The true nature of our minds is enlightened and peaceful, as the depth of the ocean is calm and clear. But when we mentally grasp and emotionally cling to our wants and worries with all our energy, we lose our own enlightened freedom and healing power, only to gain stress and exhaustion, suffering and overexcitement, like the turbulent waves rolling on the surface of the ocean.
Our minds possess the power to heal pain and stress, and to blossom into peace and joy, by loosening the clinging attitudes that Buddhists call "grasping at self." If we apply the mind's healing power, we can heal not only our mental and emotional afflictions, but physical problems also.
This book is an invitation to awaken the healing power of mind through inspiring images and sounds, mindful movements, positive perceptions, soothing feelings, trusting confidence, and the realization of openness. The healing principle on which these exercises are based is the universal nature and omnipresent power envisioned in Mahayana Buddhism. Yet for healing, we don't have to be believers in any particular faith. We can heal body and mind simply by being what we truly are, and by allowing our own natural healing qualities to manifest: a peaceful and open mind, a loving and positive attitude, and warm, joyful energy in a state of balance and harmony.
"Thondup's book is a rich survey of the healing resources inherent in Nyingma Buddhism. . . . Thondup's book is a rare and invaluable guide to an ancient Tibetan treasure."—Publishers Weekly
"Tulku Thondup seems to have done for Tibetan Buddhism what Shunryu Suzuki Roshi did for Zen. Like Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, Thondup's book is deceptively simple—the work of a great teacher who has penetrated this material so deeply he can present it with a clarity that spiritual seekers of any level can grasp. What's more, you don't have to be a Buddhist to find The Healing Power of Mind life-transforming."—New Age Journal
"Tulku Thondup outlines a means toward healing not just body, mind, and spirit, but the heart as well. As such, this healing path is a spiritual practice, a way to transform our very lives."—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"For many years I have dreamed of a book like this and Tulku Thondup—a master of Tibetan Buddhism, a gifted scholar, and a renowned translator—is the ideal person to have authored it. A skillful distillation of Buddhist teachings on healing it is written with great charm, clarity, and simplicity in a way that people from any culture or background can benefit from. In a time of real and urgent need let's hope that people everywhere will take it to heart and connect with the limitless power of healing within."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
This luminous book on healing explores territory that few books on mind/body medicine approach— the true nature of mind and the roots of suffering."—Joan Borysenko, author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind