Transforming the Mind: Teachings on Generating Compassion

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The Dalai Lama shows us how to transform difficult situations into opportunities for spiritual growth.
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The Dalai Lama shows us how to transform difficult situations into opportunities for spiritual growth.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based on a seminar the Dalai Lama gave in London in 1999, this slender volume offers His Holiness's reflections on The Eight Verses of Transforming the Mind, a short work by Langri Thangpa, an 11th-century Tibetan teacher. The book is distractingly disjointed--Langri Thangpa's original words are hidden away in an index, and each chapter concludes with a Q&A in which the Dalai Lama offers comments that are not obviously connected to the preceding chapter. Furthermore, the reader who bears with the careless organization may be disappointed by the book's content. Many of the Dalai Lama's ruminations are familiar from his other recent bestsellers. For example, he suggests that in the new millennium, we need to work toward interfaith understanding by participating in interfaith dialogues and meetings and visiting sites that are sacred to practitioners of other religious traditions. When he turns his attention to meditation, His Holiness seems less inspired than usual: meditation is valuable, but he admits that it can be tough. Meditators tend to get distracted, drowsy, lax, and agitated. We need to take both physical and mental responses into account when trying to deal with these obstacles--if we struggle with drowsiness, we must make sure we are getting enough sleep, and we should focus on "ideas which have a naturally sobering effect" if we are agitated. These teachings may be transformative--but they add little to the many teachings by the Dalai Lama already available in book form. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Another addition to the growing list of titles by the Dalai Lama, this book is a transcription of three days of teachings in May 1999 in London. The focus is on The Eight Verses on Transforming the Mind, an important 11th-century Tibetan work included in an appendix. Books such as these risk the excessive intrusion of the editor or interpreter, but this succinct and carefully accomplished text gives the impression that a real effort was made to convey the essence of the Dalai Lama's message as well as the characteristic warmth and humor of his delivery. He explores the development of compassion as it is understood in Buddhism and presents interesting distinctions among various schools of Buddhist thought with regard to ideas such as the concept of self and the nature of emptiness. The teachings are at times difficult, but ambiguity is minimized, and the interspersed question-and-answer exchanges help keep the reader engaged. A bonus is "Ethics for a New Millennium," a lecture given by the Dalai Lama during the same London visit, in which his message is simple, clear, and welcome. A good choice for most libraries.--Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780722540305
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2000

    Wonderful and Inspiring

    Truly a book for anyone interested in personal understanding and growth. Both the curious and the long time seeker will find the book stimulating and satisfying. In this wonderful book, the Dalai Lama speaks with unusual clarity and insight, as he unravels the mysteries and the power of our minds, giving us the tools to reign in and utilize this amazing, powerful and misunderstood part of our being. I would give this book ten stars if I could.

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