Category Archives: tonglen

Overwhelmed… Edges of Depression

Tired, overwhelmed.  I think of the WestWing episode where the man is sitting in the bar with Toby and he says he doesn’t mind working to care for his family, that it is a good thing, but just a little … Continue reading

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Compassion, Openness, Level Headedness

The last two weeks have been so filled with anger and even verbal abuse from friends (with like minds) that I have been depressed. Really depressed. Not-wanting-to-get-out-of-bed-feeling-hopeless-maple-cookies-old-movies-staying-in-jammies. The state of our world is enough to make anyone want to turn … Continue reading

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Breathing in loss, sending sunflowers

“There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle And a very happy start.” ― Shel Silverstein, Every Thing on It Saying goodbye to Govinda Jai today. Heart is breaking open. Unplugging … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 27: Aspiration

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-seventh weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here. The fifth of the five strengths is aspiration. Trungpa speak of this as ending with the wish to save … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 26: Reproach, Fear, Sanity

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-sixth weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here. The fourth of the five strengths is reproach. Trungpa Rinpoche discusses this as in “reproaching your ego.” Ego is … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 25: Basic Goodness

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-fifth weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here. The third of the five strengths is seed of virtue. I don’t relate well to the “seed of virtue”, … Continue reading

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Lojong Practice 24: Dog-Eared Study Books

Notes at the end for this ongoing study: This is the twenty-fourth weekly installment.  To start at the beginning go here.  The second of the five strengths is familiarization.  Trungpa says, “Your dharmic subconscious gossip has begun to be more … Continue reading

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