We look in every place for happiness. Some of us search for it inphysical pleasure, some in power and some in religion. Yet it has always been within reach, for it is mind itself ‘the king of all creators’which is the source of true joy, wisdom and compassion. It is thisdiscovery that constitutes ‘enlightenment’, ‘nirvana’ or ‘buddhahood’.
Nowadays everything seems broken; many spiritual traditions appear tohave lost their effectiveness. Yet Buddha’s teaching, especially aspreserved in the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism, can speak to all of usdirectly whether we are young or old, rich or poor, male or female.
This book is designed as an introduction to this age-old yetstartlingly contemporary tradition. It is written from the inside of the tradition but is aimed at a modern Western audience. It does notcompromise the truth and beauty of Tibetan Buddhism but is structured so as to be accessible.
It is not a do-it-yourself book. There are no secret mantras or mandalas revealed. Such things must be received in the appropriate context from one’s master when one is ready. However,for those who wish to see into the heart of Tibetan Buddhism, this bookoffers the window.