Open Heart, Clear Mind
An open heart is the dwelling place of compassion that extends toward all beings; a clear mind is the source of the penetrating wisdom of deep insight. Their union leads to the enlightened way of life that is at the heart of the spiritual path as taught by the Buddha. This introduction to his teaching is thorough yet wonderfully accessible, even to those with no previous knowledge of Buddhism. Thubten Chodron writes in an easy-to-understand manner as she skillfully relates the Buddha’s wisdom to the realities of our modern lives.
"Conveys a clear understanding of Buddhism as it has been practiced by Tibetans, in easily comprehensible language." —from the foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Presents a clear and complete survey of the teachings of the Buddha. Open Heart, Clear Mind will help many on the open path of meditation and in dealing with the challenges of everyday life." —Thich Nhat Hanh
"A refreshingly straightforward and accessible introduction to the basic principles of Buddhist practice." —Professor Alan Sponberg, Department of Religious Studies, Stanford University
"Thubten Chodron's analyses of psychological states underlying behavior and how to modify this behavior in order to live a more healthy, more Buddhist life is useful to all persons wishing to follow a Buddhist path." —Havanpola Ratanasara, cofounder of the American Buddhist Congress