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Open Heart, Clear Mind

An Introduction to Buddha’s Teachings

A practical introduction to the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life in order to better understand ourselves and improve the quality of our lives.

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The teachings of the Buddha have provided solace and comfort to countless people over the last two thousand five hundred years. During this time their influence has been felt largely in Asian countries, although in recent decades interest has grown remarkably throughout the world. Heartening evidence of this is that persons like Venerable Thubten Chodron, who were neither born nor brought up in traditionally Buddhist countries, have been inspired to devote their time and effort to helping others to benefit from Buddhist practice.

— His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from the Forward

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Presents a clear and complete survey of the teachings of the Buddha. Open Heart, Clear Mind will help many on the open path of meditation and in dealing with the challenges of everyday life.

— Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master, global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist

Her analyses of psychological states underlying behavior and how to modify this behavior in order to live a more healthy, more Buddhist life is useful to all persons wishing to follow a Buddhist path.

— Venerable Dr. Havanpola Ratanasara, Executive President, American Buddhist Congress

At last we have a readable, reliable introduction to this ancient wisdom.

— Bhiksuni Karma Lekshe Tsomo, President, Sakyadhita, International Association of Buddhist Women