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Mind in Comfort and Ease: the vision of Enlightenment in the great perfection
In September 2000, at the invitation of Sogyal Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama visited the south of France to give what would be one of his most extensive and vital Buddhist teachings, entitled "The Path to Enlightenment." Over ten thousand people attended, from twenty-one different countries.
In these teachings, His Holiness set out the key principles of Buddhism, showing how the mind can be transformed, and suffering overcome, through love, compassion, and a true understanding of the nature of reality. Illustrating his brilliant overview of the path with his own personal experiences and advice on how to integrate practice into our lives, the Dalai Lama is at his best here, bringing Buddhist teachings, especially those of the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen, to life.
"Like an expert jeweller," as Sogyal Rinpoche writes in his foreword, the Dalai Lama "set the teaching of Dzogchen within the context of the other traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, highlighting their parallels and their common ultimate aim of realizing the clear light nature of the mind."
Mind in Comfort and Ease was not drawn from the oral translation of the event but is instead a re-translation of His Holiness’s original Tibetan. Thus it captures a deeper fidelity and nuance than other such works, and will stand the test of time as a remarkable record of the Dalai Lama’s great erudition, compassion, humor, and insight.
"This is one of the absolutely best and richest books on meditation practice that I have ever read. Here are finely nuanced Dzogchen teachings, offered by His Holiness with remarkable precision and clarity, and with astonishing humility and candor. A precious resource for anyone who loves the Dharma and is committed to its embodiment. This book has it all."
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of and Vice Chair of the Mind and Life Institute
"All who wish to be at ease in the awakened, boundless, sublime nature of their own minds—buddhahood—should cherish/read this book."
—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Practice of Dzogchen and Hidden Teachings of Tibet
"Tibetan Buddhism's sublime science of consciousness finds it highest expression in the teachings on the Great Perfection. In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws on his vast learning and insight to reveal both the meaning of the Great Perfection and its place within Buddhism as a whole. He also illuminates the interface between Buddhism and modern science, highlighting the materialistic assumptions that hinder the scientific study of consciousness. This beautifully translated book is a treasure, of great value to all who are interested in fathoming the secrets and possibilities of the mind."
—B. Alan Wallace, author of The Attention Revolution
"All of us were moved by the depth, relevance, and accessibility of these teachings; there were those who said that they were among the most remarkable they had ever heard him give. In a wholly original, but always authentic, way, His Holiness brought a sense of his own personal quest, as he explored the whole Buddhist path, and particularly the pith instructions of the great masters of the Great Perfection."
—Sogyal Rinpoche, from his foreword
"A unique overview of all the vehicles and teachings of Buddha Dharma as explained from personal experience by the eminent nonsectarian master of masters, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, including his own stories and anecdotes, augmented by freshly translated traditional texts and commentaries by the seminal master Longchenpa and other authoritative sources. This extraordinary and essential book of live oral teachings, transmitting the sublime View, Meditation, Action & Result of the direct-access Dzogchen approach to incandescent awareess and the natural state of spiritual living, provides us with the basis for meaningful study and meditation practice for years and generations to come."
—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within
"This attractive volume should delight both scholar and practitioner, and can now take its place as an experientially based and intellectually solid contribution to the living study and practice of the Buddhadharma."
—Steven D. Goodman, Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, was born in northeastern Tibet in 1935. He is widely recognized as both the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. In 1950, Tibet was invaded by China, leading to His Holiness’s flight into India in 1959. Since then, His Holiness has resided in Dharamsala, India, the site of the Tibetan-government-in-exile. In recognition of his tireless work for the liberation of Tibet, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.