- Author: Norman Fischer
- Publisher: Shambhala Publications
- Release Date: 2013-01-08
- Genre: Faith
- Pages: 176
- ISBN 10: 9780834828568
GET BOOK Training in Compassion Book Description:
Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that includes working with short phrases (called “slogans”) as a method of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of informed compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has ended up being popular in the West just in the last twenty years or two– and it has ended up being preferred certainly, due to the fact that it’s a practice that a person can fit extremely well into a normal life, and because it works.Through the influence of Pema Chödrön, who was one of the first American Buddhist teachers to teach it thoroughly, the practice has vacated its Buddhist context to affect the lives of non-Buddhists too. It’s in this spirit that Norman Fischer offers his commentary on the lojong mottos. He applies Zen wisdom to them, showing how well they fit in that associated tradition, but he also sets the slogans in the context of resonant practices throughout the spiritual customs. He shows lojong to be a terrific technique for everyone, including those who aren’t otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don’t have the time or disposition to practice meditation, or who ‘d much like to morph into the type of person who’s focused rather than spread, generous instead of stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.