The teachings of the Buddha have provided solace and comfort to countless people over the last two thousand five hundred years. During this time their influence has becn felt largely in Asian countries, although in recent decades interest has grown remarkably throughout the world. Heartening evidence of this is that persons like Ven. Thubten Chodron, who were neither born nor brought up in traditionally Buddhist countries, have been inspired to devote their time and effort to helping others to benefit from Buddhist practice.
I am happy that she has prepared this book, ‘Open Heart, Clear Mind’ based on her own experience, which conveys a clear understanding of Buddhism as it has been practised by Tibetans, in easily comprehensible language. These teachings are both subtle and profound, but it is very important that they are made accessible in a way that people can actually put them into practice and deri ve real benefit from them.
I am sure this book will achieve this and that it will prove helpful to general readers, especially those whose have little previous acquaintance with Buddhism.
February 20, 1990
His Holiness The Dalai Lama XIV