There is no shortage of brief introductions to Buddhist practice，especially from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective. What makes Rinpoche's work distinctive is the clarity and vividness of his religious thought. Rinpoche attempts to concretize the notions of five levels of awareness in the reader's mind by correlating each with a different "Buddha-family," accessible through correct meditation. There is also a helpful Tibetan (transliterated)-English glossary to assist the non-Tibetan reader through the forest of religious terminology. Recommended for most collections, especially where interest in Buddhism or the Dalai Lama is strong.