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Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat
Food of Bodhisattvas: Buddhist Teachings on Abstaining from Meat
by Shabkar
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Info, Dec 14 2010
Based on the teachings of the Buddha, this book offers the most compelling and impassioned indictment of meat-eating to be found in Tibetan literature and is pertinent to anyone interested in vegetarianism as a moral or spiritual issue. The Buddha's teachings show how destructive habits can be examined and transformed gradually from within. The aim is not to repress one's desire for meat and animal products by force of will, but to develop heartfelt compassion and sensitivity to the suffering of animals, so that the desire to exploit and feed on them naturally dissolves.

There are two texts presented here. One is an excerpt from Shabkar's Book of Marvels, consisting of quotations from the Buddhist scriptures and the teachings of masters of Tibetan Buddhism that argue against the consumption of meat, with Shabkar's commentary. The second, the Nectar of Immortality, is Shabkar's discourse on the importance of developing compassion for animals.

Difficult Beginnings: Three Works on the Bodhisattva Path
Difficult Beginnings: Three Works on the Bodhisattva Path
by Mark Tatz
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Info, Dec 14 2010
This is the first English translation of the works of Candragomin--a seventh-century Indian philosopher and poet--which have been highly influential in the practice of Buddhism over the past twelve centuries. The book provides an excellent introduction to Mahayana, the "middle way" of the Buddhist path. It will appeal to anyone interested in Eastern Religion.

Candragomin is regarded in the Indo-Tibetan tradition as an exemplar of the bodhisattva ideal. Difficult Beginnings presents three of the most important works. "Candragomin's Resolve" is a short verse aspiration. "Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow" is a basis for exposition of the bodhisattva vow. "Praise in Confession" recounts the problems that Candragomin encountered in his spiritual practice.

Dr. Tatz provides an excellent introduction to the theory and practice of the bodhisattva path, the ideal of attaining buddhahood--awakening--as well as the commitment to teach and guide others on this path. Also included is a fascinating account of Candragomin's life, and lengthy commentary on the three works presented here.

Awakening the Sleeping Buddha
Awakening the Sleeping Buddha
by Pema Donyo Nyinche
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Info, Dec 14 2010
The most basic, clear principles of Tibetan Buddhism are here lucidly presented by a renowned modern teacher and monk. Tai Situpa illuminates Buddhist teachings in commonsense terms, using down-to-earth examples--making this a perfect handbook for beginners as well as an excellent companion for long-time students.

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"This book is an attempt by a renowned Tibetan teacher, the Abbot of Sherab Ling Monastery in northern India, to define systematically and efficiently the most important concepts of Buddhism. In simple prose, the Twelfth Tai Situpa explains and clarifies foundational concepts, from Buddha nature, karma and enlightenment to tantra, emptiness and reincarnation."--Publishers Weekly

An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning: Teachings on Mahamudra
An Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning: Teachings on Mahamudra
by Khenchen Thrangu
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Info, Dec 1 2010
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In this new book, Khenchen Thrangu provides an exhaustive commentary on the longest and most comprehensive of the three classic treatises on Mahamudra composed by the sixteenth-century scholar Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa.
Khenchen Thrangu's teachings encompass the entire path of Mahamudra, including the preliminaries, the main practice, removing obstacles, and attaining the result of buddhahoodùwith detailed instruction in tranquility and insight meditation. This is the only available volume that presents Khenchen Thrangu's detailed commentary on this entire text.

Hakuin's Precious Mirror Cave: A Zen Miscellany
Hakuin's Precious Mirror Cave: A Zen Miscellany
by Norman Waddell
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Info, Nov. 25 2010
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The two great streams of Zen Buddhism are the Soto sect known as the School of Quiet Reflection, and the Rinzai sect renowned for its rigorous study of koan. Hakuin is credited with the modern revival of the Rinzai sect and is its most important teacher. Hakuin's life has been a great inspiration to Zen practitioner's and his writings, like these included here, offer great authority and practical application. This collection of six diverse works by Hakuin contains five pieces never translated into English before, some of which have been - until quite recently - unknown, even in Japan. One piece offers the most detailed biographical account of his life, and another is his earliest spiritual autobiography.

Includes: The Tale of My Childhood, the Tale of Yukichi of Takayama, Idle Talk on a Night Boat, Old Granny's Tea-Grinding Songs, an Account of the Precious Mirror Cave, and the Chronological Biography of Zen Master Hakuin by Torei Enji.

Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom
Quintessential Dzogchen: Confusion Dawns as Wisdom
by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars About, Nov. 24 2010
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For confusion to dawn as wisdom, one must acknowledge and train in rigpa, buddha nature. This handbook has pithy instructions arranged for the meditator, and includes source materials. The book is packed with work from the greatest dzogchen masters, profound tantras and revealed treasures, many never before published in English.

Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
by Geshe Sonam Rinchen
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars About, Nov. 24 2010
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Atisha, the eleventh-century Indian Buddhist scholar and saint, came to Tibet at the invitation of the king of Western Tibet, Lha Lama Yeshe Wo, and his nephew Jangchub Wo. His coming initiated the period of the "second transmission" of Buddhism to Tibet, formative for the Sakya, Kagyu and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Atisha's most celebrated text, entitled Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, sets forth the entire Buddhist path within the framework of three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner. Atisha's text thus became the source of the lamrim tradition, or graduated stages of the path to enlightenment, an approach to spiritual practice incorporated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Geshe Sonam Rinchen draws out Atisha's meaning with warmth and wit, bringing the light of this age-old wisdom into the modern world.

"Geshe Sonam Rinchen's lucid and engaging commentary draws out Atisha's meaning for today's practitioners with warmth and wit, bringing the light of this age-old wisdom into the modern world."--The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies

"...well-written and edited...a useful starting point for understanding the Gelugpa presentation of Tibetan Buddhism, and is suitable for public, undergraduate and graduate collections."--Religious Studies Review

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Contents

Introduction 7
Prologue 23
1. The Three Perspectives 27
2. Arousing and Nurturing the Aspiration 57
3. The Vow 75
4. Higher Perception 89
5. Reality and Wisdom 107
6. The Vajra Vehicle 129
The Seven-part Practice, from The King of Prayers 149
Root Text [English] 151
Root Text [Tibetan] 161
Notes 181
Source Readings 217

Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalachakra Tantra
Ornament of Stainless Light: An Exposition of the Kalachakra Tantra
by Khedrup Norsang Gyatso
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 59.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars About, Nov. 20 2010
The premiere volume of Thupten Jinpa's thirty-two-volume Library of Tibetan Classics, inaugurated to coincide with the Dalai Lama's conferral of the initiation rite of Kalachakra in Toronto in April 2004.
The Kalachakra (literally, "Wheel of Time") tantra, a core practice of Tibetan Buddhism, is a method for transforming the universe by working with the body and mind. This first volume of the Library of Tibetan Classics series was hand-picked by the Dalai Lama--who recognized it as the finest explication of this practice--and overseen by Thupten Jinpa, whose work has been indispensable to Tibetan Buddhism, both in the West and on the whole. Gavin Kilty's fluid translation makes this volume a pleasure to read.

Like its classical Indian predecessor, Stainless Light or Vimalaprabha by Pundarika, Norsang Gyatso's commentary is divided into five sections: (1) the outer world, including the unique Kalachakra cosmology, (2) the inner world of the individual and the subtle nervous system, (3) the Kalachakra initiation rite, (4) the sadhana and generation-stage practices, and (5) the completion-stage practices, including pranayama. Ten appendixes plus a glossary, notes, and bibliography make this an indispensable reference volume on the Kalachakra tantra.

The Buddhist Path: A Practical Guide from the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
The Buddhist Path: A Practical Guide from the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
by Kenchen Palden Sherab
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars About, Nov. 13 2010
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Here is a practical guide that introduces the reader to the Nyingma (ancient) tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In a clear and accessible way, readers are given detailed instructions on how to meditate using different methods--calm abiding, visualization, mantra, and more. Beginners learn how the mind functions, and the proper way to cultivate intellect and heart so that our true nature can manifest. A helpful review for advanced practitioners.

An accessible and practical introduction to Tibetan Buddhism as practiced in the Nyingma, or "ancient," tradition, The Buddhist Path presents for us the proper way of cultivating intellect and heart so that our true nature can manifest. The authors provide clear explanations and methods that reveal how the mind functions and what its essence, our primordial nature, is. They impart detailed instructions on how to meditate using methods ranging from generating calm abiding through the tantric techniques of visualization, mantra, and formless meditation.

"A very practical guide to the Buddhist Dzogchen path. [Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche] have built a reputation for their vast knowledge of the Nyingma tradition and their pragmatic and lucid style of teaching."--Buddhadharma

Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche are founders and directors of Padmasambhava Buddhist Center, based at Padma Samye Ling in upstate New York. PBC is a worldwide Buddhist meditation and study network that includes local centers as well as retreat centers and monastic institutions.

The Mirror of Mindfulness
The Mirror of Mindfulness
by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 22.50
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5.0 out of 5 stars Info, Nov. 11 2010
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In The Mirror of Mindfulness, seventeenth-century master Tsele Natsok Rangdröl teaches that there is an identical essence intrinsic to the heart, mind, and spirit in every human being. The realization of this essential oneness in humanity, he said, makes any man or woman a Buddha. The book focuses on how to reach this understanding through a system of training of timeless, universal value that has been developed in Tibet. According to editor Erik Pema Kunsang Schmidt, the truth such training conveys is as meaningful for a modern meditation practitioner as it was centuries ago for Buddhists in India and Tibet.

The Mirror of Mindfulness addresses the experiences of passing through the bardos into the next life. While relatively brief, the book fully expresses the depth of the spiritual lineage it springs from: a system of training that offers the possibility of enlightenment in a single lifetime. Newly designed, this book is the foundation for the often-cited commentary Bardo Guidebook by contemporary teacher Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and is widely seen as indispensable for the serious study of Tibetan Buddhism. Included are contextualizing introductions, a foreword, preface, prologue, epilogue, appendix, and glossary.

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