Taming the Mind

Taming the Mind

by Thubten Chodron


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We all wish to gain greater understanding of ourselves. This ideal follow-up to the author's extremely popular Buddhism for Beginners explains in clear and simple language the essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology together with practical tools for immediate implementation in our daily lives.We all want to have good relationships with others. Chodron offers practical techniques to help us gain a more spacious perspective on relationships, whether they be between lovers, parent and child, employer and employee, friends, or spiritual teacher and student. Guidelines are given for how to practice freeing ourselves from habitually blaming others for our problems and learning to be on the spot and take responsibility for our lives. This book describes how our mind/heart, not the external world, is the ultimate source of our happiness. We learn how to look at people and situations in an entirely new light. The book concludes with a discussion of common misconceptions about Buddhism. The author's down-to-earth language and examples invite us not only to engage the material but to implement it in our own lives. The author's open-minded approach makes this book suitable for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559392211
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 782,628
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

Thubten Chodron, an American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun, travels worldwide, teaching and leading meditation retreats. Known for her clear and practical explanations of the Buddha's teachings, she is the author of Buddhism for Beginners; Working with Anger; How to Free Your Mind; Open Heart, Clear Mind; and Taming the Mind. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

IAn Outlook on the World and a Way of Life
1.Mind Is the Creator of Our Experience3
2.The Four Noble Truths: Creatively Dealing with Difficulties13
3.From Confusion to Enlightenment: A Step-by-Step Method to Transform Our Minds29
The First Step: Preparing for the Future33
The Second Step: The Wish for Freedom41
The Third Step: Seeking Enlightenment for the Benefit of All42
4.Practical Guidelines for Good Living59
5.Precepts: Directing Our Energy Positively69
IIOur Relationships with Others
1.Spiritual Mentor: Relating Realistically to a Spiritual Guide79
2.Parent and Child: Being Close While Letting Go87
3.Friendship: Sharing and Caring95
4.Colleagues and Clients: Working Together and Resolving Differences103
5.Marriage: Helping Each Other Grow107
IIITaming Bad Habits, Cultivating Good Ones
1.Complaining: A Favorite Pastime115
2.Speaking of the Faults of Others: How to Make Ourselves and Others Miserable121
3.Ruminating: Living in the Past and Future127
4.Being Responsible for Our Lives: Lesson from an Inmate133
5.Cultivating Beneficial Habits: Practicing Dharma in Daily Life137
IVThe Spread of the Buddha's Teachings
1.The Life of the Buddha: An Inspiration for Us All149
2.Buddhist Traditions: Finding What Suits Us157
3.Theravada, the Tradition of the Elders: Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia159
4.Mahayana, Pure Land, and Zen: Buddhism in the Far East163
5.Integration of Sutra and Tantra: Tibetan Buddhism173
6.Buddhist Temples and Dharma Centers: What Happens There?181
7.Buddhist Festivals and Rites: Holidays, Birth, Marriage, and Death187
VBuddhism Today
1.What Is Buddhism, What Is Superstition?: What Buddhism Says about Ghosts, Fortunetelling, and Psychic Powers193
2.Religious Harmony: Diversity Is Beneficial201
Additional Reading215

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