Universal Compassion: Inspiring Solutions For Difficult Times by the Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a patient and inspirational explanation of the acclaimed Buddhist poem "Training the Mind in Seven Points". Universal Compassion: Inspiring Solutions For Difficult Times is a heartwarming and "reader friendly" guide to learning, understanding, and embodying the way of altruism. The rigors of training one's mind and the eternal evolution toward enlightenment are reverentially discussed in this fascinating study which is especially recommended reading for anyone seeking to learn more about Buddhist philosophy and spiritual teachings.
I find myself very inspired by the example of the Kadampa practitioners in this book, who managed to change their hearts through meditation. The meditation on equalizing self with others - recognizing that everyone equally wants to be happy and free from suffering - made a big difference to my life the moment I started to try and do it. The other meditations in the sequence are also enormously practical, as well as enormously effective. I've come to figure out from my own limited experience that it really must be possible to change your heart, for good. Kudos to Geshe Kelsang for being so accurate and precise in his instructions - something I have also noticed from the other books of his that I have read.