The teachings of the Buddha have provided
solace and comfort to countless people over the last two thousand
five hundred years. During this time their influence has been
felt largely in Asian countries, although in recent decades
interest has grown remarkably throughout the world. Heartening
evidence of this is that persons like Ven. Thubten Chodron,
who were neither born nor brought up in traditionally Buddhist
countries, have been inspired to devote their time and effort
to helping others to benefit from Buddhist practice.
I am happy that she has prepared this book, "Open Heart,
Clear Mind" based on her own experience, which conveys
a clear understanding of Buddhism as it has been practised
by Tibetans, in easily comprehensible language. These teachings
are both subtle and profound, but it is very important that
they are made accessible in a way that people can actually
put them into practice and derive real benefit from them.
I am sure this book will achieve this and that it will prove
helpful to general readers, especially those who have little
previous acquaintance with Buddhism.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
February 20, 1990
Section I. The Buddhist Approach
Working Effectively With Emotions Top