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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.

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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!

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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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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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Excellent for a beginner like myself

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

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A Universal Guide for Lifel

Listening to this book even 10-15 minutes at start of the day,could create a kind and meaningful attitude to all of life

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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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loved it

This is a very complete beginner's guide to zen topics. if you are interested in learning about compassion and how to practice it in your own life, this is definitely the book for you. The voice of the narrator also makes it very easy to understand and feel related. Definitely recommend. :)

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simple and clear

i have been looking for such a humble and honest explanation of how to practice zen and buddhism, and this book did so in a thoughtful and humorous way-- i really enjoyed it and i thank the author greatly!! this time i'll get it right!! ;)

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Practice, practice, practice

For any practitioner this is an impprtant book. The information is accessible and presented in a logical sequence. The only disappointment is the narration. Norman Fischer is a wonderful and dynamic speaker and a fabulous dharma teacher but it felt like he was reading his own work aloud for the first time, halting , hesitant, and painfully unaware of where each sentence was headed and where it might end. Honestly, a little more practice before recording would have been much appreciated.

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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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  • 09-02-19

59 slogans

I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to listen to someone talk about the 59 slogans from the ancient Indian Atisha, without getting entangled in any particular religion. (if you don't know anything about the 59 slogans, they are little sayings that will help you become a better human being. Some of the slogans you will already have found to be true yourself, just by living and thinking about the best way to be) The author is a Zen Buddhist and believes in simplicity, which, in my opinion, brings simplicity to the listener/reader and does not detract anything from the text. in fact I have found that the simplicity brings the text to life for the modern reader while at the same time opens a window on the life of the community at the time of writing. in one of the appendices the author gives one of the simplest explanations on how to meditate that I have ever heard or read. The author does not do what many people do and that is to purposefully make meditation sound very complicated in order to make themselves sound more knowledgeable or clever. I have listened to this book many times, it is my favourite audible book. if anyone that buys this book enjoys it only half as much as I do it will still be well worth every penny spent.

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  • Mirrodin
  • 05-07-19

Pedantic

Overall quite good but...too wordy. And it reads rather contrived as opposed to being rooted in everyday life.