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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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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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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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Relatable for Modern Times

This audio book introduced me to the 59 slogans. I felt that they were well explained and it opened my curiosity to learn more and start memorizing them. I will need to make note cards or ordered the book in paperback to help me memorize them.

I can see returning to this book for thatdeeper understanding of each.

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Training in Compassion

It was practical and down to earth ,exactly what I needed to hear .I am very thankful to Norman Fischer for his many years of practice and his ability to talk about it.

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Essential read

Although the reading is a bit dry, don't let this stop you from getting the incredibly useful knowledge from this book.

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  • 05-07-19

Pedantic

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

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  • Ms. B.Hartland
  • 09-02-19

Refreshingly different

Excellent book about the slogans from a zen perspective. It's really nice to listen to a non judgemental exposition of the slogans and how these fit in to normal, day to day life.

Norman Fisher is an experienced speaker and an experienced practitioner and yet his teachings can be followed by anyone with a mind to do so.

Highly recommended book for beginner and experienced alike. I have lost count of how many times I have listened to this audi book.

Very good value for money and very well read.

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