As long as our minds are dominated by the conditions of the external world, we are bound to remain in a state of dissatisfaction, always vulnerable to grief and fear. How then can we develop an inner sense of well-being and redefine our relationship to a world that seems unavoidably painful and unkind?
Many have found a practical answer to that question in the 2,500-year-old teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Here at last is an organized overview of these teachings, beginning with the basic themes of the sutras—;the general discourses of the Buddha—;and continuing through the esoteric concepts and advanced practices of Tantra. Unlike other introductions to Tibetan Buddhism, this accessible, enjoyable work doesn't stop with theory and history, but relates timeless spiritual principles to the pressing issues of modern life, both in terms of our daily experience and our uniquely Western world view.
This fascinating, highly readable book asks neither unquestioning faith nor blind obedience to abstract concepts or religious beliefs. Rather, it challenges us to question and investigate life's issues for ourselves in the light of an ancient and effective approach to the sufferings and joys of the human condition.
Praise & Reviews
"Insightful...practical...provides examples of how these ancient teachings can be applied in contemporary Western life."—The Beacon
"A clear, readable overview from basic to advanced practices..."—Arkansas Democrat Gazette
"Presents Buddhism not as a competing faith but as a practical way of ethics by which to shape one's life..."—The Reader's Review
"A happy find for anyone seeking to incorporate Buddhist principles into spiritual practice."—NAPRA ReVIEW
"One of the most readable, accessible, and comprehensive introductions to Tibetan Buddhism."—Mandala
About the Author:
B. Alan Wallace, one of the first Westerners ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, was a monk for fourteen years. Scholar, teacher, and practitioner, he is widely respected for the depth of his understanding of Buddhist philosophy, as well as his ability to render the teachings relevant to modern life. Author of several books in this field, he is one of the foremost translators of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, having interpreted for many eminent Tibetan lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and now runs the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.