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A Profound Mind: Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life by H. H. the Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland, Richard Gere

By H. H. the Dalai Lama, Nicholas Vreeland, Richard Gere

For the 1st time for common readers, the Dalai Lama offers a finished assessment of an important educating of Buddhism. Perhaps the most distinction among Buddhism and different religions is its realizing of our center identity.  The lifestyles of the soul or self, that's valuable in several how you can Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is basically denied in Buddhism.  Even additional, trust in a “self” is obvious because the major resource of our problems in life.  but a real knowing of this instructing doesn't lead one to a despairing, cynical worldview with a feeling that existence has no meaning—Far from it, a real realizing results in genuine happiness for anyone and the best resource of compassion for others.  In 2003 and in 2007, the Dalai Lama was once invited to ny to provide a sequence of talks at the crucial Buddhist view of selflessness. This new booklet, the results of these talks, is now provided to aid expand knowledge of this crucial doctrine and its usefulness in dwelling a extra significant and chuffed life. While the Dalai Lama bargains an entire presentation of his teachings on those key philosophical issues for contemplation, he additionally indicates readers the best way to convey those teachings actively into their very own lives with options for a private practice.  it is just via truly residing those teachings that we let them result in a real transformation in our conception of ourselves and our lives A Profound brain bargains very important knowledge for these devoted to bringing approximately swap on this planet via constructing their very own non secular services, whether or not they are Buddhists or now not.

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Soon after attaining enlightenment, Shakyamuni Buddha taught about suffering. He identified suffering as divided into three levels. The first and most immediately evident level of suffering is that of mental and physical pain. The second, subtler level of suffering is that which is created not by painful sensations but by pleasurable ones. Why does pleasure cause suffering? Because it always eventually ceases, leaving us anxious for more. But the most important level of suffering is the third, a form of suffering that pervades the whole of our lives.

Some Buddhist thinkers accept the impermanence of our apple to be merely that it comes into being, endures, and then decays, finally ceasing to exist altogether. Most Buddhists understand the apple's impermanence to be its momentary nature: its existence moment by moment by moment, with each moment of our apple ending as the next moment begins. and fertilizer that nurtured the growth of the seed into a tree-are the same causes and conditions that bring about our apple's disintegration, no other cause being necessary.

And dissatisfaction. Aversion diminishes our patience and increases our tendency toward anger. Similarly, all our 22 WHAT IS DISTINCT ABOUT BUDDHISM afflictions-our pride, our jealousy-undermine our peace of mind and cause us to be unhappy. Such mental afflictions have dominated our actions over infinite past lives. Consequently, our conditioned existence is described as a contaminated reality in that our thoughts are contaminated by afflictive emotions. So long as we are under the influence of these emotions, we are not in control of our selves; we are not truly free.

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