Kindness, Clarity, and Insight: The Fundamentals of Buddhist Thought and Practice

Kindness, Clarity, and Insight: The Fundamentals of Buddhist Thought and Practice


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This beloved classic brings together in one volume all the major themes of the Dalai Lama's teachings such as religious values, the four noble truths, karma, compassion, and meditation.

Drawn from the lectures he gave during his first three visits to North America, the book covers the core subject matter of Tibetan Buddhism, as presented for the first time to an English-speaking audience. The chapters are arranged developmentally from simple to complex topics, which include the luminous nature of the mind, the four noble truths, karma, the common goals of the world's religions, meditation, deities, and selflessness. Central to all these teachings is the necessity of compassion—which the Dalai Lama says is "the essence of religion" and "the most precious thing there is."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611808643
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Series: Core Teachings of Dalai Lama
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 621,029
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

THE DALAI LAMA is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Editor's Note xiii

1 Religious Values and Human Society 3

2 The Luminous Nature of the Mind 11

3 Four Noble Truths 15

4 Karma 21

5 Medicine of Wisdom and Compassion 25

6 Altruism and the Six Perfections 29

7 Religious Harmony 41

8 Treasures of Tibetan Buddhism 47

9 Compassion in Global Politics 55

10 Meditation 63

11 Buddhism East to West 81

12 Deities 93

13 Eight Verses for Training the Mind 95

14 Om Mani Padme Hum 115

15 The Path to Enlightenment 117

16 Self and Selflessness 155

17 Tibetan Views on Dying 165

18 Transforming the Mind through Meditation 179

19 The Two Truths 189

20 Union of the Old and New Translation Schools 197

Notes 221

Books by the Dalai Lama 229

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