Lojong is a Tibetan word that means "training of the mind". Lo' means mind and 'jong' means training or cultivation. The goal of meditation is to transform the mind. We all have a mind and we can all work with it.
Whoever plays a musical instrument has to train and train until he develops his potential. No one expects to play the piano without training. Why would it be different with potential qualities of the mind like relaxation, attention, focus and compassion? If we consider that the benefit of meditation is to provide us with a new world experience at every moment of our lives, then it does not seem exaggerated to spend at least twenty minutes a day knowing our mind better and training it for that kind of openness.
The fruit of meditation can be described as genuine happiness, which does not arise from what we obtain from the world but from what we bring into the world, from what we cultivate within and offer.
Science today sees the benefits of meditation, and many programs offer the practices in a well-structured and secular way, with proven effects such as reduced stress and anxiety, activation of areas of the brain linked to well-being, and increased altruistic behavior.
Lojong aims to introduce these practices to those who are starting out, always in conjunction with programs that are supported by great teachers, and also to connect people with qualified teachers and groups in their cities so that they can move forward with their practices, for this is fundamental.
The meditations in the "Way" area are inspired by the Cultivating Emotional Balance program, Thupten Jinpa's "A Fearless Heart", B. Alan Wallace's "Genuine Happiness", and Matthieu Ricard's "The Art of Meditation". They are narrated by Lama Jigme Lhawang (Gabriel Jaeger), professor, translator, therapist, master of meditation in the Buddhist tradition of the himalayas and international instructor certified by the Santa Barbara Institute of Conscioussness Studies (California) in Cultivating Emotional Balance.
The practices of the "CEB Program" are based on this program that was developed by Paul Ekman - psychologist who for decades dedicated himself to the study of emotions - and Alan Wallace - physicist and scholar of meditative traditions - as a result of a meeting of the Mind and Life Institute in March 2000, in which "Destructive Emotions" was discussed.
The main intention of the CEB Program is to provide resources for the participant to learn how to cultivate higher levels of emotional well-being. In this context, "emotional well-being" is equivalent to what the Greeks called eudaimony, a more genuine happiness independent of the support and control of external stimuli, as we explained in our first animated video. This emotional well-being is addressed as a result of the interaction of intelligences developed on the basis of four fundamental balances presented in this module. The practices are offered by Jeanne Pilli, an extraordinary meditation instructor, certified translator and instructor of the Cultivating Emotional Balance.
In "Other Practices", you will find more guided practices based on several approaches, among them the meditations made by Ana Caner, who is a psychologist, doctor of Neurosciences from USP and MBSR - Mindfulness-based stress reduction instructor.
In our site, besides gathering articles, texts and videos about contemplative practices, we will also divulge the agenda of face-to-face courses with these and other instructors so that you can seek a greater depth in these studies and practices.
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