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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611800013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800012
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The teachings in this book are tools for clearing away everything that keeps us from recognizing and connecting with our own noble heart, and for opening that heart to others in the most radical way. I am most grateful to His Holiness the Karmapa for offering these transformative teachings, and I recommend this book to everyone who wants to change the world, beginning with themselves.”—Pema Chödrön, author of Living Beautifully

“In The Heart Is Noble the Seventeenth Karmapa shares his deep wisdom and compassion as a lens on topics ranging from global hunger to healthy relationships and to the meaning of life. His message shows how we can each be heroes in daily life in ways large and small, and that bringing a noble heart to whatever we encounter enriches everyone.”—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence

About the Author

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is the spiritual head of one of the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The 900-year-old lineage of Karmapas has included some of Tibet's greatest spiritual masters. Born to nomadic parents in rural Tibet, he was identified while still a young child as the heir to this leadership position. In 2000, the Karmapa's dramatic escape to India from Chinese-ruled Tibet at the age of fourteen propelled him onto the world stage. Since then, he has emerged as an international Buddhist leader and environmental activist, founding Khoryug, a region-wide environmental protection program. The Karmapa has been dubbed the "new face of Tibetan Buddhism," and many Tibetans look to the Karmapa for inspiration in their struggle to preserve their embattled culture. In 2008, he made his historic first visit to America. He currently resides at Gyuto Monastery, near Dharamsala, India.

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There is so much so learn in this book.
Dopey1895
Your heart will be stirred by his words and you will be inspired to act.for the welfare of others and your self.
mudita
I am reading this book now and I am amazed by the wisdom and compassion expressed in Karmapa's writing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kay K. Duncan on February 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book presents a Buddhist perspective on a number of current topics such as the environment, conflict resolution, relationships and gender identity. It is clearly written and understandable to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike and would be a good introduction to readers new to Buddhist thought. The author is young yet wise beyond his 20 something years. Filled with gentle humor and deep insight, I highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in a peaceful approach to current world problems and issues.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By knlhamo on March 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am reading this book now and I am amazed by the wisdom and compassion expressed in Karmapa's writing. He "gets" us Westerners, and while this book is based on conversations with young people, don't think for a minute that it applies *only* to our 20-somethings. I'm on Social Security right now, and this is one of the all-time best dharma books I've ever read. I am particularly impressed with how Karmapa sees America's potential to lead the world on things like climate change (mentioned in multiple chapters) and a switch from unsustainable materialism grounded in greed to sustainable lifestyles based on contentment and happiness--essential if we are going to preserve the planet we live on.

The other reason I love this book is because Karmapa doesn't just talk Buddhist theory--he presents Buddhist ideas and concepts in ways that can be of direct and immediate help to people, whether they consider themselves Buddhists or not. There is much practical help here for our daily lives, in addition to motivation and inspiration for developing our own noble hearts.

In short--I've read a lot of dharma books over the years, and "The Heart Is Noble" gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Fernandez on March 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Karmapa outlines for us a fresh and wise way of thinking (and acting) on all the major topics our world faces today- consumerism
and greed, gender identities, food justice, healthcare, environmental destruction and more. This book would give a fresh infusion
of courage and wisdom to all those committed to working for a better world.-- just wondering where things went so wrong and if they
can really be fixed. Because the book outlines a fundamentally Buddhist position on many of the issues of the day, this book would also
serve very well as a very new kind of introduction to Buddhism. But as a practicing Buddhist, I also have to say that his teachings are also
a guide for Buddhists in how to live with our Dharma practice fully embedded in every aspect of our lives. For committed Buddhists, it is a guide
in how to be Buddhist of the cushion at all times in all interactions.
I especially loved the GENDER chapter- It is a fresh, inclusive, logical view.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon on April 3, 2013
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The Karmapa is my teacher, but I will give a fair review. Most of the book focuses on the most important issues that clearly need solutions. However, his best chapter focuses on love and relationships. He gives a nuanced view of relationships and provides the reader an opportunity to question what really is considered masculine and feminine. I highlighted much of the chapters!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yael Gal on March 24, 2013
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There is no one who better explains what compassion is all about and how to practically implement it in everyday life, whether one is a Buddhist or not. This exceptional book is another pearl in his rosary of writings and a source of inspiration for everyone who wishes themselves and others a better life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BumblB on April 9, 2013
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I'm not even done and every single chapter so far i can COMPLETELY relate and use as a tool in my daily living. I really am completely satisfied with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Connors on February 25, 2014
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Great read and non-religious. Good for everyone concerned about our environment and learning to work with all beings for our future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DigitalDragon on July 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The book is awesome. A must read for anyone who wants to change the world in a postive way. Buy the Kindle version to read on the go and the paperback to share.
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