Tonglen is a Tibetan word which literally means 'giving and taking' (or sending and receiving). The practice of Tonglen is done to develop our compassion and our ability to be present for our own suffering and the suffering of others. The following articles describe the practice in detail.
Tonglen: The Practice of Exchange (Outline)
The Practice of Tonglen by Pema Chodron from When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Tonglen Instructions by Pema Chodron from When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Training in the compassion practices of Tonglen By Christine Longaker.
Want to to learn more about meditation? The following books are excellent resources.
What is meditation? Why practice it? Which techniques are best? How do I do it? The answers to these often-asked questions are contained in this down-to-earth book, making it of enormous value for anyone who wishes to begin and maintain a meditation practice. Written by a Western Buddhist nun with solid experience in both the practice and teaching of meditation, How to Meditate contains a wealth of practical advice on a variety of authentic techniques, from what to do with our minds, to how to sit, how to visualize and other traditional practices. Best of all, McDonald’s approach is warm and encouraging.
An illuminating perspective on the science of meditation—and a handbook for transforming our minds, bodies, and lives.