How to Understand the Mind

The Nature and Power of the Mind

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

"Happiness and suffering are feelings – parts of our mind – and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering we must improve our understanding of the mind.“

- Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

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‘An awesome book on the mind! So empowering! If you want to understand what's going with you and your mind, go no further. This has everything to sort ourselves out and teaches meditation in a super simple, clear and effective way that makes everything seem possible!’

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How to Understand the Mind  by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is an extraordinary book - at once practical and profound. Wherever you are on your spiritual path, this book is indispensable.

It offers a deep insight into our mind and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

The first part is a practical guide to developing and maintaining a light, positive mind. We learn how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.

The second part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the Buddhist understanding of the mind. In particular it reveals the process we go through in abandoning wrong and mistaken minds and eventually attaining qualified spiritual realizations.

The book concludes with a practical explanation of fourteen meditations that comprise the Buddhist path to enlightenment. For each meditation there is an explanation of:

1. The purpose of the meditation
2. The object of the meditation
3. The actual meditation

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