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What are these proverbs?
Mind Training is a practice in the Buddhist tradition based on a set of proverbs formulated in Tibet in the 12th century by Chekawa. Through the practice we undertake to connect with our world in an unconditionally positive way, and also to take full responsibility for our experience of it.

Unlike many practices it does not require that you sign on to a particular system of beliefs, nor is it something that you can only do on your meditation cushion. In fact, the best practice is often done out in the world, with exactly those people and situations that upset and irritate you the most.

The twin foundations of the practice are Ultimate Bodhicitta, which could be very roughly be translated as 'Open-Mindedness', and Relative Bodhicitta, which could be translated, again very roughly, as 'Compassion'.

The fifty-seven or so proverbs form a very skilful set of antidotes to the bad mental habits, paranoia, and fixed ideas that cause us so much suffering. If you are new to the practice and want to decide whether the practice is for you, you might want to take a look at commentaries on:

Viewing Commentaries
To view the commentaries, place the cursor over the words `Teachings` at the top of the window. You will see a drop-down list of the 7 points. Click on one of them (for example, `Formal Practice`). Or click on (Full List) for a full list of the proverbs.

You will see a list a proverbs in that section. To the left of each proverb you will see a row of small squares with a single letter each. Each square is a link to a commentary on the proverb by a particular author, as follows:
Chogyam Trungpa
Pema Chodron
Jamgon Kongtrul
Alan Wallace
Geshes Rabten and Dhargyey
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Site News
30 September 2014 New Feature - Audio Teachings. Audio teachings on the Mind Training proverbs by Osho and Michael Conklin, Click on Audio/Mind Training Talks, or here.

In the Dharma,
Martin Mellish, Site Admin.

Bodhicitta is precious
May it arise where it has not arisen
Once it has arisen, may it ever grow and flourish.
About these Extracts
These commentaries are extracts only. In most cases less than 25% of each book has been extracted, and some of the most wonderful material in the commentaries has had to be omitted for reasons of space. If a commentary speaks to you, please support the authors and publishers who have generously given permission for their work to be used by buying a copy: you won't regret it. You can buy all the commentaries through this website, and most of them are also available at any good bookstore.