessions mind training 225
23 Mind training removing obstacles 239
24 Mahayana mind training eliminating future adversities 241
25 Atisa's seven-point mind training 247
26 Mind training in a single session 257
27 Advice to Namdak Tsuknor 263
28 Glorious Virvapa's mind training 269
29 Eight verses on mind training 275
30 A commentary on "eight verses on mind training" 277
31 The story of the repulsive mendicant 291
32 A commentary on "leveling out all conceptions" 293
33 Mahayana mind training 299
34 Public explication of mind training 313
35 Yangonpa's instruction on training the mind 419
36 Guide to the heart of dependent origination 423
37 Supplement to the "oral tradition" 431
38 Root lines of "parting from the four clingings" 517
39 Parting from the four clingings 519
40 Unmistaken instruction on "parting from the four clingings" 525
41 An instruction on "parting from the four clingings" 527
42 A key to the profound essential points : a meditation guide to "parting from the four clingings" 529
43 A concise guide to "parting from the four clingings" 541
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