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 provides a finished evaluation of crucial educating of Buddhism. Perhaps the most distinction among Buddhism and different religions is its realizing of our middle identity.  The life of the soul or self, that is vital in several how one can Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is basically denied in Buddhism.  Even additional, trust in a “self” is visible because the major resource of our problems in life.  but a real realizing 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 knowing ends up in actual happiness for somebody and the best resource of compassion for others.  In 2003 and in 2007, the Dalai Lama was once invited to big apple to offer a chain of talks at the crucial Buddhist view of selflessness. This new ebook, the results of these talks, is now provided to aid increase expertise of this crucial doctrine and its usefulness in residing a extra significant and chuffed life. While the Dalai Lama deals an entire presentation of his teachings on those key philosophical issues for contemplation, he additionally indicates readers the way to deliver those teachings actively into their very own lives with suggestions for a private practice.  it's only by way of truly residing those teachings that we let them lead to a real transformation in our notion 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 religious functions, whether or not they are Buddhists or now not.

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Madhyamika philosophers go so far as to question the very notion of objective or inherent existence of things. Nagarjuna, the Madhyamika trailblazer of the second century CE, points out that if any quality of objective existence is attributed to a thing, no matter how subtle that quality :Qlay be, it becomes the basis for the occurrence of afflictions and their ensuing suffering. To deny some intrinsic quality of existence of a thing would seem to be a negation of the thing itself. Buddhist philosophers of the lower rungs, such as Dharmakirti, state that every phenomenon must possess its own defining characteristic.

For the first day or two it may remain quite similar in appearance and ripeness to the apple we initially consider. Over time, however, it will get riper and riper, and eventually rot. If we leave it out long enough, it will disintegrate into something that we no longer identify as an apple. Eventually, when it 19 A PROFOUND MIND has decomposed totally, there will be no apple at all. This is a manifestation of the grosser aspect of impermanence. On a more subtle level, the apple changes from moment to moment, each moment serving as the cause of the next.

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. It is this last level of suffering that is referred to in the second characteristic that defines Buddhism: all contaminated phenomena-all things that exist-are bound up in the nature of suffering.

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