A Profound Mind: Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

For the 1st time for normal readers, the Dalai Lama provides a finished evaluation of crucial instructing of Buddhism.

Perhaps the most distinction among Buddhism and different religions is its figuring out of our middle identification. The lifestyles of the soul or self, that's vital in several how you can Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is de facto denied in Buddhism. Even additional, trust in a "self" is noticeable because the major resource of our problems in existence. but a real figuring out of this educating doesn't lead one to a despairing, cynical worldview with a feeling that existence has no meaning--Far from it, a real knowing results in genuine happiness for somebody and the best resource of compassion for others.

In 2003 and in 2007, the Dalai Lama was once invited to big apple to offer a sequence of talks at the crucial Buddhist view of selflessness. This new booklet, the results of these talks, is now provided to assist increase information of this crucial doctrine and its usefulness in dwelling a extra significant and satisfied life.

While the Dalai Lama deals an entire presentation of his teachings on those key philosophical issues for contemplation, he additionally exhibits readers tips on how to carry those teachings actively into their very own lives with options for a private perform. it's only by means of really dwelling those teachings that we let them result in a real transformation in our belief of ourselves and our lives

A Profound Mind deals vital knowledge for these devoted to bringing approximately switch on the planet via constructing their very own religious functions, whether or not they are Buddhists or no longer.

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With mind and a mental position. Such identification, however, can easily creep in.  The “I” feels diminished or offended because somebody doesn't believe what “I” said. Ego takes everything personally.  Furthermore, it cannot tell the differences between an event and its reaction to that event. Every ego is a master of selective perception and distorted interpretation.  Only through awareness can you see th totality of the situation or person instead of adopting one limited perspective. TRUTH: RELATIVE OR ABSOLUTE?

That’s the beginning of the transformation of consciousness.  It is an addictive need, not an authentic one.  Their mind is hungry, not their body. This eating disorder would become healed if the sufferers, instead of being identified with their mind, could get in touch with their body and so feel the true needs of the body rather than the pseudo­ needs of the egoic mind.  The energy behind their wanting, however, creates an opposing energy of equal intensity that in the end leads to their downfall.

There is no ego in telling the waiter that your soup is cold and needs to be heated up – if you stick to the facts, which are always neutral.  There is a “me” here that loves to feel personally offended by the cold soup and is going to make the most of it, a “me” that enjoys making someone wrong. The complaining we are talking about is in the service of the ego, not of change. Sometimes it becomes obvious that the ego doesn't really want change so that it can go on complaining.  The moment you become aware of the ego in you, it is strictly speaking no longer the ego, but just an old, conditioned mind­pattern.

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