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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!

159 thoughts on “Book Giveaway: Training in Compassion

  1. Three years ago my fiance died, I listened to him die on the phone. I was angry and bitter and stopped talking to God. About 10 months ago I began a quest for answers to stop the bitterness, the pain and the sadness. I came across a Buddhist website and just began reading. My whole way of thinking is starting to change but I have so much more to learn.

  2. I want to comment, I love lojong and zen. As the spirit of lojong is mounting discomfort on the breath and offering ones joy and happiness, I would like to offer the book to someone else, you can choose.

    I’m delighted to see a zen version of this wonderful teaching.
    Be well Martin

  3. Sounds like an interesting read.. The snake story is a good hook anyhow. I would be interested in reading more about these practices.

  4. i am Norman´s student, i always like how he brings zen into all aspects of life, when he speaks everything seems so simple,
    he is wonderful teaching compassion, it is part of his life so nice he is sharing this now with us,gassho

  5. Gawd, “Eat the blame and it will make you strong”?! That gets really close to victim-blaming and makes me so uncomfortable. I guess that is the point, right?

  6. I first learned of lojong through Pema Chodrön & practicing Tonglen. It is difficult for most of my Christian friends to understand how this type of practice strengthens my Christian faith. I don’t quite understand either, but I do know that this more than anything has taught me true compassion for others AND self.

  7. I’ve had a little exposure to the Lojong training, and it seems ideal for someone like me – seemingly unable to meditate for longer than 15-20 minutes at a time but still committed to mindful compassionate living. So I’d love a copy!

  8. I so want to read this book that I may buy it if I don’t win. A zen take on Lojong is such an interesting construct that I can hardly wait. One tradition commenting on another tradition is always enlightening.

  9. I enjoyed just the excerpt on eating the blame, so I’m confident I’d enjoy reading and learning from the entire book. I’m not as familiar as I’d like to be with Lojong practice but Training in Compassion will provide me that knowledge.

  10. I truly love lojong. I am forever thankful to Chogyam Trungpa, Pema Chodron, and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso for their teachings. Any new perspectives and insights would be wonderful

  11. I keep being reminded that I need to show more compassion on myself. I would love to have this book help me learn how to do that!

  12. I find compassion is sometimes fleeting in day-to-day life. It sounds as if this training is specifically designed to deepen compassion in order to apply it more consistently as we go about our lives.

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