April 23, 2010

Slogan 1: "First Train in the Preliminaries."

Acharya Judy Lief on Lojong for Tricycle

Every Friday, Acharya Judy Lief is providing commentary on Atisha's lojong (mind-training) slogans for Tricycle. Today she posted about the first lojong slogan:

"First train in the preliminaries."

She writes:

This slogan raises the question of what is the best foundation for dharmic practice. How should we prepare ourselves to dive into the slogans?  This naturally leads to the further question of how we prepare ourselves to launch into anything.

Preparation is not something that we just do once and then forget about it.  It is easy to enter into meditation and other practices, and just continue along. But along the way, we lose track why we decided to do any of this in the first place. By starting with the preliminaries, and going back to that starting point repeatedly, we can reconnect ourselves over and over again our initial inspiration.  Trungpa Rinpoche used the analogy of combing our hair: each time, we go back to the root.

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