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Kindness, Clarity, and Insight

An Introduction to the Buddhism of Tibet
Paperback Book
Snow Lion
January, 2013
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This new edition of the very first book of teachings by the Dalai Lama in the English-speaking worldKindness, Clarity, and Insight—is a testament to the kindness, clarity, and insight of the material within it. A generation after its original publication, this outstanding series of talks remains one of his most readable and wide-ranging books. Each talk is shot through with His Holiness’s characteristic warmth, wit, and perception.

Broad in scope and revealing the depth of his knowledge, these teachings introduced the range of the Dalai Lama and his message, covering a plethora of topics, including the need for compassion, the common goals of the world’s religions, karma, the four noble truths, the luminous nature of the mind, meditative concentration, selflessness, the two truths, and the fundamental innate mind of clear light that all the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism aim at manifesting. Although others have mentioned that all orders of Tibetan Buddhism have the same basic outlook, the Dalai Lama has been the first to explain in detail how this is so, his brilliant syncretic exposition being the final chapter in this book.

Twenty chapters are arranged in a developmental sequence so that readers easily understand the background needed to appreciate the more complex, later topics.  Taken as a whole, the teachings in this book provide an accessible map of Tibetan spiritual culture.

The teachings in this book comprehend and encapsulate in a concise and crisp manner all of the topics to which the Dalai Lama returns repeatedly—the core subject matter of Tibetan Buddhism. Readers of this single volume will be well prepared for understanding all of the Dalai Lama’s subsequent books.  This book remains the heart-message of this great world leader.

 “Whatever the subject, they all seem infused with a special quality that individuals and whole audiences of people note when they encounter His Holiness: an unmistakable emanation of kindness and compassion.” —Yoga Journal

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