Deep Dive into Tonglen

Tonglen meditation, or “sending and taking,” is an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion. With each in-breath, we take in others’ pain. With each out-breath, we send them relief. It can be done both as a formal meditation practice or on the spot in a moment of need. Below you’ll find two different instructions for tonglen meditation, as well as a personal accounts of how this practice can help us to strengthen our inherent capacity for compassion.

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Tonglen: A Lesson in Giving and Taking

Emily Strasser visits with a Tibetan monk in India who’s putting tonglen meditation into practice to help the children in his community.

The No-Escape Button

Rather than try to escape from painful feelings, Alixa Doom started practicing tonglen at her job at a psychiatric hospital.

Tonglen, Avalokiteshvara.

In With the Bad Air, Out With the Good

Gehlek Rinpoche on the practice of tonglen, the way to awaken bodhimind by doing exactly the opposite of what your ego wants.

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How to Practice Tonglen

Pema Chödrön teaches us Tonglen, “sending and taking,” an ancient Buddhist practice to awaken compassion.

Tonglen: A Prayer That Rides the Breath

On the inbreath, says Judy Lief, take in what is bad, freeing others from it. On the outbreath, offer what is good.

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Tonglen: In with the Bad, Out with the Good

“Accepting and sending out” is a powerful meditation to develop compassion—for ourselves and others. Ethan Nichtern teaches Tonglen practice.

Helping Others – and Yourself – through Tonglen Meditation

Make your vow to help others real with this meditation teaching from Pema Chödrön.

Kindness to Ourselves and Others

Suffering is more than the first noble truth of Buddhism. To see our own and others’ suffering is the first step on the path, the birthplace of compassion. Judy Lief offers guidance on the journey.

ARTICLES

Helping Others – and Yourself – through Tonglen Meditation

Make your vow to help others real with this meditation teaching from Pema Chödrön.

Tonglen: A Prayer That Rides the Breath

On the inbreath, says Judy Lief, take in what is bad, freeing others from it. On the outbreath, offer what is good.

Tonglen, Avalokiteshvara.

In With the Bad Air, Out With the Good

Gehlek Rinpoche on the practice of tonglen, the way to awaken bodhimind by doing exactly the opposite of what your ego wants.

Kindness to Ourselves and Others

Suffering is more than the first noble truth of Buddhism. To see our own and others’ suffering is the first step on the path, the birthplace of compassion. Judy Lief offers guidance on the journey.

breathe, breath

Tonglen: In with the Bad, Out with the Good

“Accepting and sending out” is a powerful meditation to develop compassion—for ourselves and others. Ethan Nichtern teaches Tonglen practice.

The No-Escape Button

Rather than try to escape from painful feelings, Alixa Doom started practicing tonglen at her job at a psychiatric hospital.

Tonglen: A Lesson in Giving and Taking

Emily Strasser visits with a Tibetan monk in India who’s putting tonglen meditation into practice to help the children in his community.

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