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The Great Path of Awakening: A Commentary on the Mahayana Teraching of the Seven Points of Mind Training

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Written by the nineteenth-century Tibetan scholar Jamgon Kongtrul, this book provides clear and concise instructions for working with fifty-nine traditional Buddhist maxims or slogans. This practice—made popular in such books as Start Where You Are by Pema Chödrön and Training the Mind by Chögyam Trungpa—is designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness tow ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published December 12th 1987 by Shambhala Publications Inc.,U.S.
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Michelle
Lojong is a really wonderful and powerful practice that offers an accessible core of the mahayana. Lojong is a set of slogans; overall, their themes encourage us to take difficulties, crisis and pain and transform it into an opportunity to deepen mindfulness, compassion, and self-growth.

There are many excellent books on the lojong, including Pema Chödron's Start Where You Are and Trungpa Rinpoche's Training the Mind. I suggest reading them in order for the non-buddhist, starting with Pema's. Sh
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Sonic
Feb 16, 2016 Sonic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I feel certain rating my experience of this book at 5 stars, I do not pretend to understand all (or maybe much) of it.
But the general messages of compassion for others,
and the exquisite utilizing and transforming of difficulties as a means of self-development are immeasurably beautiful and essential.

And while reading this book was not directly practical for me, outside of providing inspiration from a sound and harmonious perspective, this little gem of a book does seem to be practical in
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Jayme
Jun 01, 2012 Jayme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Great Path of Awakening' is useful in that it provides the Lojong mind training teachings in something close to their original context. But this classic text is far from the most accessible for the average Buddhist practitioner. I found Pema Chodron's series of lectures about the Lojong teachings (recorded at a retreat and presented in the audio recording 'Be Grateful to Everyone') to be a great learning tool. Her book 'Start Where You Are' also a good overview.
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Feb 08, 2015 Jessica Blair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ!
Mark Gelula
Sep 15, 2009 Mark Gelula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is the root teaching of the Seven Point Mind Training. The translation is excellent: clear and modern language without missing the original intentions of the teaching. Excellent notes.
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Sep 18, 2013 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good commentary, but I find that I go back to Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness more often.
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Jamgön Kongtrül is a name of a prominent line of Tibetan Buddhist teachers (lama), primarily identified with the first Jamgon Kongtrul, but also the name shared by members of a lineage held by tradition to be his subsequent reincarnations (tulku), to date.

The first Jamgon Kongtrul, Jamgön Kongtrül Lodrö Thayé, was one of the preeminent scholars in 19th century Tibet. Tibetan Buddhists believe that
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