A TRUTHFUL HEART: Buddhist Practices for Connecting with Others by Jeffrey Hopkins, foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama often says, "Kindness is society." By learning to live from a more compassionate viewpoint, Jeffrey Hopkins writes, we can create a better life not only for ourselves but for everyone. In A Truthful Heart, Hopkins uses Buddhist meditations (including the Dalai Lama's favorite), visualizations, and entertaining recollections from his own life to guide us in developing an awareness of the capacity for love inside us and learning to project that love into the world around us.
Delivering a potent message with the power to change our relationships and improve the quality of our lives, A Truthful Heart is the ideal book for an age in which our dealings with each other seem increasingly impersonal--and even violent and aggressive. Anyone seeking release from anger and hurt, or simply wanting to increase the love and caring among us, will welcome this timely vision for humanity.
"Jeffrey Hopkins has spent his life helping others to cultivate wisdom, compassion, and openheartedness. Read this warm and wonderful book and learn how, just as I have."--Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within.
COMPASSION CONQUERS ALL: Teachings on the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation by Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
The heart of Buddhist wisdom in eight short verses, elucidated by this lively pioneer of contemporary dharma. Unconditional love and freedom are here and now if we let go of self-centred obsession and let ourselves be embraced by WHAT IS. The very life we are living, with all its difficulties, failures and frustrations, can be the road to liberation. The world can be our school of transformation. Everybody becomes our best friend. We become our own best friend. Deeper and deeper, from learning to cherish all beings as precious, to realising that those we perceived as enemies are our supreme teachers, the teachings in this book take us into our innermost heart, where we discover that we are the light we have been longing for.
"His skills at conveying timeless wisdom in a contemporary way make him a precious spiritual friend to have."--His Holiness the 101st Gaden Tripa.
THIS MOMENT IS THE PERFECT TEACHER: Ten Buddhist Teachings on Cultivating Inner Strength and Compassion (4.5 hr., 4-CD set.) by Pema Chodron
For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have employed pithy, penetrating slogans to awaken wisdom and compassion in the midst of daily life. Here, Pema presents the heart of this transformative spiritual practice (called lojong in Tibetan). She offers a selection of slogans such as "Drive all blames into one" and "Be grateful to everyone," and with her insightful commentary Pema explains how we can apply them to the difficult moments of our lives. This Moment Is the Perfect Teacher also features a guided meditation on tonglen practice ("taking in and sending out"), which anyone can undertake to awaken compassion for themselves and others.