A Fearless Heart: Why Compassion is the Key to Greater Wellbeing
The highly acclaimed thought leader and English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa Langri (known as Jinpa) teaches us to take the next step. He shows us that compassion correlates strongly with happiness, stress reduction, a sense of purpose, better health and a longer life.
Self-compassion is the overlooked key to achieving our goals. Yet many of us resist compassion, worrying that if we are too compassionate with others we will be taken advantage of and if we are too compassionate with ourselves we won't achieve our goals in life. We can actually fear compassion.
Using the latest science, psychology (from contemporary Western and classical Buddhist sources) as well as stories from others and his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle. Jinpa's programme derives from a remarkable course in Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) that he developed at Stanford University Medical School. Much like Jon Kabat-Zinn's landmark Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme, CCT has already had profound effects on the many participants. Thupten Jinpa is the perfect guide to achieving a greater sense of wellbeing.
The highly acclaimed thought leader and English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows us how compassion can reduce stress and lead to a greater sense of wellbeing and happiness.
'A Fearless Heart is a rare book that shows how the meeting of contemplative insights and practices with modern science can lead to offerings that are beneficial for everyone interested in deeper personal spiritual transformation. The book shows how such practices can have a positive impact in our daily lives. I applaud my long-time English translator Thupten Jinpa for writing this timely book on compassion and its cultivation' -- The Dalai Lama
'I love Jinpa's sense of the practical, of bringing compassion down from the pedestal of high ideals and into the messy reality that is every day human life. A Fearless Heart may prove to be one of the most important books of these difficult times -- Richard Gere Firmly grounded in the latest scientific studies, and hugely invitational and convincing in its inspiration, its reasoning, its heartfulness and its guidance in a broad range of powerful practices, A Fearless Heart is the bravest, clearest and most engaging book I know on why we need to cultivate compassion, and on how to bring it more widely and deeply into our lives and into the world' -- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and author of Full Catastrophe Living
'Thupten Jinpa speaks from his experience as a monk turned family man, and a top-flight scholar, who draws on his remarkable background and range of knowledge to offer each one of us a practical toolkit for becoming a better human being. A Fearless Heart can help anyone nurture the compassion that lies within every heart' -- Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
'Brilliantly clear and heartfelt, a potentially life-changing work offering inspiring training. A Fearless Heart is personally moving, eminently practical and visionary in scope -- Jack Kornfield, author of The Wise Heart Jinpa shows why compassion is not a given within some yet not possible for others, but rather is a quality of the heart that we can all cultivate and expand. If we do that, out lives transform, our families and relationships transform, and our world transforms' -- Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness '
'Part autobiography, part a training manual for a wholesome life and part a beautiful tapestry woven between ancient Buddhist thought and modern science, this book has something for everyone. At its fundamental core, it makes the case for why compassion is so essential for the modern world and offers detailed helpful advice o how it can be cultivated' -- Richard J. Davidson, co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brian; Founder, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison
As I read A Fearless Heart, I began picturing the possibilities that await us if we safeguard our children's natural instinct for kindness. Filled with wise insights, research and anecdotes, Jinpa lays out a path for living with compassion and acceptance, both for others, and for ourselves. An essential guide for anyone committed to creating a loving, peaceful world, but a must-read for parents, whose simple interactions with their children will lead to a quiet revolution toward a compassionate world -- Susan Stiffelman, author of Parenting with Presence:
'An inspirational read that not only demonstrates the power of compassion, but also reveals how kindness and self-compassion are within our reach' -- Kelly McGonigal, author of The Upside of Stress
'Embracing compassion enables us to step into our own natural capacity for creativity and empathy. I highly recommend this extraordinary book and this path to anyone who sees to have more meaningful connections to people and the world' -- David Kelley, Founder of IDEO and co-author of Creative Confidence
Thupten Jinpa is a former monk and holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, where he also worked as a research fellow. Jinpa has been the principal English translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama for over twenty-five years and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama, including the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium, Beyond Religion and Transforming the Mind. Jinpa is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, Montreal and Chairman of the Mind & Life Institute, which is dedicated to promoting collaboration between the sciences and contemplative knowledge, especially Buddhism. For more information visit http://ccare.stanford.edu/ or follow Jinpa on Twitter (@ThuptenJinpaLa).