How to Understand the Mind
This book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.
The first part is a practical guide to developing an maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones.
The second part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of the buddhist understanding of the mind. It concludes with a detailed explanation of meditation, showing how by controlling and transforming our mind we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of expternal conditions.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says in How to Understand the Mind:
We often say, “my mind, my mind”, but if someone were to ask us, “what is your mind”, we would have no correct anser. This is because we do not understand the nature and function of the mind correctly.”