50. Don’t depend on external conditions

  • This is the Twelfth Slogan/Instruction of Point Seven, which consists of twenty-one instructions.
  • Point Seven is “Guidelines for Mind Training”

Although your external circumstances may vary, your practice should not be dependent on that. Whether you are sick or well, rich or poor, have a good reputation or bad reputation, you should practice lojong. It is very simple: if your situation is right, breathe that out; if your situation is wrong, breathe that in.

Chögyam Trungpa, Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness

Silver; overall: 10.8 x 7 cm (4 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Bodhisattva Vajraraksha, c. 10th Century. Western Tibet. Silver; overall: 10.8 x 7 cm (4 1/4 x 2 3/4 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art