For well over a year, Acharya Judy Lief, teacher in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, has been offering weekly commentary on one of Atisha’s 59 mind-training (Tib. lojong) slogans, which serve as the basis for a complete practice. With this week’s entry, Judy has now given teachings on all 59 slogans. We would like to thank Judy for her extensive guidance and for the tremendous knowledge, insight, and diligence she has shown throughout this process.

Atisha (980-1052 CE) was an Indian adept who brought to Tibet a systematized approach to bodhicitta (the desire to awaken for the sake of all sentient beings) and loving-kindness, through working with these slogans. Judy edited Chogyam Trungpa’s Training the Mind (Shambhala, 1993), which contains Trungpa Rinpoche’s commentaries on the lojong (“mind-training”) teachings. Each entry includes a practice.

Preliminary Teachings

Week 1

Week 2

Lojong Slogans 1-20

1. First train in the preliminaries

2. Regard all dharmas as dreams

3. Examine the nature of unborn awareness

4. Self-liberate even the antidote

5. Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence

6. In post-meditation, be a child of illusion

6.1. Absolute and Relative Bodhichitta

7. Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath

8. Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue

9. In all activities train with slogans

10. Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself

11. When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi

12. Drive all blames into one

13. Be grateful to everyone

14. Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata protection

15. Four practices are the best of methods

16. Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join it with meditation

17. Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions

18. The ejection of consciousness

19. All dharma agrees at one point

20. Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one

Slogans 21 – 40

21. Always maintain only a joyful mind

22. If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained

23. Always abide by the three basic principles

24. Change your attitude, but remain natural

25. Don’t talk about injured limbs

26. Don’t ponder others

27. Work with the greatest defilements first

28. Abandon any hope of fruition

29. Abandon poisonous food

30. Don’t be so predictable

31. Don’t malign others

32. Don’t wait in ambush

33. Don’t bring things to a painful point

34. Don’t transfer the ox’s load to the cow

35. Don’t try and be the fastest

36. Don’t act with a twist

37. Don’t make gods into demons

38. Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness

39. All activities should be done with one intention

40. Correct all wrongs with one intention

Slogans 41 – 59

41. Two activities: one at the beginning, one at the end

42. Whichever of the two occurs, be patient

43. Observe these two, even at the risk of your life

44. Train in the three difficulties

45. Take on the three principal causes

46. Pay heed that the three never wane

47. Keep the three inseparable

48. Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly

49. Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment

50. Don’t be swayed by external circumstances

51. This time, practice the main points

52. Don’t misinterpret

53. Don’t vacillate

54. Train wholeheartedly

55. Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing

56. Don’t wallow in self-pity

57. Don’t be jealous

58. Don’t be frivolous

59. Don’t expect applause

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