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Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness Paperback – July 29, 2003
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Warning: Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! The slogans it contains are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and in understanding the world as it is.
The fifty-nine provocative slogans presented here-each with a commentary by the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa-have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and practices of mind training. They emphasize meeting the ordinary situations of life with intelligence and compassion under all circumstances. Slogans include, "Don't be swayed by external circumstances," "Be grateful to everyone," and "Always maintain only a joyful mind."
This edition contains a new foreword by Pema Chodron.
About the Author
Chögyam Trungpa (1940–1987)—meditation master, teacher, and artist—founded Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, the first Buddhist-inspired university in North America; the Shambhala Training program; and an international association of meditation centers known as Shambhala International. He is the author of numerous books including Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, and The Myth of Freedom.
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privately to advanced disciples. Even Trungpa Rinpoche himself originally adhered to that tradition, presumably because the practice
could be dangerous to those who don't know what they're doing. Therefore: if you practice tong-len from this book, be careful.
The point of the practice is to relieve the suffering of others by taking it on oneself. Be sure you are willing to do that before you start.
I somewhat paraphrase the author's own introduction when I say from my own heart, that this book profoundly affected my own understanding of Buddhism, in a way that other texts have not. You find that you can just DO IT and it works. The core teachings here have no frills. No pop psychology, no touchy-feely, bare bones. No esoteric language, no beating around the bush, no stroking your ego. Just straight in to *what you can do right now to train your mind and cultivate loving kindness*.
There are some terms that require explanations which are given quite well by Trungpa. Furthermore, this book may not be accessible to somebody with no prior exposure to Buddhism at all. Those individuals may benefit from beginning with some books by the author of the foreword here, who herself was a student of Trungpa, and who incorporates these teachings in all of her many books, each of which is simultaneously accessible to all while being invaluable to even long-time practitioners.
In summary, I am VERY grateful that this text exists, and for the expert commentary provided by Trungpa. The first reading changed my life, and I am never disappointed when I return to the book for further study. I honestly don't think that in this lifetime I will ever come to a point where it is less than exquisitely useful.