Open Heart, Open Mind- Awakening the Power of Essence Love

Review :

I picked up this book because Pema Chodron mentioned it. I love Ms. Chodron so I trusted her recommendation and was awarded for it.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche battled inner turmoil whilst studying to be a monk. As a Tulku (reincarnation of a great teacher), he really wasn't given a choice to start studying but was allowed to leave the order. Now he's a married father of two that travels the world and teaches. There were three things in the book that I'd like to highlight.

First, he refers to something called patterns, which basically is what makes me, me. I'm afraid of heights (like Tsoknyi, actually), good at technology, hate to drive in big cities, and on and on. He says that we react to situations based on our traits. And if they stop us from doing something, we must overcome them.

Second, he teaches about The Subtle Body. This is something scoffed at by Western Civilization. I found it to be like the OS of a computer; the connection between the hardware (your body) and software (your mind). If your subtle body gets out of way, then your mind can affect your body (and vice versa). It takes a bit of a leap of belief for Westerns. But I've seen much in my day to think there's something to it.

Third, he speaks about an Internal Speed Limit. In the stead of taking each situation for what it is we tend to rush through it. Our internal speed limit says we've got to get through this and move on, no matter what the situation says about pace. Since I'm constantly trying to slow down but have different degrees of difficulty depending on the day, this really spoke to me. He said recognizing that your speed limit doesn't match what the situation calls for is the first step to slowing down.

This is a great read. It's a very approachable style. He's humble and funny yet profound. If you're looking for an intro to Buddhist thought, this is a great choice.


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