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"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

"Mind Training 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

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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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (April 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559392789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559392785
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #834,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard J. S. Carr on June 7, 2007
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There must be at least ten books in print which are commentaries on the Tibetan Seven Point Mind Training. They are all good in their own ways, but for me, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche's book stands head and shoulders above the others. It somehow manages to be direct, practical and down to earth, funny, challenging, uplifting and inspirational all at the same time.

The book is a beautiful, easy read. But that's deceptive - it's also a very powerful book. It really is capable of helping produce clarity of outlook, reduction of attachment, positive mental change, increased compassion, commitment to one's path .... it's fantastic

It contains clear and practical advice on preliminary thinking, on lojong (mind training) practice and there is good Q&A throughout. The teachings are based around a series of fifty odd slogans which seem to lodge easily in one's memory - so much so that daily events frequently make one think of one of the slogans and then of Rinpoche's explanations or stories that go with it. Then, because what he says is so practical, one does stop, reflect and act differently.

I bought a copy of this book last summer and must have read it six or seven times since - each time finding different, important new themes resonating for me. It has created a wonderful practice for me. I couldn't recommend it more strongly.
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A constant companion. I have read this book over and over again. You need not be religious nor a Buddhist to get something of value from this book. Put simply it is an insight into the nature of the human mind and human emotions and how with mindfulness and reflection we can use the capacity of our spirit to solve our troubles and how be happy individually and as a society.
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By Cat Smiles on February 12, 2008
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I bought this book based on Richard Carr's review -- and it is a great book. I had never heard of Ringu Tulku -- he may be in England. I am a 20-year practitioner of tonglen/lojong and this book added to my deepening of the fine points, which is why I buy and read yet another commentary on my main practice. Good teachers always illuminate things in different ways, Ringu Tulku is no exception. I think this would be a good book for a beginner, as wellas an advanced student.

IF you are not a buddhist, however, I still recommend Pema Chodron's "Start Where You Are" to set a foot on the path. You can't go wrong with her even if you do not become a buddhist!
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There are numerous books available that explain the slogans. This one discusses them clearly and concisely, digging into the underlying meaning without expanding their meaning beyond what is in the original texts.
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