Tsoknyi Rinpoche's story is an unusual one: as a rebellious young man, he fled a monastery to marry and raise a family, then returned to Nepal and has since become a preeminent Tibetan Buddhist teacher. This book offers Rinpoche's history as an example of how to lead a compassionate life, regardless of status, tradition or circumstances.
'Rinpoche is a powerful and eloquent link between the great yogi practitioners of old Tibet and our bewildering 21st century' - from the Foreword by Richard Gere Tsoknyi Rinpoche's story is an unusual one- as a rebellious young man, he fled a monastery to marry and raise a family, then returned to Nepal and has since become a preeminent Tibetan Buddhist teacher. As a married man raising two daughters, Tsoknyi Rinpoche has interesting views on how to balance a life dedicated to Buddhist practice with the demands of a husband and father. In addition, he has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between Eastern philosophy and Western research, especially in neuroscience. His writing reflects this awareness of the Western psyche while also imparting the earliest tenets of Buddhism. OPEN HEART, OPEN MIND offers Rinpoche's extraordinary history as an example of how to lead a compassionate life, regardless of status, tradition or circumstances. Accessible and relevant to every variety of reader, this is an illuminating guide from a man who truly is a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind.
When not teaching and travelling, Tsoknyi Rinpoche lives in Nepal and runs a variety of projects such as preserving and disseminating rare Tibetan Buddhist texts. He also supports the living expenses of 100 nuns in hermitages in Nepal - as well as funding the construction of wells in India. See his website: html
"Speaks to us with an exhilarating freshness, being fully aware of the complexity of modern life...gifted" Sogyal Rinpoche "A profound and skillful teacher" Jack Kornfield
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