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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; annotated edition edition (April 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590303784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590303788
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These profound Mahayana trainings, practiced for centuries in Tibet, are presented with clarity, compassionate directness, and penetrating insight. This volume should be cherished as the companion of all who seek true meaning in life."—Tulku Thondup, author of Peace Death, Joyful Rebirth "Traleg Kyabgon draws from a wealth of traditional Buddhist sources and brings them into the context of contemporary life and thought. The wisdom of these teachings is equally relevant for all cultures, ancient and modern."—B. Alan Wallace, author of Buddhism with an Attitude

About the Author

Traleg Kyabgon (1955–2012) was born in Eastern Tibet and educated by many great masters of all four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute, which is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with a major practice center in upstate New York and a practice community in New York City. He taught extensively at universities and Buddhist centers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia beginning in 1980, and is the author of numerous books that present Buddhist teachings to Western readers, including The Essence of Buddhism and Mind at Ease.

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Highly recommend for all practitioners.
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This is truly a great book, its message of compassion is clearly written as well as the path to get there.
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Traleg Rinpoche is an outstanding teacher of great accomplishment.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cat Smiles on January 23, 2008
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This is one of a handful of good books on lojong, tonglen or the seven point mind-training. Each book I recommend has different aspects which the various authors empahsize, and I found this one to be relevant for our life today. I still believe the best one for beginners is Pema Chodron's, but this is a good book to follow that one with!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ellen E. Finlay on November 28, 2011
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I'm a meditation teacher. My Saturday morning class has been using this as something of a "text book" for the past year or so. It's a marvelous resource. I've studied the "Seven Points of Mind-Training" with considerable seriousness for a good 16 or 17 years now and this book is one of the best out there on the subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2011
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Traleg Kyabgon's commentary illuminates this ancient teaching for us in this age. If you are a practitioner of this teaching you will want this book.

Excerpt from #12 - Drive all blames in one: "Many people take this teaching the wrong way at first, thinking, "Now I have to blame myself for everything!" However, the lojong teaching condemn only our egotistic, deluded mind, not the totality of our being. . . we are also in possession of an unborn awareness, or buddha-nature, and we don't annilate ourselves when we turn away from self-regarding attitudes . . .It is not essential that the ego assume the role of commander-in-chief."

It would have been handy if the publisher had included an index of the slogans for easy cross reference. But this is a minor point. I've found Pema Chodron's "Always Maintain a Joyful Find" a good companion with this book.

We are truly fortunate to have Kyabgon's explanation of this teaching in this life time. May all being happiness and its causes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ItsMe on December 28, 2013
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There is so much that can be said on Lojong. This book is written very clearly. A group of 5 of us studied the book, most were not Buddhist but had an interest in Buddhism. There were some concepts that required some discussion and explanation by the Buddhists in our group. However, anyone interested in changing oneself for the better will be able to get quite a lot from this book, and I believe they would find this book very useful. Traleg Rinpoche is an outstanding teacher of great accomplishment. I was blessed to be able to read his book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Merikel on April 28, 2014
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I met Traleg Rinpoche when he was doing a tour and promoting his book. (2007) I purchased a copy which he signed and added "good luck." I have not stopped reading it since.....a slogan a day. It is the heart of the Buddhist teachings and brilliantly written. It has in fact become my main practice. I really believe that if you train the mind with this book it would lead to enlightenment. This is especially important for Westeners who have limited time to practice. As Traleg Rinpoche says in the book, contemplating these slogans again and again takes you to a deeper level of understanding. Sometimes I sit and cry from the sheer beauty of his composition. This is not a book to be "read" so much as sipped like a good French wine. A slogan in the morning with a cup of coffee and then brought to mind during the day. Take it deeper and deeper.....good luck indeed! Thank you Traleg R.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Samuel P Brutcher on November 21, 2013
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I don't know much about lojong, but I assume the information in the book is accurate. I had a bit of trouble with its organization. The actual lojong sayings are mixed in with the explanatory text. Sometimes I found it hard to tell what was the actual saying. Other than that, I enjoyed it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By wdckish on January 10, 2013
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A book to consult again and again as you learn to incorporate the sayings into your life. Interestingly it was written in English. Not translated.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Cedar on July 29, 2013
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Lojong practice is sometimes labeled a "moderately advanced" Buddhist practice. I believe the basic principles of Lojong are applicable to anyone's life--if you are interested in cultivating compassion and wisdom. Traleg Kybgon's book offers clear explanation of the practice. He does a great job of presenting the traditional teachings in a style that appeals to the modern mind. His approach to Lojong is somewhat more analytical than Pema Chodron's, but the two complement one another well.

His manner of teaching really impressed me--I felt he was teaching directly to me, rather than feeling I was just reading a book. I was sad to learn that he recently passed away, for I would like to have had the opportunity to attend his teachings in person.
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