Lojong Slogan Generator

23. Always practice the three general principles

  • This is the First Slogan/Instruction of Point Six, which consists of sixteen instructions.
  • Point Six is “The Disciplines of Mind Training”

Chögyam Trungpa wrote,

This slogan is a general description as to how we can practice the buddhadharma according to the three basic principles of hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. It is connected with a sense of keeping the discipline of all three yanas—hinayana mindfulness practice, mahayana benevolence, and vajrayana crazy wisdom—all at the same time.

Chögyam Trungpa, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

Traleg Kyabgon wrote,

This commitment relates to our motivation to practice mind training. If we recognize from the beginning that lojong is a powerful and beneficial practice, we’ll commit ourselves in a genuine and continuous way by retaining a sense of impartiality and guarding against distortion.

Traleg Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

The three principles according to Traleg Kyabgon are: 1) Remember to value your commitment; 2) Refrain from distorted forms of thinking; and 3) Refrain from falling into partiality.

Thangka, opaque watercolor and ink on cotton; overall: 52.4 x 43.2 cm (20 5/8 x 17 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Green Tara, c. 1260s. Tibet. Thangka, opaque watercolor and ink on cotton; overall: 52.4 x 43.2 cm (20 5/8 x 17 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Lojong Slogan Generator

24. Change your attitude, but remain natural

  • This is the Second Slogan/Instruction of Point Six, which consists of sixteen instructions.
  • Point Six is “The Disciplines of Mind Training”

Traleg Kyabgon writes,

Lojong practice is about transforming the way we view the world, not changing the way we present ourselves to it. Changes in the way we perceive ourselves and in how we relate to our disturbing thoughts and emotions and our attitudes to other people are far more important than changes in our appearance, mannerisms, or personal attire. To believe otherwise would be like thinking we’ve become more spiritual simply as a result of donning some kind of religious habit. We are trying to transform the unwholesome, self-destructive attitudes of our self-obsession. Whether others perceive us as different or not is irrelevant; our transformation needs to be an internal one.

Traleg Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

Bronze with silver overlay and opaque watercolor; overall: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.); base: 12.8 cm (5 1/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Vajrapani, 700s. India, Kashmir. Bronze with silver overlay and opaque watercolor; overall: 22 cm (8 11/16 in.); base: 12.8 cm (5 1/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art