“This book is a veritable tour de force in its explanation of the role of the mind in sa?sara and the realization of nirvana, which is the mind's own ultimate nature. In its examination of buddha nature—spanning early discussions of the mind's potential in the Pali canon through to the teachings of Dzokchen, the Great Perfection—it casts a bright light to dispel the darkness of materialism, which deludedly reduces the mind to a mere epiphenomenon or emergent property of the brain. Books such as this are urgently needed to trigger a true revolution in the mind sciences.” - B. Alan Wallace, Founder and President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
“Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature is the third volume in the series of books co-authored by Ven. Thubten Chodron and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This has proven to be a remarkable partnership, producing lucid, accessible articulations of Buddhadharma and demonstrating the relevance of philosophy to practice. The present volume ably advances the project begun in the first two and expands its scope enormously. His Holiness and Ven. Thubten Chodron together set out a comprehensive vision of the nature of of samsara and nirvana, of the Buddhist understanding of the nature of mind, and of the path to liberation grounded in the realization of our buddha? nature. The philosophical analysis is precise and comprehensive. The application to personal practice is insightful, direct, and easy to apply. This is a wonderful example of how Buddhist philosophy and Buddhist practice can be integrated.” - Jay L. Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities, Smith College and Harvard Divinity School
“Ever since their stellar collaboration on Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, the team of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron have been bringing us teachings aimed at a modern Western-educated audience. In Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature, they have done it again, wonderfully. This third volume in the Wisdom Publication series The Library of Wisdom and Compassion presents an in-depth examination of the idea of ‘Buddha nature’ and explores and illustrates how the mind itself serves as both the basis for our suffering and our liberation?. Helpful reflections throughout the text guide our journey. These are truly textbooks tailored for our times.” - Jan Willis, author of Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist
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