Into the Heart of Life: Buddhist teachings on wisdom and compassion
The real test of our Buddhist practice happens not on the cushion or in the protected space of retreat but moment-to-moment in daily life, particularly when we find ourselves in uncomfortable situations. How do we respond? In this book, one of the most respected Western figures of contemporary Buddhism, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, offers insights gleaned from more than forty years of engagement with Buddhist practice. Her perspective is vast, with a well-grounded understanding of how the timeless Buddhist teachings apply to the demands and challenges of modern life.
Down-to-earth, approachable, and deeply informative, this collection of talks and dialogues covers a wide range of topics, along with pragmatic advice on how we can enhance the quality of our lives. Jetsunma offers us a way to transform them into a rich journey, developing more sanity, fulfillment, wisdom and compassion along the way. As with her previous book, Reflections on a Mountain Lake, Into the Heart of Life is written for a general audience and presents practical advice that can be applied whether or not one is a Buddhist.
"Tenzin Palmo is one of the most genuine and accomplished of Western practitioners."
—Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart
"One of the true yoginis of our time, a woman who has dedicated her life to Buddhism...Tenzin Palmo's is a voice we need to hear, a woman who has fully experienced what she speaks about with an absolute honesty, delightful humor, and real insight."
—Tsultrim Allione, author of Feeding Your Demons
"The sincerity and motivation of Tenzin Palmo are a great example for all of us."
—Martine Batchelor, author of Meditation for Life
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo was raised in London and became a Buddhist while still in her teens. In 1964, at the age of twenty, she decided to pursue her spiritual path and went to India. There she became one of the first Westerners to be ordained as a Buddhist nun. The story of part of her journey, including twelve years secluded in a remote cave, has been told in the book Cave in the Snow. In 2000, Jetsunma established Dongyu Gatsal Ling nunnery in northern India for young women from Tibet and the Himalayan regions. She was given the rare title, Jetsunma (Venerable Master) in 2008 by His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, the head of the Drikung Kagyu lineage. As one of the most internationally well-known Buddhist women, Jetsunma has travelled around the world to raise interest in the plight of Buddhist nuns.