Turning the Mind into an Ally

Turning the Mind into an Ally


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ISBN-13: 9781573223454
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/06/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 165,190
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is one of the most highly respected young incarnate lamas of Tibet. He is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the director of Shambhala International, a worldwide organization of more than two hundred meditation and retreat centers. He teaches around the world to thousands, both Western and Asian audiences. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and an avid runner.

Table of Contents

Turning the Mind Into an AllyForeward by Pema Chödrön

One: Why Meditate?
1. The Rock and the Flower
2. Bewilderment and Suffering
3. Peaceful Abiding

Two: The Art of Peacefully Abiding
4. Taking Our Seat
5. Mindfulness and Awareness
6. How to Gather a Scattered Mind
7. The Virtues of Boredom
8. Laziness
9. Forgetting the Instructions
10. Not Too Tight, Not Too Loose
11. Nine Stages of Training the Mind

Three: Turning the Mind Into An Alley
12. Turning the Mind
13. The Joy of Being Human
14. The Unchanging Truth of Change
15. First We Got Old
16. And Then We Die
17. Samsara and Karma
18. Jumping into the Heart of the Buddha

Four: Warrior in the World
19. Rousing Motivation
20. Wisdom and Emptiness
21. Warrior in the World

A. Preparing to Practice
B. The Posture of Meditation
C. Instructions for Contempletive Meditation


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"In language totally fresh and jargon-free, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche distills the wisdom of many centuries. Simple as it is profound, his book bears reading many times."—Peter Conradi, author of Iris Murdoch: A Life

"With warmhearted clarity and wise simplicity, Sakyong Mipham offers some of the best advice you can find for establishing and sustaining a strong, dedicated, and genuinely transformative meditation experience."—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

"Like Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, this book addresses the complexities, obstacles, and joys of meditation with a simple and extraordinarly generous voice. It's an amazing guidebook for a beginner, in the sense that one is always a beginner and that the journey never ends."—Rudy Wurlitzer, author of Hard Travel to Sacred Places

"One of the best of the Buddhism-for-Westerners genre."—Publishers Weekly

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Turning the Mind into an Ally 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Mindy White More than 1 year ago
While I have read several books on meditation, this is the one that I will keep and credit to opening my mind and heart to the understanding of selflessness, compassion, and loving kindnness. Sakyong Miphan Rimpoche has given us all a gift with his teachings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books on Buddhist philosophy and psychology, this is one of the better ones. This would be an easy book for anyone to read, whether or not you are interested in Buddhism. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to calm their mind and find clarity. Excellent read!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a superb book, an absolute read! If you are practicing yoga or looking for clarity you will be extremely pleased with it. I can not say one negative thing about this book. I was looking for a yoga book today and I found this book. Oh, What a find it was!! Buy it!!
weeksj10 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I very good, practical book on meditation. It's takes complex ideas and simplifies them so they are more accessible. Definitely a book to reread many times.
hoopajoop on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I'm sure if I pick this book up again in five or ten years I'll change my opinion of it but I really didn't enjoy this one too much. For me, the author came off a bit snobbish talking about his archery, riding horses, and playing golf -- my impression of him was of a young Siddhartha before leaving the palace. I am confident, however, that he is not a snob and instead a very descent, humble fellow. By the time I had read this book I had read many intro books. So I found a lot of the discussion on dukkha and meditation somewhat of a repeat. I would recommend this as a first, second, or third book to "first-timers" -- but like I said I'm sure I'll change my tune when I go back to revisit it in a couple of years.
Isabel1 More than 1 year ago
I have kept this book by bedside for many years for its wisdom and clarity. It is certainly the best I have ever read on this subject.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful book has given me the tools to make my mind my friend instead of an enemy. It is well written and easy reading for a Westerner. Peaceful abiding is possible in this crazy world. I have gone back over certain chapters often. Thank you Mr.Mipham
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book as an introduction to meditation except it almost completely leaves out the physical body. All of the book is devoted to developing the mind and only about three pages give the effects meditation has on the body. Many other books emphasize how it is important for the body to be still and relaxed in the meditation position because this contributes to stillness of mind. But here it is not talked about much at all. More emphasis should have been placed on the importance of the relaxed body in meditation.