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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Dominique Side Editor. Based on three days of teaching in London in May , this text is an edited version of the Dalai Lama's discourse on one of the most profound and sacred texts in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
The Eight Verses on Generating Compassion are known in Tibetan as lojong - literally, transforming your mind. In this commentary on these teachings, the Dalai Lama shows us how to Based on three days of teaching in London in May , this text is an edited version of the Dalai Lama's discourse on one of the most profound and sacred texts in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
In this commentary on these teachings, the Dalai Lama shows us how to transform difficult situations into opportunities for spiritual growth. He also offers practical methods as to how to develop positive ways of thinking and compassion. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 1st by Thorsons Publishers first published January More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 24, robin friedman rated it it was amazing. The theme of the book is the attainment of human happiness through self-understanding, introspection and, as the title states, "Transforming the Mind. The analysis in "Transforming the Mind", however, is deeper and more difficult. The Dalai Lama discusses Buddhist beliefs and doctrines as well as Tibetan texts.
He presents a considerable treatment of a difficult, and fundamental Buddhist principle called "Dependent Origination. The purpose of the book is humanistic and pragmatic at its core: it is to encourage the reader on a path to overcome suffering through self-understanding and reflection. He offers two broad, interlocked paths towards inner transformation: altruism, or the attempt to bring benefits and good to other people rather than thinking solely of oneself and insight into the nature of reality, to be gained by introspection.
The means by which the Dalai Lama presents his teaching are at least as significant as the substance of his message. Difficult teachings are presented with the simplicity that comes only from knowledge. The Dalai Lama is candid and self-effacing: he reiterates many times that he has himself no personal experience of the state of emptiness that that constitutes full realization of insight meditation. Again and again he points out that religious people of whatever denomination can find their way to peace through following their own traditions.
Further, those individuals with a secular outlook can also find peace by understanding themselves. One of the most interesting parts of the book is the question and answer sessions where the Dalai Lama offers succinct and insightful answers to good questions. I enjoyed learning about the different schools of thought within Mahayana Buddhism.
The Dalai Lama discusses early Buddhist thinkers of the Mahayana school, particularly Nagarjuna and Shantideva and I was pleased to learn something of what he had to say about specifically Buddhist thinkers. Some of this book is presented in a deceptively simple manner. The Dalai Lama observes that "personal experience" p. He also encourages the reader to press on, not to become discouraged and to realize that the growth of wisdom takes lifetimes to develop, not minutes, hours, or months.
I found this book valuable both for its teachings on Buddhism and for its more general advice on attaining peace and happiness in one's life.
There is much in the book of healing and hope, for secular people, for followers of non-Buddhist religions, and for people who are students of the Buddha. Robin Friedman Jul 14, Alison rated it it was amazing Shelves: spiritual-read. Wow, this is a fantastic read.
I usually find the Dalai Lama hard to read; however, this book seemed clear to me. The Dalai Lama discusses the basic Buddhist principles and compares different Buddhist teachings. He explains the eight verses on transforming the mind in a reasonable and succinct fashion. While, I stated this seemed clear to me, I must also state there were sections over my head and that I will need to reread, but overall it is great.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is e Wow, this is a fantastic read. I would recommend this book for anyone who is either studying Buddhism or just wants some general knowledge on how to live peaceful in this world.
Also, at the end of each chapter are questions and answers which are very enlightening. Mar 03, Holly Harrison rated it it was amazing. Inspiring, life changing, wisdom-packed! I have definitely gained a more refined understanding of nirvana, as arising from a sound understanding of emptiness. His Holiness the Dalai Lama says "Liberation, or true cessation, is the ultimate truth.
True cessation can only come about on the basis of understanding the ultimate nature of reality, that is, emptiness. It's almost amazing how simple wisdom can completely transform your life. Oct 14, A. Aaron rated it it was amazing. Written by one of the great spiritual leaders of all time, the Dalai Lama himself about how to generate compassion. Written by one with a great respect of diversity and a belief in the need for a questioning mindset.
Nice overview of the Lojong. Jun 01, Brian Collins rated it it was amazing. Jul 17, Paul rated it liked it. My first introduction to Buddhism. The author goes through a series of Buddhist teachings and conveys perspectives on them from three different Buddhist schools. Seeing ourselves as separate from others and how this can lead to strife is a basic theme of the book. An inspiring book, somewhat difficult to read.
The Dalia Lama is a very good thinker and a wonderfully compassionate man; I consider his views rich and fruitful. Check out his book with Paul Ekman before this one. Jun 22, Cara rated it it was amazing. These are books to read and keep. I think with anything from the dalai lama you need to buy and read numerous times to get the meditation to stick. There's a great deal to learn if you want to so take it slow, re-reading what you don't quite grasp. It's one in a collection of many:.
Feb 10, Philip rated it it was amazing. Jun 12, Karen added it. Always stimulating reading, the Dalai Lama has a simplistic approach to transformation Laurel rated it it was amazing Jun 18, Jason Webb rated it it was amazing May 25, Christopher Land rated it really liked it Feb 10, Adam Walker rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Sari rated it liked it Mar 23, Kat rated it really liked it Jan 20, Anuzis rated it really liked it Sep 05, Arina rated it liked it Jan 12,
Transforming the Mind: Teachings on Generating Compassion
The conversation revolves around spiritual interests. Why would someone stare motionlessly at a mandala for a long period of time? Is that not boring? What goes on in the head of a person meditating? Is it some kind of game? The main question the dialogue is centred on is: What leads a person to perform such activities? Or: What do people get out of such activities prayer, meditation, attending religious services, etc.
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