Lojong 52

Slogan 52. Don’t misinterpret.

The six things that may be misinterpreted are patience, yearning, excitement, compassion, priorities and joy. 

  • You’re patient when you’re getting your way, but not when its difficult. 
  • You yearn for worldly things, instead of an open heart and mind. 
  • You get excited about wealth and entertainment, instead of your potential for enlightenment.
  • You have compassion for those you like, but none for those you don’t. 
  • Worldly gain is your priority rather than cultivating loving-kindness and compassion. 
  • You feel joy when your enemies suffer, and do not rejoice in others’ good fortune.

Chödrön, Pema (2007). Always Maintain a Joyful Mind. Boston: Shambhala