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Great Guide Down the Path Toward Clarity
Reading Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's "Turning Confusion Into Clarity" is like being taken by the hand and gently led down a peaceful trail. A peaceful trail, of course, that leads you through the eight steps of the Tibetan Buddhist path to self-discovery and away from confusion and unhappiness. That doesn't sound too bad, does it?
Throughout the book, topics such as human existence, impermanence, karma, and suffering are discussed at length. The style is simple, yet the ideas complex. Readers are encouraged to look within themselves and ask what makes them happy, what makes them feel secure.
A standout section, in my opinion, is the discussion of "waking up". I love the idea that our own minds have both the power to confuse and the power to find clarity. When we wake up, we "discover the diamond that was in us all along". It's all about discovering our own awareness.
Though "Turning Confusion Into Clarity" is not a book for Tibetan Buddhism beginners, if you have a basic knowledge of the history and teachings, you will gain a great deal from reading this fantastic work. And if you are looking to go deeper into the history of Buddhism, I highly recommend Stephen Batchelor's The Awakening of the West: The Encounter of Buddhism and Western Culture.