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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion; First Edition edition (May 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559393742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559393744
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Down-to-earth, approachable, and deeply informative, this collection of talks and dialogues covers a wide range of topics, always returning to practical reflections on how we can enhance the quality of our lives and develop more sanity, fulfillment, wisdom, and compassion. Into the Heart of Life is addressed to a general audience and presents practical advice that can be applied whether or not one is a Buddhist."—Huffington Post

"Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo takes the core teachings of the Buddha and weaves into them deep personal insights and riveting stories from her unusual history as a member of an extraordinary tradition. It is amazing that no matter how many times you hear these essential teachings, they continue to penetrate deeply. This book provides practical wisdom for anyone interested in bringing the teachings to life."—Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, author of The Power of an Open Question

"This is a warm, wise, and rich evocation of Buddhism for East and West. Written in a radiant yet approachable style, we can taste the dharma realization in every word."—Roshi Joan Halifax, founder of the Upaya Zen Center

"Into the Heart of Life radiates Jetsunma's enthusiasm for life and makes the Buddha's teachings readily available so that we can integrate them seamlessly into our being, thus transforming ourselves from the inside out. Readers will feel that Jetsunma is sitting right there with them, talking over a cup of tea."—Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners

"Tenzin Palmo is one of the most genuine and accomplished of Western practitioners."—Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart

"One of the true yoginis of our time, a woman who has dedicated her life to Buddhism. . . . Tenzin Palmo's is a voice we need to hear, a woman who has fully experienced what she speaks about with an absolute honesty, delightful humor, and real insight."—Tsultrim Allione, author of Feeding Your Demons

"The sincerity and motivation of Tenzin Palmo are a great example for all of us."—Martine Batchelor, author of Meditation for Life

"Whether she is talking about impermanence or bodhichitta, this internationally known Western Buddhist nun offers honest, pragmatic advice on how to enrich life through compassion."—Tricycle

"Into the Heart of Life explains classic Buddhist themes such as impermanence, karma, renunciation, bodhichitta, and devotion—all in her direct and approachable style. Each talk is followed by a question-and-answer session in which she responds with anecdotes and reflections drawn from her years of Buddhist training, her experiences meditating in the cave, educating women in the Himalayas, and working to revive full ordination for Tibetan nuns."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"Palmo presents an incisive overview of Buddhist essentials from the perspective of her forty years of spiritual practice. In this era of noisy confrontations, war, me-first activity, and ethical misconduct, we need this kind of wisdom."—Spirituality & Practice

"Palmo adds a strong voice to the ongoing discussion of Tibetan Buddhism as practiced by individuals—particularly women—from Western cultures."—Publishers Weekly

"Forty-plus years of Buddhist practice have given this Westerner unique insight into the philosophy and application of Buddhism. . . . Her intention is to make life easier for those engaged in busy modern lives, and she has been extraordinarily successful towards that end."—New Age Retailer


"Every step, every thought, every breath we take is a test of our Buddhist practice—so believes the author of this book. Her vast knowledge,  incomparable experience, and her well-grounded approach to Buddhism in its practical applicability are reflected in the wide array of subjects covered in this collection of talks and dialogues. As this approach to Buddhism is to overcome the pitfalls of daily modern living, naturally a vast area of ethics is encompassed in this book. But then it also transcends mere good behavior to proceed towards the spiritual realm. It is this amalgamation which enables the reader to glean information and build a foundation which forms a solid basis to enhance the quality of our lives and develop more sanity, fulfillment, wisdom, and compassion."—East and West Series

About the Author

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and became a Buddhist while still in her teens. At the age of twenty she traveled to India, becoming one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Buddhist nun. The international bestseller Cave in the Snow chronicles her twelve years of seclusion in a remote cave. Deeply concerned with the plight of Buddhist nuns, she established Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India. In 2008 His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, gave her the rare title of Jetsunma (Venerable Master).

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By bluegentiansage on April 5, 2012
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Some people have a gift for expressing the ineffable in words. Tenzin Palmo is one of these souls. The wisdom and clarity that are revealed through these pages offer profound nourishment that can sustain us through a myriad of human-level experiences and challenges.

When I read a book, what is important isn't only the content or language. What is really felt is the consciousness. If it is true, then it will be true a hundred years from now or at any time or place. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo has devoted her life to living and sharing timeless teachings with profound compassion.

This treasure of a book is a series of transcribed talks. Though Buddhist language is used, anyone can benefit from Tenzin Palmo's lucid sharing. She invites us to face our suffering, our mental clamoring, our habitual ways with kindness and a deepening wisdom suffused with universal truth. I appreciate that she shares her own experiences as examples in helping us to cultivate a vaster perspective. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Erickson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4, 2014
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This is a wonderful book for both those new to Buddhism and established practitioners, and it benefits a worthy cause too - all proceeds go to the Dongyu Gatsal Ning Nunnery, which the author founded and runs, in order to offer Tibetan nuns the same access to study and higher teachings that monks typically have.

For those unfamiliar with Tenzin Palmo, she was born in London in 1943, and became one of the first Western women to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist nun. She first became known to Westerners through the book Cave in the Snow by Vicki Mackenzie (also a great read), which chronicled her 12 years living in a remote cave in the Himalayas, the last three of which were spent in strict meditation retreat.

Into the Heart of Life is adapted from talks given by Tenzin Palmo in the years since she left her cave in 1988. The book is organized into nine topics, each delivering to-the-point teachings on a topic central to Tibetan Buddhist practice: Impermanence, Karma, or Cause and Effect, Creating Happiness, The Eight Worldly Concerns, Renunciation, The Six Perfections, Lojong and Bodhicitta, Faith and Devotion and Practicing the Good Heart.

Tenzin Palmo’s warm and direct style makes this a valuable book for both established practitioners and those new to Tibetan Buddhism. She brings formal teachings to life by discussing them in modern terms. It isn’t a formal introduction to Buddhism in that it isn’t organized in a linear fashion beginning with the Buddha’s life story or the Four Noble Truths. But because she speaks in such an accessible manner, someone new to Buddhism could definitely read it and benefit from its’ wisdom. Those interested in Tibetan Buddhism will particularly appreciate the chapter on Lojong (mind training) and Boddhicitta. Jetsunma Tenzi Palmo is truly a treasure amongst contemporary teachers, and both her books and continued work to help nuns gain access to higher teachings is a gift to the world of Buddhism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sammie on July 7, 2013
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This series of essays on buddhist concepts is well written and sweet. She doesn't cover new ground, however her voice is strong and clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily Dickenson on May 30, 2013
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This book is so great. Down to earth and direct, it is to be read slowly and savored. Simple yet profound.
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