We have here a short guide to traditional Tibetan methods for developing what Americans know as the Power of Positive Thinking. The idea seems to be that one or more of these many techniques will work for you. The style is vigorous and very enthusiastic, with some of the charm of a foreign way of speaking. You can read through the whole book very fast, but it is an instruction manual, so you really need to try a few of the methods and see how you do. Worth a look!
This is a book on how to destroy mental and physical suffering. Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses Mahayana Thought Transformations. These are statements or views that we can use in our everyday life to massively destroy suffering and create happiness. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is believed that all our suffering is caused by selfishness or what Lama Zopa Rinpoche calls, "self-cherishing." We all have comitted selfish acts in the past. We must experience the results in the future. But we can experience all these problems in such a way as to put a stop on all suffering sometime in the future. Simply because the impetus of suffering has lost it's ability to cause a chain reaction. Lama Rinpoche gives plenty of thought transformations. And a comprehensive list is given in the back. Some of these ideas may strike the reader as a bit strange. Using suffering to destroy suffering. As Harry Truman said, "The buck stops here!" In this book, "The suffering stops here. I blame all this suffering on selfish actions and thoughts which I have performed in the past. I will not blame anybody. And I am suffering for all beings." Having done so, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how this stops suffering. Usually, when we experience a problem, we blame other people, places, or things. This blaming increases our self-cherishing stance. "If only my tire didn't go flat..." and so forth. We can learn to like suffering so that we can put a stop at it's nucleus. Which is that suffering leads to more selfish actions. Lama Zopa Rinpoche even goes as far as stating that we can enjoy suffering like eating ice cream or listening to classical music! You can actually experience problems, which are the result of selfish actions, and state, "Well! I got rid of that selfish action. My tire went flat!" This may sound strange. The author is not asking you to stick your hand into a fire. He is just asking you to give Mahayana Thought Transformations a try. Or as Jesus said, "Ye Reap What Ye Sow." The object of this book is to sow no more. You have been in pain long enough. So buy this book and give it a good test run. I think that you will be happy with the results.