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Lojong and the 7 points of mind training.
I thought that this might make a good topic for discussion here, where we can all learn and find out how we can put these teachings into practice in our every day lives. In a nutshell, the idea of lojong practices are to change our habitual way of thinking away from our normally ego-centric mode of being.
Here we will be discussing the "7 Points of Mind Training", which is a text that is generally attributed to a Tibetan Master named Chekawa Yeshe Dorje (1102-1176) who was a student of the great Indian Master Atisha.
The 7 main points are:
The Preliminaries, which teach the support for dharma.
The actual practice, training in bodhicitta.
The transformation of adverse conditions into the path of awakening.
The utilization of the practice in one's whole life.
The extent of proficiency in mind training.
Commitments of mind training.
Guidelines of mind training.
These are further broken down into 59 slogans. There have been numerous commentaries in this classic text and the one I will be mainly referring to was written by Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899) and was given the title "The Great Path to Awakening". Many modern day contemporary Masters have written their own explanations of the 7 points in the form of books, and these include Pema Chodron, Ringu Tulku, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche and others.
It is my wish that some may gain benefit from these discussions, and may even inspire some to receive these teaching themselves someday.
In the following posts I will begin with the slogan, which will be bolded. I encourage anyone to join in on the discussion, including how we can (or do) put each slogan into our everyday experiences. After all, this is the purpose of these teachings!
Please be patient, as I will try to update new slogans and thoughts when I can. I am married, have a 2 year old and a daily practice which takes up a good deal of time...lol.