Light Comes Through: Buddhist Teachings on Awakening to Our Natural Intelligence (Paperback)
Buddhahood, says Dzigar Kongtrül, is nothing but an unobstructed experience of the nature of mind, boundlessly spacious and limitlessly compassionate. The trick is that in order to see the mind accurately, we must use the particular aspect of mind he calls natural intelligence. Natural intelligence enables us to discriminate between what helps or hinders us. But most of all, it’s the part of us that searches for happiness and meaning. In Light Comes Through, he shows us how to skillfully use our wish for happiness as a tool in awakening to the joyous wisdom of mind.
About the Author
Dzigar Kongtrül grew up in a monastic environment and received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist doctrine. In 1989, he moved to the United States with his family and in 1990, he began a five-year tenure as a professor of Buddhist philosophy at Naropa University. He also founded Mangala Shri Bhuti, his own teaching organization, during this period. He has established a mountain retreat center, Longchen Jigme Samten Ling, in southern Colorado. When not guiding students in long-term retreats and not in retreat himself, Rinpoche travels widely throughout the world teaching and furthering his own education.
“This is a wonderful fresh look at the amazing potential of our human mind.”—Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart
“There is a comforting bravery in Kongtrül’s thinking that clarifies the differences between ‘trying to arrange the world according to our preferences’ and ‘delighting in the way our experience naturally unfolds.’ This is a suitably calm and graceful pathway illuminated by a Buddhist master.”—Publishers Weekly
“An interesting and refreshing snapshot of Buddhist teachings.”—Yoga Magazine (UK)
“Light Comes Through is an inspired, well-written, and creative examination of topics such as faith, romance, developing happiness for others, and facing our own suffering with perspective and compassion. It is a wonderful guidebook for living a very different kind of life.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness