Reflections on a Mountain Lake: A Western Nun Talks on Practical Buddhism

Author(s): Ven. Tenzin Palmo


Tenzin Palmo draws on her years of solitary meditation in a Himalayan cave to bring us this down-to-earth and inspiring approach to the spiritual path. Her advice is characteristically direct: 'the essential thing is to learn how to develop a practice which you can live with moment to moment in your everyday life.' Tenzin Palmo explains how to develop a regular meditation practice and shows how meditation can help us deal with painful emotions like anger, fear and jealousy. With great clarity and insight, she introduces core principles of Buddhist philosophy and explains karma, reincarnation and the tantric tradition. She also explores the traditions of great female practitioners and how they are being maintained today.


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'Tenzin Palmo is one of the most genuine and accomplished of Western practitioners.' Jack Kornfield, author of Path with a Heart. 'Her example empowers each of us to wake up, calling forth a modern practical approach to a precious ancient tradition. Tenzin Palmo's is a voice we need to hear, a woman who has fully experienced what she speaks about with an absolute honesty, delightful humor, and real insight.' Tsultrim Allione,

1. A Western Yogini2. Motivation and Practice3. Ethics and the Three Training4. The Six Realms5. Women and the Path6. Calm Abiding or Shamatha7. Insight or Vipashyana8. Awareness9. Difficult Points for Westerners10. Nature of Mind11. The Role of the Spiritual Master12. Vajrayana13. Tonglen14. Visualising the DeityGlossary

General Fields

  • : 9781865088105
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : July 2002
  • : 230mm X 153mm X 16mm
  • : Australia
  • : March 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 294.344
  • : 256
  • : Tibetan Buddhism
  • : 8 b&w photos(on 8 pp)
  • : Ven. Tenzin Palmo
  • : Paperback