Batik Bali  
Contemplate each slogan and recall them later
when you need to save your mind!
 
 
 
 
Lojong slogans for mind training

Fifty-nine slogans represent the profound Mahayana Buddhist teachings on wisdom, kindness and compassion. They were brought to Tibet in the eleventh century by the Indian Master Atisha Dipankara and have since been practiced by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

By taking these slogans to heart and applying them in our lives we strengthen our innate capacity to be loving and open-minded toward everything we encounter in our life—though this is easier said than done.

Stephanie weaves her commentaries about these Buddhist slogans throughout the book; especially when they relate to helping us deal with our codependency issues.

"Don't expect applause"— More than to expect thanks, it is wise just to expect the unexpected. Just do what you do, just for its own sake and not to get anything from anyone. Give up all hope of getting anything back.

"Drive all blames into one" — The one is yourself. The postman shouldn't get blamed for delivering a sad letter. Whatever is coming to you is coming for you to learn and grow. We have pain when we are attached to a particular outcome. Just look at all the wars in the world and you can see that blaming others does not work. Notice what it feels like in your body when you blame someone else.

“Whichever of the two occurs, be patient "— Whether your life is beautiful or ugly, sweet or hateful, be patient with whatever is occurring. We can let things unfold at their own speed rather than jumping into our patterned responses. You can't learn patience when everything is easy and going smoothly.

"Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment "— In this slogan whatever provokes you to feel irritated, sad, restless, fearful, can be used as a reminder to wake up and pay attention. This slogan encourages us to open up more to our own pain and discomfort rather than blocking our heart and shutting down.

"Don't wallow in self-pity"— Well, maybe for a few minutes, but then drop it! The "poor me, why me" attitude makes us poor for sure. It is so easy to fall into this one when things seem to be going wrong.

"Work with the greatest defilements first "— This would be your greatest obstacle; where you feel the most stuck. Our greatest obstacle contains our greatest wisdom. Make friends with the sensations that accompany it. This type of work with the self is extremely threatening and not cozy. The time is now to develop love and kindness for yourself.

"Don't be jealous "— Instead of using this advice as a rule, or just another way to beat ourselves up when we experience jealousy, we could use it to soften and invite ourselves to open our hearts further to the person or situation we are jealous of. Just do something different - anything that is different from our habitual patterns of acting out will help break us out it.

 
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