Open Heart, Clear Mind, a Book By Ani Thubten Chodron

The following article is from the Autumn, 1990 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

One of the exciting books on our fell list is by an American Tibetan Buddhist nun, Thubten Chodron. It is a practical introduction to Buddhism that focuses on the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life. It has received the attention of many notable persons whose comments will cast light on the contents and value of the book:

There has been a great need for an introductory book on Buddhism in clear language, with practical, down-to-earth explanations. Open Heart, Clear Mind meets this need. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to know, without any mystification, what Buddhism is all about. Dr. Alexander Berzin

Ven. Thubten Chodron's book is a very valuable contribution to the Dharma in the West. It presents a clear and complete survey of the teachings of the Buddha. Based on experience and written in easy language, Open Heart, Clear Mind will help many on the open path of meditation and in dealing with the challenges of everyday life.Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

The transmission of the Buddhist teachings to the West requires not only linguistic interpretation, but cultural interpretation. And the work of cultural interpretation can best be done by one who has authenticity experienced the tradition in its original context, then returned to interpret it for the West. At last we have a readable, reliable introduction to this ancient wisdom. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, President, International Association of Buddhist Women

A refreshingly straightforward and accessible introduction to the basic principles of Buddhist practice addressing the needs and concerns of contemporary Buddhists in both Asia and the West.Prof. Alan Sponberg, Dept. of Religious Studies, Stanford University

Open Heart, Clear Mind by Rev. Thubten Chodron makes a valuable contribution to Buddhist literature. While there are many books on Buddhist philosophy and practice, Rev. Chodron's book adds a very practical dimension to the presentation of Buddhism to the West. She is not concerned with just philosophy, but with the clear understanding of the psychology underlying the philosophy and the direct application to daily life.Ven. Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara, President, College of Buddhist Studies

May Open Heart, Clear Mind benefit many living beings. May loving-kindness, compassion and a good heart grow within everyone who merely sees, touches or talks about this book. In turn, may they cause many others to develop a kind heart. In this way, may everyone enjoy complete satisfaction and peace, and may they ultimately attain enlightenment.Ven. Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Open Heart, Clear Mind is available from Snow Lion for $9.95.

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