In Thailand, Tibet and Taiwan–throughout the world–Buddhist practice means training the mind in ethics, in concentration, and in wisdom. We will use this framework to introduce Buddhist teachings as a practical guide to a calmer and more caring way of life.
Kindness, clarity, and insight –– a curious sequence of words. What lies behind them is the Buddhist practice of mind training: practices for opening the heart practices for calming and clarifying the mind practices for seeing into the nature of reality
Once the Buddha was asked: “This generation is entangled in a tangle. Who succeeds in disentangling this tangle?”
Buddha replied: “When a wise person, established well in virtue, develops consciousness and understanding, and then as a practitioner ardent and sagacious, they succeed in disentangling this tangle.”
Meaning we disentangle our heart-minds—and contribute to the healing of the world––by dedicating ourselves (“ardent”) to training in virtue, mental power (“consciousness”), and wisdom. In other words, kindness, clarity, and insight.
Guy Newland is Professor of Religion at Central Michigan University, where he has taught since 1988. He has authored, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism including the three-volume translation of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment and Introduction to Emptiness. He lives in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
For more about Guy Newland visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Newland
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SUGGESTED READING for purchase:
Introduction to Emptiness by Guy Newland
Changing Minds : Contributions to the Study of Buddhism and Tibet in Honor of Jeffrey Hopkins by Guy Newland
Appearance and Reality: The Two Truths in the Four Buddhist Tenet Systems by Guy Newland
The Two Truths: In the Madhyamika Philosophy of the Gelukba Order of Tibetan Buddhism by Guy Newland
A Buddhist Grief Observed by Guy Newland
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