I’ve studied through the slogans a dozen times in my life;
these are my musings on the slogan currently, what comes up on the day that
I am posting the slogan, not a formal interpretation.
For that reason they are less about straight Buddhist teachings,
and I think able to be shared with most practitioners of other faiths or no faith
(unless yours doesn’t allow you to read any other tradition.)
If you have time and the inclination, I published the WHOLE thang here!
I always think of this one as going hand-in-hand with
Lojong 39: All activities should be done with one intention.
Pema Chodron, in “Start Where You Are”,
reminds me of of activities that lead to compassion,
which is why I love her book to read before the pithy texts on the Lojong.
From my notes on reading her long ago:
“The one intention it to exchange oneself for another…
hear what is being said…
see the person in front of you…
rest in not knowing what to do…
live with the differences.”
It was a good one for me this week, however, because it is more about
how you are dealing with “them” — and I had to deal with many of “them” this week.
Not having knee-jerk reactions to people who are acting nutty probably helped one come to a natural resolution without lawyers. She is less nutty and more dementia.
Seriously, those times when another is not even making enough sense to have a disagreement or agreement with in any way because they are all over the place — nutty!
I have no place to even begin wiht her because she changes her mind, denies doing it,
and keeps adding to the lists of what she wants for nothing.
All I could do was to be centered, to breath in a beat before reacting, to listen to what
did not make any sense — and to move into my days without resolution.
I prefer resolution, not leaving it hanging… drives me crazy!
But with centering I was able to move into enjoying the stitching work
I was completing on a month-long quilting project for a delightful client, which also allowed me to remember what having a delightful client was all about!
In this weekly commentary on the lojong, I am not open to comments becoming
a debate for people to nitpick Buddhism or my interpretations of Buddhist concepts.
(There are lots of places for debates.) I am more interested in hearing about
YOUR life or how the lojong affected you or your practice awakening in some manner.
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