How to Understand the Mind : The Nature and Power of the Mind
'We often say: My mind, my mind. But if someone were to ask us: What is your mind? We would have no correct answer. This is because we do not understand the nature and function of the mind correctly.' - Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. How to Understand the Mind offers us deep insight into our mind. It shows us how an understanding of our mind's nature and functions can be used to improve our lives practically, in our everyday experience. It begins by guiding us to develop and maintain a light, positive mind. It then explains how to recognize and abandon mental states that harm us, and shows us in how to replace them with peaceful beneficial states. The book goes on to describe different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. The book concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, which we use for controlling and transforming our mind until we attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
- Paperback | 416 pages
- 138 x 216 x 16.51mm | 449.06g
- 01 Aug 2014
- Tharpa Publications
- Ulverston, United Kingdom
- black & white illustrations
Back cover copy
The 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. The first part 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. The second part 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.
Table of contents
Introduction PART ONE: What is Our Mind?; How the Mind is Able to Move The Gross, Subtle and Very Subtle Minds; Primary Minds and Mental Factors; The Five All-accompanying Mental Factors; The Five Object-ascertaining Mental Factors; The Eleven Virtuous Mental Factors; Virtue, Non-virtue and Delusion;The Six Root Delusions; The Twenty Secondary Delusions; The Four Changeable Mental Factors; PART TWO: Conceptual and Non-Conceptual Minds; Sense and Mental Awarenesses; Direct Perceivers; Subsequent Cognizers; Re-cognizers; Correct Beliefs; Non-ascertaining Perceivers; Non-deluded Doubts; Wrong Awarenesse;s Valid and Non-valid Cognizers; Meditation: Meditation of a person of initial scope; Meditation of a person of middling scope; Meditation of a person of great scope; Conclusion; Dedication; Appendix I - The Condensed Meaning of the Text; Appendix II - Sadhanas 'Liberating Prayer', 'Essence of Good Fortune'; Glossary; Bibliography; Study Programmes of Kadampa Buddhism; Tharpa Offices Worldwide; Index
'Astonishingly, what has been produced here is actually a new and self-explanatory Buddhist commentarial text composed in English.' - Buddhist Studies Review
About Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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.