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The Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist Practice for Cultivating the Heart of Compassion (Shambhala Classics) Paperback – April 12, 2005

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"Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on the slogans is one of the best books I studied. I was relieved that Buddhism was so simple. You can just follow the book and do as it says, which is extraordinarily powerful and such a relief."—Chögyam Trungpa

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Jamgön Kongtrül (1813–1899) was a versatile and prolific scholar. He has been characterized as a "Tibetan Leonardo" because of his significant contributions to religion, education, medicine, and politics.
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  • Series: Shambhala Classics
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (April 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302149
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Of the three guides to Lojong practice: Start Where You Are (by Pema Chödrön), Seven-Point Mind Training (by Alan B. Wallace), and Training the Mind (by Chögyam Trungpa), this one is more advanced in presentation and is more esoteric (Vajrayana) in nature. The aforementioned texts present the material more for the beginner. All of these texts are excellent, although Wallace's book is not transcendental in nature.

This book is mentioned on the rear cover of Chogyam Trungpa's, "Training the Mind". It is a wonderful translation and the notes/glossary is helpful and extensive.
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This is a fresh, readable, and clear guide to the Lojong teachings. I use it in combination with other books on Lojong (Pema Chodron, Start Where You Are; the Practice of Lojong, Traleg Kyabgon, and others). For me, it's ideal to have a variety of interpretations available, as I never know what aspect of a Lojong slogan is going to resonate in my life on any particular day. That said, Jamgon Kongtrul's commentaries are always concise and reliable. I have confidence in these teachings, and they have enhanced my spiritual practice.
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This is an excellent older text, and Ken McLeod is an excellent translator. I don't recommend it for beginners unless you feel drawn to it -- because I believe that people are drawn to that which is right for them. The lojong is my main practice and I only recommend three books (though I have read others and many are fine, they are not recommended, assuming that you are not buying 20 texts.) In order of beginning to advanced:
Pema Chodron: Start Where You Are,
Chogyam Trungpa: Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness
and this book (he was one of Trungpa's teachers, which is how I moved to him as I progressed.
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This is among the two or three best books on Buddhist practice that I have ever used, and I use it almost daily.
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This book is indispensable for finding the true path to Buddhahood, and happiness in this life.
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Ken is a great translator and does a fine job with this one. Of course, not enough good things can be said about lojong.
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