The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life

The Intelligent Heart: A Guide to the Compassionate Life

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Tibetan Buddhist instructions for developing radical compassion through lojong mind training--from a contemporary master with a gift for making the ancient teachings speak to modern hearts

Dzigar Kongtrül'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 transformative kind, and its supreme expression is found in the classic text The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrül.

This book is Dzigar Kongtrül'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.