Kindness, Clarity and Insight (newly revised special edition)
Timed to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Dalai Lama teaching in North America, this celebratory new edition of the very first book of teachings by the Dalai Lama in the English-speaking world—Kindness, Clarity, and Insight—is a testament to the kindness, clarity, and insight of the material within it. Twenty-five years after its original publication it remains one of the most readable and wide-ranging books by His Holiness.
Broad in scope and revealing the depth of his knowledge, these teachings introduced the range of the Dalai Lama and his message, covering a plethora of topics, including: the need for compassion, the common goals of the world's religions, karma, the four noble truths, the luminous nature of the mind, meditative concentration, selflessness, the two truths, and the fundamental innate mind of clear light that all the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism aim at manifesting. Although others in Tibet have mentioned that all orders of Tibetan Buddhism have the same basic outlook, the Dalai Lama has been the first to explain in detail how this is so, his brilliant syncretic exposition being the final chapter in this book.
The book's twenty chapters are deftly arranged in a developmental sequence so that readers easily understand the background needed to appreciate the more complex, later topics. Taken as a whole, the teachings in this book provide an accessible map of Tibetan spiritual culture.
The teachings in this book comprehend and encapsulate in a concise and crisp manner all of the topics to which the Dalai Lama returns repeatedly—the core subject matter of Tibetan Buddhism. Readers of this single volume, undaunting in size, will be well prepared for understanding all of the Dalai Lama's subsequent books. This book remains the heart-message of this great world leader.
"Though he is one of the most erudite scholars of one of the most cerebral of all the world's philosophies, he has a gift for reducing his doctrine to a core of lucid practicality, crystallized in the title of this book, Kindness, Clarity, and Insight. 'My true religion', he has said, 'is kindness.'"
"…provides both an excellent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and a clear picture of the Dalai Lama"
"…gives the most comprehensive picture of contemporary Tibetan Buddhism"
—San Francisco Chronicle
"…whatever the subject, they all seem infused with a special quality that individuals and whole audiences of people note when they encounter His Holiness: an unmistakable emanation of kindness and compassion."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
H.H the Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan people and Nobel Peace Laureate, is a remarkable Buddhist teacher and scholar, versed in the teachings of all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He lives in Dharamsala, India.