Training the mind in the habit of happiness–enlightening commentary on a classic Tibetan Buddhist teaching poem by a popular modern teaching nun.
Lojong, or “mind-training” is a practice that has gained astonishing popularly in recent years–because it works in transforming hearts and minds. Here is a presentation of lojong teachings that predates the “slogan” practice with which people have become so familiar through the books of Pema Chödrön and others, and that is every bit as powerful for imbuing the mind with intelligence and the heart with compassion. It is Thubten Chodron’s commentary on a Tibetan poem with the imposing title “Wheel of Sharp Weapons.” It is, as the title of this book indicates, an explanation of how karma works in our lives. But in explaining how to create good karma and avoid the negative effects of bad karma, it shows us how to live our lives with kindness and honesty–which makes things better not only for ourselves, but also for everyone else in the world.
About Good Karma
Why do things happen the way they do in our lives? How do we create the causes for a happy life? The Buddhist practice of mind training gives us the answer to these questions: it involves overcoming our self-centered attitude and replacing it with an attitude that cherishes others. This, in turn, leads us to act in ways that naturally lead away from suffering and toward happiness—in short, to create good karma. Thubten Chodron offers a commentary on one of the great Tibetan Buddhist poems, The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, which shows, clearly and practically, how to eliminate the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression and to create the causes of joyful liberation for oneself and all others.
“Good Karma opens up for us the liberating insights of karma and bodhicitta. With the support of ancient masters, together with her own deep wisdom and compassion, Thubten Chodron lovingly shares the essence of understanding she has gained through many years of study and practice.”—Sharon Salzberg
“Thubten Chodron’s commentary on Dharmarakshita’s Wheel of Sharp Weapons is a crash course on transforming pain and suffering into power tools for liberation.”—Chade-Meng Tan, bestselling author of Search Inside Yourself
“Thubten Chodron beautifully illustrates the importance of karma, its intricacies and details, using her own personal experience. Her detailed explanation of the important Tibetan text known as The Wheel of Sharp Weapons will be tremendously beneficial to anyone interested in a spiritual path.”—Gelek Rimpoche, author of Good Life, Good Death