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Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« on: January 29, 2010, 04:51:17 am »
Homage to great compassion.
This essence of nectar-like instruction
Is transmitted from Serlingpa.
It is like a diamond, like the sun, and like a medicinal tree.
The meaning of this text should be known.
The development of the five impurities
Will be transformed into the path to enlightenment.

The preliminary practise of training the mind

First learn the preliminaries.

The main practise: Training in the two Bodhichittas


Training in conventional Bodhichitta.

Gather all blame into one.
Meditate on the great kindness of all.
Train alternately in giving and taking.
Begin the sequence by taking from your own side.
Mount these two upon the breath.
The three objects, three poisons, and the three virtuous roots
Are brief instructions for the subsequent attainment.
To remember this,
Train in every activity by words.

Training in ultimate Bodhichitta.

Show the secret to the one who has acheived firmness.
Think that all phenomena are like dreams.
Analyze the unborn nature of cognition.
Even the opponent oneself is free of existing from its own side.
Place the actual path on the basis of all.
Between sessions, consider all phenomena as illusory.

Transforming adverse conditions into the path to enlightenment.

When the container and the contents are filled with evil,
Transform adverse conditions into the path to enlightenment.
Apply meditation to whatever circumstances you meet.
Applying the four preperations is the supreme method.

How to integrate all our daily practises.

This brief essential instruction
Should be applied with the five forces.
The five forces are the most important practise
Of the instructions on mahayana transference.

The measurement of success in training the mind.

All dharma is condensed into one purpose.
Hold to the principle of the two witnesses.
Always rely upon a happy mind alone.
The indication of having trained is reversal.
The sign of having trained is possessing five greatnesses.
One is trained if one is able to do the practise even when distracted.

The commitments of training the mind.

Always train in the three general points,
Remain naturalwhile changing your aspiration.
Do not speak about degenerate limbs.
Never think about others' faults.
Purify your greatest delusion first.
Abandon any hope for results.
Abandon poisonous food.
Do not follow delusions.
Do not retaliate to verbal abuse.
Do not wait in ambush.
Do not offend others.
Do not transfer your own faults or burdens on to others.
Do not misuse Dharma.
Do not aim at being the first to be the best.
Do not turn a god into a demon.
Do not seek happiness by causing unhappiness to others.

The precepts of training the mind.

Do all yogas by one.
Perform every supression of interference by one.
There are two activities: One at the begining and one at the end.
Endure both, whichever arises.
Guard both as you would your life.
Train in the three difficulties.
Practise the three main causes.
Become acquainted with the three non-degenerations.
Possess the three inseperables.
Train without bias toward the objects.
Its is important to train deeply and encompass all.
Always meditate on special cases.
Do not rely upon other conditions.
Apply the principle practise at this time.
Do not misinterpret.
Do not be erratic.
Train with certainty.
Be released by two: investigation and analysis.
Do not be boastful.
Do not get angry.
Do not be unstable.
Do not wish for gratitude.

Conclusion.

Because of my many wishes,
Having endured suffering and a bad reputation,
I received the instructions for controlling self-grasping,
Now, if I die, I have no regrets.

 :pray:

Commentary to root text found in Universal compassion.
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This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

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Re: Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2010, 12:01:15 am »
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Re: Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2010, 02:01:16 am »
 :pray: no problem.  :hug:
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This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: "May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life."

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Re: Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011, 03:48:01 pm »
From the little I've heard and read about Lojong training, I've practised some elements of it from A.A.'s 12 Steps, and it's seriously powerful stuff.

I'd like to learn more; has Geshela got a book on the subject or can anyone recommend where to find out more?

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Re: Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2011, 02:34:59 am »
From the little I've heard and read about Lojong training, I've practised some elements of it from A.A.'s 12 Steps, and it's seriously powerful stuff.

I'd like to learn more; has Geshela got a book on the subject or can anyone recommend where to find out more?


Sure specifically to seven points of training the mind Geshe-la wrote the commentary Universal compassion which is a very profound book that helps us understand the essence of Lojong Practice, My favourite has to be Geshe Langri Tangpa's 8 verses and its commentary 8 steps to Happiness they've just put out a new Sadhana based on applying the essential meaning of the 8 verses into daily life which Im finding very handy at the moment.

http://www.tharpa.com/uk/meditation-buddhist-books-2/formats/printed-books/universal-compassion.html

http://www.tharpa.com/uk/new-items/eight-verses-of-training-the-mind-booklet.html

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This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: "May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life."

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Re: Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2011, 04:30:07 am »
Thanks, Caz, I'm on the skint side right now, but they're on my hit list of books to work my way through. 

I've got another year of this course, but I'm also doing additional study alongside it - Heart of Wisdom at the moment - and the next one will be that Universal Compassion.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011, 05:08:52 am »
No worries Bro. :)
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This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: "May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life."

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Re: Geshe Chekhawa's Training the Mind in Seven Points ( Lojong)
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2011, 10:46:14 am »
The free online Berzin Archives covers Lojong in some depth, inlcuding all the major texts - scroll down and you will see them :

http://www.berzinarchives.com/web/x/nav/n.html_1952435027.html

 


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