"Demonstrate[s] the enduring vitality and power of the lojong tradition. . . . This lively little book is a window into how mind-training slogans can be used as a teaching tool."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
"This portable, petite book contains a profound and intimate teaching on the essence of the Seven-Point Mind Training and tonglen by contemporary Tibetan teacher Ringu Tulku. Very clearly written and elegantly designed, it contains useful foundational discussions on the mind compassion and the lojong tradition, elaborating point by point on the Seven-Point Mind Training with many practical examples, illustrative stories, and Q&A sessions that speak to a Western perspective. This teaching by Ringu Tulku takes a classical mind-training technique and makes it relevant to the challenges of modern Western practitioners seeking to take their practice off the cushion and into their daily lives."—Mandala Magazine
is in a realm of its own when it comes to widening the human potential. . . . The seven points of the lojong practice can benefit any person willing to live a more compassionate life for themselves and all others. Ringu Tulku's ability to lay out these points in such an understandable way for any reader is flawless."—The Feminist Review
From the Back Cover
This accessible book contains the essence of the Seven-Point Mind Training, expressed in the intimate, colloquial style that distinguishes Ringu Tulku's teachings. The Seven-Point Mind Training, a lojong practice, assumes no prior special training or preparation. It does not require practitioners to enter seclusion or change the way they live their lives. It asks that they examine their relationships with all those around them, and to make a strong determination to become enlightened for others' sake rather than for their own. It gives instructions for tonglen, a breathing practice that ties the concepts of lojong to the physical act of breathing. Mind Training focuses simply on giving up self-cherishing and transforming self-centered thinking into compassion, egoistic feelings into altruism, desire into acceptance, and resentment into joy.
"The Seven Point Mind Training by Chekawa is the root text for Lojong or the mental training in exchanging ourselves with others. This is the precious heart of the Tibetan Mahayana practice. My root lama Kyabje Khamtrul Dongyu Nyima towards the end of his life gave this same text as the quintessence of practice to his most advanced yogis.
"The text comprises brief aphorisms or slogans to be incorporated into our daily lives to help us transform our self concern into altruism and awaken our genuine compassion and wisdom. Now we have this excellent commentary by Ringu Tulku, a master of the Karma Kagyu tradition. His simple and helpful explanation elucidates the true meaning of the text and encourages us to place this practice at the centre of our lives. The Q&A sections have the added benefit of answering many of the common problems and misconceptions that this practice often elicits. This is a vital book for all those committed to the Dharma path of whatever school."--Ani Tenzin Palmo, author of Reflections on a Mountain Lake, and videos Nature of the Mind and Opening of the Heart
Ringu Tulku was born in Eastern Tibet in 1952. He is the director of seven meditation centers in Europe, the United States and India, and he travels and teaches extensively in Europe and the United States.