Having grown up American with a Tibetan influence, Mipham speaks to Westerners as no one can: relating stories and wisdom from American culture and the great Buddhist teachers in idiomatic English. Strengthening, calming, and stabilizing the mind is the essential first step in accomplishing nearly any goal. This book's message makes it possible ...
Having grown up American with a Tibetan influence, Mipham speaks to Westerners as no one can: relating stories and wisdom from American culture and the great Buddhist teachers in idiomatic English. Strengthening, calming, and stabilizing the mind is the essential first step in accomplishing nearly any goal. This book's message makes it possible for anyone to succeed.
I highly recommend this book for those new or just curious to buddhism. It's a good way to start learning about how good is meditation and the buddhism philosophy as a whole.
Jul 26, 2007
A useful and well written book...
I find Sakyong Mipham's books to be well written and useful. While combining some references to Tibetan buddhism, they are couched in such a fashion as to provide meaning to a non-buddhist western reader. I highly recommend reading this book and "Ruling Your World," no matter what your spiritual tradition.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-01-13 Is the mind our enemy? It can be, suggests Shambhala International's director Mipham in his first book. The key to peaceful and sane living, says Mipham, is training our minds. Without that training, people live "at the mercy of our moods." Meditation is the tool that can help spiritual seekers master, rather than be mastered by, their own minds. This book blends a philosophically savvy explanation of why meditation is necessary with an artful and accessible introduction to the basics of meditation. Mipham moves elegantly from the prosaic (how to sit with a straight spine) to the profound (why one should bravely contemplate illness, aging and death). Indeed, those practicing spiritual disciplines from any tradition-Christian, Wiccan, and so forth-could benefit from Mipham's commonsense approach to meditation. He acknowledges, for example, that the tyro might get bored, distracted or even hungry for a cookie. New meditators are likely to find a million and one excuses for not meditating. But, says Mipham gently, "at some point you just have to sit down and do it." Mipham's guide is distinguished by its intelligible prose; unlike many fellow travelers, he does not drown his reader in jargon. He defines Buddhist basics, like "samsara" and "karma," clearly. Three useful appendices, outlining meditation postures and giving simple instructions for contemplation, round out the book, and a foreword by Pema Chdrn is an added treat. This easy read is one of the best of the Buddhism-for-Westerners genre. (Jan.) Forecast: Mipham's name may not yet be a household one, but his father's certainly is: Mipham is the son of the late Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chgyam Trungpa, whose books have sold over a million copies. That will help generate interest in this title, which stands on its own considerable merits. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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