Lojong 47: Encouragement

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!

#46: Pay heed that the three never wane.
#47: Keep the three inseparable.

To me this is more encouragement (I like that better than admonishment)
that it is important, especially when you are starting out, to be devoted to
the practice in its many forms, starting with the three keys to #46:

  1. Be devoted and grateful to your spiritual friends.
  2. Have a heartfelt appreciation of the practice.
  3. Pay heed to the vows you take…

The latter has always felt important to me in that it is akin to me keeping
the promises I make to myself and my loved ones.
Those are the vows.

#47 is to train wholeheartedly with body mind and spirit.

I combined these because while slightly different,
they go hand in hand with last week’s slogan.

In this weekly commentary on the lojong, I am interested in hearing about
YOUR life or how the lojong affected you or your practice awakening in some manner.
For more info about why, go here.

 OE or OKINA NOTEBOOKS (my favorite journals, also known as Cadic)

Okina Journal, Esterbrook Estie Blueberry stub 1.1
with Robert Oster Sydney Lavender ink.

About dkatiepowellart

hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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