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

By Pema Chödrön

For hundreds of years Tibetan Buddhists have depended on a suite of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to aid them boost knowledge and compassion amid the demanding situations of day-by-day residing. during this ebook Pema Chödrön introduces those transformative teachings and gives tips on how one can lead them to a part of our daily lives.

The lojong teachings contain: "Always retain just a pleased mind," "Don't be swayed via exterior circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be thankful to everyone." each one slogan is via Pema Chödrön's available and succinct observation on easy methods to comprehend and observe it.

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

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I want you to discover that when you are at peace with your mind you are at peace with your life. Ultimately I want you to know how, by stopping your mind whenever you want and also being unaffected by your mind when it inevitably moves, you can transform your relationship with life for the infinitely better. THE STILL SILENT INFINITE I Conscious awareness is inherently still and silent. A sign that you are aware is that you experience inner stillness and silence. It is my hope that reading this book is an eye opener for you.

I would have a 43 moment of being at peace with ‘what is’, in which I didn’t need my moment to be any different. Or, in other words, I accepted things as they were and had harmony with life in these moments. It turns out, however, that it has always been my allowance of ‘what is’ that has been the real source of my happiness and contentment. Wow! The product of pushing life away However, and it is a big HOWEVER! If your mind judges something as bad, negative, wrong or worse then it is very common for it to start resisting it automatically.

This is an easy awareness-raising intervention that can create a moment of conscious calm in which you suspend judgement and start to see it for what it is - a thought happening in your mind about life. This insight is made all the more powerful when combined with the next quick cure. Quick cure 2: It just is! One of the quickest ways to slow the mind down is to override the Judgement Game with a totally neutral non-opinionated thought. One that is non-judgemental and within it holds the possibility that whatever is happening may not be a problem at all.

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