Always Maintain a Joyful Mind: And Other Lojong Teachings on by Pema Chödrön

By Pema Chödrön

For hundreds of years Tibetan Buddhists have trusted a set of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to assist them strengthen knowledge and compassion amid the demanding situations of day-by-day residing. during this e-book Pema Chödrön introduces those transformative teachings and gives assistance on how one can cause them to a part of our daily lives.

The lojong teachings comprise: "Always retain just a cheerful mind," "Don't be swayed through exterior circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be thankful to everyone." every one slogan is by means of Pema Chödrön's available and succinct statement on tips on how to comprehend and observe it.

This e-book additionally includes a forty-five-minute audio software entitled "Opening the Heart," during which Pema Chödrön bargains in-depth guideline on tonglen meditation, a strong perform that anybody can adopt to evoke compassion for oneself and others.

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Look deeply 44 THE SUN MY HEART at this: Is the world outside your body? Is it outside your mind? " In fact, our brain and nervous system do not escape it either. " But no, the brain occupies space, and space is part of the "outside world," isn't it? Is our mind in the "inner" world? Where is mind to be found? Can you identify it in space? No, all you can do is observe it, observe it observing itself. Please try looking at your mind as though it were something physical. We know that the mind is related to the brain and to the nervous system.

The aim of this practice is to see the true face of reality, which is mind and mind-object. When we speak of mind and of the outside world, we immediately are caught in a dualistic conception of the universe. If we use the words mind and mind-object, we can avoid the damage done by the sword of conceptualized discrimination. The effect of medi- 30 THE SUN MY HEART tation is like the fire under the pot, the sun's rays on the snow, and the hen's warmth on her eggs. In these three cases, there is no attempt at reasoning or analysis, just patient and continuous concentration.

Can we locate them in space and time? In space, the nervous system serves as their base. In time, they may appear yesterday or today or tomorrow. So mind itself may be regarded as part of the so-called "outer" world. Continue to examine and you will find that everything seems to belong to the "outside" world. But outside of what? How can there be an "outer" without an "inner"? Do not jump to the conclusion that the "outer" world is located in the mind and that the mind encloses the entire universe.

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