Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist Centers and groups throughout the world. In his teachings, Geshe Kelsang emphasizes the importance of meditation and how to apply it in daily life. He reveals practical methods for developing wisdom, cultivating a good heart and maintaining a peaceful mind through which we can all find true and lasting happiness. Demonstrating these qualities perfectly in his own life, Geshe Kelsang has dedicated his whole life to helping others find inner peace and happiness.
"All our problems... come from our delusions of attachment," writes Gyatso, a Tibetan-born teacher of Buddhism, and "Buddha's teachings are the supreme... method to solve human problems." Gyatso puts this thesis to the test by first offering very brief, general outlines of each of the Four Noble Truths. He spends the bulk of the book examining a particular delusion-anger-in chapters that more or less correspond to those Noble Truths. He begins by pointing out the many problems anger can cause, then investigates why we get angry. Gyatso then sets forth "patient acceptance" as a method of liberating one's mind from anger, and offers specific strategies for nurturing patient acceptance. He rounds out the book with several appendixes addressing topics such as reincarnation and meditation. Gyatso's discussions have mixed effectiveness. At times his insights are penetrating and his illustrations compelling, as when he explains that patient acceptance-far from being passive-requires strength and courage to resist "well-worn mental grooves of intolerance," but at other times he makes assertions with little or no explanation. Moreover, he fails to extrapolate lessons from his anger case study to address other human problems. Fans of Gyatso will find the book helpful, but others may feel he does not deliver on the book's ambitious title. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has a unique gift for simultaneously addressing everyday difficulties - particularly in his useful and inspiring elucidation of how to control anger and practice patience - and bringing into focus the spiritual dimension in which they reverberate.-- (10/01/2004) His insights are penetrating and his illustrations compelling, as when he explains that patient acceptance - far from being passive - requires strength and courage. --Publishers Weekly