The mind is like a wild horse. We try to focus it, but it doesn't stay in one place. Instead, it bucks and runs wildly from one thing to another. We follow it helplessly wherever it goes, unable to accomplish many of our goals at work, in family life, or on a spiritual path. We're unable to rest in any happiness. This mind that works constantly against us is the weak mind. But we can strengthen it. It is meant to be strengthened. Sakyong Mipham shows us how our mind can become our most powerful ally.
"That his teachings are finally available to a wider audience is wonderful. That they will benefit all who read them, I have no doubt. I am glad that many more people will now be able to experience the clear and precise wisdom of my heart friend and precious teacher." -- from the foreword by Pema Chodron
"Many of us are slaves to our minds. Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night. We try to be good to the people we love, but then we forget and put ourselves first. And when we want to change our life, we dive into spiritual practice and expect to see quick results, only to lose focus after the honeymoon has worn off. We're left feeling helpless and discouraged. We all have the potential to awaken from the sleep of ignorance. We can create an alliance that allows us to actually use our mind, rather than be used by it. This is a practice anyone can do." -- from Turning the Mind into an Ally
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche is one of the most highly respected young incarnate lamas of Tibet. Educated in buddhist meditation, philosophy, and ritual, he was raised in both Eastern and Western traditions. He is a holder of the Kagyu, Nyingma, and Shambhala lineages and is director of Shambhala International, a worldwide organization of meditation and retreat centers, and teaches thousands around the globe. He divides his time among North and South America, Europe, and India.
234 pp. Paperback.