Monday, 11 June 2007

Mind in Comfort and Ease: The Vision of Enlightenment in the Great Perfection

In September 2000, at the invitation of Sogyal Rinpoche, the Dalai Lama visited Lerab Ling to give what would be one of his most extensive and vital Buddhist teachings, entitled "The Path to Enlightenment." In the countryside nearby, at what was named Lerab Gar, over ten thousand people attended, from twenty-one different countries.

In these teachings, His Holiness set out the key principles of Buddhism, showing how the mind can be transformed, and suffering overcome, through love, compassion, and a true understanding of the nature of reality. Illustrating his brilliant overview of the path with his own personal experiences and advice on how to integrate practice into our lives, the Dalai Lama is at his best here, bringing Buddhist teachings, especially those of the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen, to life.

"Like an expert jeweller," as Sogyal Rinpoche writes in his foreword, the Dalai Lama "set the teaching of Dzogchen within the context of the other traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, highlighting their parallels and their common ultimate aim of realizing the clear light nature of the mind."

Translated by Matthieu Ricard, Richard Barron, and Adam Pearcey and edited by Patrick Gaffney, Mind in Comfort and Ease is now available in English from Wisdom Books (UK and USA)!

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