Mind Over Matter: reflections on Buddhism in the West
How can the Dharma benefit out lives today? Drawing upon three decades of experience with Western students, Tarthang Tulku discusses issues important to anyone interested in the transmission of Buddhism to Western lands. In Mind Over Matter, he reviews the differences between traditional and Western views of Dharma study and practice and examines how these differences complicate our efforts to embody the teachings in a meaningful way. Chapters on the attitudes toward authority, academic presentations of Buddhism, and the theraputic approach clarify deeply ingrained patterns in Western culture that challenge successful transmission of the teachings.
Since these patterns can inhibit understanding, is it possible to circumvent them? Will adopting the outer forms of the Dharma be sufficient to penetrate the barriers of conditioning? Are there ways to go to the heart of the matter and encourage the inner meaning of Dharma to emerge organically through awareness, concentration, and the skillful application of energy? Addressing these questions, Mind Over Matter considers the value of Dharma work as a practical training in selfless action that benefits self and others while opening pathways to understanding the deeper meaning of Dharma.
PART ONE - REFLECTIONS ON BUDDHISM IN THE WEST
Questions on Transmission
Communicating the Blessings: the Central Role of Tradition
Reflections on Rebirth
Dharma Study: Purpose and Meaning
How Can the Dharma Benefit Our Lives Today?
Academic Approaches to the Dharma
The Therapeutic Approach and Beyond
The Dharma Way of Work
The Transforming Wisdom of the Dharma
PART TWO - CONVERSATIONS WITH TARTHANG TULKU
Working Within the Mandala
Living Within the Mandala