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A Profound Mind: Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life


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For the first time for general readers, the Dalai Lama presents a comprehensive overview of the most important teaching of Buddhism.


Perhaps the main difference between Buddhism and other religions is its understanding of our core identity.  The existence of the soul or self, which is central in different ways to Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is actually denied in Buddhism.  Even further, belief in a “self” is seen as the main source of our difficulties in life.  Yet a true understanding of this teaching does not lead one to a despairing, cynical worldview with a sense that life has no meaning—Far from it, a genuine understanding leads to authentic happiness for an individual and the greatest source of compassion for others.


In 2003 and in 2007, the Dalai Lama was invited to New York to give a series of talks on the essential Buddhist view of selflessness. This new book, the result of those talks, is now offered to help broaden awareness of this essential doctrine and its usefulness in living a more meaningful and happy life.


While the Dalai Lama offers a full presentation of his teachings on these key philosophical points for contemplation, he also shows readers how to bring these teachings actively into their own lives with recommendations for a personal practice.  It is only by actually living these teachings that we allow them to bring about a genuine transformation in our perception of ourselves and our lives


A Profound Mind offers important wisdom for those committed to bringing about change in the world through developing their own spiritual capabilities, whether they are Buddhists or not.

About the Author

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. During the years since his exile from Tibet he has worked tirelessly not only on behalf of the Tibetan people, but as a voice for human rights worldwide.


Nicholas Vreeland was appointed to Abbot of Rato Monastery in Mundgod, India and serves as director of The Tibet Center. He is the editor of An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life, by the Dalai Lama.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Nicholas Vreeland vii




CHAPTER 1 Diverse Spiritual Traditions


CHAPTER 2 What Is Distinct About Buddhism


CHAPTER 3 The Buddhist Schools — Divisions in Buddhism


CHAPTER 4 The Four Noble Truths


CHAPTER 5 The Role of Karma


CHAPTER 6 Identifying the Self


CHAPTER 7 The Hinayana View


CHAPTER 8 The Mind-Only View


CHAPTER 9 The Middle Way


CHAPTER 10 The Method Aspect of the Path


CHAPTER 11 How to Practice


Afterword by Richard Gere 


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Dalai Lama
Three Rivers Press (NY)
Lama, Dalai
Vreeland, Nicholas
H H the Dalai Lama
Gere, Richard
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
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