Mind training, or lojong in Tibetan, refers to a set of practices we can use to transform unskillful states of mind and to reframe our perception of our role in the world.

Lojong teachings present an alternate view of reality for our consideration, in which the happiness and joy that we often seek only through self preoccupation, security, and fleeting sense pleasures, can actually be found by learning to see ourselves as beneficiaries of the cosmic dance of phenomena, and by practicing to live with the good of all in mind.

Many of the teaching texts use simple statements to undermine our habitual assumptions about who we are in relation to others and the world. These practices help us create space in our thinking for greater choice, spontaneity, and originality.

David Curtis teaches regularly on mind training topics during Big Sky Mind classes and retreats. For more information about ongoing and upcoming teachings, click on Events and Schedule at the top of the page, or email us at bigskymindmontana@gmail.com.

Slogan practice cards, lojong texts, and interpretive commentaries are available through the Big Sky Mind bookstore during our regular Monday and Tuesday meetings at 102 McLeod Ave, Missoula, MT.

Web Resources:

Judy Lief Commentary on Each of the 59 Slogans in the Seven Points of Mind Training

Slogans of the Seven Points of Mind Training on Ken McLeod’s Site:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 8 Verses of Training the Mind:


Dzongsar Khyentse on the Seven Points of Mind Training


The Great Path of Awakening
by Jamgön Kongtrül, translated by Ken McLeod

Mind Training
by Ringu Tulku

Training the Mind & Cultivating Loving-Kindness
by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Enlightened Courage: An Explanation of Atisha’s Seven Point Mind Training
by Dilgo Khyentse

Eight Verses for Training the Mind
by Sonam Rinchen