Before we began the exploration of the Seven Points of Mind Training I had been considering which book to use, and realized that a choice wasn’t necessary. All the books are organized by the seven points and their related lojong slogans. As we explore together, each group member using one or two of the books, we can be reading in the various books about the same point and same slogans regardless of the book we have chosen. This will allow the insights arising from the various sources to be expressed in our group sharing, enriching the experience for one another. I will be doing the readings in all 7 of the recommended books and can serve as a connecting point.
Choosing which book to use may be a challenge, as they are all valuable. I will continue to bring them to group- please have a look at them. You can also go to Amazon on line and bring up the books for sale. All of them have the feature that allows you to have a look at the table of contents and the first part of the book.
Here is the list of the 7 books:
The Great Path of Awakening (The classic guide to Lojong, a Tibetan Buddhist practice for Cultivating the Heart of Compassion) by Jamgon Kontrul
Start Where You Are – A Guide to Compassionate Living by Pema Chodron
Buddhism with an Attitude – The Tibetan Seven-Point Mind Training by Alan Wallace
Training the Mind – and Cultivating Loving-Kindness by Trungpa Rinpoche
Enlightened Courage by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The Practice of Lojong – Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind by Traleg Kyabgon
Training in Compassion – Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong by Norman Fischer
Some additional information: the first two of these hyperlinks bring you to short articles about lojong by some American Buddhist teachers. The 3rd is a link to a Florida Community website page that has links to Dharma talks on the Lojong slogans.
http://www.alanwallace.org/BDfall2005.pdf This includes a description of the origins and practice of lojong, and a wonderful panel discussion with 3 well known and highly regarded teachers (who don’t always agree with each other!): Ken McLeod, Alan Wallace and Judith Lief.
http://judylief.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/SUN_July12_Lief.pdf This is a lovely Shambala Sun article by Judith Lief describing the lojong practice.
Dharma talks by Fred Eppsteiner on several of the Lojong slogans can be found here: http://www.floridamindfulness.org/page-1861102