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The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life (Paperback)
The Intelligent Heart is essential reading for anyone interested in learning lojong and tonglen practices. With deep understanding, Dzigar Kongtrul provides clear instruction on how to awaken your heart to compassion for others while freeing you from self-importance.— From Sara Hatton's favorite books
Practical instruction in a Tibetan Buddhist method for developing radical compassion--from a contemporary master with a gift for making the ancient teachings speak to modern hearts.
Dzigar Kongtrul's lively and accessible presentation of the Tibetan training method known as lojong (mind training) focuses on what he considers the heart of that practice: tonglen, the practice of exchanging self for other, for taking in others' pain and suffering and sending out kindness, ease, and consolation. It's a powerful method for developing compassion of the most tranformative kind, and its supreme expression is found in the classic text The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul. This book is Dzigar Kongtrul's commentary on that beloved text, based on a series of talks he gave on it. It includes his fresh translation of the Great Path, and it is full of his characteristic humor as well as his skill in translating esoteric concepts into terms that not only are easily understood but that speak directly to the heart.
About the Author
DZIGAR KONGTRUL grew up in a monastic environment and received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine. In 1989 he moved to the United States with his family, and in 1990 he began a five-year tenure as a professor of Buddhist philosophy at Naropa University. He also founded Mangala Shri Bhuti, his own teaching organization, during this period. He has established a mountain retreat center, Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, in southern Colorado. When not guiding students in long-term retreats and not in retreat himself, Kongtrul travels widely throughout the world, teaching and furthering his own education.
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