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Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism is the body of Buddhist religious doctrine and institutions characteristic of Tibet and certain regions of the Himalayas, including northern Nepal, Bhutan, and India. It is also practised in Mongolia and parts of Russia and Northeast China. Tibetan Buddhism comprises many distinct schools, but is primarily divided into four main traditions: Nyingma, Kagyu, Gelug, and Sakya. All schools are said to include the teachings of the three vehicles of Buddhism: the Foundational Vehicle, Mahayana and Vajrayana, although some schools, the Gelug for example, consider Vajrayana a part of Mahayana. The ideal goal of spiritual development in Tibetan Buddhism is to achieve enlightenment (Buddhahood) in order to most efficiently help all other sentient beings attain this state. Buddhahood is sometimes partially defined as a state of omniscience. It is said that there are countless beings who have attained Buddhahood. Buddhas spontaneously, naturally and continuously perform activities to benefit all sentient beings.

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  • The Life and Times of Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro: The Great Biography by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Other Stories

    An illustrated biography of one of the most outstanding Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. The foremost torchbearer of the ecumenical Rime movement, Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1893-1959) dedicated his life to the study, practice, and propagation of all the schools and lineages that are collectively known as Tibetan Buddhism. The staggeringly long lists of all the teachings he received and passed on testify to his abiding appreciation for all aspects of the Dharma, and his list of students reveals how his influence transcended sectarian boundaries. The first half of this volume presents informal stories by many of Chokyi Lodro's teachers, students, friends, and relatives, collected by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche and translated here into English for the first time. Intimate, funny, and utterly down-to-earth, these stories--supplemented by sixty-one photographs--paint a tender picture of the man behind the great master, introducing readers to the characters and events in his life, and especially the challenges he faced living against the backdrop of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The second half comprises an English translation of the spiritual biography, or namtar, by Dilgo Khyentse, one of Chokyi Lodro's closest and most brilliant students. In the process of recounting the life and liberation of his beloved guru, Dilgo Khyentse reveals how he saw Chokyi Lodro as the Buddha in the flesh and provides, essentially, a blueprint of the entire path to enlightenment. Learn More
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  • Enlightened Vagabond: The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche

    Colorful stories about and profound teachings of Patrul Rinpoche, one of the most impactful teachers and thinkers in the Tibetan tradition from the nineteenth century. The life and teachings of the wandering yogi Patrul Rinpoche--a highly revered Buddhist master and scholar of nineteenth-century Tibet--come alive in true stories gathered and translated by the French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard over more than thirty years, based on the oral accounts of great contemporary teachers as well as written sources. Patrul's life story reveals the nature of a highly realized being as he transmits the Dharma in everything he does, teaching both simple nomads and great lamas in ways that are often unconventional and even humorous, but always with uncompromising authenticity. Learn More
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  • Interconnected: Embracing Life in Our Global Society

    Plucked from a humble nomad family to become the leader of one of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the young Seventeenth Karmapa draws on timeless values to create an urgent ethic for today’s global community. Learn More
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  • Openness Clarity Sensitivity

    'Openness Clarity Sensitivity' stresses the importance of confidence in the nature of mind, the heart essence of our being. It is what we essentially are, that aspect of our being which was never created and can never be destroyed. It is beyond creation and destruction, beyond time and space. It is mysterious and yet so familiar, indefinable and yet so simple. Rigdzin Shikpo describes how by cutting through our self doubt and hesitations the way is opened to connect directly to the true nature of our being. This allows us to relate properly to the teachings of the great Gurus of the Dzogchen Buddhist tradition. Buddhist practice is not about will-power, control, manipulated calm, stopping thoughts, making the mind blank, and all the other wrong ideas people get about it. Instead it is about developing stability of mind through appreciating the three qualities of openness, clarity and sensitivity - not just in meditation but also in daily life. The three qualities pervade all our experience and as we practice they are gradually revealed or unveiled. What we are 'doing', is working at removing obstructions. Buddhist practice removes those things that prevent the three qualities expressing themselves in their fullness within our experience and thus prevent them from radiating out into the world. The three qualities are with us all the time, every moment. Like the sky, they do not disappear the moment we stop thinking of them. We do not have to be aware of them consciously for them to be there. They do not disappear, even when we are asleep or unconscious. The three basic qualities of openness, clarity and sensitivity are the Essence of our Being and the source of all that is good, genuine and true about us; they are the source of life itself and give rise to the sense that there is something to attain, something to realize, something beyond ourselves and even beyond the world, to which we can aspire. Learn More
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  • The Book of Joy

    Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships – or, as they would say, because of them – they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu travelled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness’s eightieth birthday and to create this book as a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our times and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy. This book offers us a rare opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final goodbye. Learn More
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  • The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom

    The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the TIbetan people. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. He was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1989. He is the author of many books on Buddhism including The Four Noble Truths. Learn More
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  • Eliminating Stress, Finding Inner Peace

    Eliminating Stress, Finding Inner Peace is an important step on the healing journey. Stress kills - there's no doubt. It eats away at you, affecting your level of happiness, as well as your stomach lining. It raises your blood pressure and directly harms your cardiovascular system. It depresses your immune system and allows chronic illnesses to overwhelm you, causing pain, disability and even death. Basically, stress prevents you from experiencing life's many pleasures. Stress is a mental state that can cause severe negative emotional and physical consequences. It can be entirely eliminated, or at least greatly lessened, by adjusting our understanding and attitudes, and by learning simple, yet very effective, relaxation techniques. This book, with its accompanying stress-reduction audio download, will help you deeply relax. It will enable you to release the acute and chronic tension you constantly carry in your body and mind. It can also help you remove the blocks and obstacles to your inner peace and contentment, and prevent stress-related illness and disease. To heal yourself in this manner is an act of self-love, because you're taking the time and expending the energy to work on yourself physically and emotionally, thereby bringing more joy into your life. You'll find that regular practice with the audio will produce profound, long-lasting results. Learn More
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  • Introduction to Tantra: The Transformation of Desire

    What is tantra? Who is qualified to practise it? How should it be practised? What are the results? According to Buddhism, every human being has the potential to achieve profound and lasting happiness. And according to the tantric teachings of Buddhism, this remarkable transformation can be realized very quickly if we utilize all aspects of our human energy especially the energy of our desires. Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives. Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and relevant to 21st-century life. Learn More
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