In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely. Our negative states of mind, such as uncontrolled desire and anger, create endless problems for ourselves and others, and prevent us from fulfilling our deepest wishes. Geshe Kelsang begins by presenting Buddha's popular teaching on the Four Noble Truths, which offers a clear and simple solution to all our problems, guiding us to an oasis of peace within our hearts. He then focuses in particular on overcoming the problem of anger, learning how to develop and maintain patience when faced with even the most difficult circumstances.
About the Author
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Buddhist Centres and groups throughout the world.
"“Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has a unique gift for addressing everyday difficulties.”
American Library Association Booklist
“Explains how the teachings of the Buddha can help us all.”
“Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's insights are penetrating and his illustrations compelling”
“I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking happiness or greater meaning in their lives.”
Thomas Mitchell, professor Indiana University"
"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.