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 TeachingsThe 59 Lojong slogans with Judy Lief

Week 1

Week 2

Lojong Slogans

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

Slogan 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

Slogan 41 – 50

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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