A Profound Mind: Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life by Dalai Lama

By Dalai Lama

For the 1st time for common readers, the Dalai Lama offers a complete review of an important educating of Buddhism.

Perhaps the most distinction among Buddhism and different religions is its figuring out of our middle id. The life of the soul or self, that is valuable in numerous 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 lifestyles. but a real knowing 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 realizing results in real happiness for a person and the best resource of compassion for others.

In 2003 and in 2007, the Dalai Lama used to be invited to long island to offer a sequence of talks at the crucial Buddhist view of selflessness. This new ebook, the results of these talks, is now provided to aid develop information 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 exhibits readers how one can convey those teachings actively into their very own lives with techniques for a private perform. it is just via truly residing those teachings that we let them lead to a real transformation in our notion of ourselves and our lives

A Profound Mind deals vital knowledge for these dedicated to bringing approximately swap on this planet via constructing their very own non secular functions, whether or not they are Buddhists or no longer.

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The Skeptic would say, however, that the links connecting "fairy" to the noise on the hill and to the missing tool are flimsy. The noise might just as well be explained by the construct "wind," with links that are firmer, more reproducible, and more widely acknowledged. The missing tool might be attributed to absentmindedness or human theft, both of which are universally acknowledged parts of our common experience. In other words, "fairy" is connected to immediate sensation by few and arbitrary lines.

Cows that jump over the moon; a jolly fat man that visits every house in the world in a single night; mice and ducks that talk; little engines that huff and puff and say, "I think I can"; geese that lay golden eggs. This lively exercise of credulity on the part of children is good practice for what follows—for believing the miracle stories of traditional religion, yes, but also for the practice of poetry or science. Science is based upon our ability to imagine what we cannot see: nuclear reactions in the cores of stars, the spinning of galaxies, the dervish dance of DNA.

In it, I have explored the ways that scientific knowledge impinges upon our personal and public lives. During those dozen years, no topic has evoked more reader response than the intersection of science and faith. I have received correspondence on this topic from hundreds of readers, the overwhelming majority of whom offered thoughtful, provocative, and helpful responses. One theme emerged from this exchange of ideas: We are a culture divided at its heart. We warmly embrace the technological and medical fruits of science, but often hold religious beliefs that stand in flat-out contradiction to the scientific way of knowing.

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