First, train in the preliminaries
1. Life is precious. All life - animals, plants, people. Cherish it everyday.
2. Everything starts and ends. Life eventually ends.
3. What goes around comes around. Everything you do, good or bad, has a result.
4. Live in contemplation. Do not obsess about your ego, what you have or don’t have. Obsessing does not bring happiness.
Read all dharmas as dreams
Although experiences may seem solid, they are all passing memories.
Examine the nature of unborn awareness
When you swim in air, what do you hold on to? What is there before thinking? Who is singing outside? Is the wind strong?
Self liberate, even the antidote
Get rid of both disease, and vaccine. Not good, not bad. Let go, even let go of letting go.
Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence
There is always a resting place to go back to. Gently bring back your mind. Relax. Right here, right now, in present awareness.
After meditation, be a child of illusion
What to do now? Nothing to do. Nowhere to be. Nothing is solid. Lots of room. Lots of space.
Sending and Taking are practiced alternately, with the breadth
This is called tonglen. You breathe in the world’s suffering and breathe out happiness. Take someone’s suffering and send them happiness. Take and Send both with compassion and openess.
Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue
The three objects are friends, enemies, and neutrals. The three poisons are craving, aversion, and indifference. Use suffering as a seed of compassion, virtue, and loving-kindness.
In all activities, train with slogans
Use these slogans. Now. Later. They help dissolve the ego. They help be kind.
The 59 Lojong
For centuries, Lojong (Tibetan བློ་སྦྱོང་, “mind training”) has been practiced to reduce suffering and avoid undesired mental habits