- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Revised ed. edition (January 6, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781573223454
- ISBN-13: 978-1573223454
- ASIN: 157322345X
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 135 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Turning the Mind Into an Ally Paperback – January 6, 2004
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About the Author
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is one of the most highly respected young incarnate lamas of Tibet. He is the head of the Shambhala lineage and the director of Shambhala International, a worldwide organization of more than two hundred meditation and retreat centers. He teaches around the world to thousands, both Western and Asian audiences. He is a husband, father of three daughters, and an avid runner.
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Towards the very end the book became difficult for me to understand as he discussed more advanced topics.
Written for people with little or no knowledge of, or experience in, the art and science of meditation, the book is simply the best how to and to what end book of its kind in the market. Sakyong Mipham writes with uncommon clarity for western as well as eastern consumption, and his illustrative examples bring the basic principles and procedures of "peaceful abiding" to life--out of the world of theory and into that of practical application. (This review is also published on frankzahn (dot) com.