Point Four and the Paramita of Extension
"Showing the Utilization of Practice in One's Whole Life"
Mark, Richard, and Shanti will read and facilitate the group discussion. We can again expect interesting dialog and perspectives from all on these studies.
Tonight, Chogyam Trungpa's commentaries on Lojong slogans
17: Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions.
The five strengths are:
1. strong determination to train in opening the heart and mind;
2. familiarization with the practices (such as tonglen) that help you to do that;
3. the positive seed that is within you, experienced as a yearning to practice and wake up;
4. reproach, which is a tricky one for Western students but is an important practice: realizing that ego-clinging causes you to suffer, you delight in self-rejection, and honesty, and in seeing where you get stuck; and
5. the aspiration to help alleviate suffering in this world, expressing that intention to yourself.
a practice for Slogan #17
Pay attention to how you decide to spend your time. How much of your activity each day is intentional? Choose a day and try deliberately setting an intention to place whatever you are doing that day within the context of mindfulness and loving-kindness practice.
18. The Mahayana instruction for ejection of consciousness at death Is the five strengths: how you conduct yourself is important.
When you are dying practice the five strengths (based on becoming a very familiar with them while you are alive).
1. Strong determination: Open and let go when the appearances of this world start to devolve.
2. Familiarization: Practice opening and letting go throughout your life so you will not panic as everything dissolves at death.
3. The positive seed: Trust that you have the innate ability to let go and have compassion for others.
4. Reproach: Realizing that this limited identity isn't solid and is dissolving, do not indulge in trying to keep it from falling apart.
5. Aspiration : At death, aspire to spend all of your future lives in the presence of your teachers and to do your best to benefit others forever.
a practice for Slogan #18
Spend some time contemplating the things that make you afraid, and how you react. Contemplate times you are in pain, and how you deal with it. Notice whatever causes you to lose your mindfulness. Determine to hold the perspective of mindfulness and compassion even in the midst of fear, pain, or dying.
Here is a link to the whole book + other collected works (slogans 17-18 can be found in pages[masked])
Here is a link to the commentaries by Acharya Judy Lief ( the editor of this book)