less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings."
---The 16th Mind Training Slogan of Atisha
Although the 59 slogans of this Tibetan Buddhist system of training the Heart/Mind were passed on as secret teachings in Tibet by the ninth century emigre Indian teacher, Atisha, they were codified and then opened to a wider audience in the 12th century by Tibetan teacher Geshe Chekawa.
Now, in the 21st century, that audience is worldwide. Here, in the melting pot of American Buddhism, there are numerous translations and commentaries on these Teachings in English -- and not only those of teachers in the Tibetan tradition like Pema Chödrön and her teacher Chögyam Trungpa. In fact, my favorite book on Lojong is that of Zen teacher, Sensei Norman Fisher. His book, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, rocks!
In print, in digital media and on the web, accessing the vast array of material on Lojong available today is like peering at the rainbow facets of a diamond while slowly spinning it around in the sunlight.
How cool is that?
Of course, studying is one thing. Unlearning a lifetime of habit is another. The effort to uncover our natural compassion and wisdom takes commitment, energy, and patience. It takes Practice.
At one point years and years ago, after having been struck by a suggestion by Ram Dass's in Be Here Now,