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The subject matter of Kindness, Clarity, and Insight is drawn from the lectures the Dalai Lama gave during his first three visits to North America. The book covers the core subject o Tibetan Buddhism and combines all the major themes of the Dalai Lama’s teachings in one succinct volume. The chapters are arranged developmentally from simple to complex topics, which include the luminous nature of the mind, the four noble truths, karma, the common goals of the world’s religions, meditation, deities, and selflessness. Central to all these teachings is the necessity of compassion–which the Dalai Lama says is “the essence of religion” and “the most precious thing there is.”
“Though he is one of the most erudite scholars of one of the most cerebral of all the world’s philosophies, he has a gift for reducing his doctrine to a core of lucid practicality crystallized in the title of this book, Kindness, Clarity, and Insight. ‘My true religion,’ he has said, ‘is kindness.’”–Time
“Gives the most comprehensive picture of contemporary Tibetan Buddhism.”–San Francisco Chronicle