Lojong Slogan 3

January 22, 2020   |   2 Comments

Hello, everyone. It’s great to be contemplating the slogans together.

To examine awareness before it is born is obviously impossible. Don’t let that throw you. Hold the slogan as a line of poetry rather than a directive.

For more on this slogan, please check this link where some generous soul collected various teacher’s words on this very slogan. And of course the great Judy Lief always has something remarkable to say on this and all the slogans. I found this video from Tibetan teacher Khenpo Sherab Sangpo very interesting. (A khenpo is the title for a teacher who has completed a vast amount of study of classical dharma texts and practices.)

Reminder: How to work with slogans

Slogans are meant to be contemplated rather than analyzed. If you try to penetrate them with intellect alone, they will turn to dust.

I suggest that you spend a little time each morning in the company of this week’s slogan. Repeat it to yourself a few times and see how it feels to say the words within yourself. If you like to write, you could jot down a few thoughts or phrases in association. In all cases, let yourself feel the meaning rather than ponder it.

Then forget about it. As you go about your day, see if the slogan does or does not arise in response to your experience.



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  • Posted by:  Sue May

    This is an intriguing slogan, with its invitation to examining. Sometimes I see unborn awareness as a quality that is always present, being “born” when I turn my focus on the present, like suddenly seeing sharply when your binoculars are adjusted. Being unborn seems delightfully full of possibilities – sensory awareness, mental awareness, awareness of body in other ways, awareness of the outer world and our fellow travelers.

    • Posted by:  Susan Piver

      Delightfully full of possibilities is a fantastic way to see this slogan! xo S

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