Turning the Mind into an Allyby Sakyong Miphan Rinpoche
We need a strong, stable mind that can be relied upon as one's closest ally, and Sakyong Mipham delivers a way to achieve one. Having grown up American with a Tibetan influence, he speaks to Westerners as no one can: relating stories and wisdom from American culture and the great Buddhist teachers in idiomatic English. Strengthening, calming, and stabilizing
We need a strong, stable mind that can be relied upon as one's closest ally, and Sakyong Mipham delivers a way to achieve one. Having grown up American with a Tibetan influence, he speaks to Westerners as no one can: relating stories and wisdom from American culture and the great Buddhist teachers in idiomatic English. Strengthening, calming, and stabilizing the mind is the essential first step in accomplishing nearly any goal. Turning the Mind Into an Ally makes it possible for anyone to succeed.
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Sakyong Mipham, one of the brightest young incarnate lamas of Tibet, is the spiritual director of Shambhala, an international organization of meditation and retreat centers. He is the son of Chögyam Trungpa, now considered one of the founders of Buddhism in the West. He travels and teaches at centers throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia.
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The Sakyong's book is like a portable Zabuton (cushion for meditation). The book provides a solid, yet comfortable, base for the practice of meditation. Not too soft, not too hard. 'While Turning the Mind Into an Ally' does not provide an in depth philosophy of Buddhism, it does offer a great overview of meditation practice for beginners. For this reason alone, it is unwise to evaluate its merit against the work of the Sakyong's father, Chogyam Trungpa. This is simply a new route down an old path. Some may actually prefer this book to some of the more celebrated texts on Buddhism and meditation practice, some of which can be confusing.
Sakyong Mipham's writing style is simple and to the point. Sometimes you don't even know you're being hit with deep wisdom until the 2nd or 3rd time you read it, which is the way most good books seem to work. His style is very different from his father Chogyam Trungpa's. What's great about this book is that he actually explains in precise detail, using simple but profound metaphors, exactly why somebody would want to do meditation, and exactly what the benefits are for you and the people around you. His instructions are never vague and mushy the way so many new-age teachers seem to be. He makes it all accessible and the barriers to actually starting to practice meditation seem to fall away in a hurry. It's not some ancient tradition of mystic-worshippers; it's something that can inform and aid our lives right here and right now, no matter what kind of lifestyle we lead.