Always Maintain a Joyful Mind: And Other Lojong Teachings on by Pema Chödrön

By Pema Chödrön

For hundreds of years Tibetan Buddhists have depended on a set of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to assist them enhance knowledge and compassion amid the demanding situations of day-by-day dwelling. during this booklet Pema Chödrön introduces those transformative teachings and provides suggestions on the best way to lead them to a part of our daily lives.

The lojong teachings contain: "Always continue just a pleased mind," "Don't be swayed by way of exterior circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be thankful to everyone." each one slogan is via Pema Chödrön's available and succinct observation on the right way to comprehend and follow it.

This e-book additionally incorporates a forty-five-minute audio software entitled "Opening the Heart," during which Pema Chödrön deals in-depth guide on tonglen meditation, a robust perform that any one can adopt to evoke compassion for oneself and others.

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While we exhale, the sphere exits through the orifice of Brahma and dissolves into space. Thinking that we dwell there, we straighten the physical posture and gaze upward. As for the mind, we generate enthusiasm, and with heightened awareness, we meditate for a long duration. 2) Fastening the mind below For the second way of fastening the mind, in the center of an upside down, black, four-petalled lotus in the heart, there is a black sphere the size of a pea. Unfolding like a spider's thread, it slowly exits the secret gate, with a sense of heaviness, going many miles down.

1)s31i! 2! J'! i! 2! J! :P ~.. 2! 2! i! 2! 2! 2! ~ ~ 01! 2! L:. 2! 2! >! E llJ 8iJ :::N 2! E.? J! 2! ~ ~ 6t1 i! 2! JI ~ ~ ~~ ~ :2 . ~ ~ G"'~ Our body, now a mass of light, illuminates all the realms of manifestation then dissolves in space. We keep this awareness vivid and intense. H we are agitated, we visualize Lama Vajrasattva, blue-green in color, on a four-petalled lotus in our heart. On these four petals, there are Vairocana and the other Conquerors, surrounded by their particular families of dakas and dakinis with the same respective colors.

With nondistraction, clarity, and stamina, we practice many short sessions. By the power of meditating according to these instructions, the three stages of stability will gradually occur: -the first is similar to a stream rushing down a steep mountain -the second is similar to a quiet river -the final stage is like a motionless ocean 2. STABIUZING THE ANCHORED MIND a) Fastening the mind 1) Fastening the mind above At the center of a four-petalled lotus in our heart there is a white sphere of light the size of a pea.

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