Here is a practical Buddhist guidebook that offers techniques for developing a truly compassionate heart in the midst of everyday life. For centuries, Tibetans have used fifty-nine pithy slogans such as "A joyous state of mind is a constant support" and "Don't talk about others' shortcomings" as a means to awaken kindness, gentleness, and compassion. While Tibetan Buddhists have long valued these slogans, recently they have become popular in the West due to such books as "Start Where You Are " by Pema Chodron and "Training the Mind " by Chogyam Trungpa. This edition of "The Great Path of Awakening " contains an accessible, newly revised translation of the slogans from the famous text "The Seven Points of Mind Training ." It also includes illuminating commentary from Jamgon Kongtrul that provides further instruction on how to meet every situation with intelligence and an open heart.
About the Author
Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, (1813-99) was the leading figure in the nineteenth-century "rime" (nonsectarian) revival of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the most prolific and accomplished teachers and writers in Tibetan history, his works continue to guide and inspire students and practitioners alike.
Ken McLeod has been studying Buddhism since 1970. In 1985, he became authorized as a teacher and in 1988 developed a new model for working with students that was later used as the basis for "Unfettered Mind". His group curriculum was published in 2001, titled "Wake Up to Your Life: Discovering the Buddhist Path of Attention". He has narrated several audiobooks by Thich Nhat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.
"Jamgon Kongtrul's commentary on the slogans is one of the best books I studied. I was relieved that Buddhism was so simple. You can just follow the book and do as it says, which is extraordinarily powerful and such a relief."—Chögyam Trungpa