Cultivating a Compassionate Heart :
The Yoga Method of Chenrezig / by Thubten Chodron
Perhaps the most widely known and loved deity throughout the Buddhist world, Chenrezig – also known as Avalokiteshvara, Kuan Yin, or Kannon – is the Buddha of Compassion.
Buddhists turn to Chenrezig for protection, friendship, and inspiration on a daily basis.
The meditation practice in this book – composed by a teacher with an extensive Western following – is presented as a useful manual for ease of practice.
An enlightening (and often humorous) commentary by well-known author Thubten Chodron offers instructions and tips on making the practice even more relevant to daily life.
Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara / Kuan Yin) is not only Tibet’s patron deity, he also is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas and as such is deemed the best possible contemplative gateway to the cultivation of compassion.
In this book, which has received high praise from monastics and lay Buddhist scholars alike – the American-born nun Ven. Thubten Chodron lucidly and engagingly elucidates the Tibetan Buddhist yoga of Chenrezig. Her explanations are based not only on scriptural but also oral teachings, which makes them eminently authoritative and practical.
Essentially, Cultivating a Compassionate Heart is a knowledgeable, highly practical, and fairly extensive commentary on the Chenrezig sadhana. The book starts with the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig visualization and the preliminary prayers found in most sadhanas and the long mantra of Chenrezig. Only then does the author proceed to explaining the various concepts that make up the theoretical underpinnings of this extraordinary practice.