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Turning the Mind Into an Ally Paperback – January 6, 2004
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Sakyong Mipham follows the Buddha's tradition of piercing honesty about our predicament as sentient beings. He does not shy from telling the truth of suffering, impermanence, and selflessness of our existence. In these troubled times, it is wonderful to know that there is a practical and doable path of personal transformation by which we can live without deception and with loving kindness to benefit ourselves and all beings.
It's likely you don't think of your mind as an enemy. But, for many of us an untamed, out of control mind is just that. I've known for years that my thoughts race. I knew I wanted to get control of the flashes of anger that could just pop out or the rush of fear that could be triggered by a single thought. One thought leads to another which leads to another and you "wake up" minutes later to find you've said or done something you regret. Meditation helps us study the often unconscious habitual patterns our minds fall into, so that we can see those things happening as they happen and, ultimately, before they happen. Buddhist practice isn't so much a religion as it is a disciplining of the mind and an attempt to face ultimate reality. When I first started reading the book, it seemed too basic for me, like Meditation 101. It's written in non-technical language and is full of real-life illustrations that make the material easy to read and grasp.Read more ›
I am by no means advanced in my practice, but just doing it has been of incredible benefit to me. I don't know how to better describe it. I really do owe it to the focused approach Sakyong Rinpoche explains in this book.
'Turning The Mind Into an Ally' was responsible for getting me from a wild, untamed mind - procrastining and reading one book after another - to actually sitting down and beginning my meditation.
As a friend who observed me reading alot of books once told me, "Just remember, the map is not the journey."
I do feel that this book will start you on your mindfullness journey.
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Reading this is refreshing. The concepts are in language I understand. It makes the journey on the path look possible. Not easy, but possible. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Shirley
Very mind opening. I felt that this book was speaking directly to me from the first pages. Just give it a chance, you have nothing to lose and much to gain.Published 1 month ago by Dolt
The best book written on meditation. This is the meditation bible!Published 1 month ago by Linda Ryan
Best book on meditation that I have ever read, and I have read quite a few.Published 1 month ago by Rich Ray
I have had this book for a few months and I am on my second read. I suspect I will read this over and over again over time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. Maier
This is a great introduction to Shambala Buddhism. It is written in a style Westerners are comfortable with. It is terse, deep, and to the point. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lewis P. Wilkinson