Taming the Mind

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We all wish to gain greater understanding of ourselves and to have good relationships with others.

This ideal follow-up to Buddhism For Beginners explains the essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology in down-to-earth language, and offers tools for immediate application in our daily life.

By understanding how our mind, not the external world, is the ultimate source of our happiness, we learn to look at people and situations in a new light, practice freeing ourselves from habitually blaming others for our problems, and take responsibility for our lives.

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Venerable Chodron reads an excerpt

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Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

I am very happy to know that Venerable Thubten Chodron has prepared another book, Taming the Mind. In the course of living in both the West and Asia, where she has studied and taught Buddhism, she has acquired a keen appreciation of the various Buddhist traditions as well as of the misunderstandings that sometimes arise about them.

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Read an excerpt

Some of us frequently find ourselves indulging in our “favorite” pastime: complaining. It’s not exactly our favorite activity, because it makes us more miserable, but it’s certainly one that we engage in often. We don’t always see what we’re doing as complaining; in fact, we often think we’re simply telling the truth about the world.

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Also available in Chinese, Dutch, and Vietnamese


“Venerable Thubten Chodron is someone whose life embodies the virtues of kindness, simplicity, and a clarity of vision, which lie at the heart of the Buddha’s teaching. It is these perennial qualities that shine through her writings and touch the hearts of readers all over the world.”
—Thupten Jinpa, Principal English translator to the Dalai Lama and author, Essential Mind Training

“A highly useful manual to start one’s journey on the path of Dharma.”
Tibet Journal

“Thubten Chodron explains in clear, down-to-earth language the essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology, giving us practical tools to implement immediately in our daily lives. The ‘How to Have Good Relationships with Others’ section grew from requests made by young Westerners being taught meditation by this exemplary teacher … A must-have book you can give to your family members or friends who haven’t a clue about Buddhism.”
Mandala: A Tibetan Buddhist Journal

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