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Transforming the Mind: Teachings on Generating Compassion

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Based on three days of teaching in London in May 1999, 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 ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Thorsons Publishers (first published January 1st 2000)
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Holly Harrison
Mar 03, 2013 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. ...in this view, it is insight into the ultimate nature of reality that enables us to eliminate the pollutants of the mind."

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Alison
Jul 14, 2015 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 ...more
A.J. Aaron
Oct 14, 2011 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
Fouzia
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ce livre tente d'offrir une pause de réflexion spirituelle.
Le Dalaî-Lama nous propose de découvrir une voie nouvelle,capable de donner un sens à notre vie.
Robin Friedman
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is based upon a series of lectures given by H.H. the Dalai Lama in London in 1999. The theme of the book is the attainment of human happiness through self-understanding, introspection and, as the title states, "Transforming the Mind."

The theme of this book is similar to a book called "The Art of Happiness" that recounts an American psychiatrist's conversations with the Dalai Lama. The analysis in "Transforming the Mind", however, is deeper and more difficult. The Dalai Lama discusses B
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Brian Collins
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
" No matter how important an individual is, the interest of that individual is the interest of only one being, whereas the interest of others is the interest of an infinite number of beings"
"your life and the life of others are so interconnected that the idea of a self that is totally distinct and independent of others does not make any sense"
"The source of all misery in the world lies in thinking of oneself; the source of all happiness lies in thinking of others"
"if you examine the nature of
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Paul
Jul 17, 2008 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. Deals with many philosophical issues: the nature of existence, perfection, life/death, compassion, empathy, altruism, ...
Michael
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.
Cara
Jun 22, 2011 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:)
Lukas Cypra
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: duchovní
Možná se dá pročíst na jeden zátah, mne se to ale nepovedlo.
Rozhodně stojí za to číst pomalu a o napsaném přemýšlet.
Jedna z knih, ke kterým se budu 100% vracet, protože po každém přečtení si umím představit, že mi dá něco nového.
Philip
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
superb and challenging
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Always stimulating reading, the Dalai Lama has a simplistic approach to transformation...it begins within.
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Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (born Lhamo Döndrub), the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world's most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.

Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family. He was proclaimed the
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