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Sep 14, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: others. Open Heart, Open Mind was a book a friend at work recommended as a good read to be more positive in a work environment that has turned very negative recently. This book is based on the Buddhism religion, and encourages everyone to seek happiness in a world that is increasingly uncertain and bleak. I thought it was interesting how the author described his youth and the pressures he faced to be perfect, to be the individual people expected him to be… which leaves the impression that those pressure Open Heart, Open Mind was a book a friend at work recommended as a good read to be more positive in a work environment that has turned very negative recently.
I thought it was interesting how the author described his youth and the pressures he faced to be perfect, to be the individual people expected him to be… which leaves the impression that those pressures are everywhere, even in a culture that thrives on life free of fear, pain, insecurity, and doubt. Feb 26, Gwen rated it it was amazing.
This book could easily have been divided up into three - that's how much is packed into pages - all well-explained and precious teachings. There were a couple of places where I felt the narrative wasn't quite as focused, but then he starts on a new topic, and I was riveted all over again! I get the idea Rinpoche is bringing some information to us that isn't normally presented to the general public. His own experience of having snuck into libraries as a young monk and read books that were a b This book could easily have been divided up into three - that's how much is packed into pages - all well-explained and precious teachings.
His own experience of having snuck into libraries as a young monk and read books that were a bit "old" for him has clearly made him think that sometimes this can be really helpful As with all books by Tibetan lamas, there is a wealth of stories here, from his own life and from that of others, and the illustration solidifies the concepts so you can apply them to your own experience.
It reads really well, and I think addresses a modern Western audience in a fresh and accessible way.
This is one of those books I have so many pages dog-eared, it won't fit back on the shelf - that's how good it is! Jul 30, Carole rated it really liked it Shelves: buddhism. Unlike Tsoknyi Rinpoche's other books which are compilations of edited lectures that are primarily of interest to students of Dzogchen and are brilliant on the subject , this is a much more personal book.
He describes his uneasy path as a tulku reincarnated lama through leaving his family to be taught by some of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, and how he gave up his monastic vows, married and became a family man, all of which inform the lessons of this book. It is an well written book Unlike Tsoknyi Rinpoche's other books which are compilations of edited lectures that are primarily of interest to students of Dzogchen and are brilliant on the subject , this is a much more personal book.
It is an well written book with some heart-felt advice for those on a path of transformation in language that is designed to appeal to Buddhists and non-Buddhists. As a student of his, it certainly gave me greater insight into some of the changes that I have observed over time, and how he contrasts with his younger brother, Mingyur Rinpoche. Jun 10, Eric rated it really liked it. That greater similarity to my own life helped me get past some potential hurdles in accepting the teaching.
There were some good anecdotes about some folks that Tsoknyi Rinpoche has worked with, including two that were chillingly familiar to some of my own struggles. Chapter 12 "Putting it Together" is a nice practical prescription for using the ideas expressed in the several preceding chapters. Sep 22, me rated it really liked it Shelves: buddhism. I read many Buddhist books. Lately, I haven't felt connect to many. I find many Buddhist authors while wanting to assist others are not as learned or experienced as they should.
I start many books then put them down because of this.
That being stated, I read this book from cover to cover. I found it easy to connect with the author. He has had many years of exposure to very qualified and experienced teachers and it shows. I also like he is a householder, it provides a interesting view. Overall, I I read many Buddhist books.
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Overall, I really recommend this non academic book. It is grounded in everyday life and the teachings are throughly rich. Some of the teachings I had never heard or read before. Dec 11, Clivemichael rated it really liked it Shelves: theology , self-help , biography. Well written insightful and accessible to this non Buddhist. It certainly had me thinking especially about attachment among other things. There are opportunities to practice, which I did not. Each chapter though struck a chord within me.
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I read a chapter about every other day allowing much time for reflection on the "lessons". I plan to read it again and possibly incorporate some of the meditations into my daily existence in my transition towards my intention to be in the moment, present to pos Well written insightful and accessible to this non Buddhist. I plan to read it again and possibly incorporate some of the meditations into my daily existence in my transition towards my intention to be in the moment, present to possibility, unattached to outcome with less expectation and diminished assumptions. Jan 04, Ana Hernandez rated it really liked it.
Lovely, funny, warm, teachings; fast, accessible read. Great insight on essence love, the work of learning to love and be loved by tapping into the spark of brilliance we all possess. How to pay attention to that which brings out our capacity for warmth, courage, and openness, as well as how to work with the things that get in way of clarity. This would be an excellent graduation gift for high school and older. Dec 09, Vishnu rated it liked it Shelves: moc-writers , buddhism. I thought this book was going to be more about Tsonkyi Rinpoche's personal choice to leave monastic life, and it wasn't.
I also hoped this book would discuss something interesting about the idea of "Essence Love," and I didn't see much of that either. Instead, this book was kind of a plain vanilla general introduction to Buddhism and meditation. For what it was, it was pretty good! But definitely not what I was in the market for.
May 05, Katherine Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirit. Many fears, notes Rinpoche, fall into this category. This is not just clever wordsmithing — it gives us a helpful way to approach our fears. Instead of trying to brush fears aside or feeling helpless because they are irrational, we can acknowledge that they are indeed real, and then move on to recognizing that they are ALSO not true, clearing the way for less fear and more joy.
Jun 11, Beverly rated it really liked it. And the subtitle is actually Awakening the Power of Essence Love.
Open Heart, Open Mind: A Guide to Inner Transformation
Shows that even rinpoches have their challenges to overcome, and he demonstrates how to do this. Worth reading.
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