The Power of Mind
A Tibetan Monk's Guide to Finding Freedom in Every Challenge
by Khentrul Lodro T'haye
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Pub Date 09 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 09 Aug 2022
Shambhala Publications, Inc., Shambhala
We’ve all heard platitudes about cultivating love and compassion, but how can we actually develop these qualities in ourselves and—crucially—share them in our world? The Power of Mind provides the proven path of lojong, or mind training, for changing our experience from the inside out.
Regardless of what’s happening in our lives, Khentrul Rinpoche teaches that our route to freedom lies in our minds. A thousand years ago, the Indian saint Atisha risked his life to seek out lojong teachings in Indonesia, and then brought them to Tibet, where they flourished and spread to the rest of the world. This book introduces those teachings—the Seven Key Points of Mind Training—which have been passed down from teacher to student for centuries. Khentrul Rinpoche was inspired by his own teachers, who like alchemists, were able to follow these techniques during the Cultural Revolution and transform their immense suffering into something positive.
The Power of Mind guides the reader through these transformative practices one by one—from recognizing the value of our human life to overcoming the sources of suffering, together with meditation advice for incorporating these insights into our daily lives. This wisdom is accessible to everyone—whether Buddhist or not. As Khentrul Rinpoche states, “Peace and happiness can be attained, but not by searching for something in the outside world. They start within us then extend out to the entire globe.”
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Mind training, as taught by the Mayahana school of Buddhist thought is a method for finding freedom from suffering that does not depend on protection from gods or demons. Rather, by viewing every condition that cause suffering in our lives with wisdom and compassion, we can transform that suffering into a positive experience, a powerful force for personal growth and a deeper recognition of the reality of existence. This book is an insightful and thorough commentary on "The Seven Key points of mind training"and contain instructions for sitting meditation on each point. Glossary. Index.