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Understanding the Mind: An Explanation of the Nature and Functions of the Mind

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This work seeks to provides an explanation of the mind in a combination of profound philosophical exploration and practical psychology. The first part explains how Buddhist psychology is based on an understanding of the mind as a formless continuum that is related to, yet separate from, the physical body. Through understanding the nature of the mind and the process of cogn ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by Tharpa Publications (first published 1992)
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Khenpo Gurudas
Feb 25, 2012 Khenpo Gurudas rated it it was amazing
As we have come to expect, this wonderfully written Buddhist masterpiece provides practitioners with an insightful, concise and clear understanding of the mind, while providing a handbook and roadmap to nurture positive states of mind, such as love, compassion, effort and patience for the benefit of all sentient beings.

It's not for the faint of heart, as Geshe-la forces us to look at our minds, and expose even its most subtle nuance, delusion, and habituation.

A refreshing change from the duplic
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Jamie George-holland
I was able to get this book before it even hit the bookstores because it was being sold at the Meditation Center I go to, which was founded by the author, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Wow, such an phenomenal book. Explains the mind in such detail and clarity that you feel certain only a highly realized master could write such a book. I came to study Buddhism because I was having so many problems with anxiety, that it was effecting my entire life. Buddhism helped me understand the process of anxiety and ...more
Thomas
Jul 25, 2008 Thomas added it
This book got me sucked into the world of Buddhism for a while. For those interested in the the classification and function of the mind according to those friendly Tibetans, Kelsang Gyatso provides a nearly flawless reduction of Dharmakirti's Valid Cognition. Definitely provides an understanding of the foundation of Buddhist psychology, if you dare at all to enter that converstation. Be prepared for self-referential definitions...
Garydtee
Jun 06, 2012 Garydtee rated it it was amazing
Profound, moving, and challenging. GKG pulled out the big guns in writing this book that deals with the nature of the human mind and it's relationship to ordinary and ultimate reality. I have returned to this one many times.
Charles
Mar 20, 2014 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ; a Bhuddist who started the Kadampa Tradition in the UK. An excellent insight into a meaningful pathway that illuminates the heart of Bhuddism so far and utterly removed from populist mythologies of Bhuddist concepts that are widespread commercially and thus ideologically in mainstream culture. Utterly fascinating and a treasure to truly behold, even with the notions that I choose to disagree with. Gyatso teaches about gross and subtle mind, states of attachment ...more
Marlen Sauras
Jul 07, 2014 Marlen Sauras rated it it was amazing
I bought this book in a buddist retire when it just have come out. I really love it, it's claire, very well structured, ful of wisdom and knowledge. A book to be read again and again, a book to study and make into practise if you really want to take advantage of its content.
To most of us that are completly ignorant of the nature and function of the mind, find it far more interesting than other psicological views, richer and straight to the point.
I highly recommend it, whether you are a buddist
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Mark
Mar 11, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Understanding the mind is an incredibly lucid explication of how the mind works, which puts it in the area of Buddhist study known as abhidharma. Abhidharma is difficult to understand, and the necessarily dry presentation makes this book difficult to read. If you are looking for a more practical book on Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang try, How to Solve Our Human Problems, or Universal Compassion.
Randi Taylor-Habib
Nov 08, 2008 Randi Taylor-Habib rated it it was amazing
I've been "currently reading" this one for years, there is a class to break it down, it details the Tibetan view of the mind, comparing the views of different schools (monasteries) in how we cognize what we perceive as reality through our sense powers and mental projection. Also breaks down how karma works to create our reality, something not covered by many optimist tomes.
Tomk
Jan 22, 2012 Tomk rated it it was amazing
I studied this book in Foundation Class. It is steep sledding on your own. The second half which covers mental factors is more accessible. I think it is best studied as part of a class with commentary. We took nearly 2 years for this study.
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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism, particularly know for the revival of the Kadampa school of Tibet.

From the age of eight Geshe-la studied extensively in the great monastic universities of Tibet and earned the title ‘Geshe’, which literally means ‘spiritual friend’. Under the guidance of his Spiritual Guide, Ky
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