Introduction; PART ONE - The Noble Truths: Desire; Suffering; Origins; Cessations; The Path; PART TWO - Patience: The Faults of Anger; Why We Get Angry; Learning to Accept Suffering; The Patience of Definitely Thinking about Dharma; Learning not to Retaliate; Dedication; Appendix I - Understanding the Mind; Appendix II - Past and Future Lives; Appendix III - 'Liberating Prayer' and 'Prayers for Meditation'; Appendix IV - What is Meditation?; Appendix V - 'The Kadampa Way of Life'; Glossary; Bibliography; Study Programmes of Kadampa Buddhism; Index
GESHE KELSANG GYATSO was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of a series of highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded many Buddhist Centres throughout the world.
"All our problems... come from our delusions of attachment," writes Gyatso, a Tibetan-born teacher of Buddhism, and "Buddha's teachings are the supreme... method to solve human problems." Gyatso puts this thesis to the test by first offering very brief, general outlines of each of the Four Noble Truths. He spends the bulk of the book examining a particular delusion-anger-in chapters that more or less correspond to those Noble Truths. He begins by pointing out the many problems anger can cause, then investigates why we get angry. Gyatso then sets forth "patient acceptance" as a method of liberating one's mind from anger, and offers specific strategies for nurturing patient acceptance. He rounds out the book with several appendixes addressing topics such as reincarnation and meditation. Gyatso's discussions have mixed effectiveness. At times his insights are penetrating and his illustrations compelling, as when he explains that patient acceptance-far from being passive-requires strength and courage to resist "well-worn mental grooves of intolerance," but at other times he makes assertions with little or no explanation. Moreover, he fails to extrapolate lessons from his anger case study to address other human problems. Fans of Gyatso will find the book helpful, but others may feel he does not deliver on the book's ambitious title. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"A profound illumination of our human experience and our potential for deep inner freedom." Arturo Sanchez, Professor, Columbia University "This insightful book offers peace of mind in these troubled times. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking happiness or greater meaning in their lives." Thomas Mitchell, Professor and author, Indiana University