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!
“#41: Two activities,
One at the beginning, one at the end.”
I love this slogan.
I feels like a slogan about fresh starts, renewing vows daily.
In the morning, you wake and make your commitment to be conscious of your activities. In the tradition, they talk about promising to be gentle with yourself and others,
to not blame the world for your problems,
to keep your heart open and to remain curious.
I also use it to bolster myself with gratitude especially on the most difficult days.
Then at the end of the day, you look back.
How did you do? If you didn’t do well you vow to do better the next day.
And I give thanks for the best time of day, with Mitchell and the cats curled into bed.
Be gentle with yourself and others during this joyous, depressing, sad, stressful, fun, full-of-expectations
time of year!
In this weekly commentary on the lojong,
I am not open 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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Okina Journal, with pen and ink,
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Thanks for the reminders
Need to get back to the Lojong
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