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Mahamudra: The Moonlight -- Quintessence of Mind and Meditation
Mahamudra: The Moonlight -- Quintessence of Mind and Meditation
by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Info, Dec 30 2010
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There are many books now available on Mahamudra meditation in English, but this one is the most comprehensive traditional guide to the Kagyu practice available in English. When ''Mahamudra'' first appeared in 1986, it was a major landmark in the history of Buddhist publishing in English, and it retains today a unique status in Buddhist literature. It was translated at the behest of the 16th Karmapa, who was asked what text would be most beneficial to Western practitioners if it were made available in English. The task was undertaken by Lobsang Lhalungpa, translator of the best-selling Life of Milarepa, with the assistance of Dezhung Rinpoche, legendary mentor of many of today's greatest Tibetan and Western scholars. This new edition has a new foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There is no similarly exhaustive work available on the subject of Mahamudra meditation, the preeminent practice of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and thus the book is a staple for practitioners of that school, who appreciate its detailed practical explanations.

A gorgeous new edition of a classic, Mahamudra is one of the most exhaustive works available on mahamudra meditation available in English. The volume is enhanced by a new foreword by the Dalai Lama and premium production values.

"I am so delighted that this text is being published in the English language. It will greatly benefit English speaking students of Buddhism. I myself have used this text in working with my students, and I have always found that it communicates, clearly and simply, the mahamudra teachings of the Practice Lineage."--Chogyam Trungpa

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This review is from: LETTRE À UN AMI (Paperback)
La Lettre à un ami-l'un des textes les plus abondamment cités dans la littérature bouddhiste - est un recueil de conseils composé par le sublime Nagarjuna, le père de la Voie médiane, à l'intention d'un jeune roi de ses amis.

Ce poème décrit en seulement cent vingt-trois quatrains l'ensemble de la voie du Grand Véhicule, des fondations de la discipline à la vue profonde. Une telle concision nécessite quelques éclaircissements, et c'est à cela que s'attache le maître d'exception que fut Kangyour Rinpoché dans son commentaire fondé sur les six vertus transcendantes, dont la dernière, la connaissance, fait l'objet d'une attention particulière, puisqu'elle occupe près de la moitié du recueil. La Lettre à un ami est une 'uvre majeure - toujours d'actualité - qui mérite d'être étudiée et mise en pratique, car elle conduira alors infailliblement à sa raison d'être, la réalisation de l'Éveil ultime qui transcende les extrêmes.

Nagarjuna est l'une des figures les plus éminentes du bouddhisme du Grand Véhicule. Ce grand maître et philosophe indien, aui vécut six cents ans après le bouddha Shakyamuni, est surtout célébré comme le père de la Voie médiane.

Kangyour Rinpoché (1897-1975), maître et érudit d'exception, a été formé au monastère de Riwoché, célèbre pour sa tradition non sectaire. Bien que la vie de Kangyour Rinpoché fût des plus humbles, sa réalisation rayonne encore aujourd'hui à travers son 'uvre et les témoignages de ceux qui l'ont connu.

It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path
It's Up to You: The Practice of Self-Reflection on the Buddhist Path
by Dzigar Kongtrul
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Info, Dec 14 2010
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On the spiritual path we speak of enlightenment. But how do we reconcile the idea of enlightenment with what we see when we look in the mirror--when insecurities, doubts, and self-centered tendencies arise in our minds? Dzigar Kongtrül suggests that we need not feel "doomed" when these experiences surface. In fact, such experiences are not a problem if we are able to simply let them arise without judging them or investing them with so much meaning. This approach to experience is what Kongtrül calls self-reflection.

Self-reflection is a practice, a path, and an attitude. It is the spirit of taking an interest in that which we usually try to push away. When we practice self-reflection we take liberation into our own hands and accept the challenge and personal empowerment in Kongtrül's title: it's up to you.

Reviews of It's Up to You

"Kongtrül Rinpoche brings an unflinching and fresh perspective."--The Beacon

"After reading It's Up to You, you will be eager to be exposed to more of Kongtrül's teachings."--Spirituality & Health

"An immensely enjoyable volume."--Library Journal

"Kongtrül is an innovative teacher who is successfully transposing Buddhism in a Western key."--Shambhala Sun

"Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche has written an enthralling and practical book that speaks to us all with an exceptional clarity about confusion, uncertainty, and fear, about fearlessness and courage, and about awareness, joy, sanity, and freedom."--Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"Like Dzigar Kongtrül himself, this book is warm, direct, and potent. Its intimacy is transformative."--Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, author of Turning the Mind into an Ally

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
Price: CDN$ 24.29
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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.

Reviews of Awakening the Sleeping Buddha
"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
Price: CDN$ 41.50
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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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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


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

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