Thought Transformation (Lojong) Practices

“We Westerners always have to blame something external when things go wrong, “I’m not happy, so I’d better change this.” We’re always trying to change the world around us instead of recognizing that it’s our own attachment that we have to change.”

– Lama Thubten Yeshe

Cultivating Mindfulness of Bodhichitta in Daily Activities

In Cultivating Mindfulness of Bodhichitta in Daily Activities, Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows us how to take the essence of our precious human life by transforming our normal daily activities—such as sitting down, standing up, washing, and dressing—into a cause for enlightenment by accompanying them with a bodhichitta motivation to benefit all sentient beings. Click here to order.

As a compliment to the practice above, we have a beautiful digital set of bodhichitta mindfulness cards that can be printed. Place them in appropriate places to remind you to do these practices in your daily life (courtesy of Sandy Carlson and Donna Seese, Kadampa Center). Click here to order.

Discovering Buddhism - Module Eleven: Transforming Problems

The Transforming Problems module of Discovering Buddhism considers the disadvantages of self-cherishing and the advantages of cherishing others more than ourselves. Learn how to employ the special techniques of mind training, or “lojong,” as a means to transform problems into happiness and learn to like problems, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche says, “as much as ice cream.”

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Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation is one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as lojong (mind training). This root text was written by the eleventh-century meditator Langri Tangpa Dorje Senghe. His Holiness the Dalai Lama refers to this work as one of the main sources of his own inspiration and includes it in his daily meditations. This English translation is by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and includes the Tibetan phonetics.

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Everflowing Nectar of Bodhichitta

This practice by Lama Zopa Rinpoche is based on the short text Eight Verses of Thought Transformation composed by Langri Tangpa Dorje Senghe, which contains the entire technique for transforming the mind into relative bodhichitta (i.e., the wish to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings) and absolute bodhichitta (i.e., the wisdom realizing emptiness).

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Living in the Path Online Program - Lojong Modules

Living in the Path Online: Bodhichitta Mindfulness

In this module of Living in the Path, Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows us how to take the essence of our precious human life by transforming our normal daily activities – walking, washing, dressing, etc. – into a cause of enlightenment by doing them with a bodhichitta motivation to benefit all sentient beings.

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Living in the Path Online: Transforming a Suffering Life into Happiness

In this module of Living in the Path, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains three practices that he would like all his students to do at the beginning of every day – The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment), Blessing the Speech, and Daily Mantras.

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Living in the Path Online: Transforming Kaka into Gold

In this module of Living in the Path, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the practice of lojong, often translated as “thought transformation” or “mind training.” Although all the Buddha’s teachings are a type of lojong, given that they are meant to be used to transform or train the mind, the particular lojong taught here is that of using problems, including even cancer and impending death, in the path to enlightenment. This teaching includes an explanation of tonglen, the practice of taking-and-giving, which Lama Zopa Rinpoche describes as “the best puja you can do in your life.”

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The Door to Satisfaction

Lama Zopa Rinpoche reveals the essential meaning of an ancient text that he discovered in his retreat cave high in the Himalayas. This text was Opening the Door to Dharma, composed in the fifteenth century by a follower of the Kadampa tradition. Lama Zopa was so moved and enlightened by the text that he declared that only after reading it did he understand the true meaning of practicing Dharma. He has based an entire line of thought-training teachings on it and from it brings forth a powerful message in this book.

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The Seven-Point Thought Transformation
Geshe Chekhawa wrote The Seven-Point Thought Transformation in the 12th century as an explanation of Buddha’s instructions for training the mind (lojong). These teachings involve refining and purifying one’s motivations and attitudes as a means for transforming thoughts into virtue.

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Transforming Problems into Happiness

Commenting on a 13th-century Tibetan text that contains instructions and practical advice for everyday spiritual living, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches us how to be happy by literally changing our attitude, permitting us to live a happy and relaxed life despite our external circumstances. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s unique style brings the text contemporary relevance, making it valuable to everyone, whatever their spiritual background.

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