Understanding the Mind : The Nature and Power of the Mind
This book offers a deep insight into the nature and functions of the human mind. The first part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of Buddhist understanding of human psychology, and how this can be used to improve our lives. The second part is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind -- showing how to recognise and abandon states of mind that harm us and replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones. The inspiring discovery we make is that we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
- Hardback | 320 pages
- 125 x 195 x 16mm | 513g
- 01 Oct 2002
- Tharpa Publications
- Ulverston, United Kingdom
- 3rd Revised edition
- 9 line illustrations, glossary, bibliography, index
Table of contents
Part One: Types of Mind Object-possessors Conceptual and Non-conceptial Minds Sense and mental Awareness Direct Perceivers Inferential Cognizers Re-cognizers Correct Beliefs Non-ascertaining Perceivers Doubts Wrong Awarrenesses Valid and non-valid Cognizers Part Two: Primary Minds and Mental Factors 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 Delusions The Six Root Delusions The Twenty Secondary Delusions The Four Changeable Mental Factors Conclusion Dedication
'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 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 a series of highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded many Buddhist centres throughout the world.