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Lojong (often translated into English as Mind Training) is a practice in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on a set of proverbs formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa. Practitioners undertake to connect with the world in an unconditionally positive way, and also to take full responsibility for their experience of it. The practice involves redefining, reconceptualizing and reprogramming one's intent and way of thinking - hence "Mind Training". Unlike many practices it does not require that one signs on to a particular system of beliefs, nor is it something one can only do on one's meditation cushion. In fact, the best practice is often done out in the world, with exactly those people and situations that upset and irritate one the most. The twin foundations of the practice are Absolute Bodhicitta, which could be very roughly be translated as "Open-Mindedness", and Relative Bodhicitta, which could be translated, again very roughly, as "Compassion". The Lojong proverbs in their present form were composed by Chekawa (1101-1175 CE). Chekawa led the life of an ordinary monk until one day he saw a text on his cell-mate's bed, open at the phrase: Gain and Victory to Others, Loss and Defeat to Oneself The phrase struck him so intensely, presumably because it is so different from how we all mostly live our lives, that he determined to seek out the author (Langri Tangpa, 1054-1123) of the text (which is a very famous root text of Mahayana Buddhism, usually referred to as the Eight Verses for Training the Mind. He eventually found out that Langri Tangpa had already died, but went to study with one of Langri Tangpa's students, Sharawa, with whom he stayed for twelve very tough years. Probably the most seminal commentary on the Lojong practice was written by Jamgon Kongtrul (one of the main founders of the non-sectarian Rime movement within Tibetan Buddhism) in the 19th century. This commentary was translated by Ken McLeod, initially as 'A Direct Path to Enlightenment'. This first translation, which contains an excellent introduction to the practice, served as the root text for Osho's 'Book of Wisdom'. Later, after some consultation with Chogyam Trungpa, Ken McLeod re-translated the work as 'The Great Path of Awakening'. This latter translation serves as a foundation for many of the more modern commentaries by non-Tibetan authors. The original Tibetan text is somewhat cryptic, referring to the 'Three Difficulties, the 'Four Practices, the 'Five Forces', and so on, without any further explanation of those terms. For this reason a full understanding of the text requires either a commentary or else a 'scriptural', rather than literal, translation that takes a little extra time to elucidate the concepts. The proverb listing below is one such translation.
30. and negativity of the whole world. not the black ones. 14. 23. and absorb it into your heart. take in and accept all the sadness. Don't put the yak's load on the cow. Let even the remedy itself drop away naturally.The Lojong Proverbs 1. be committed. When practicing unconditional acceptance. have a single purpose. Don't be consistent.Be intense. 3. 39. 5. pour out all your joy and bliss. bless the whole of existence. Understand your attachments. Renew your commitment when you get up and before you go to sleep. 5. but stay natural. Apply these proverbs in everything you do. Work on your greatest imperfection first. Solve all problems by accepting the bad energy and sending out the good. 32. 21. your aversions. Don't worry about other people. 29. As you breathe out. In all your activities. start with yourself. Follow the inner witness rather than the outer ones. including yourself.Dedicate all the merits of what you do for the benefit of others. train in the preliminaries. 37. treat it as a meditation. All teachings have the same goal. 16. 4. and your indifference. . 35. Not wasting time on the inessential. 25. Between meditations. Not rationalizing our mistakes. Accept good and bad fortune with an equal mind. 20. Don't be sneaky. 9. 12. Familiarization . 38. First. The Five Forces are: 1.this is not a competition. Change your attitude. 3. Always have the support of a joyful mind. Cultivate the white seeds. and love them all. Don't indulge in malicious gossip. Treat everything you perceive as a dream. As you breathe in. Work with the Five Forces. 2. 3. 36. 10. pain. 11. 15. 8. 40. 17. 4. treat everything as an illusion. 34. 24. 2. 2. 22. 18. 28. Don't expect to profit from other people's misfortune. 33. Remember . Turn totally away from all your ego trips. in that very moment. Stay in the primeval consciousness. 26. Do not discuss defects. Don't strike at the heart. Practicing even when distracted is good training. 27. Regularity of practice. 6. treat disaster as a way to wake up. Don't worry. Be grateful to everyone. 31. Take all the blame yourself.there's nothing real about your confusion. When everything goes wrong. 7. Give up poisonous food. the basis of everything. 41. Practice these Five Forces and you are ready for death at any moment. Find the consciousness you had before you were born. Don't wait in ambush. Abandon all hope of results. Always observe these three points: 1. When something unexpected happens. Don't abuse your divine power for selfish reasons. 19. 13.get used to doing and being what you want to do and to be.
concentrate on achieving what is most meaningful. keep your vows. Don't let your emotions distract you. 52. 45. but bring them to your practice. Exclude nothing from your acceptance practice: train with a whole heart. then transcend them. 55. Free yourself by first watching. Always meditate on whatever you resent. 46. 53. Love your teacher.42. 48. Don't depend on how the rest of the world is. enjoy your practice. Find a teacher. 51. 54. then analysing. Recognize your neurotic tendencies. Train wholeheartedly. tame the roving mind. In this life. Don't expect any applause. choose a lifestyle that allows you to practice. 56. 50. 43. . 58. Focus your body. Don't be jealous 57. mind. 44. Stay focused. overcome them. Don't feel sorry for yourself. 49. Keep your vows even at the risk of your life. Don't let your practice become irregular. and spirit on the path. 47.