Open Heart, Clear Mind

An Introduction to Buddha’s Teachings

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This practical introduction to Buddhism focuses on the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life.

In a straightforward style with warmth and humor, Venerable Thubten Chodron sets forth the fundamental points of the Buddha’s teachings on transforming habitual attitudes, working with disturbing emotions, and realizing our full human potential.

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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. Read more …

The story behind the book

Open Heart Clear Mind Introduction 10-18-13

Venerable Chodron reads an excerpt

Open Heart Clear Mind Reading 10-18-13

Media coverage

“The Wisdom to Realize Reality,” lightly edited excerpt from Open Heart, Clear Mind, Awaken Magazine, May 2019.

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Study guide

The study guide for Open Heart, Clear Mind contains readings, meditations, and commentary focused on the key points addressed in the book. Read more …


Also available in Spanish, French, Dutch, Hebrew, Chinese, Portuguese, Vietnamese (and another Vietnamese translation here), and Bahasa Indonesia.


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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

“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

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