Daily Slogan Practice

After reading Chogyam Trungpa’s book “Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindess”, I began utilizing the Tibetan Buddhist practice of training with lojong slogans. This practice is to have a deck of slogans and to draw a new card each day. The slogan then becomes a focus for the day. As I am both a Buddhist and a Quaker, I felt led to add Quaker slogans to my deck, along with a few other phrases I’ve found meaningful. For more information on the meaning of the Tibetan Buddhist lojong slogans, please check out the book mentioned above. I will only be listing the slogans on this page, not an explanation of them. I’ve personally found this practice to be very helpful and worthwhile; I’m listing the slogans I use in case you would like to give this practice a try.

 

Lojong Slogans:

  • 1: First, train in the preliminaries.
  • 2: Regard all dharmas as dreams.
  • 3: Examine the nature of unborn awareness.
  • 4: Self-liberate even the antidote.
  • 5: Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence.
  • 6: In post-meditation, be a child of illusion.
  • 7: Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath.
  • 8: Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue.
  • 9: In all activities, train with slogans.
  • 10: Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.
  • 11: When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi.
  • 12: Drive all blames into one.
  • 13: Be grateful to everyone.
  • 14: Seeing confusion as the four kayas in unsurpassable shunyata protection.
  • 15: Four practices are the best of methods.
  • 16: Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation.
  • 17: Practice the five strengths, the condensed heart instructions.
  • 18: The mahayana instruction for the ejection of consciousness at death is the five strengths: how you conduct yourself is important.
  • 19: All dharma agrees at one point.
  • 20: Of the two witnesses, hold the principal one.
  • 21: Always maintain only a joyful mind.
  • 22: If you can practice even when distracted, you are well-trained.
  • 23: Always abide by the three basic principles.
  • 24: Change your attitude, but remain natural.
  • 25: Don’t talk about injured limbs.
  • 26: Don’t ponder others.
  • 27: Work with the greatest defilements first.
  • 28: Abandon any hope of fruition.
  • 29: Abandon poisonous food.
  • 30: Don’t be so predictable.
  • 31: Don’t malign others.
  • 32: Don’t wait in ambush.
  • 33: Don’t bring things to a painful point.
  • 34: Don’t transfer the ox’s load to the cow.
  • 35: Don’t try to be the fastest.
  • 36: Don’t act with a twist.
  • 37: Don’t make gods into demons.
  • 38: Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness.
  • 39: All activities should be done with one intention.
  • 40: Correct all wrongs with one intention.
  • 41: Two activities: one at the beginning, one at the end.
  • 42: Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.
  • 43: Observe these two, even at the risk of your life.
  • 44: Train in the three difficulties.
  • 45: Take on the three principal causes.
  • 46: Pay heed that the three never wane.
  • 47: Keep the three inseparable.
  • 48: Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly.
  • 49: Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.
  • 50: Don’t be swayed by external circumstances.
  • 51: This time, practice the main points.
  • 52: Don’t misinterpret.
  • 53: Don’t vacillate.
  • 54: Train wholeheartedly.
  • 55: Liberate yourself by examining and analyzing.
  • 56: Don’t wallow in self-pity.
  • 57: Don’t be jealous.
  • 58: Don’t be frivolous.
  • 59: Don’t expect applause.

My Precept Vows:

  • I take up the way of taking only what is freely given and giving freely of all that I can.
  • I take up the way of engaging in sexual intimacy respectfully and with an open heart.
  • I take up the way of letting go of anger.
  • I take up the way of supporting life.
  • I take up the way of speaking truthfully.
  • I take up the way of speaking of others with openness and possibility.
  • I take up the way of meeting others on equal ground.
  • I take up the way of cultivating a clear mind.

Other Buddhist Slogans:

  • Nothing is what we thought. (Pema Chodron)
  • The warrior delights in heedfulness. When doubt arises, contemplate warriorship. Celebrate the feast of faith and joy. (Chogyam Trungpa)
  • Take delight in others and propagate dignity. Always think only of the good of others. Rest with gentle patience and strength. (Chogyam Trungpa)
  • Daring to let go, the warrior is great in friendliness. The humble warrior is supreme. The ultimate warrior protects the world. (Chogyam Trungpa)
  • Goodness is the ground of all. To overcome uncertainty is utterly good. Goodness dawns like the sun. (Chogyam Trungpa)

Quaker Slogans:

  • Hasten unto God. (Thomas Kelly)
  • Remember to die. (Elias Hicks)
  • Ye have no time but the present time. (George Fox)
  • Let your life speak. (George Fox [GF])
  • Be still and cool in thy own mind. (GF, paraphrased)
  • Walk cheerfully over the world. (GF)
  • Answer that of God in everyone. (GF)
  • Live in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars. (GF, paraphrased)
  • Try what love will do. (William Penn)
  • Look upon your treasures and try whether the seeds of war have any nourishment in your possessions. (John Woolman [JW])
  • Dig deep, carefully cast forth the loose matter and get down to the rock… and there hearken to the divine voice which gives a clear and certain sound. (JW)
  • Use your capabilities and your possessions… as God’s gifts entrusted to you. (Philadelphia YM F&P)
  • Keep to the simplicity of Truth. (PYM F&P)
  • Think it possible you may be mistaken. (BYM)
  • Attend to what love requires of you, which may not be great busyness. (BYM)
  • Love is the first motion. Do I feel loving before I speak? (Liz Opp)
  • Stir up love instead of stir up trouble. (Liz Opp)
  • Be faithful AND loving. (Liz Opp)
  • Live simply so others can simply live.

Christian Slogans:

  • This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad of it.
  • Be still and know that I am God.
  • Be not afraid.
  • The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. (Psalms)
  • My eyes are ever upon the Lord, who frees my feet from the snare. (Psalm 25)
  • Do not take any forethought for what you will say, but whatever is given to you in that hour, say it, for it will not be you who speak but the Holy Spirit. (Mark)
  • Let your light shine to the glory of God. (Matthew, paraphrased)
  • Do not judge. (Matthew)
  • Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. (Luke)
  • Do not condemn. (Luke)
  • I am the way, the truth, and the life. None shall come to the Father except through me. (John)
  • What God has made clean, do not you make profane. (Acts)
  • Live at peace with everyone. (Romans)
  • Let love be sincere. (Romans)
  • Be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger… (James)
  • Be practioners of the word, not mere self-deceiving listeners. (James)

Other Slogans:

  • Nothing extra!
  • The only thing that is permanent is impermanence.
  • Don’t compare and compete. This is your body: honors its limitations. (Amira’s Bellydance 101)
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously!
  • Be still and listen more.
  • Be where you are.
  • Be available.
  • Be present.
  • For one moment, quit being sad. Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you. God. (Rumi)
  • Don’t let your throat tighten with fear. Take sips of breath all day and night, before death closes your mouth. (Rumi)
  • Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance, when you’re perfectly free. (Rumi)
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4 responses to “Daily Slogan Practice

  1. Lovely!

    Not my practice, but I like it!

  2. DAVID

    What a beautifully and honestly crafted website. Thank you. As a quaker also seeking and sometimes finding enlightenment, I warm to your ministry. Wishing you light and peace and joy.

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