Classic and Contemporary Buddhist Works

Mind in Comfort and Ease - Praise

The Vision of Enlightenment in the Great Perfection

“This is one of the absolutely best and richest books on meditation practice that I have ever read. Here are finely nuanced Dzogchen teachings, offered by His Holiness with remarkable precision and clarity, and with astonishing humility and candor. A precious resource for anyone who loves the Dharma and is committed to its embodiment. This book has it all.”—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of and Vice Chair of the Mind and Life Institute

“This book records the teachings that the Dalai Lama offered to over 10,000 attendees at Sogyal Rinpoche's center in the south of France. The teachings consisted of an extensive commentary on one of the classic texts of the Dzogchen tradition, Longchen Rabjam's fourteenth-century masterpiece, ‘Finding Comfort and Ease in Meditation on the Great Perfection.’ This is the first oral commentary on this work to be published in English, and a major contribution to Western literature on Dzogchen.”—Buddhadharma

“All who wish to be at ease in the awakened, boundless, sublime nature of their own minds—buddhahood—should cherish/read this book.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of The Practice of Dzogchen and Hidden Teachings of Tibet

“Tibetan Buddhism's sublime science of consciousness finds it highest expression in the teachings on the Great Perfection. In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws on his vast learning and insight to reveal both the meaning of the Great Perfection and its place within Buddhism as a whole. He also illuminates the interface between Buddhism and modern science, highlighting the materialistic assumptions that hinder the scientific study of consciousness. This beautifully translated book is a treasure, of great value to all who are interested in fathoming the secrets and possibilities of the mind.”—B. Alan Wallace, author of The Attention Revolution

“All of us were moved by the depth, relevance, and accessibility of these teachings; there were those who said that they were among the most remarkable they had ever heard him give. In a wholly original, but always authentic, way, His Holiness brought a sense of his own personal quest, as he explored the whole Buddhist path, and particularly the pith instructions of the great masters of the Great Perfection.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, from his foreword

“A unique overview of all the vehicles and teachings of Buddha Dharma as explained from personal experience by the eminent nonsectarian master of masters, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, including his own stories and anecdotes, augmented by freshly translated traditional texts and commentaries by the seminal master Longchenpa and other authoritative sources. This extraordinary and essential book of live oral teachings, transmitting the sublime View, Meditation, Action, and Result of the direct-access Dzogchen approach to incandescent awareess and the natural state of spiritual living, provides us with the basis for meaningful study and meditation practice for years and generations to come.”—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within

“This attractive volume should delight both scholar and practitioner, and can now take its place as an experientially based and intellectually solid contribution to the living study and practice of the Buddhadharma.”—Steven D. Goodman, Asian and Comparative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies

“In 2000, Sogyal Rinpoche requested His Holiness the Dalai Lama to give teachings on the path to enlightenment. His Holiness accepted and spontaneously decided to teach [about a classic text], setting the teachings of Dzogchen within the context of the other traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Over 10,000 people coverged in the South of France to attend the five-day teaching. This book faitfhully retains the direct quality of the original teaching.”—Mandala

“This is an outstanding introduction to the Great Perfection tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and it includes His Holiness's oral commentary on a major text by Longchen Rabjam. His Holiness places the Great Perfection within the broader context of Buddhism as a whole and also elucidates areas of inquiry that are relevant to science and Buddhism.”—B. Alan Wallace, in Buddhadharma