Taming the Tiger by Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Information: 186 pages, paperback
They say: Taming the Tiger offers a simple approach to finding the sort of happiness for oneself that also brings happiness to others. In the first half of the book, Akong Rinpoche explains commonsense principles of the Buddhist view as they may be applied in everyday life. The advice given, which is not especially aimed at those interested in Eastern religion, speaks to anyone seeking the truth about happiness and suffering. The second half consists of a sequence of meditational exercises which, if practised consistently, will provide a basis for self-knowledge, mind therapy and self-healing which will continue to serve throughout one's life. This practical programme has been tested and refined first at the therapy workshops of Samye Ling in Scotland - the oldest Tibetan Buddhist centre in the West - and has since confirmed its success in cities throughout Europe, as well as in North America and Africa. Many people have found it extremely beneficial and for some it has brought a definitive solution to long-term problems weighing heavily on the mind.
Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche is an experienced and accomplished meditation master of the Karma Kagyii tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was co-founder of the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre and now also supervises many other centres in Europe, Africa and Asia. Himself a fully trained doctor in the Tibetan medical tradition, he has recently established several colleges of Tibetan medicine in Tibet itself and is currently creating one in Scotland. He has formed several humanitarian organisations for the aid of refugees, the distressed and the poor and is advisor to a large number of people, including therapists in the UK and Europe.
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Reviews - rated 4/5 based on customer reviews4 out of 5 By Anne Marie WelchAfter a very humble introduction, the writer tells us that, to live a happy life, we must first learn to train our mind, hence the title, 'Taming the Tiger'; meaning our mind. Everything is impermanent, we have to let things come and go and appreciate them for what they are. We are too fast in blaming others for our negative thoughts; we should look within ourselves instead. Having the right motivation and learn to become compassionate is essential. Further on, the author writes how we must face a situation and not wallow in self-pity. Much of the suffering we encounter in our lives is caused by our lack of mindfulness.
The second half of the book is dedicated to some exercises properly structured, with a timetable to follow. There are seventeen meditations which focus on simple visualisation or relaxation to meditations on how to become compassionate and awakening our potential. Each meditation is followed by some questions, which were asked by his students during his lectures. If you are not familiar with Buddhism this book is you a good start and it will give you some good grounding.