In 1975, Lama Yeshe undertook his most extensive international teaching
tour, being on the road for nearly nine months. During this time he
gave many and varied teachings, a few of which have already been
published in Becoming Your Own Therapist, Make Your Mind an Ocean and The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind.
This book contains the teachings and meditations Lama gave at a
five-day retreat he led near Melbourne, Australia, which he introduced
"Whether or not this five-day meditation course becomes beneficial is
up to you; it depends on your own mind. It’s not a lama thing; I’m not
going to bring you to enlightenment in this short time. Instead of
having too many expectations of the lama, it’s better that you generate
a pure motivation for being here. Expectations cause mental problems;
instead of being positive, they become negative...
"If over the next five days you can begin to recognize the reality of
your own nature, this meditation course will have been worthwhile.
Therefore, dedicate your actions during this time to discovering inner
freedom through recognizing the negative characteristics of your own
In line with Lama’s intentions, this book is dedicated to the awakening
of inner freedom within the minds of its readers and all other sentient
Lama Yeshe on Buddhism:
"Buddhism is not just about one or two small things; it is not some
tiny philosophy. Lord Buddha explained the nature of every single
phenomenon in the universe."
On Mind:"At certain times, a silent mind is very important,
but 'silent' does not mean closed. The silent mind is an alert,
awakened mind; a mind seeking the nature of reality."
On Meditation:"Meditation is the right medicine for the
uncontrolled, undisciplined mind. Meditation is the way to perfect
satisfaction. The uncontrolled mind is by nature sick; dissatisfaction
is a form of mental illness. What's the right antidote to that? It's
knowledge-wisdom; understanding the nature of psychological phenomena;
knowing how the internal world functions."