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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice What’s Important

Practice what’s important is about not wasting the opportunity to practice mind training and meditation by paying attention to this moment right now. The original lojong slogan is: This time, practice the main points, which are to help others, practice the teachings, and cultivate compassion. This moment is the only time in which you can… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice What’s Important

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Count on External Conditions

Don’t count on external conditions is about practising mind training and meditation no matter what’s going on in your life. Whether your circumstances are favourable or not, practice anyway. The original lojong slogan is: Don’t be swayed by external circumstances, which reminds you that you can’t control reality. You can only control your reaction to… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Count on External Conditions

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Meditate on What You Resent

Meditate on what you resent is about noticing when you shut down or get annoyed, and using that to wake yourself up. The original lojong slogan is: Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment, and it encourages you to practice tonglen meditation with the things that get your goat. This slogan asks you to pay attention… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Meditate on What You Resent

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Train with a Whole Heart

Train with a whole heart is about applying the practice of mind training to everything in your life, not just when you’re meditating. The original lojong slogan is rather long: Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly. The key idea is to practice without bias, which… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Train with a Whole Heart

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice with your Whole Being

Practice with your whole being is about applying the practice of mind training to your whole being, not just your mind. The original lojong slogan is: Keep the three inseparable, which means seeing the body, speech, and mind as united. The body refers to how you act and what you do. Speech isn’t just what… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Practice with your Whole Being

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Lose Track

Don’t lose track is about remembering your inspiration and practising gratitude to help you maintain your commitment to mind training and awakening. The original lojong slogan is: Pay heed that the three never wane, and it refers to the three causes in slogan 45. It’s hard to maintain your enthusiasm and keep practising over the… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Lose Track

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Take on the Three Causes

Take on the three causes is about increasing the possibility of awakening by embracing ideas and practices that support you. The original lojong slogan is: Take on the three principal causes, and they are to find a teacher, to recognise the importance of the teachings, and to change your lifestyle so it supports your desire… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Take on the Three Causes

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Train in the Three Difficulties

Train in the three difficulties is about dealing with your bad habits and difficult emotions. The original lojong slogan is the same and refers to the difficulties of breaking free of the behaviour that holds you back. The three difficulties are the three ways your habits can cause you problems. First is the difficulty of… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Train in the Three Difficulties

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Remember What’s at Stake

Remember what’s at stake is about walking your talk and remembering to focus on what matters to you most. In the context of this teaching, that’s your intention to wake up and help others. The original lojong slogan is: Observe these two, even at the risk of your life, the two being the refuge and… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Remember What’s at Stake

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Be Patient Either Way

Be patient either way is about accepting reality as it is and being patient no matter what happens in your life. The original lojong slogan is: Whichever of the two occurs, be patient, so whether things go well or badly, you should accept them as they are and be patient. When things go wrong it… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Be Patient Either Way

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Renew Your Commitment Each Day

Renew Your Commitment Each Day is about making an intention to be present and to do your best to help others. The original lojong slogan is: Two activities: one at the beginning, one at the end, which asks you to make this dedication at the start of the day, and then again at the end.… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Renew Your Commitment Each Day

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Remember Your Intention

Remember Your Intention follows from the previous slogan and asks you to remember to be present and to let go of your ego. The original lojong slogan is: Correct all wrongs with one intention – the ‘wrongs’ being when you fail to live up to your intention to wake up or when you feel stuck… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Remember Your Intention