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OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND by Tsoknyi Rinpoche III


A Guide to Inner Transformation

by Tsoknyi Rinpoche III with Eric Swanson

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-307-88820-4
Publisher: Crown Archetype

Zen life and the art of mindfulness.

A well-respected teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche is recognized by many as a spiritual leader imparting a progressive combination of old Tibetan wisdom and 21st-century practicality. Richard Gere considers himself a student of the author, writing in the introduction that Rinpoche encourages followers to “discover, then rest in, the open truth of our natural essence, our original beingness.” This quote illustrates both the book’s pros and cons: Rinpoche’s insights will be a boon for veteran Buddhists, while uninitiated readers may be lost among the navel-gazing. To his credit, the author’s approach is both practical and philosophical as he dispenses transcendent guidance to those in what he terms as modern-day “bondage” to informational overload, job stress and complex agendas. Chapters on the author’s Nepalese upbringing and lineage set the appropriate foundation for the good work that’s been his calling since the age of eight. Rinpoche details a rich history of worldwide travel spent apprenticing with an array of Tibetan gurus and a rewarding lifetime enjoying the presence of followers eager to absorb the tenets of his self-nurturing belief systems. Proverbs, Tibetan interpretations, sage wisdom and anecdotes further exemplify the author’s themes of blissfulness and the unconditional inherence of “essence love.” Though best appreciated by the spiritually sophisticated, Rinpoche’s infectious spiritual energy, enthusiasm and insight will still prove relevant for anyone with an open mind and a willingness to project peace and goodness inward and outward.

Centered serenity from one of the greats.