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Taming The Mind - Thubten Chodron

Paperback Published: 18th August 2004
ISBN: 9781559392211
Number Of Pages: 232

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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.

"This book helps to overcome misconceptions, showing how to find peace and contentment through a practical application of the teachings of the compassionate Buddha."--H. H. the Dalai Lama

"Venerable Thubten Chodron is someone whose life embodies the virtues of kindness, simplicity, and a clarity of vision, which lie at the heart of the Buddha's teaching. It is these perennial qualities that shine through her writings and touch the hearts of readers all over the world."--Thupten Jinpa, translator for H. H. the Dalai Lama

"A highly useful manual to start one's journey on the path of Dharma."--Tibet Journal

"Thubten Chodron explains in clear, down-to-earth language the essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology, giving us practical tools to implement immediately in our daily lives. The 'How to Have Good Relationships with Others' section grew from requests made by young Westerners being taught meditation by this exemplary teacher. . . . A must-have book you can give to your family members or friends who haven't a clue about Buddhism."--Mandala: A Tibetan Buddhist Journal

"Chodron, an American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun, here offers her second introduction to Buddhism for Western audiences, but unlike Buddhism for Beginners, this book has a practical bent showing readers how to carry out the practices of Buddhism in daily life. Sections include fine and concise overviews of the history of Buddhist traditions and an overview of Buddhism today. Best of all perhaps for the curious reader is a section called 'Taming Bad Habits, ' which contains advice on how not to complain, speak of the faults of others, live in the past, or take part in any of the world's other transitory pleasures. Highly recommended."--Library Journal

"Offers useful advice . . . using simple language in Western concepts. . . . This book will delight the author's many admirers."--The Middle Way, journal of the Buddhist Society

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
An Outlook on the World and a Way of Life
Mind Is the Creator of Our Experiencep. 3
The Four Noble Truths: Creatively Dealing with Difficultiesp. 13
From Confusion to Enlightenment: A Step-by-Step Method to Transform Our Mindsp. 29
The First Step: Preparing for the Futurep. 33
The Second Step: The Wish for Freedomp. 41
The Third Step: Seeking Enlightenment for the Benefit of Allp. 42
Practical Guidelines for Good Livingp. 59
Precepts: Directing Our Energy Positivelyp. 69
Our Relationships with Others
Spiritual Mentor: Relating Realistically to a Spiritual Guidep. 79
Parent and Child: Being Close While Letting Gop. 87
Friendship: Sharing and Caringp. 95
Colleagues and Clients: Working Together and Resolving Differencesp. 103
Marriage: Helping Each Other Growp. 107
Taming Bad Habits, Cultivating Good Ones
Complaining: A Favorite Pastimep. 115
Speaking of the Faults of Others: How to Make Ourselves and Others Miserablep. 121
Ruminating: Living in the Past and Futurep. 127
Being Responsible for Our Lives: Lesson from an Inmatep. 133
Cultivating Beneficial Habits: Practicing Dharma in Daily Lifep. 137
The Spread of the Buddha's Teachings
The Life of the Buddha: An Inspiration for Us Allp. 149
Buddhist Traditions: Finding What Suits Usp. 157
Theravada, the Tradition of the Elders: Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asiap. 159
Mahayana, Pure Land, and Zen: Buddhism in the Far Eastp. 163
Integration of Sutra and Tantra: Tibetan Buddhismp. 173
Buddhist Temples and Dharma Centers: What Happens There?p. 181
Buddhist Festivals and Rites: Holidays, Birth, Marriage, and Deathp. 187
Buddhism Today
What Is Buddhism, What Is Superstition?: What Buddhism Says about Ghosts, Fortunetelling, and Psychic Powersp. 193
Religious Harmony: Diversity Is Beneficialp. 201
Glossaryp. 209
Additional Readingp. 215
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ISBN: 9781559392211
ISBN-10: 1559392215
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 18th August 2004
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1

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