The Heart of the Buddha

The Heart of the Buddha

Entering the Tibetan Buddhist Path

By Chogyam Trungpa; Judith L. Lief (Editor)

Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590307663, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 23, 2010

In "The Heart of the Buddha," the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa presents the basic teachings of Buddhism as they relate to everyday life. The book is divided into three parts. In Personal Journey, the author discusses the open, inquisitive, and good-humored qualities of the heart of the Buddha, an enlightened gene that everyone possesses. In Stages on the Path, he presents the three vehicles Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana that carry the Buddhist practitioner toward enlightenment. In Working with Others, he describes the direct application of Buddhist teachings to topics as varied as relationships, drinking, children, and money. "The Heart of the Buddha "reflects Trungpa's great appreciation for Western culture and deep understanding of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which enabled him to teach Westerners in an effective, contemporary way.

About the Author
Chogyam Trungpa (1940 1987) was a pioneer in presenting the teachings of mindfulness in North America. Buddhist meditation master, teacher, and artist, he is the author of numerous books including Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery; Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness; and Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior.

Judith Lief has taught internationally on death and dying and on the application of mindfulness-awareness training. As one of the foremost students of meditation master Chogyam Trungpa, she is a well-known teacher in the Buddhist and Shambhala traditions. She is a pastoral counselor at Maitri Day Health Center in Yonkers, New York, serving formerly homeless persons with AIDS.

Praise For The Heart of the Buddha

“Trungpa uses unexpected and surprising imagery which is often visceral and always striking.  I found reading these articles induced an experience not unlike that of digging out old rock music and being struck by its fresh energy and imagination.”—