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<p>Here is a practical Buddhist Guidebook that offers techniques for developing a truly compassionate heart in the midst of everyday life. For centuries, Tibetans have used fifty-nine pithy slogans - such as "A joyous state of mind is a constant support" and "Don't talk about others' shortcomings" - as a means to awaken kindness, gentleness, and compassion. While Tibetan Buddhists have long valued thses slogans, recently they have become popular in the West due to such books as 'Start Where You Are' by Pema Chödrön and 'Training the Mind' by Chögyam Trungpa. This edition of 'The Great Path of Awakening' contains an accessible, newly revised translation of the slogans from the famous text 'The Seven Points of Mind Training'. It also includes illuminating commentary from Jamgon Kongtrul that provides further instruction on how to meet every situation with intelligence and an open heart.</p>
Mindfulness is a relatively new construct in counseling that is rapidly gaining interest as it is applied to people struggling with a myriad of problems. Research has consistently demonstrated that counseling interventions using mindfulness improve well-being and reduce psychopathology. This article provides a detailed definition of mindfulness, including a discussion of the mechanisms underlying mindfulness practice; explores the implementation of mindfulness as a counseling intervention; and examines literature supporting its effectiveness.