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How to Understand the Mind [Kindle Edition]

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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Book Description

This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

Part 1 is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind - showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

Part 2 describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.


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'Astonishingly, what has been produced here is actually a new and self-explanatory Buddhist commentarial text composed in English.' --Buddhist Studies Review

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2269 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications; 4 edition (2 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H2QZ44W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #175,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1100 Kadampa Buddhist Centres and groups throughout the world.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I bought the precursor to this book when I first encountered Buddhism. It made no sense at the time so I took it back and got a more basic book. Having studied for a few years the concepts are now much easier to grasp.
There are parts that are easy to follow in particular the chapter on meditation which will give a good grounding in Buddhism and Buddhist meditation.
Keep an open mind and take the parts that make sense at the moment and save the rest for later.
It is currently my favourite book on Buddhism and extremely practical.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true science 18 Oct. 2014
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an explanation of such intense profundity and clarity that I do not believe science has replicated in such an accessible and practical way. Stunning...a work to return to every day of my life
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geshe La is a true inspiration 24 Jan. 2014
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All his books are written to make understanding easier and with concentration and effort the benefits of doing so are huge. How to Understand the Mind is no exception. Very good and a must if you really do want to understand
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a masterpiece, extremely well written and an utterly essential presentation of the mind, but it is not a quick, easy access book, more a lifetime of gentle contemplation. If a book teaches Buddhism in the true depth the Buddha understood it, it will be deeply challenging, and the truth of our existence can certainly be disturbing, as another review mentions. It depends on whether we wish to look properly or go for some watered down pop version of the Buddha's gifts to our world. In all Geshe Kelsang's books he explains clearly that we, others and whole world *do not exist in the way that we normally see them*. Please read that statement again - it is a million miles from a nihilistic view - it simply and beautifully states the reason nothing quite works in our world, if we are honest, is because we are all seeing everything in a mistaken way. When we see the world in the way the great Buddhist masters are trying to help us to see it our experience will be of profound peace and bliss. If anyone is intrigued to learn a genuine path to enlightenment I would like to say Geshe Kelsang is the real deal. I would suggest you download the free Modern Buddhism ebooks and supplement your study with this one to deepen your grasp of the mind (which is not understood correctly by modern science at all). All his books deal only in an uncompromising truth that can liberate us on the deepest level. They are not interested is giving the world more easy to swallow 'fluffy spirituality'. If you dig that then a great and joyful path awaits. My pennies worth given with love.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso starts by explaining what is our mind and then begins to methodically look in detail at all of its component parts. He describes very clearly what each part does (for example, intention, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom). I haven't finished this book, but already I can see how I can apply what I have already learned so far to help me improve my positive minds and reduce my delusions.
It isn't a light read, but it is presented very clearly and is immensely practical for any sincere Dharma student or meditator.
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