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Tag: Buddhist philosophy

Lojong Slogan 37 ~ Don't make gods into demons

This is part 37 of my series on Lojong~ A Buddhist mind training technique When we first start to engage with the practice of loving kindness and compassion through the Lojong teachings it seems very practical, gentle and full of wisdom. After some time…

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Lojong Slogan 36 ~ Don't Act With A Twist

This is part 36 of my series on Lojong; a Buddhist mind training technique With this slogan we are asked to examine our ulterior motives for the things we do. Acting with a twist is to act in a way that advances our own…

Lojong Slogan 35 ~ Don't try to be the fastest

This is part 35 of my series on Lojong ~ A Buddhist mind training technique This slogan asks that we slow down, take time to experience life instead of rushing for the next goal. Our society here in the west is very focused on…

Lojong Slogan 34 ~ Don’t transfer the ox’s load to the cow

This is part 34 of my series on Lojong: A Buddhist mind training technique In this slogan we are asked to look at the commitments we make and ask ourselves if we are following through on them. When asked to take something on are…

Lojong Slogan 33 ~ Don't bring things to a painful point

This is part 33 of my series on Lojong; a Buddhist mind training technique. There is a person in my life who I find somewhat rude, at times unethical, and underhanded. I’ve spent a great deal of time complaining about this person and the…

Lojong Slogan 32 ~ Don't Wait in Ambush

This is part 32 of my series on Lojong; a Buddhist mind training technique There are times that we hang on to grudges or plot our revenge when we feel we’ve been wronged in some way. At times it is so all consuming to…

Lojong Slogan 31 ~ Don't Malign Others

This is part 31 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique Is it true? Is it useful? These are the questions asked when practicing satya (truthfulness) and ahimsa (nonharming) according to Judith Lancaster. This gets at the heart of this slogan…

Lojong Slogan 30: Don't Be So Predictable

This is part 30 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique This slogan asks that we have a look at our automatic reactions so that we can be mindful of what has simply become habitual. Habits are just that, they can…

Lojong Slogan 29 ~ Abandon Poisonous Food

This is part 29 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training practice. The practice of loving kindness can become a poison if we let our egos get in on the act. Ego-fixation is seen as a poison in lojong. As humans, we…

Lojong Slogan 28 ~ Abandon any hope of fruition

This is part 28 of my series on Lojong; a Buddhist mind training meditation/technique Keep your eye on the prize- that’s how you reach a goal, right? Maybe, but maybe not. It depends on your perspective. When we wish to reach a goal, no…