The following presentation of the 59 Mind Training Slogans of Atisha was first published by Tricycle Magazine. Each commentary focuses on a slogan of the week. That way, over the course of a year, and at a steady, gentle pace, you can deepen your relationship with these classical guidelines for cultivating a compassionate life.
The source of this Mind Training (Tib.lojong) practice was the great Bengali master, Atisha Dipankara. Later, Geshe Chekawa organized these teachings into this series of 59 slogans, which are divided into seven “points” or categories. Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche published his commentary, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness in 1993.
Atisha’s slogans provide an earthy, practical way to work with our ego-clinging and to cultivate tenderness and compassion, both through meditation and through the events of everyday life.