The Mahayana instruction for the ejection of consciousness at death is the five strengths: How you conduct yourself is important.

I have been studying a group of  around 59 slogans known as the Lojong slogans written down in the 12th Century in Tibet. They are proposed as a way to lessen human suffering.

The details of this one:

Opening and letting go when the appearances of the world begin to dissolve around you.

Practice doing this often during your life.

Trust you have the ability to have compassion for others.

Realizing that your identity isn’t solid, as you die do not try to keep it from falling apart.

Wish to spend you future lives with those who can teach you and to work for the benefit of others.

As I have just turned 65, this slogan holds more urgency and poignancy for me. Now is the time to practice these instructions.

Perhaps it can be of benefit to you,now.

my crazy,crazy mind 

In the past, I have ripped and run from myself, afraid to look into what seemed like a hopeless abyss.

I would surround myself with pleasant and good things ….and stay busy, not wanting to be overcome by my emotions.

In study, practice and simply living, I have more faith in myself,in the work I have done and continue to do.

Help comes and is found everywhere: in today’s balmy weather, in friendly conversation, in the squawking of a flock of gulls.

In remember, perhaps in ‘The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones’ being reminded that the great teachers, deities and protectors are there in a ray of sunshine, a simple fresh breeze.

and I remember that I am in everything…and that I too am helping others with what I say and what I do….and I have no idea where my crazy, crazy mind began, nor where it has been since then….and I can relax with that.

Just as it says in the Lojong sayings ‘Examine the nature of unborn awareness’.


‘Rest in the nature of alaya,the essence’