Essential Mind Training [NOOK Book]

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The key to happiness is not the eradication of all problems but rather the development of a mind capable of transforming any problem into a cause of happiness. Essential Mind Training is full of guidance for cultivating new mental habits for mastering our thoughts and emotions.

This volume contains eighteen individual works selected from Mind Training: The Great Collection, the earliest compilation of mind-training (lojong) literature. The ...
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Overview

The key to happiness is not the eradication of all problems but rather the development of a mind capable of transforming any problem into a cause of happiness. Essential Mind Training is full of guidance for cultivating new mental habits for mastering our thoughts and emotions.

This volume contains eighteen individual works selected from Mind Training: The Great Collection, the earliest compilation of mind-training (lojong) literature. The first volume of the historic Tibetan Classics series, Essential Mind Training includes both lesser-known and renowned classics such as Eight Verses on Mind Training and The Seven-Point Mind Training. These texts offer methods for practicing the golden rule of learning to love your neighbor as yourself and are full of practical and down-to-earth advice.

The techniques explained here, by enhancing our capacity for compassion, love, and perseverance, can give us the freedom to embrace the world.
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Editorial Reviews

Daniel Goleman
"Anyone intrigued by the potential to bend our minds in the direction of greater clarity and kindness will find great satisfaction in Essential Mind Training."
B. Alan Wallace
"This volume can break new ground in bridging the ancient wisdom of Buddhism with the cutting-edge positive psychology of happiness."
Buddhadharma
"The clarity and raw power of these thousand-year-old teachings of the great Kadampa masters are astonishingly fresh."
From the Publisher

"Anyone intrigued by the potential to bend our minds in the direction of greater clarity and kindness will find great satisfaction in Essential Mind Training."—Daniel Goleman, author Emotional Intelligence

“This volume can break new ground in bridging the ancient wisdom of Buddhism with the cutting-edge positive psychology of happiness.” —B. Alan Wallace, author of The Attention Revolution

“The clarity and raw power of these thousand-year-old teachings of the great Kadampa masters are astonishingly fresh.”—Buddhadharma

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861717149
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Series: Tibetan Classics
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 927,410
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Thupten Jinpa Langri was educated in the classical Tibetan monastic academia and received the highest academic degree of Geshe Lharam (equivalent to a doctorate in divinity). Jinpa also holds a BA in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from the University of Cambridge, England. Since 1985, he has been the principal translator to the Dalai Lama, accompanying him to the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama, including The World of Tibetan Buddhism, Essence of the Heart Sutra, and the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium.

Jinpa has published scholarly articles on various aspects of Tibetan culture, Buddhism, and philosophy, and books such as Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Poems of Awakening and Insight (co-authored) and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought. He serves on the advisory board of numerous educational and cultural organizations in North America, Europe, and India. He is currently the president and the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to translating key Tibetan classics into contemporary languages. He also currently chairs the Mind and Life Institute.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

Atisa's Legacy 21

1 Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland: Atisa 25

2 Root Lines of Mahayana Mind Training: Attributed to Atisa 31

Seven Points 35

3 Seven-Point Mind Training: Chekawa Yeshé Dorjé 39

4 A Commentary on the "Seven-Point Mind Training": Sé Chilbu Chökyi Gyaltsen 43

Eight Verses 103

5 Eight Verses on Mind Training: Langri Tbangpa 107

6 A Commentary on "Eight Verses on Mind Training": Chekawa Yeshé Dorjé 111

Equanimity 127

7 Leveling Out All Conceptions: Attributed to Serlingpa 131

8 A Commentary on "Leveling Out All Conceptions": Attributed to Atisa 135

Karmic Justice 143

9 Wheel of Sharp Weapons: Attributed to Dharmaraksita 149

A Vajra Song 175

10 Melodies of an Adamantine Song: A Chanting Meditation on Mind Training: Attributed to Maitrlyogi 179

Transforming Adversity 185

11 A Teaching on Taking Afflictions onto the Path 187

12 Mind Training Taking Joys and Pains onto the Path 189

New Attitudes 193

13 Sumpa Lotsawa's Ear-Whispered Mind Training 197

14 Bodhisattva Samantabhadra's Mind Training 201

15 Mind Training Removing Obstacles 211

16 Mahayana Mind Training Eliminating Future Adversities 213

Formal Practices 221

17 Mind Training in a Single Session: Chim Namkha Drak 223

18 Glorious Virvapa's Mind Training: Lo Lotsãwa 231

Notes 239

Glossary 255

Bibliography 269

Index of Names and Titles 275

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