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Turning the Mind into an Ally [Paperback]

Sakyong Mipham
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1 April 2004
We need a strong stable mind that can be relied upon as one's closest ally and Sakyong Mipham delivers a way to achieve one. Having grown up American with a Tibetan influence he 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 stabilising the mind is the essential first step in accomplishing nearly any goal. Accessible practical and clear this book provides readers with the necessary tools for taming the mind. TURNING THE MIND INTO AN ALLY makes it possible for anyone to succeed.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.; New Ed edition (1 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157322345X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573223454
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 12.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best manuals for meditation 29 May 2008
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In the footsteps of his late father Chogyam Trungpa who was instrumental in introducing Tibetan Buddhism to the West, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche -who has been living in the US since he was 8- adapts timeless wisdom for westerners' frames of mind. He teaches directly in English, and every word is perfectly in its place.

A gradual approach to meditation without the folklore of Tibet but with the charisma and the luminosity of a Tulku, a real Boddhisattva.

A litterary jewel to read again again, both for beginners and seasoned meditators.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think. 14 Feb 2014
By C
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This book is well written and helps you to think about all aspects of starting/continuing meditation practice,. I really like the fact that he talks about the 'real' experience of meditation and how we can and do become distracted and the like, but how to overcome this. Acknowledging the pitfalls and difficulties headlong makes the practice of mediation achievable. It is serious, but also a light-hearted read and clear to understand, A downside for me is that he does often use a good number of analogies to make the same point, which may or may not be useful. Overall, for me it is the first book I have found regarding mediation, that explains about the practical aspects of how to acquire this skill and how to overcome the barriers that are likely to occur during the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful introduction into meditation. 29 Jan 2014
By Sylwia
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I've only been meditating for two months and found this to be a wonderful ally, in and of itself. It's profound yet light. It gives a great framework for anyone starting meditation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 1 Dec 2013
By JGH
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An inspiring book full of wisdom, written in a straight forward and easily readable style. This book has answered many of my questions about meditation and the mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book. 24 Mar 2011
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This book is very well written and not overly heavy like some can be, it is enjoyable to read and not just to acquire the knowledge.

Reading through you realise that much of the self help psychology books have their basis in Buddhist philosophy.
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