Kadampa Buddhism

New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union
Founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

How to Understand the Mind

The Nature and Power of the Mind

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

How to Understand the Mind

“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

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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‘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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Suggested study or reading order of books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
How to Understand the Mind is the second in a recommended sequence for studying and reading Venerable Geshe-la’s books:

How to Transform Your Life
How to Understand the Mind
Joyful Path of Good Fortune
The Mirror of Dharma

The New Heart of Wisdom
Modern Buddhism
Tantric Grounds and Paths
The New Guide to Dakini Land
Essence of Vajrayana
The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra
Great Treasury of Merit
The New Eight Steps to Happiness

Introduction to Buddhism
How to Solve Our Human Problems
Meaningful to Behold
The Bodhisattva Vow
Universal Compassion
The New Meditation Handbook
Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully
Ocean of Nectar
Heart Jewel
Clear Light of Bliss
Mahamudra Tantra