Proficiency Of Mind Training

This talk covers four of the lojong mind training aphorisms, “All dharma has a single purpose”, “Of the two judges, rely on the principal one”, “Always have the support of a joyful mind”, and “You are proficient if you can practice even when distracted”.  Peter changed some of the wording of the aphorisms, to be more accessible to current language.  During the explanation, the links between previously discussed lojong mind training aphorisms and the ones being discussed were reviewed.

The intention of these aphorisms is to foster continuing to integrate the lojong training into regular life routines, providing ways to access and assess capabilities to be mindfully engaged in whatever emerges into awareness, prepared to shift attention away from unwholesome self-state organization, guided by clear awareness (Right Understanding) and benevolent intention (Right Intention).

The explanations were followed by discussion about the meaning of the terms and how the aphorisms can be applied in normal life routines.

Here are the notes prepared for this night’s discussion:   Proficiency of Training

Next week’s discussion will focus on the commitments to compassionate thoughts and actions that the aphorisms represent.

Peter’s Lojong Practice Notes

Our Wednesday night meditation and study group just completed several weeks of exploring the Mahayana/Tibetan practice called Lojong, which is usually translated as “mind training.” Peter prepared the document posted below that noted this practice from the perspective of someone who has a lot of experience with Theravadin Buddhist practices.  He sees Lojong as a way to implement the Wisdom aggregate of the Noble Eightfold Path, which combines clear awareness/vipassana practice with benevolent awareness/compassion practice.  It is hoped that those who read this will be inspired to pursue this practice.