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Turning the mind into an ally
Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche
Adult Nonfiction BQ5612 .S24 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Is the mind our enemy? It can be, suggests Shambhala International's director Mipham in his first book. The key to peaceful and sane living, says Mipham, is training our minds. Without that training, people live "at the mercy of our moods." Meditation is the tool that can help spiritual seekers master, rather than be mastered by, their own minds. This book blends a philosophically savvy explanation of why meditation is necessary with an artful and accessible introduction to the basics of meditation. Mipham moves elegantly from the prosaic (how to sit with a straight spine) to the profound (why one should bravely contemplate illness, aging and death). Indeed, those practicing spiritual disciplines from any tradition-Christian, Wiccan, and so forth-could benefit from Mipham's commonsense approach to meditation. He acknowledges, for example, that the tyro might get bored, distracted or even hungry for a cookie. New meditators are likely to find a million and one excuses for not meditating. But, says Mipham gently, "at some point you just have to sit down and do it." Mipham's guide is distinguished by its intelligible prose; unlike many fellow travelers, he does not drown his reader in jargon. He defines Buddhist basics, like "samsara" and "karma," clearly. Three useful appendices, outlining meditation postures and giving simple instructions for contemplation, round out the book, and a foreword by Pema Chdrn is an added treat. This easy read is one of the best of the Buddhism-for-Westerners genre. (Jan.) Forecast: Mipham's name may not yet be a household one, but his father's certainly is: Mipham is the son of the late Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chgyam Trungpa, whose books have sold over a million copies. That will help generate interest in this title, which stands on its own considerable merits. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Director of Shambhala International and an incarnate lama of Tibet, Mipham is the son of Chogyam Trungpa, who is credited with introducing Buddhism to the West. Mipham himself grew up in America, so he's really good at the East-West dialog he engages in here. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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