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Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

28th December 2012 Christian Books 9 Comments

Warning: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! The slogans it contains are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and in understanding the world as it is.

The fifty-nine provocative slogans presented here—each with a commentary by the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa—have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and practices of mind training. They emphasize meeting the ordinary situations of life with intelligence and compassion under all circumstances. Slogans include, "Don’t be swayed by external circumstances," "Be grateful to everyone," and "Always maintain only a joyful mind."

This edition contains a new foreword by Pema Chödrön.

Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

  • 9 responses to "Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness"

  • Tommyboy
    4:03 on December 28th, 2012
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    I’ve worked with this book for over a decade. It has acted as a trusted companion and has never let me down. No matter how many times your read it, and you’ll want to read it many times, it is always fresh and new. The world would be a better place if more people read and practiced with this book.

  • Regis Sauger
    5:11 on December 28th, 2012
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    This is a book that I have known for decades in various editions. The material is pretty basic and advanced at the same time. The instructions are simple but it is hard to apply them on a regular basis. Exchanging my welfare for the welfare of others is the basic Buddhist teaching. You don’t need much besides that. I study other texts and do other practices, but this is the basis of everything. I am a Buddhist to the extent I take refuge in Buddha and seek to promote the welfare of other beings. Sounds simple but it’s not easy to do.

    I hope you may come to treasure this book as I do.

  • bhaichang
    5:33 on December 28th, 2012
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    Warning: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! This book deserves any practicing Buddhist’s attention. I’ve been Buddhist for a little over 2 years, and I wouldn’t say I’m a very good one, but I feel that in the heart of all of Buddha’s Dharma is Bohdichitta, the cultivation of loving-kindness. No book has been more useful to me in this practice; it is basically the mentality necessary to keep us from straying from the path of enlightenment eloquently spoken by The Venerable Chogyam Trungpa. Once one read and contemplates these slogans and their meaning they seem to rest in the back of the mind and as the introduction states they will rise at the time when they are need to stop your habitual mind’s process(usually at the first thought). I recommend anyone who truly wants to change they’re entire mentality to read this book, and any other book’s that are based on loving-kindness or the seven points of mind training slogans.

  • Inside FB
    8:12 on December 28th, 2012
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    The slogans referred to here (and disliked by one reader) are part of the heritage of Lojong, a very old form of Buddhist practice that I believe has is roots in the ancient Bon religion of Tibet, predating even the migration of Buddhism northward.

    Trungpa’s interpretation of Lojong, and its key practice of Tonglen meditation, is one of the most usable ones I’ve ever come across. This book stays by my night stand, and I start and end each day by rereading a single slogan for the day. Following this practice is remarkably easy, yet amazingly subtle. Some of the slogans remind you of the very simple “do unto others” kind of rules for living, while others reveal paradoxes that lead you to hours of reflection.

    Having read virtually everything Trungpa wrote, I can tell you that he’s the real deal, a genuine mystic who should be tackled only if you’re pretty serious about spiritual pursuit. He is outrageous in the best of ways, and sits on my shelves alongside Thomas Merton, Meister Eckhart, and Carl Jung.

    Those interested in Lojong can check out, where you can even request a daily smart-phone transmission of Lojong slogans with your favorite interpreter. It’s very interesting to read the various spins different commentators make on these ancient slogans. Many of these commentators are some very heavyweight names in modern Buddhist teaching.

  • Cary Mitchell
    9:44 on December 28th, 2012
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    Of the three guides to Lojong practice: Start Where You Are (by Pema Chödrön), Seven-Point Mind Training (by Alan B. Wallace), and Training the Mind (by Chögyam Trungpa), this one is more advanced in presentation and is more esoteric (Vajrayana) in nature. The aforementioned texts present the material more for the beginner. All of these texts are excellent, although Wallace’s book is not transcendental in nature.

    This book is mentioned on the rear cover of Chogyam Trungpa’s, “Training the Mind”. It is a wonderful translation and the notes/glossary is helpful and extensive.

  • Bruce Bethany
    18:17 on December 28th, 2012
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    “Give up any possibilities of becoming the greatest person in the world by your training [, or] that you will be invited to more little clubs and gatherings by your proteges or friends who are impressed with you.”

    It’s like that.

    The first time he saw this book, Trungpa says, “I was relieved that Buddhism was so simple and that you could actually do something about it. You can actually practice. You can just follow the book and do as it says.”

    Rules of thumb, away from your reading chair.

    I prefer to read, not practice. I am a snob for exotic lingo and mind-bending concepts, any chance to show my cleverness. This book turns me around, the way a long walk with a deaf grandmother would. Whatever clever thing I say, she only nods, looking ahead, and points alongside our path: “Gather these, over here” and “scatter those, over there.”

    Gather these.

  • wilson diaz
    10:29 on December 29th, 2012
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    This spiritual classic is invaluable as a point of view from which to live life well.

  • interesting
    18:08 on December 29th, 2012
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    This is my second book from Trungpa, and I am not disappointed. Trungpa has a way of rationalizing things that resonates well with me. His perspectives are intelligent and creative, yet not complex and easy to digest. This book is mostly about Slogans. My concept of Slogans is that they are short statements that expound a particular Budhist idea. Since the statements are short, they are easy to remember, and therefore you may use them whenever necessary to calm yourself or gain control. After the slogans are stated, they are discussed by the author. Since most slogans are briefly discussed, you can complete the reading of an idea in a relatively short time. This makes it excellent for mornig readings or for carrying it in your briefcase. I strongly recommend this book.

    22:32 on December 29th, 2012
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    This book will be loved and adored by any person, whether they are experienced buddhists or just looking for some practical ways to deal with life’s problems.
    Chogyam Trungpa energetically relays an ancient but practical and relevant text to a modern western audience.
    Easy to read yet deep and insightful.

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