Book Study: Lojong Slogans

The Portland Shambhala Dharma Study Group meets Alternate Sundays from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM online via Zoom. Please join us! All students, practiced and new alike, are welcome. This drop-in group is free of charge although donations are always appreciated.

Currently, the Dharma Study Group is taking a deep dive into the profound and pithy slogans known as Lojong, or “mind training.” First brought to Tibet by the Indian teacher Atisha, these core teachings have been studied by Mahayana practitioners as a method to practice the foundational principles of Bodhicitta. Bodhicitta is the awakened mind that puts the benefit of others above all else. Having tamed our mind with the practice of Shamatha, these slogans are a method for transforming our mind by turning away from self-centeredness and cultivating the mental habits that generate this enlightened attitude.

Included in the study of Lojong is the practice of Tonglen, sending and taking, or exchanging oneself for others. Instructions in this practice will be included as part of our study.

Unlike some courses which only focus on selected slogans, we will be discussing each of the 59 slogans, as well as the 46 Ways in Which a Bodhisattva Fails. Excellent training for aspiring Bodhisattvas!

In continuing our focus on the core teachings of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, we will be basing our studies on the book of his edited writings in The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom & Compassion, Part 7, Chapters 33 – 43. Other books and sources on the same topic will also be utilized, so it is not essential to purchase this particular book.

Other sources may include:

 

All books mentioned are available for purchase at our Portland Shambhala Center bookstore and a variety of online sources. Purchasing through the Center benefits the community. For prices and to order, contact [email protected]

Sessions will be facilitated by seasoned members and teachers from the Portland Shambhala Center. For questions, please contact Rayna Jacobson at [email protected].

 

Please make sure to check our monthly calendar in case of changes to the schedule.

Zoom Meeting ID: 817 700 397  |  Passcode: 108

 

The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom & Compassion Book Study Group – Outline

June 6     Ch 38 (pp. 317 – 323)  Point 3: Transformation of Bad Circumstances into the Path of Enlightenment

11) When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi
12) Drive all blames into one.

June 20     Ch 38 (pp. 323 -326)

13) Be grateful to everyone
14) Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata protection.

July 4     Ch 38 (pp. 327 – 33)

15) Four practices are the best methods.
16) Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation.

Ch 39    Point 4: Utilization of Px in Life

17) 5 Strengths
18) How to die = 5 Strengths

July 18     Ch 39 (pp. 338 – 346)  Point 4:  Showing the Utilization of Practice in One’s Whole Life

17) Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions
18) The mahayana instruction for how to die is the five Strengths

August 1     Ch 40 (pp. 347-354)  Point 5:  Evaluation of Mind Training

19) All dharmas agree at one point.
20) Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one
21) Always maintain a joyful mind
22) If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.

August 15     Ch. 41 (pp. 357 – 361)  Point 6:  Disciplines of Mind Training

23) Always abide by the three basic principles
24) Change your attitude, but remain natural.
25) Don’t talk about injured limbs.

 

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