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Always Maintain a Joyful Mind

And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness

  • by 
  • Pema Chödrön
  • translated by 
  • Nalanda Translation Committee

SKU# 9781590304600


Hardcover with CD


Shambhala Publications | 07/10/2007
Pages: 144 | Size: 5.50 x 6.25
ISBN: 9781590304600

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For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have relied on a collection of fifty-nine pith teachings (called lojong in Tibetan) to help them develop wisdom and compassion amid the challenges of daily living. In this book Pema Chödrön introduces these transformative teachings and offers guidance on how to make them part of our everyday lives.

The lojong teachings include: "Always maintain only a joyful mind," "Don't be swayed by external circumstances," "Don't be so predictable," and "Be grateful to everyone." Each slogan is followed by Pema Chödrön's accessible and succinct commentary on how to understand and apply it.

This book also features a forty-five-minute audio program entitled "Opening the Heart," in which Pema Chödrön offers in-depth instruction on tonglen meditation, a powerful practice that anyone can undertake to awaken compassion for oneself and others.

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