In a culture of frantic advertising and monomaniacal consumption, it's not surprising that there's been a huge proliferation of self-help books in North America, which may signal a search for meaning beyond the parameters of possession - an acknowledgment that the socially-sanctioned recipe for happiness is a fraud. Unlike feel-good self-help books, Living Fully articulates a forward-thinking alternative to the drone of materialism leaving people suffering and miserable. Living Fully is the profoundly inspiring compilation of the oral teachings of a renowned Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche, one of the extremely rare English-speaking Tibetan lamas. Simultaneously expansive and personal, Living Fully is as comprehensive as a theological worldview and as intimate as a single person's quest for meaning. Conveying the human hunger for enlightenment, this book contends that Buddhism has continuously inspired emancipation from world-weariness and cyclical suffering.
An American citizen for the last twenty years, with teaching centres in upstate New York, Asia, and Europe, Shyalpa Rinpoche presents complex teachings in the clearest way possible, without traditional jargon or hard-to-follow philosophical arguments. His approach focuses uniquely and effectively on the breath - for meditation and as a way to relax, address problems, and even relate to others.