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Book Giveaway: Training in Compassion

Book coverLojong is the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases (called “slogans”) as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. Though the practice is more than a millennium old, it has become popular in the West only in the last twenty years or so because it’s a practice that one can fit very well into an ordinary life, and because it works.

In Training in Compassion, Norman Fischer offers his commentary on the lojong slogans. He applies Zen wisdom to them, showing lojong to be a wonderful method for everyone, including those who aren’t otherwise interested in Buddhism, who don’t have the time or inclination to meditate, or who’d just like to morph into the kind of person who’s focused rather than scattered, generous rather than stingy, and kind rather than thoughtless.

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong. We’ll choose a winner next Friday, December 14, at noon EST. Congrats to David! Thanks for your comments, everyone, and come back for more giveaways!

158 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Training in Compassion

  1. As someone who has never mastered meditation despite numerous attempts, this sounds like a great alternative. Sign me up!

  2. This book sounds wonderful! Sometimes i just don’t feel like being spiritual. It’s a process for me. Literature always helps me.

  3. As a therapist I am looking for ways to inspire, to lighten the burden of those I come in contact with. As a student of Life, I practice what I learn, so that I can teach from the perspective of humble understanding. Short phrases might be very effective in conveying a truth, allowing it space/time to sip in through the crevices of our Psyche. Untouched by the critical mind these short phrases can help us at a time we is need it the most.

  4. I would love a copy of this book. I have been wanting to return to lojong practice, and feel that the book would be really helpful!

  5. Any tool can get you out of the box you are in; compassion, wisdom, and authenticity can get you out of the box and falling into a bigger box faster… Love it!

  6. I would love a copy of this book to give to a friend at a time in her life that she would be most happy and grateful to receive it. Mahalo.

  7. Any Book stays just a book, wisdom and method need to work hand in hand….so unless put into practice…..the book has no meaning in itself…….by wisdom and method we not only benefit ourselves from the book but we also benefit others directly or indirectly……

  8. I would absolutely LOVE a copy of this book!! As a Buddhist, I am always striving to be a better soul. This would be a wonderful tool :)

  9. Fascinating that Norman is incorporating Tibetan teachings into his Zen background. Very curious how this came about. I’m sure he’ll tell us in this book. Of course, like everyone else, I’d love to read it. How will you choose your ‘winner.?

  10. What a great gift this is of you to share with us, Norman. Thank you! I would love to have a copy as I know that it would be quite helpful in daily life.

  11. To be able to blend compassion and wisdom in service to all sentient beings – what a wonderful learning opportunity. Thank you Mr. Fisher for providing us with another stone on the Dharma path…I look forward to an opportunity to learn more…

  12. From my regular zazen practice over the years, I have become aware that there appears to be not much compassion in my life. Now that I have become aware of this fact, just how to actually manifest compassion in my daily life has been on my mind for some time. Training in Compassion could help deepen my awareness and sympathy for other’s suffering and foster the desire to do something about it.

  13. In the beging of my practice, I thought compassion would be a snap. Now I know it takes lots practice. It takes guidance. It also takes having compassion for yourself because it is very difficult to get over yourself. I didn’t realize all the obstacles that stood in the way of me being a fully, or even partly, compassionate person. Bohdichitta is hard. I am not there yet and could use all the help I can get.

  14. each practice creates its own path and the one i am walking could use a guide – this book would certainly help my journey.

  15. May All Beings Be Happy. May All Beings Be Peaceful. May all Beings Be Free From Suffering. Aum Bhuh, Aum Bhuvah, Aum Swaha, Aum Maha, Aum Janah, Aum Tapah, Aum Satyam, Aum Tat Savitur Varenyam, Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi, Dhiyo, Yonah, Pracyodayat

  16. My soul is good already – so is yours – I think the challenge is to let it come out to play more often. Hopefully this book can inspire before ‘I’ expire. :)

  17. Our souls are great already – the challenge is to let them come out to play more often… and hopefully this book can inspire this, before ‘I’ expire… :-)

  18. Norman Fischer has always been my inspiration and a wonderful speaker. I want to learn to be more compassionate, which I find in our daily lives sometimes we may overlook and forget.

  19. Es gibt nichts Gutes – ausser man tut es!
    (popular German aphoristic rhyme: “only that is truthfully Good which lives in our deeds”)

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