Basic Goodness

  I like the Buddhist idea of Basic Goodness. It’s a term that was coined by Chogyam Trungpa, who was trying to present Buddhist teachings in a way that would resonate with westerners. It represents the same thing, essentially, as the Buddha Nature concept. It’s about our true nature, who we really are. The teaching […]

When the Practice Doesn’t Fit — The Tattooed Buddha

  There’s a saying in the zen tradition that if you start to slouch, your mind starts to wander. I have found that to be true, but I haven’t heard anything about your hands feeling uncomfortable and the mind wandering. I think the same principle does apply. In the Zen tradition it’s often said that […]

Lojong Point 7: Guidelines of Mind Training

This point has to do with how we go further in our day to day life. This is connected to an understanding of how we can have better behavior in our relationships and in our lives in general.   39. All Activities Should Be Done With One Intention The one intention is to cultivate bodhicitta, […]

Lojong Point 6: Disciplines of Mind Training

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of wisdom, prajnaparamita. They are connected with sharpening our awareness to help us work with ourselves. Wisdom cuts through ignorance. We are cultivating a sense of awareness and mindfulness that will develop us on the bodhisattva path. It’s our sense of wisdom that allows us to […]

Lojong Point 4: Make Practice Your Whole Life

This group of slogans is connected with the perfection of diligence. Diligence means that we aren’t lazy in our practice, we are motivated and determined. When we talk about laziness we’re talking about lack of joy on the path. We can think of diligence as developing an appreciation for what we’re doing. The path shouldn’t […]

Lojong Point 2: Training in Bodhicitta

This is where things really start. The way of the Bodhisattva is the way of compassion and wisdom, of realizing your own boundless potential. It comes from realizing that Enlightenment is our true nature, that we have a basic goodness and wakefulness that is fundamental to our being. Bodhicitta is what the diligence of the […]

Lojong Point One: Train In The Preliminaries

POINT ONE: Train in the Preliminaries 1)Resolve to Begin This involves everything that has led us to the path of the Bodhisattva. It’s hard to view our past as part of the path, especially when our past may have been particularly difficult. But the truth is everything that’s happened to us before now has led […]

What is Lojong?

Lojong is a set of techiniques for training the mind. These techniques are designed to open our hearts and awaken our minds. There are fifty nine slogans and they offer us a lot of help in transcending our egotism and putting down the baggage we are carrying. The fifty nine slogans have been used by Tibetan […]

Taking the Path of the Bodhisattva | the tattooed buddha

We bind ourselves to concepts like I and you, self and other. That’s why seeing things as they really are helps us to walk the Bodhisattva path. We can come to an understanding that things aren’t as divided as they seem. More here: Taking the Path of the Bodhisattva

Great Compassion

When we come to see things as they really are, we naturally start to be more compassionate. We begin to develop what’s referred to as Great Compassion. The Bodhisattva Path is sometimes referred to as “Emptiness with a heart of compassion.” Our way of seeing the world, when we begin to understand the true nature […]