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For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have relied on a collection of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to help them develop wisdom and compassion amid the challenges of daily living. In this book Pema Chödrön introduces these transformative teachings and offers guidance on how to make them part of our everyday lives. The lojong teachings include: "Always maintFor centuries Tibetan Buddhists have relied on a collection of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to help them develop wisdom and compassion amid the challenges of daily living. In this book Pema Chödrön introduces these transformative teachings and offers guidance on how to make them part of our everyday lives. The lojong teachings include: "Always maintain only a joyful mind," "Don't be swayed by external circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be grateful to everyone." Each slogan is followed by Pema Chödrön's accessible and succinct commentary on how to understand and apply it. This book also features a forty-five-minute audio program entitled "Opening the Heart," in which Pema Chödrön offers in-depth instruction on tonglen meditation, a powerful practice that anyone can undertake to awaken compassion for oneself and others....

Title : Always Maintain a Joyful Mind: And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness [Book and CD]
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ISBN : 9781590304600
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Always Maintain a Joyful Mind: And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness [Book and CD] Reviews

  • Joan
    2019-04-30 06:29

    Great format - listing each of the slogans of the lojong teachings opposite a succinct explanation in Pema's words. Pema has a calming effect on me and I can really hear the lessons through her language. These are ancient teachings and her Western background (she is one of the only Tibetan nuns of Western descent) provides accessibility and clarity. I find myself relying on several of these slogans during times of stress and uncertainty.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-07 06:22

    I've read several of Pema Chodron's books and always find them so inspirational and thought provoking on how I can be a better, more kind person. She has a very casual, heartfelt way about her writing and always makes her ideas very approachable and attainable. I really enjoyed the commentary that went alongside each of the Lojong Sayings in this book. I think my favorite insight from came right at the very beginning of this book, "Obsessing about getting what you want and avoiding what you don't want does not result in happiness." This is a great book and very easy read looking for anyone looking to be a more peaceful, patient, kind person. Definitely one I'll re-read.

  • Mary
    2019-05-06 08:16

    It's amazing how such a sparsely worded text could convey such succinct messages. Her commentary on each of the Lojong slogans was such a revelation. Very insightful book.

  • John
    2019-05-03 02:33

    This book introduces Eastern spiritual practices which differ from those in the West. That is both it's greatest strength and a possible drawback for some. If you seek instant enlightenment, you will be sorely disappointed. If, instead, you are seeking fruitful ways to enhance your spiritual journey, this book may be for you. I'm a big fan of Pema Chodron, so I enjoyed it immensely. Even though the book contains sparse text, you still need to read it slowly. Contemplating the logong teachings helps one fully appreciate the full import.

  • theresa
    2019-04-27 05:22

    This is a nice book for your coffee table, especially if you would like your guests to be more joyful. Simply put there isn't anything in it that should be a huge surprise, but it is a good refresher for those of us that may let those dark and angry thoughts contaminate our minds from time to time.

  • The
    2019-05-22 02:15

    Just a collection of little phrases/slogans to provoke thought and keep your mind on the right path. So, not much of a "book" per se, but some worthwhile catalysts for thought. Comes with an audio CD that I have yet to check out.

  • Paige
    2019-05-10 09:42

    A friend recommended this author to me but I think I chose the wrong book. (i.e., the one that was available at the library.) Some of the slogans were very helpful for mindful living, but many seemed overly complicated. I'd like to try something else by Pema Chodron that has a more typical format.

  • Sally
    2019-05-12 06:28

    Sometimes I find these Tibetan buddhist slogans and Pema Chodron's commentary on them helpful and insightful and other times I find them a bit depressing. I think I am misinterpreting, however, when I find them depressing.

  • Nina
    2019-05-15 05:21

    a quick upliftng read. pema introduces the 59 tibetan slogans and provides commentary. this is the first of i've ever heard of the slogans and i really enjoyed them. she suggests picking one at random to follow/think about each day. i'm going to try it!

  • Micabarry
    2019-05-01 10:22

    I love this Buddhist nun and this book has very short quotes to guide difficult days.

  • Shandygirl
    2019-05-05 03:40

    This is a quick read because it's really more of a daily affirmation-type book. I find myself being mindful to keep an open mind and heart each day. Always a good reminder.

  • Cherie
    2019-05-10 04:18

    Super quick read, but great lessons to ponder for deeper meditation and how to live.

  • Artemisia Hunt
    2019-04-25 08:44

    Pema's books and audiobooks are always inspiring and full of deep wisdom. I'm never disappointed each time I return to her very relevant, yet concise words. A much needed respite in today's world.

  • T.
    2019-05-06 03:25

    Wonderful little book. I read the whole book and now I use it as part of my meditation practice.

  • Barbara Wilson
    2019-05-22 09:44

    I like having a comprehensive collection of the Lojong slogans, but I would have benefitted from more in terms of the commentary.

  • Tameeka
    2019-05-05 08:21

    Great daily meditative quotes and the reasoning behind them.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-30 07:40

    Super quick read and very lovely. Mostly common sense ideas but still nice as reminders of what's important.

  • Laurie
    2019-05-01 05:29

    Love the reminders about how to live life. A great book to always have within arms reach.

  • Ron Davidson
    2019-04-29 07:32

    Boy, I needed that.

  • Wendy Swenson
    2019-04-29 05:39

    So far everything I have read from Pema is excellent. She's down-to-earth and practical with spiritual teachings that could make a difference in one's life when practiced.

  • Elaine
    2019-04-21 07:37

    Wonderful meditations. Can easily be reread many, many times.