Understanding the Mind: Lorig, an Explanation of the Nature and Functions of the Mind

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2002 - Buddhism - 312 pages
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An explanation of the nature and functions of the mind * What is the mind and how does it work? * Which types of mind lead to inner peace and happiness, and which do not? * How can an understanding of our mind be applied to our daily life? Understanding the Mind provides a practical explanation of the mind in a unique combination of profound philosophical exploration and practical psychology. Part One explains how Buddhist psychology is based on an understanding of the mind as a formless continuum that is related to, yet separate from, the physical body. Though understanding the nature of the mind and the process of cognition we can attain a lasting state of inner peace and happiness that is independent of external circumstances. Part Two explains the many types of mind and shows how we can abandon those that harm us, while increasing those that lead to personal joy and fulfilment. Throughout the book Geshe Kelsang skilfully shows how we can apply our understanding of our mind to improve our daily life.
  

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Review: Understanding the Mind: An Explanation of the Nature and Functions of the Mind

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I bought this book in a buddist retire when it just have come out. I really love it, it's claire, very well structured, ful of wisdom and knowledge. A book to be read again and again, a book to study ... Read full review

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Profound, moving, and challenging. GKG pulled out the big guns in writing this book that deals with the nature of the human mind and it's relationship to ordinary and ultimate reality. I have returned to this one many times. Read full review

Contents

Buddha Shakyamuni
2
Nagarjuna
8
Conceptual and Nonconceptual Minds
23
Aryadeva
32
Direct Perceivers
42
Recognizers
61
Asanga
62
Doubts
75
The Five Objectascertaining Mental Factors
126
The Eleven Virtuous Mental Factors
141
Dharmakirti
142
Gunaprabha
178
Virtue Nonvirtue and Delusion
179
The Six Root Delusions
195
Shakyaprabha
212
The Twenty Secondary Delusions
229

Vasubandhu
82
Valid and Nonvalid Cognizers
94
Dignaga
106
Primary Minds and Mental Factors
107
The Four Changeable Mental Factors
242
Essence of Good Fortune 279
281
Bibliography
298
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Page 298 - These teachings are currently being published and provide a comprehensive presentation of the essential Sutra and Tantra practices of Mahayana Buddhism. Books in print The Bodhisattva Vow. The essential practices of Mahayana Buddhism. (Tharpa, 1991.) Buddhism in the Tibetan Tradition. A guide to Tibetan Buddhism. (2nd. edn. Penguin, 1990.) Clear Light of Bliss. A commentary to the practice of Mahamudra in Vajrayana Buddhism. (2nd. edn. Tharpa, 1992.) Great Treasury of Merit.

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