- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Shambhala (July 10, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611805716
- ISBN-13: 978-1611805710
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stop Biting the Tail You're Chasing: Using Buddhist Mind Training to Free Yourself from Painful Emotional Patterns Paperback – July 10, 2018
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“There is no better way to bring intelligence, sanity, and love into the world than moving away from fixating on the self, and instead, working for the well-being of others. In Stop Biting the Tail You’re Chasing, Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo present us with a fresh, insightful, and engaging look at the most essential, practical, and potent instructions on how to do just that—the lojong or mind training teachings. I think you will find this book a great guide on how to move through the world with joy and grace.” —Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel, author of The Logic of Faith and The Power of an Open Question
“The lojong teachings on working with destabilizing emotions are Tibet’s great gift to a world in desperate need of them. In Stop Biting the Tail You’re Chasing we hear the wise and patient voice of Anyen Rinpoche, fully immersed in these teachings as only a Tibetan tulku can be, along with his longtime collaborator, Allison Choying Zangmo, kindly speaking to us about how to apply this wisdom to our contemporary lives. Though the teachings are subtle and profound, this is a simple, accessible, and inspiring discussion. This is a book I will read again and again.”—Norman Fischer, poet, Zen priest, author of Training in Compassion, and co-author of What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind
“Stop Biting the Tail You’re Chasing interweaves timeless wisdom from the greatest masters in Mahayana Buddhism with both Anyen Rinpoche’s and Khandro Allison Choying Zangmo’s own experience and advice, allowing western, English readers the opportunity to access these teachings and apply them directly to their lives. We are grateful to them for these efforts and especially to Rinpoche for dedicating himself to this cause.” —Sangye Khandro, Light of Berotsana, teacher and translator
“This volume is a treasure of profound Buddhist teachings on the trainings of the mind, lojong, that transmute every moment of our lives into true sources of benefit to oneself and others. I pray that we may all put them into practice.”—Tulku Thondup, author of The Heart of Unconditional Love
“By training the mind to recognize the power of emotional attachment, Anyen wishes to show how '[the] root of all unhappiness is self-cherishing.' At the core of self-cherishing is an unhealthy attachment to the hope for permanence and an idea of the self, he writes. Anyen's antidote is threefold: to train the mind to detach emotions from identities and see the former as sources of information, to understand that the nature of everything is empty and illusory, and then to break out of old habitual patterns of emotional and physical behaviors. One is 'fully responsible' for dealing with one's emotions and emotional reactions, he writes, and lojong practice is the way to begin recognizing, applying, and persevering with that responsibility. While Anyen's book may tread familiar ground, it is a skillful, well-structured, and accessible introduction to the practice of lojong that will appeal to novices of Buddhist meditation.”—Publishers Weekly
“Stop Biting the Tail You're Chasing offers a myriad of mind-training tools for relieving our suffering, extending that relief to those around us, and experiencing and sharing joy.”—Lion's Roar
About the Author
Anyen Rinpoche is a tulku from Tibet of the Nyingma (Longchen Nyingthig) tradition. He is the author of The Union of Dzogchen and Bodhichitta, Dying with Confidence, Journey to Certainty, Momentary Buddhism, and with Allison Choying Zangmo, The Tibetan Yoga of Breath. He founded the Orgyen Khamdroling Dharma Center and lives in Denver, Colorado.
Allison Choying Zangmo is Anyen Rinpoche’s spiritual partner, personal translator, and a longtime student of both Rinpoche and his root lama, Kyabje Tsara Dharmakirti. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
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Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Zangmo are accomplished practitioners and acute observers. They lay bare the reality of our discomfort and pain, the patterns of thought and behavior that are its immediate causes and perpetuating effects, the real possibility of a human condition free from this unnecessary pain, and a proven path of examination and discipline that reveals this freedom. It is rare to find such personal and direct instruction in print!
For those of us who aspire to practice mind-essence teachings, we know that the uncontrived view and meditation are free from attachment, and that lojong is the path that dissolves attachment. But how can we be thorough in our recognition of this self-cherishing, which obscures everything? How can we be confident that we are on the right track?
This book addresses the patterns of emotion with astonishing detail. It provides the questions we must ask ourselves, both to practice comprehensively and to honestly evaluate our experience. This is a treasure of practical instruction!
I will be reading this book multiple times, it is relevant where I am at right now; it will continue to be relevant as I grow. I know I will continue to find sage advice between the pages and it will continue to "push my buttons". It is a great book, and I highly recommend.
"No matter in what situations we find ourselves, when we don't have so many opinions and preferences we naturally experience more peace of mind. We feel more agreeable, more comfortable, and more able to fit in with others. When we are more tolerant, not only do our minds' stability and experience of meditation improve, but the conduct of our body, speech, and mind also improves because we stop being so reactive."
I am already using specific techniques from the book, and I find them very beneficial. This book is a concise road map towards greater peace of mind, one which I highly recommend!