• Peaceful Heart

  • The Buddhist Practice of Patience
  • By: Dzigar Kongtrul
  • Narrated by: Joseph Waxman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An introductory guide to cultivating patience and opening your heart to difficult circumstances from leading Buddhist teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche.

In the Buddhist tradition, “patience” is our mind’s ability to work positively with anything that bothers us - a vast spectrum of particulars that all boil down to not getting what we want or getting what we don’t want. In fluid, accessible language, Dzigar Kongtrul expands on teachings by the ancient sage Shantideva that contain numerous powerful and surprising methods for preventing our minds from becoming consumed by what bothers us - especially in anger. The result of practicing patience is a state of mind where we can feel at home in every situation and be fully available to love and care for others. Patience is the lifeblood of a peaceful heart.

©2020 Dzigar Kongtrul (P)2020 Shambhala Publications

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"In the more than two decades since I’ve met Rinpoche, he has given me many priceless instructions on how to work with my own impatient states of mind. One of my favorites, which you find in this book, is ‘the propensity to be bothered.’ No matter how perfect or imperfect our world is, working with this propensity is indispensable to well-being. It is the only way to achieve a peaceful heart." (Pema Chödrön, author of Welcoming the Unwelcome and When Things Fall Apart)

"In Peaceful Heart, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche brings to life the indispensable practice of patience in everyday life. Expounding on the ‘patience chapter’ from one of the most beloved and renowned classical texts of Buddhism, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Rinpoche shows us, in everyday language, how to transform situations that test our patience into opportunities to develop empathy and insight. Kongtrul Rinpoche’s unparalleled understanding of the world we live in and of the practical application of timeless wisdom in our contemporary society makes this book indispensable reading for all who seek sanity and patience amidst adversities and conflicts. Peaceful Heart invites us to awaken to our innate qualities of patience and compassion, which can be our greatest contribution to the world." (Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche, author of How Not to Miss the Point and This Precious Life

"Buddhists will appreciate Kongtrul’s ode to Shantideva, but even non-Buddhist readers will enjoy this powerful work’s vivid writing and wise instruction." (Publishers Weekly

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Sound Advice on the Practice of Patience

This book provides a commentary on the patience chapter of Shantideva's classic,The Bodhisattva's Way of Life. While it is thorough it is not at all dry or tedious. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche's book provides sound, easy to follow advice on how to cultivate a peaceful heart under a great variety of circumstances. The narrator does an excellent job, presenting the book in a clear and engaging way. This may not be the kind of self-help book that promises easy shortcuts to happiness. But for those serious about doing the work of developing patience, it will be an invaluable guide.

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Too hard to listen

The narrator is boring & dry with a pinch of awful, and unfortunately I had no more patience in me to try and make it through the rest of the book. Avoid listening if the narrator is Joseph waxman no bueno

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  • 02-03-21

Not as much real practical advice.

This really assumes you are a Buddhist and believe in karma and rebirth. It talks endlessly about this and describes many different upsets we experience in life and their affects on our karma etc, but, frankly, I have found far more practical,advice, the actual nuts and bolts of how to deal with these, in books by the person who provides the introduction - Pema Chodron.

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  • Tout en chantant
  • 03-13-21

Read by an automaton?

The book itself is great BUT Joseph Waxman has no talent whatsoever to read books aloud to other people: he sounds bored, dull, uninterested, monotonous, uninspired. He ruins the book

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  • 05-04-21

Timely

Such a wonderful resource. Thank you!
The performance voice could be more stimulating but that's my thing. 😊

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