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Lojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called "slogans") as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West in only the last 20 years or so - and it has become very popular indeed because it's a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life, and because it works.

Through the influence of Pema Chödrön, who was one of the first American Buddhist teachers to teach it extensively, the practice has moved out of its Buddhist context to affect the lives of non-Buddhists, too. It's in this spirit that Norman Fischer offers his commentary on the lojong slogans. He applies Zen wisdom to them, showing how well they fit in that related tradition, but he also sets the slogans in the context of resonant practices throughout the spiritual traditions. He shows lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren't otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don't have the time or inclination to meditate, or who'd just like to morph into the kind of person who's focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.

©2012 Norman Fischer (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Norman Fischer is an exceptional reader

Not only is this book beautifully written, but also Norman Fischer speaks it as if he's talking to you alone, making the whole practice of Lojong brilliantly accessible.

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  • Ryan
  • Portland, OR, United States
  • 06-30-18

Now is the only time for training in compassion

This book will stand beside Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind as a living book that I can always return to for learning. I was ready for hearing and absorbing this teaching just as I happened across it. I hope you find the same -- that your readiness for training in compassion comes when you are broken, bored, angry, frustrated, content, confused, depressed, overwhelmed, terrified, joyous, alienated, sick, lonely, satisfied, excited -- and that no matter where you are and how you feel, now is not the right time, but the only time for training in compassion.

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Excellent for a beginner like myself

What about Norman Fischer’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his humor. Difficult and sometimes confusing concepts were presented with great understanding and a gentle humor.

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one of my favorites

great listen, easy to listen to, fun and heart warming. I read this book each season.

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Beautiful introduction into practice of Lojong

This book helped me tremendously in working through a relationship difficulty. Practice slogans are really useful.

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  • Mike
  • Madison, WI USA
  • 11-30-16

Best audiobook I have listened to out of hundreds!

As a person studying Buddhism for the past 20 years, and reading many books, this was the best audio book I have listened to. The book itself is a fantastic interpretation of Lojong teachings , but it was also wonderful to hear the author read the book himself. It sounded more like a talk than the reading of a book, and it was clear that the author has great belief in what he was saying , really enjoyed it!