Open Heart, Open Mind by Tsoknyi Rinpoche

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His notable skill is using clear language and homespun analogies to illuminate Buddhist concepts.
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In Open Heart, Open Mind, Tsoknyi Rinpoche—one of the most beloved of the contemporary generation of Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters—explains that a life free of fear, pain, insecurity, and doubt is not only possible, it’s our birthright. We long for peace, for the ability to love and be loved openly and freely, and for the confidence and clarity to meet the various challenges we face in our daily lives.

Within each of us resides a spark of unparalleled brilliance, an unlimited capacity for warmth, openness, and courage, which Rinpoche identifies as “essence love.” Timeless and imperishable, essence love is often layered over by patterns of behavior and belief that urge us to seek happiness in conditions or situations that never quite live up to their promise.

Drawing on rarely discussed teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche describes how such patterns evolve and offers a series of meditation exercises to help us unravel them and, in the process, reawaken an energy and exuberance that can not only bring lasting fulfillment to our lives but ultimately serve to enliven and inspire the entire world, as well.

With great humor, intelligence, and candor, Tsoknyi Rinpoche also details his own struggles to reconnect with essence love. Identified at an early age as the incarnation of a renowned Tibetan master and subjected to a rigorous monastic training, he ultimately renounced his vows, married, and is now the father of two daughters.
As he recounts his own efforts to strike a balance between the promptings of his heart and an obligation to preserve and protect the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche provides a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern life, and encourages each of us to rediscover the openness, fearlessness, and love that is the essence of our own life.


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Born in 1966 in Nubri, Nepal, Tsoknyi Rinpoche is one of the most renowned teachers of Tibetan Buddhism trained outside of Tibet. Deeply versed in both the practical and philosophical disciplines of Tibetan Buddhism, he is beloved by students around the world for his accessible style, his generous and self-deprecating humor, and his deeply personal, compassionate insight into human nature. The married father of two daughters, Rinpoche nevertheless manages to balance family life with a demanding schedule of teaching around the world and overseeing two nunneries in Nepal, one of the largest nunneries in Tibet, and more than fifty practice centers and hermitages in the eastern region of Tibet. More information about Tsoknyi Rinpoche, his teachings, and his activities can be found at www.pundarika.org. Eric Swanson is coauthor, with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, of the New York Times bestseller The Joy of Living and its follow-up volume, Joyful Wisdom. A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, he is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction. After converting to Buddhism in 1995, he cowrote Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy, a history of the Karma Kagyu lineage, and authored What the Lotus Said, a memoir.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Harmony. 274 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Self Help. Non-fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Below average
Feb 15 2012

. . .uninitiated readers may be lost among the navel-gazing.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 13 2012

His notable skill is using clear language and homespun analogies to illuminate Buddhist concepts.

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Spirituality & Practice

Excellent
Reviewed by Frederic Brussat, MaryAnn Brussat

We also benefited from his commentaries on generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, and wisdom.

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Shambhala Times

Excellent
Reviewed by John Makransky is an Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology at Boston College on Oct 04 2012

Tsoknyi Rinpoche is not merely giving us methods of self-healing, but returning us to our deepest being, Buddhahood

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Bohemian Buddhist Review

Good
Reviewed by Paki S. Wright, Ed. on Jun 01 2012

chock-full of his wonderful personal anecdotes and teaching stories, as well as numerous insights about how to apply the dharma to our everyday dilemmas

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Buddha Space

Good
Reviewed by Gary on May 15 2012

The teachings and practices that he presents in this wonderful book are potentially both life-enhancing & transformative

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Good
Reviewed by Erin McNaughton on Apr 01 2012

He also presents and illuminates Buddhist concepts and terminology, ideas which are explained in a widely accessible and easy-to-understand manner.

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