Book Study: Lojong Slogans

February 28th—August 1st

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    Room: Online (Portland's Zoom)

    In our continuing alternate Sunday dharma book study, we will take 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]

    This is a drop-in group and there is no charge to attend. Sessions will be facilitated by seasoned members and teachers from the Portland Shambhala Center. For questions, please contact Rayna Jacobson at [email protected].


    Zoom Meeting ID: 817 700 397  |  Passcode: 108


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

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    Class       Date      Chapter      Content    

    Feb 28    Ch. 33   Introduction to Mind Training 

    Mar 14    Ch. 34   Undermining Aggression 

    Mar 28    Ch 35    Point One:  The Preliminaries, Which Are a Basis for Dharma Practice 

    First, train in the preliminaries

    Apr 11    Ch 36  Point Two: Resting in Ultimate Bodhicitta – Open Wound of Compassion; 

    2) Regard all dharmas as dreams 
    3) Examine the nature of unborn awareness
    4) Self-liberate even the antidote

    Apr 25    Ch 36   

    5) Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence  
    6) In postmeditation, be a child of illusion

    May 9    Ch 37  Pt. Two: Training in Relative Bodhichitta  

    7) Sending and taking should be practiced alternately.  These two should ride the breath.

    May 23    Ch 37  

    8) Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue
    9) In all activities, train with slogans  
    10) Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself


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