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Lions Roar : July 2012
2012 - 2013 Programs Wise Relationship September 12-16, 2012 Creative Collaboration Opening to Mystery Cultivating Presence April 3-7, 2013 July 17-21, 2013 October 2-6, 2013 I Want to Be Skillful continued from page 53 circumstances, and by example to provide that ground for others. The Atisha slogans conclude with number fifty-nine: Don’t expect applause. When we are always looking over our shoulder to see how others think we are doing, it is hard to act directly and skillfully. The result of our need for recognition is that we feel disheartened, belit- tled, or furious when it does not materialize. It is hard to maintain steady effort when we give that power over to others, and we find that we are not really in tune with what we are doing. With this slo- gan, instead of looking for recognition from outside, we develop the confidence to trust the action itself for feedback. If outside recogni- tion comes, that’s great, but if not, it’s no big deal. The mind-training slogans skillfully prod us to lighten up and drop our pretentiousness. Instead of just talking about being loving or compassionate, they spell out how to do it. Their focus is on actions, not just attitude. We could have all sorts of loving and kind thoughts, and feel all warm and fuzzy, but so what? The point is to help this world, ourselves, and others at the same time, and we have the means to do so. Every time we are pricked awake by one of the slogans, and adjust our attitude or behavior, we expand our understanding of what it is to be skillful. Working with the Atisha slogans is a wonderful way to bring practice into all aspects of your life. They work not by grand ges- tures, but by the accumulation of many little interruptions to the momentum of ego confusion. In the midst of activity, a slogan pops up, and in an instant you change course. In that way, little by little, ordinary actions are liberated into bodhisattva activ- ity. Because it is so easy to lose track of practice mentality and work from a more shallow and conventional fallback position, it is good that we have these handy reminders to wake us up on the spot. Through the power of mind training, we never run out of opportunities to flip our limited actions into the skillful meth- odology of the bodhisattva path, and our limited vision into the penetrating insight of prajna. Meditation: Contemplating the Slogans Choose one of the following lojong slogans to work with over a period of three days: Be grateful to everyone; Always maintain only a joyful mind; Don’t try to be fastest; Don’t be swayed by external circumstances; or Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment. On the first day, use the slogan to reflect on how you relate to your spiritual practice. On the second day bring the slogan to mind in reflecting on how you handle personal relationships. On the third day, apply the slogan to your relationships with colleagues and your approach to your work. For more on the practice of lojong, see Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness, by Chögyam Trungpa, and The Great Path of Awakening: The Classic Guide to Lojong, by Jamgön Kongtrül. ♦ SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2012 89