Turning the Mind Into an Ally

Beginning March 5th, we will be reading and discussing Turning the Mind Into an Ally by Sakyong Mipham. The well-written, direct writing style of The Sakyong explains the benefits of meditation to you and those around you. His deep, profound wisdom comes through clearly making this book one you’ll want to return to again and again.

Please join us after the Tuesday evening meditation session (7 p.m.) for a discussion of this wonderful book. The book may be purchased at Healing Waters in East Aurora, Barnes and Noble Bookstore and most online booksellers.

The Sakyong Mipham is a highly respected incarnate lama of Tibet and the director of Shambhala International. He teaches around the world to thousands, both Western and Asian audiences. He is “the eldest son of the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who was instrumental in bringing Buddhism to the West, he is the incarnation of Mipham the Great, who is revered in Tibet as an emanation of Manjushri, the buddha of wisdom. He descends from the Tibetan warrior-king Gesar of Ling. He also holds the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.” (from The Sakyong Jamgon Mipham website)


Our own mind is our worst enemy. We try to focus, and our mind wanders off. We try to keep stress at bay, but anxiety keeps us awake at night… We can create an alliance that allows us to actually use our mind, rather than be used by it. This is a practice anyone can do.

~Sakyong MiphamSakyong Mipham Rinpoche

In language totally fresh and jargon-free, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche distills the wisdom of many centuries. Simple as it is profound, his book bears reading many times.” – Peter Conradi, author of Iris Murdoch A Life “With warmhearted clarity and wise simplicity, Sakyong Mipham offers some of the best advice you can find for establishing and sustaining a strong dedicated, and genuinely transformative meditation experience.” – Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart “Like Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, this book addresses the complexities, obstacles, and joys of meditation with a simple and extraordinarily generous voice. It’s an amazing guidebook for a beginner, in the sense that one is always a beginner and that the journey never ends

~Rudy Wurlitzer, author of Hard Travel to Sacred Places

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