The first fundamental proposition of this book - that liesure and opportunity to embark on the spiritual journey is indeed an exceptionally rare event - is enough to move one's vacillating spiritual longing off of dead center. Following a long second chapter in which this school of Buddhist theory and practice are lucidly distilled, we find five remaining chapters, each benevolently designed for both fledgling and long-standing students to stay the course through life, and for testing their sure-footedness all along the way.
For me the contraversial title of this book is appropriate: besides providing 'how-to,' Lojong training bestows the 'wish-to'- which, after all, is the prime mover of spiritual progress. I am grateful to Alan Wallace for sharing his deserved wisdom and understanding with us, and hope that a few young and unsuspecting aspirants will be sucked in by the mainstream title.
A truly clear and most interesting dicourse on the Seven-Point Mind Training Method of Buddhism. Compared to HH The Dalai Lama and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's discourses Chekawa's poem, Mr Wallace truly speaks to the Western mind as a both a philosopher and a teacher. However, the book is highly readable and focused without sacrificing intelligence.