The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism: Advice for Life, Death, and Enlightenment

Shambhala. Mar. 2024. 248p. ISBN 9781645472063. pap. $21.95. REL
The practice of mindfulness has principles rooted in Buddhism. Research has found that mindfulness can help lower stress, anxiety levels, and more. But readers can benefit even more by learning about Buddhism itself as relates to meditation and other wellness practices. Sangpo trained in Tibet and in monasteries with some of the world’s leading Buddhist teachers. His book draws from a lifetime of learning and from oral teachings passed down for centuries; he presents his expertise with a spiritual lens. The book is organized into two parts; the first centers on the practice of Buddhism as it relates to mindfulness and meditation. The second half discusses how the practice can be utilized in preparations for birth, death, and the bardo, the transitional state between death and rebirth. Readers can learn the nature of their own mind and the implications flowing from it. This type of approach is designed to help readers obtain a strong sense of peace, freedom, and happiness. Disciplined practitioners can also be transformed, perhaps becoming more kind-hearted and altruistic, as they go through the process.
VERDICT A useful, informative book about a Tibetan Buddhist approach to mindfulness meditation.
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