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Into The Heart Of Life Paperback – May 16, 2011
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"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
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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.
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.
She has a way of writing very clearly and getting to the heart of whatever subject she is trying to explain in a way that nearly everyone will be able to connect with and be comfortable with. I believe you will like this book whether if it is your first exposure to buddhism or you are a veteran looking to expand on your understanding. I did a little each day as there was so much to think about in each section.
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Tenzin Palmo has so much to teach, and she does it in an accessible, easy-to-read way. Her wisdom is something I hope to practice and share daily.Published 5 months ago by salty
Heard her speak at a yoga retreat. What a great woman! This book is a must read for everyone. Simple yet so inspiring. Thank you JTP!Published 7 months ago by oksanaglo
A beautiful book, by a very precious western Dakini. Written in a simple, direct and very fluid way for beginers and medium level practitioners. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Buddhist from South
I'm halfway through this book and it has literally become one of my favorite books. Oddly enough, just picking up the book helps me feel grounded. Read morePublished 10 months ago by V. Ng
One of the best books I have ever read. If you want to really learn about Tibetan Buddhism, this one is the best!Published 11 months ago by Tory D. Tashian "Scallygal"
Great book! The dharma talks are so clear. I can hardly find my book for everyone borrowing it. The bestPublished 13 months ago by Skye
Simple, generous, wise - a beautiful book, written by a beautiful, wise, authentic human being. Entry level, but still a lot there to inspire even the advanced practitioner.Published 14 months ago by Great Silence
The Best! I have no words to describe how much I loved this Book. I want to read it again.Published 14 months ago by Marcia C. Castro