Lama Thondup draws on his early childhood in Tibet traveling with his nomadic parents, followed by years of classical Buddhist education in a Tibetan monastery. He had to rely on the goodness of others when forced to leave his homeland after the Chinese invasion and relocate to India, learning a new language and new skills. He speaks with authority about how problems can be opportunities to strengthen peace and compassion in our lives and help us grow spiritually. Lama Tulku tells us that even when a situation is bad, if you blame others for it, you create hatred in yourself. He says, “This hatred will create more stress and pressure. You will become like a burning hell.” He also speaks about how peace and joy are a product of the mind: “We must use the mind to improve and heal our life.” He suggests four specific, powerful exercises for improving our lives.
A former visiting scholar at Harvard University, Rinpoche has written many books including Master of Meditation and Miracles, Enlightened Journey (Shambhala 1996), The Healing Power of Mind: Simple Meditation Exercises for Health (Shambhala 1996), Well-Being and Enlightenment (Shambhala 1996) and Peaceful Death Joyful Rebirth: A Tibetan Buddhist Guidebook (Shambhala 2006).
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How to turn your difficulties into opportunities for growth
- How your perception affects outcome
- What are universal principles of Buddhism we can all master
- How to control runaway emotions
- How to turn your doubts into convictions
- What are effective ways to approach your problems
- What are the four basic tools for healing
- Finding your foundation
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 1/21/1997 Program Number: 2607