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Norman Vincent Peale goes to Tibet in this self-help manual based on Bön, the little-known indigenous religion of Tibet that predates Buddhism. Since he was a child, Hansard trained in the spiritual and medical traditions of Bön, and now runs a London clinic where he treats celebrities and commoners with the principles of this ancient wisdom. The first two chapters lay out key ideas and theory before moving to the areas where people commonly experience problems: work, money, relationships, health. The book is long on simple exercises, using concentration and ritual practice to resolve problems. As such, it offers help for particular issues: what to do about bullies, stress and overwork, for example. Some ideas are unique to Bön: a close relationship with another forms a "third person" that needs nurturing in order to foster that relationship. Others are self-help staples: visualize, let your energy flow. The real-life examples—such as a woman who began to treat herself lovingly and was vibrant and joyful six months later—are well-intentioned but unconvincing. Those familiar with Buddhism will find special value in exposure to the religious tradition on which some of the unique forms of Tibetan Buddhism are based. But all can benefit from this problem-solving manual that cultivates concentration and compassion. (Aug. 2)
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About the Author

Christopher Hansard is the author of The Tibetan Art of Living. Trained in the spiritual and healing traditions of Tibetan Bon medicine from the age of four, he is now the leading Western practitioner in the field and the director of clinical affairs at the Eden Medical Centre, Chelsea, London. He is married and has a young daughter.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1st Atria Books Trade Pbk. Ed edition (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074348326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743483261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Inkwell TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
When you read a book such as this, you are drawn into a new reality outside most of our normal experiences.

When the Bon Buddhists left Tibet having foretold the 1959 invasion, they were scattered throughout the world to places where their teaching would be effective, and where they would find people to carry the Bon tradtion of skilful thinking.

One such Master discovered the author at the age four in New Zealand and thus began 23 years of instruction.

There are many great techniques that stem from this teaching, so I am enjoying this book tremendously. There are some easy, yet empowering exercises to move negative thoughts and create an empowering reality.

This is an easy to follow blueprint for living, which I highly recommend. This book came to me highly recommended, and I highly recommend it to you. I hope you find this helpful.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2005
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This book is a powerhouse of information. It is written in a very easy to understand manner, with clear and concise instructions. I love this book. It is simply wonderful. I can't thank the author enough for bringing such a beautiful book to fruition. This book crosses the barrier of religions and would be a wonderful read for people of any faith. I would strongly suggest this book for people who volunteer their time in prison programs as well. Everyone who needs a nudge to find bliss within should have a copy of this book.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 2003
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Christopher Hansard's second book is even better than his first book The Tibetan Art of Living. In this new book he offers practical solutions to the issues we all face in the world today. Whilst Bon Medicine is probably the oldest medical practice still in existence it is quite remarkable how relevant it is to us today. If you are really looking for the answers go no further you will find them in this book. A book cannot normally take the place of a face to face meeting with a healer of the calibre of Christopher Hansard, but he has put so many useful examples of his work with other patients in to his writings that it is hard not to find a situation that he covers that is not relevant to yourself.
The book is divided into 10 sections, each covering an aspect of life from the Power of Thought through Relationships and Love to Helping others and the World in a Single Thought. Each section offers advice & practical exercises to deal with every aspect in your life. So if you are unable to consult directly with the leading practioner of BonMedicine in the western world, and his public seminars are rare in North America, then buy the book. I have and it continues to change my life every day.
For the cynical amongst you, I do not normally make recomendations of this sort, but for this book it was not difficult.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bluestream on October 31, 2004
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This book is really great. It conveys the central message that - our lifes are shaped by our thoughts. Also we all have a 'thought atmosphere'. This book teaches various creative ways to neutralize negative thoughts/emotions. Some people are caught by negative thought atmosphere/patterns that they find it hard to free themself from it. This author teaches several techniques (verbal and visual and even using some external procedures) to protect ourself and to neutralize undersirable thought patterns. If you are interested in this, also read books by Ernest Holmes, who also teaches almost the same thing, (yet a little different techniques) to condition our thought atmosphere. If you don't condition your thought atmosphere with positive thoughts, it may be influenced by negative thoughts (or what Holmes calls the race-consciousness). This is a great book that you must have! It is not a shallow book about general positive thinking with tidbits such as "you can do it" etc, it goes much deeper into the nature of thoughts and emotions.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff B on October 24, 2005
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Christopher Hansard has done an amazing job in bringing the ancient Bon teachings to the modern world. Almost everyone is familiar with Buddhism nowadays, but few have heard of the ancient Tibetan teachings of Bon, which was popular long before Buddhism hit Tibet. There is so very little information on Bon available, and none of it really exposing any teachings or practices that would be helpful to the average reader.

Mr. Hansard spent a great deal of his life, starting at a very early age, learning the teachings, traditions and practices of Bon. In this new book, he shows us all how we can learn from these ancient practices, how we can use the spiritual techniques of Bon to improve our own lives.

This book is filled with enlightening information and very simple to understand (and do) Bon practices to assist a person in transforming one's life into the life that you want to live. Even though some of the practices seem very simple, they are very powerful.

True change is all about the power of one's thoughts. And, this book will tell you why and how to work with and change your thoughts, changing your life for the better in the process.

Rev. Jeff, Professional Psychic and Reiki Master
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By grouchy on March 9, 2006
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Buddhism has been an interest of mine for a long time. Lot of the core ideas are slowly molded into a Westernized body of thoughts. From this angle it was interesting to read a book about a system of beliefs that was slowly molded by Buddhism into a system that contains Buddhist thoughts but is more tangible. The book deals with Traditional Bon medicine, which is a complex system of ideas, thoughts, and interpretations of the physical world. Having not read more about Bon, I cannot evaluate the correctness of the descriptions offered by the author, but I assume that they are faithful to the original teachings.

Now, what is the "Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking"? It is simply skillful thinking about life and living. I walked away with two insights after reading this book.

1. Life is hard, but simple.

2. Finding solutions to problems demands focus, attention, and commitment.

As a self-help book it is decent and above the average. Since I take a very dim view of the industrial production of erudite and packaged snippets of marginally intelligent insights, I cannot rate this book higher than three stars. I must commend, however, the author for being very forthright and honest. I never sensed condecension or empty cheerleading throughtout the book.

But since it is an interesting read - apart from the self-help aspect of this book - I give it four stars.
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