UK paperback edition. In this new book, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, one of the most beloved of the contemporary generation of Tibetan Buddhist meditation masters, explains that a life free of fear, pain, insecurity, and doubt is not only possible, it's our birthright. We long for peace, for the ability to love and be loved openly and freely, and for the confidence and clarity to meet the various challenges we face in our daily lives.
Within each of us resides a spark of unparalleled brilliance, an unlimited capacity for warmth, openness, and courage, which Rinpoche identifies as "essence love". Timeless and imperishable, essence love is often layered over by patterns of bahaviour and belief that urge us to seek happiness in conditions or situations that never quite live up to their promise.
Drawing on rarely discussed Nyingma teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche describes how such patterns evolve and offers a series of meditation exercises to help us unravel them and, in the process, reawaken an energy and exuberance that can not only bring lasting fulfillment to our lives but ultimately serve to enliven and inspire the entire world, as well.
With great humour, intelligence, and candour, Tsokyni Rinpoche also details his own struggles to reconnect with essence love. As he recounts his own efforts to strike a balance between the promptings of his heart and an obligation to preserve and protect the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, Rinpoche provides a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern life, and encourages each of us to rediscover the openness, fearlessness, and love that is the essence of our own life.
"Having studied under some of the giants of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, most of whom sadly are now gone, Rinpoche is a powerful and eloquent link between the great yogi practitioners of old Tibet and our bewildering 21st century." Richard Gere.
"Tsokyni Rinpoche is a rare gem - a teacher who combines a deep understanding of the Buddhist tradition with remarkable insight into the challenges we face in the modern world. In this book, he skillfully weaves together profound teachings on "essence love" and the "subtle body" with examples from everyday life to show how it is possible to overcome our fears and limitations, and ignite the boundless wisdom and compassion that we all have within us." Sogyal Rinpoche.
"Tsokyni Rinpoche's Open Heart, Open Mind is amazing in a number of ways. Tsokyni Rinpoche grew up in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His family is full of meditation masters, and their energy surrounded him from an early age. Yet he is also interested in and experienced with Western neuroses and Westerner's minds. The result is a refreshing, invigorating, and stimulating work: one that has the power to awaken that essence we all seek." Mark Epstein.