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Seven Points and Fifty-Nine Slogans for Generating Compassion and Resilience

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From Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, by Norman Fischer.


POINT ONE Resolve to Begin


1. Train in the preliminaries


POINT TWO


Train in Empathy and Compassion

2. See everything as a dream

3, Examine the nature of awareness

4. Don’t get stuck on peace.

5. Rest in the openness of mind.

6. In Postmeditation be a child of illusion


POINT TWO



Train in Empathy and Compassion:

Relative Compassion

7. Practice sending and receiving alternately on the breath

8. Begin sending and receiving practice with yourself

9. Turn things around (Three objects, three poisons, three virtues).

10. Always train with the slogans.


POINT THREE

Transform Bad Circumstances Into the Path


11. Turn all mishaps into the path.

12. Drive all blames into one.

13. Be grateful to everyone.

14. See confusion as Buddha and practice emptiness.

15. Do good, avoid evil, appreciate your lunacy, pray for help.

16. Whatever you meet is the path.


POINT FOUR


Make Practice Your Whole Life

17. Cultivate a serious attitude (Practice the five strengths).

18. Practice for death as well as for life.


POINT FIVE


Assess and Extend


19. There’s only one point.

20. Trust your own eyes.

21. Maintain joy (and don’t lose your sense of humor).

22. Practice when you’re distracted.


Seven Points and Fifty-Nine Slogans for Generating Compassion and Resilience


POINT SIX


The Discipline of Relationship


23. Come back to basics.

24. Don’t be a phony.

25. Don’t talk abut faults.

26. Don’t figure others out.

27. Work with your biggest problems first.

28. Abandon hope. 29. Don’t poison yourself. 3

0. Don’t be so predictable.

31. Don’t malign others.

32. Don’t wait in ambush.

33. Don’t make everything so painful.

34. Don’t unload on everyone.

35. Don’t go so fast..

36. Don’t be tricky.

37. Don’t make gods into demons.

38. Don’t rejoice at others’ pain.


POINT SEVEN

Living With Ease in a Crazy World.


39. Keep a single intention

40. Correct all wrongs with one intention

41. Begin at the beginning, end at the end.

42. Be patient either way.

43. Observe, even if it costs you everything.

44. Train in three difficulties

45. Take on the three causes.

46. Don’t lose track.

47. Keep the three inseparable. 48. Train wholeheartedly, openly, and constantly.

49. Stay close to your resentment.

50. Don’t be swayed by circumstances.

51. This time get it right!

52. Don’t misinterpret.

53. Don’t vacillate.

54. Be wholehearted.

55. Examine and analyze.

56. Don’t wallow.

57. Don’t be jealous.

58. Don’t be frivolous.

59. Don’t expect applause.




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