Buddhist Mind Training
Below is the Tibetan Buddhist Lojong mind training proverbs formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa a Buddhist mediation master who lived 1102–1176. His technique is an explanation of Buddha’s instructions on training the mind. The below seven points contain proverbs that if practiced can turn adverse conditions of life into enlightenment for the one who practices them.
Lojong 7 Points To Enlightenment…
Point One: The preliminaries, which are the basis for dharma practice
Slogan 1. First, train in the preliminaries; The four reminders.
1. Maintain an awareness of the preciousness of human life.
2. Be aware of the reality that life ends; death comes for everyone; Impermanence.
3. Recall that whatever you do, whether virtuous or not, has a result; Karma.
4. Contemplate that as long as you are too focused on self-importance and too caught up in thinking about how you are good or bad, you will experience suffering. Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don’t want does not result in happiness; Ego.
Point Two: The main practice, which is training in bodhicitta.
Slogan 2. Regard all dharmas as dreams.
Slogan 3. Examine the nature of unborn awareness.
Slogan 4. Self-liberate even the antidote.
Slogan 5. Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence.
Slogan 6. In postmeditation, be a child of illusion.
Slogan 7. Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath.
Slogan 8. Three objects, three poisons, three roots of virtue.
Slogan 9. In all activities, train with slogans.
Slogan 10. Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.
Point Three: Transformation of Bad Circumstances into the Way of Enlightenment
Slogan 11. When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi.
Slogan 12. Drive all blames into one.
Slogan 13. Be grateful to everyone.
Slogan 14. Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata protection.
Slogan 15. Four practices are the best of methods.
Slogan 16. Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation.
Point Four: Showing the Utilization of Practice in One’s Whole Life
Slogan 17. Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions.
Slogan 18. The mahayana instruction for ejection of consciousness at death is the five strengths: how you conduct yourself is important.
Point Five: Evaluation of Mind Training
Slogan 19. All dharma agrees at one point.
Slogan 20. Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one.
Slogan 21. Always maintain only a joyful mind.
Slogan 22. If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.
Point Six: Disciplines of Mind Training
Slogan 23. Always abide by the three basic principles.
Slogan 24. Change your attitude, but remain neutral.
Slogan 25. Don’t talk about injured limbs.
Slogan 26. Don’t ponder others.
Slogan 27. Work with the greatest defilements first.
Slogan 28. Abandon any hope of fruition.
Slogan 29. Abandon poisonous food.
Slogan 30. Don’t be so predictable.
Slogan 31. Don’t malign others.
Slogan 32. Don’t wait in ambush.
Slogan 33. Don’t bring things to a painful point.
Slogan 34. Don’t transfer the ox’s load to the cow.
Slogan 35. Don’t try to be the fastest.
Slogan 36. Don’t act with a twist.
Slogan 37. Don’t make gods into demons.
Slogan 38. Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness.
Point Seven: Guidelines of Mind Training
Slogan 39. All activities should be done with one intention.
Slogan 40. Correct all wrongs with one intention.
Slogan 41. Two activities: one at the beginning, one at the end. Slogan 42. Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.
Slogan 43. Observe these two, even at the risk of your life.
Slogan 44. Train in the three difficulties.
Slogan 45. Take on the three principal causes.
Slogan 46. Pay heed that the three never wane.
Slogan 47. Keep the three inseparable.
Slogan 48. Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly.
Slogan 49. Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.
Slogan 50. Don’t be swayed by external circumstances.
Slogan 51. This time, practice the main points.
Slogan 52. Don’t misinterpret.
Slogan 53. Don’t vacillate.
Slogan 54. Train wholeheartedly.
Slogan 55. Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing.
Slogan 56. Don’t wallow in self-pity.
Slogan 57. Don’t be jealous.
Slogan 58. Don’t be frivolous.
Slogan 59. Don’t expect applause.
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