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By Pema Chödrön

For hundreds of years Tibetan Buddhists have trusted a suite of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to aid them improve knowledge and compassion amid the demanding situations of day-by-day dwelling. during this publication Pema Chödrön introduces those transformative teachings and provides suggestions on the best way to lead them to a part of our daily lives.

The lojong teachings comprise: "Always hold just a pleased mind," "Don't be swayed by way of exterior circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be thankful to everyone." every one slogan is via Pema Chödrön's obtainable and succinct statement on how one can comprehend and observe it.

This publication additionally incorporates a forty-five-minute audio application entitled "Opening the Heart," during which Pema Chödrön bargains in-depth guide on tonglen meditation, a strong perform that anybody can adopt to rouse compassion for oneself and others.

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The enlivening force itself is rapture. It brightens our vitality, our gratitude, and our love. We begin to develop rapture by rejoicing in our own goodness. We reflect on the good things we have done, recollecting times when we have been generous, or times when we have been caring. Perhaps we can think of a time when it would have been easy to hurt somebody, or to tell a lie, or to be dismissive, yet we made the effort not to do that. Perhaps we can think of a time when we gave something up in a way that freed our mind and helped someone else.

When we have a genuine inner life, we are intimate with ourselves and intimate with others. The insight into our inner world allows us to connect to everything around us, so that we can see quite clearly the oneness of all that lives. We see that all beings want to be happy, and that this impulse unites us. We can recognize the rightness and beauty of our common urge toward happiness, and realize intimacy in this shared urge. If we are practicing metta and we cannot see the goodness in ourselves or in someone else, then we reflect on the fundamental wish to be happy that 2:22 PM Page 44 Lovingkindness MM 1-25-08:Lovingkindness final rev Facets of Lovingkindness 1/25/08 45 underlies all action.

We may look for that which is stable, unchanging, and safe, but awareness teaches us that such a search cannot succeed. Everything in life changes. The path to true happiness is one of integrating and fully accepting all aspects of our experience. This integration is represented in the Taoist symbol of yin/yang, a circle which is half dark and half light. In the midst of the dark area is a spot of light, and in the midst of the light area is a spot of darkness. Even in the depths of darkness, the light is implicit.

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