Karen Armstrong's The Buddha is a beautiful exposition of the life of the Buddha, but has little to say about how to bring his wisdom and compassion into our lives. Turning the Mind into an Ally is a practical guide based on profound understanding of how to stabilize, clarify and strengthen the mind so that we can bring this wisdom and compassion into our lives. The author, Sakyong Mipham, writes with clarity, directness, and authority about how to live a life of true joy and deep compassion in our modern world. The book is a deceptively simple exposition of mind transformation through the meditation technique of calm abiding. The author is a direct intellectual and heart descendant of the wisdom teachings that go back more than 2500 years.
Sakyong Mipham follows the Buddha's tradition of piercing honesty about our predicament as sentient beings. He does not shy from telling the truth of suffering, impermanence, and selflessness of our existence. In these troubled times, it is wonderful to know that there is a practical and doable path of personal transformation by which we can live without deception and with loving kindness to benefit ourselves and all beings.
As a student of Sakyong Mipham, I am delighted to see the publication of his first book on meditation. The writing has the very qualities of stability, clarity, and strength that it helps one to cultivate. The Sakyong completely avoids the technical jargon of meditation without sacrificing any of the depth of knowledge and experience he brings to the subject. I was able to read it quickly and easily, but I am sure I will return to it again and again, to enrich my own meditation practice and to help me in my work as a meditation instructor. Thanks are due to this wonderful teacher for his kindness and generosity in producing this volume.