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

By Pema Chödrön

For hundreds of years Tibetan Buddhists have trusted a set of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to assist them improve knowledge and compassion amid the demanding situations of day-by-day residing. during this e-book Pema Chödrön introduces those transformative teachings and gives advice on find out how to cause them to a part of our daily lives.

The lojong teachings comprise: "Always keep just a pleased mind," "Don't be swayed through exterior circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be thankful to everyone." each one slogan is through Pema Chödrön's available and succinct statement on how one can comprehend and observe it.

This publication additionally incorporates a forty-five-minute audio application entitled "Opening the Heart," during which Pema Chödrön deals in-depth guideline on tonglen meditation, a robust perform that anybody can adopt to evoke compassion for oneself and others.

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Once training in mindful calm abiding has tam ed and pacified the cascade of thoughts, inner images, and emotions, m ind’s aware­ ness that is aware of itself can emerge on its own accord. In this sense, m om ents of clarity arise naturally. Yet, similarly as presented in the context of the experiences of joy, a practitioner might distort genuine m om ents of clarity as well, trying to create them artificially. This distor­ tion happens when you are attached to short m om ents of clarity and from then onward yearn to repeat such m om ents in your mind.

Experiences of emptiness genuine or artificial? W hat holds true for joy and clarity also applies to experiences of emptiness, which is just another term for the true nature of mind. As m entioned above, in its unaware m ode our m ind is not aware of itself, not to m e n ­ tion m ind’s awareness of its actual nature. It is for this reason that everything that surfaces within the m ind - thoughts, inner images, and em otions - is taken to be as real and last­ ing as the seemingly outer world of experi­ ences that we are interacting with constantly.

Thus, based on understanding the nature of objects of perception we develop an u nd er­ standing of the more subtle processes of m ind which can furtherm ore be looked at from two perspectives. First, a practitioner should becom e aware of the fact that thoughts and em otions arise and subside in the mind, one following an ­ other, in a constant flow of m om ents with 25 - Boundless A w akening - each one distinct from the last. For example: try to count the num ber of thoughts that oc­ cur in sixty seconds and observe how m any thoughts, impulses, m om ents of perception arise and subside during this period of time.

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