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Tag: spiritual practice

Lojong Slogan 46~Pay heed that the three never wane

This is part 46 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique. The three principles of the practice of Lojong are devotion, appreciation and discipline. This slogan gets to the point that our inspiration to practice loving kindness and compassion comes and…

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Yoga and Grief

Image from www.glutenfreegigi.com I have a friend going through a very tough time right now. Her best friend, like a sister really, is dying. She has said her heart feels empty. Her experience is heartbreaking, immeasurably sad. And yet it’s something that everyone goes…

Lojong Slogan 44 ~Train in the Three Difficulties

This is part 44 of my series on Lojong: A Buddhist mind training technique The Lojong slogans are all about getting to loving kindness in our thoughts and actions. All too often we come up against obstacles to finding that sort of calm and…

International Yoga Day

June 21st marks International Yoga Day. The United Nations General Assembly declared this day of celebration in 2015 after a proposal by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In his address, Modi said: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is…

Lojong Slogan 43 ~ Observe these two, even at the risk of your life

This is part 43 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique. There are two vows that one takes on the Buddhist path: the refuge vow and the bodhisattva vow. At their root, these vows are to work on oneself and to…

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 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 20: Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one

This is part 20 of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind-training practice. This slogan asks us to look within to see how we are doing on our spiritual path. Often times we are tempted to ask others for their opinion, or to seek…

Sva Vimarsha ~ Self Reflection

Prakasha has it’s roots in tantric yoga. Meaning the light of consciousness, it is the Divine itself. It is the basis for all that is ‘real’. Vimarsha, is that which manifests from the light. Everything in our reality is a manifestation, a reflection of…

Lojong 19: All dharmas agree at one point

This is part of my series on Lojong, a Buddhist mind training technique. This slogan asks how we evaluate our own progress on the spiritual path as well as the teachers we choose. Some days we feel as though we have made no progress;…