Tibetan Buddhist Translation

Lojong Texts: An Anthology

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Rigpa Translations

With the encouragement and blessing of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, Lotsawa House has produced a booklet of lojong texts for free distribution. The booklet, which includes both the original Tibetan texts and English translation, was modelled on earlier anthologies of lojong texts in Tibetan and Chinese produced by Zenkar Rinpoche, and features additional texts recommended by Rinpoche himself.
The following texts are included in the booklet:
  1. Verses of Refuge and Bodhichitta by Shakyashribhadra
  2. The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels by Atisha Dipamkara
  3. Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa
  4. Parting from the Four Attachments with commentary by Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen
  5. The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
  6. How to Transform Sickness and Other Circumstances by Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo
  7. A Mirror Revealing the Crucial Points: Advice on the Ultimate Meaning by Longchen Rabjam
  8. Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa
  9. A Song of Compassion by Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangrol
  10. Many Aeons Ago by Patrul Rinpoche
  11. Aspirations in Accordance with the Dharma by Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima
The texts have all been translated by Rigpa Translations and are also available on the Lotsawa House website. Several of the translations were revised in recent months.
If you would like to contribute towards the costs of translating, producing and distributing this booklet, or the translation into other languages (we are currently working on French, German and Spanish versions), or even to support similar projects in the future, please make a donation here.
Update: The booklet is also available as an e-text in various formats here.

Who is Padmasambhava?

One Question, A Myriad of Answers

My father is self-knowing wakefulness.
My mother is the excellent space of all things.
I belong to the caste of undivided space and knowing.
I have taken the unborn dharmadhatu as my homeland.
I sustain myself by consuming concepts of duality.
To slay selfish emotions is my aim.

∼Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and students at the large statue of Padmasambhava in Sikkim

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ungraspable nature of mind

Any attempt to capture the direct experience of the nature of mind in words is impossible. The best that can be said is that it is immeasurably peaceful and, once stabilized through repeated experience, virtually unshakable. It’s an experience of absolute well-being that radiates through all physical, emotional and mental states – even those that might ordinarily be labeled as unpleasant.

~Mingyur Rinpoche

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essence of mind

You don’t have to do anything with your mind, just let it naturally rest in its essential nature. Your own mind, unagitated, is reality. Meditate on this without distraction. Know the Truth beyond all opposites. Thoughts are like bubbles that form and dissolve in clear water. Thoughts are not distinct from the absolute reality, so relax; there is no need to be critical. Whatever arises, whatever occurs, simply don’t cling to it, but immediately let it go. What you see, hear, and touch is your own mind. There is nothing but mind. Mind transcends birth and death. The essence of mind is pure consciousness that never leaves reality, even though it experiences the things of the senses. In the equanimity of the Absolute, there is nothing to renounce or attain.

~Niguma

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The roots of mindfulness

Bringing Mindfulness Back to it’s Buddhist Roots

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Mindfulness has its origins in the Buddhist tradition and was passed on from teacher to student since over 2500 years when the North Indian man Siddhartha left his father’s palace and walked as a homeless monk for about 50 years. The practice we today know as mindfulness is described in the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta of the Theravada tradition. It was also part of his first teachings on the Four Noble Truths in which the Buddha explained how one follows the Eightfold Noble Path to reach nirvana, which emphasizes the cultivation of right mindfulness. In the old sources mindfulness is described as the cultivation of four foundations which a monk or nun should practice during meditation, contemplating the body, the feelings, the mind and any phenomena arising in this human existence. When the monk is sitting, eating, walking, lying down, moving, working, in all aspects of life, the monk should be mindful and make conscious wholesome choices instead of unwholesome choices. The monk should not only bring awareness to these four foundations for mindfulness, he should transcend them by letting go of any attachment to a worldly life and thereby reach the ultimate stage called nirvana. Siddhartha reached the state of realization, which is the meaning of his name Buddha.

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