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Within each of us resides a spark of unparalleled brilliance, an ...
Within each of us resides a spark of unparalleled brilliance, an unlimited capacity for warmth, openness, and courage, which Rinpoche identifies as “essence love.” Timeless and imperishable, essence love is often layered over by patterns of behavior and belief that urge us to seek happiness in conditions or situations that never quite live up to their promise.
Drawing on rarely discussed teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche describes how such patterns evolve and offers a series of meditation exercises to help us unravel them and, in the process, reawaken an energy and exuberance that can not only bring lasting fulfillment to our lives but ultimately serve to enliven and inspire the entire world, as well.
With great humor, intelligence, and candor, Tsoknyi Rinpoche also details his own struggles to reconnect with essence love. Identified at an early age as the incarnation of a renowned Tibetan master and subjected to a rigorous monastic training, he ultimately renounced his vows, married, and is now the father of two daughters.
As he recounts his own efforts to strike a balance between the promptings of his heart and an obligation to preserve and protect the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche provides a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern life, and encourages each of us to rediscover the openness, fearlessness, and love that is the essence of our own life.
“Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a most wonderful teacher, warm-hearted, deep, honest and funny. This book captures his teachings and spirit beautifully, profound teachings offered in a kind, truly accessible and personal way.”
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“Designed both for people new to meditation and those with long experience, Open Heart, Open Mind is a treasure trove of wisdom and love.
It is a book filled with practical exercises, personal anecdotes, humor, compassion, clarity, and an expansive view of how we can each have a better life.”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“Tsoknyi Rinpoche has a unique way of integrating heartfelt wisdom, brilliant clarity and playfulness on the path to awakening. In these lively and profound pages we feel the pleasure of being with Rinpoche as his delightful stories evoke a path of practical psychological insights and spiritual methods. Open Heart, Open Mind offers anyone who wants a more joyous life a masterful guide to greater meaning, a more spacious mind, and the spark of a kind love.
—Tara and Daniel Goleman, authors of Emotional Alchemy and Emotional Intelligence
“Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Open Heart, Open Mind is amazing in a number of ways. Tsoknyi Rinpoche grew up in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His family is full of meditation masters and their energy surrounded him from an early age. Yet he is also interested in and experienced with Western neuroses and Westerners' minds. The result is a refreshing, invigorating, and stimulating work: one that has the power to awaken that essence we all seek.”
—Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Thoughts without a Thinker and Going to Pieces without Falling Apart
“Tsoknyi Rinpoche is a rare gem—a teacher who combines a deep understanding of the Buddhist tradition with remarkable insight into the challenges we face in the modern world. In this book, he skilfully weaves together profound teachings on ‘essence love’ and the ‘subtle body’ with examples from everyday life to show how it is possible to overcome our fears and limitations, and ignite the boundless wisdom and compassion that we all have within us.”
—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Foreword Richard Gere ix
A Note About Tibetan Words xiii
1 The Bridge 1
2 Starting Out 17
3 The Spark 41
4 Mis "I"dentification 81
5 Method 111
6 Minding the Body 123
7 The Subtle Body 133
8 Learning to Ride 144
9 The Inner Speed Limit 155
10 Minding the Mind 167
11 Inner Space 176
12 Putting It Together 193
13 Into Action 202
14 Trust 232
For Further Reading 245
Posted April 20, 2012
I got much personal freedom from the spiritual (and very practical) teachings in "The Joy of Living" and "Joyful Wisdom." In this new book, Buddhism is again offered to Westerners by Rinpoche with great sweetness, compassion, humor, and love. I read it in one sitting, and am already reading my favorite sections once again with smiles. "Open Heart, Open Mind" is a beautiful lamp on the teachings of Buddha.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.