I have the earlier edition of your book, A Truthful Heart
, titled Cultivating Compassion [A Buddhist Perspective]
, published by Broadway Books in 2002.
In the book's Introduction, Hopkins writes about meeting Geshe Wangyal, a Gelug
monk, who founded the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center in 1958. Hopkins became his student, writing:
"So, I moved to the monastery and I stayed for five years.
At the monastery, I learned Tibetan and practiced forms of meditation that are known throughout the vast Tibetan cultural region, which stretches from Tibet itself through Kalmyk Mongolian areas where the Volga empties into Caspian Sea (in Europe), to Outer and Inner Mongolia, to the Buriat Republic of Siberia,as well as to Ladakh, Sikkim, Bhutan, and much of Nepal.
The meditations that form the structure of this book center around cultivating compassion and reflecting on the true nature of phenomena, and to this day they remain the heart of my daily practice."
And ...The Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center
is a (non-sectarian) Center dedicated to the study, practice, and preservation of Buddha’s teachings. Through its educational programs, TBLC provides regular classes on a wide range of Buddhist topics appropriate for both beginning and advanced level students, regardless of their religious affiliation or other distinctions. TBLC also engages in scholarly activities aimed at preserving the Buddhist teachings and making Tibetan materials available for English speakers.
TBLC is a non-profit religious and educational organization run solely on donations. Located on 32 mostly wooded acres in Washington, NJ, the Center is 1.5 hours from New York City
. The Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center