The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

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by Traleg Kyabgon
     
 

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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.

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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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"These profound Mahayana trainings, practiced for centuries in Tibet, are presented with clarity, compassionate directness, and penetrating insight. This volume should be cherished as the companion of all who seek true meaning in life."—Tulku Thondup, author of Peace Death, Joyful Rebirth "Traleg Kyabgon draws from a wealth of traditional Buddhist sources and brings them into the context of contemporary life and thought. The wisdom of these teachings is equally relevant for all cultures, ancient and modern."—B. Alan Wallace, author of Buddhism with an Attitude
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Background and tips from a Tibetan master on the use of lojongs, slogans that aid meditation and open the mind.


—Graham Christian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590303788
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/10/2007
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
741,280
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.73(d)

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From the Publisher
"These profound Mahayana trainings, practiced for centuries in Tibet, are presented with clarity, compassionate directness, and penetrating insight. This volume should be cherished as the companion of all who seek true meaning in life."—Tulku Thondup, author of Peace Death, Joyful Rebirth "Traleg Kyabgon draws from a wealth of traditional Buddhist sources and brings them into the context of contemporary life and thought. The wisdom of these teachings is equally relevant for all cultures, ancient and modern."—B. Alan Wallace, author of Buddhism with an Attitude

Meet the Author

Traleg Kyabgon (1955–2012) was born in Eastern Tibet and educated by many great masters of all four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute, which is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with a major practice center in upstate New York and a practice community in New York City. He taught extensively at universities and Buddhist centers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia beginning in 1980, and is the author of numerous books that present Buddhist teachings to Western readers, including The Essence of Buddhism and Mind at Ease.

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The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TimiRivera More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. I read it slowly, every morning just after leaving bed. It can easily be read one, two or three pages at a time, since the book is mostly divided into the discussion of 59 short tips (slogans). Indeed, I believe that this book should be read slowly since all of these ideas are profoundly inspiring and potentially life-changing. One or two pages of this book can give you a lot of inspiration for the whole day, if not for all of your life. Lojong is mostly about how to make use of your everyday experiences to improve your spiritualism and the life of us all. The idea of Lojong or Mind Training and its 59 slogans are an old tradition of Tibetan Budhism. The author certainly holds no credit on that, but his profound, and yet clear explanations, make this book a gem.
TheENLIGHTENEDsociety More than 1 year ago
This insightful book discusses various Mahayana techniques of meditation and enlightened through following the path of lojong. This book is very guiding and very easy for a someone just discovering Buddhism practices. This book helps you do exactly what the front cover says. Cultivate peace and compassion through training the mind. By the end of this book I felt inspired to lead a better life and to take time for myself to truly love me for me. This book teaches you that you can't be content with other people without being content with yourself first. I also think Traleg did a good job at translating the truth pith instrunction of lojong practice so that english, westerners can clearly understand and follow it. I also love the practice of lojong because it is a way of life that I think encourages you to be who you are. Also it is such an ethical fundamental approach where no one idea seems to far fetched. Overall a solid read and I would suggest it to all who wish to learn more on meditation and Buddhism. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago