Practice for a Meaningful Life

An accessible, inspiring book on one of the most important topics in Tibetan Buddhism, bodhichitta, written by one of its renowned masters who has an international following of thousands.



328 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9781614295792

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ISBN 9781614296034

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“Drawing on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and Khunu Rinpoche’s Jewel Lamp, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives us a comprehensive and detailed primer on how to develop bodhicitta, that most precious heart-wish to benefit all other beings. Techniques for actualizing genuine bodhicitta—the seven points of cause and effect and exchanging self and others (which concludes with the tonglen practice of ‘taking and giving’)—are described fully and masterfully in this veritable guidebook to the complete Buddhist path. This is the book we have been waiting for!”―Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 14:36 -- Kestrel Slocombe

Bodhichitta is a Sanskrit word meaning “the mind of enlightenment” or “the awakening mind”—the mind that wishes to achieve enlightenment in order to lead all other beings into that same state. It is the attitude of the bodhisattva, of the person who makes the compassionate vow to save others from suffering. In this book, the renowned teacher Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows us how to achieve it.

First, Lama Zopa gives a clear and comprehensive explanation of bodhichitta, its benefits, and its importance to the path. Then, he walks us through the two main methods for achieving bodhichitta: the seven points of cause and effect, and equalizing and exchanging self and others. Finally, the book closes with meditation instructions to guide and strengthen our practice.

Readers will find Bodhichitta to be a comprehensive guide to this core Buddhist principle, one rich in both accessible philosophical explanation and concrete advice for practitioners.

“The purpose of our life is not just to obtain happiness for ourselves, not just to solve our own problems; the purpose of our life is to be useful for others, to be beneficial for others, to free numberless other living beings from all their sufferings and to lead them to happiness. This is the purpose of our life.”

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche