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Make Your Mind an Ocean
By Lama Thubten Yeshe at Melbourne, Australia 1975 (Archive # 329, Last Updated Dec 16, 2008) • • • • • Chapter One: Your Mind is Your Religion Make Your Mind an Ocean: Editor's Introduction Chapter Two: A Buddhist Approach to Mental Illness Chapter Three: Everything Comes From the Mind Chapter Four: Make Your Mind an Ocean Foreign Translations (MYMO)

Make Your Mind an Ocean: Editor's Introduction

The talks in this booklet are on the general topic of the mind. Two were lunchtime lectures at Melbourne and Latrobe Universities. One was an evening lecture given to the general public. Perhaps of greatest interest is a talk to a group of psychiatrists at Prince Henry's Hospital who were delighted to meet and question Lama, and this historic exchange underscores the difference between Western and Buddhist concepts of mental health. This books is now published in a combined edition with Lama's Becoming Your Own Therapist.

In the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive’s first book, Lama Yeshe’s Becoming Your Own Therapist, I mentioned the unique qualities of Lama Yeshe’s teachings. Make Your Mind an Ocean again makes evident just how special Lama’s teachings were. The talks in this section are on the general topic of the mind and were given during Lama Yeshe’s and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s second world tour, in 1975. I had the great honor of accompanying the Lamas on this tour and was present at all these discourses. Most of the people who attended were new to Buddhism and had never seen a Tibetan lama before, a situation quite different from what we find today. As ever, Lama’s timeless wisdom shines through, and his teachings are as relevant today as they were back then. Of greatest interest, perhaps, is “A Buddhist Approach to Mental Illness.” Here Lama met with a group of psychiatrists at Prince Henry’s Hospital, which was at that time a teaching hospital connected with Monash University Medical School. Prior to that it had been affiliated with Melbourne University, and Prince Henry’s was where I studied my clinical medicine and worked for several years after graduation. Thus, several of the psychiatrists with whom Lama met that afternoon were former teachers and colleagues of mine, and apart from anything else, I was interested to observe their reaction to my outer transformation (I was in monk’s robes at the time). The hospital was demolished a few years ago; the last time I drove by it was but a hole in the ground, a symbol of how much has changed since those halcyon days. Anyway, these doctors were delighted to meet and question Lama, and this historic exchange underscores the difference between Western and Buddhist concepts of mental health.

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which greatly improved the way these teachings read. Christina Russo and Wendy Cook for their excellent editorial input.I would like to thank Rand Engel. 2/2 . Victoria Fremont.

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