Free Your Pen: Lojong for Writers

Jessica Davidson

Continuing the extracts from Free Your Pen: Mind Training for Writers. In the last few posts we explored why the mind is such an unruly place and what we can do about it. Now we dig deeper into the source of mind training practice and look at some of the ideas that underpin the teachings in this extract from chapter two:

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What is Lojong?

Lojong is a meditation practice from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that uses 59 slogans or aphorisms to train the mind in compassion and resilience. It is rooted in the Buddha’s teachings and includes practices that work as antidotes to the negative thought patterns that cause suffering.

The word lojong is usually translated as ‘mind training’, but the meaning of the Tibetan word is closer to ‘refining’ than to ‘training’ the mind. The idea is to use meditation to tame and quieten your mind, and…

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