A detailed and practical explanation of one of Buddhism's best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life's difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. These methods have inspired generations of Buddhist practitioners for almost a thousand years, and brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people. Now, with this book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives. With this revised presentation, The New Eight Steps to Happiness, Geshe Kelsang re-introduces us to the essential practices of Training the Mind. He not only challenges our entire understanding of the world, but also challenges us to transform ourself into the greatest being we can possibly become!
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world, and which form the basis of several popular study and meditation programmes. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world. Find out more at www.tharpa.com
Illustrations pvii; Acknowledgements pviii; Introduction p1; Bodhisattva Langri Tangpa p13; The Pre-eminent Qualities of these Instructions p21; The Preliminary Practices p29; Learning to Cherish Others p49; Enhancing Cherishing Love p63; Exchanging Self with Others p89; Great Compassion p121; Wishing Love p135; Accepting Defeat and Offering the Victory p149; Taking and Giving p159; The Precious Mind of Bodhichitta p181; Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta p201; How to Integrate the Practice of these Instructions p251; Dedication p259; Appendix I - The Root Text: Eight Verses of Training the Mind p260; Appendix II - The Condensed Meaning of the Commentary p263; Appendix III - Sadhanas Liberating Prayer p270; Essence of Good Fortune p272; Prayers for Meditation p285; Appendix IV - The Kadampa Way of Life p293; Glossary p303; Bibliography p317; Study Programmes of Kadampa Buddhism p322; Tharpa Offices Worldwide p327; Index p329;