By Stefan Larsson
By Bradley K. Hawkins
A concise survey of the heritage of Buddhism, from its roots in India to its unfold throughout South and East Asia and its ultra-modern manifestation in Europe and the USA. Focusing particulary at the glossy interval, the textual content presents an advent to different paths of Buddhism - the ideals and practices - and appears on the ways that this faith is assembly the demanding situations of the fashionable global.
Milarepa (1052-1135), a big determine within the background of the Kagyu university of Tibetan Buddhism and often called one in all Tibet's maximum lamas and poets, maintains to encourage Buddhist practitioners around the world to the current day. Liberation in a single Lifetime explores the historical past and spirituality of the Kagyu lineage in dating to the narratives and teachings attributed to Milarepa via learning many of the earliest types of those fabrics. providing an in depth research of the biographical fabric that has been written approximately Milarepa (who used to be additionally a pupil of Marpa, a tremendous determine within the improvement of the Bka'-brgyud-pa tuition of Tibetan Buddhism), writer, theologian, and well-respected Tibetan Buddhist pupil, Francis V. Tiso, describes the ancient context of the culture of hagiography (biography) in Buddhism and different non secular traditions, and gives a heritage of Milarepa's impression in Tibet.
Part One explains the culture of composing tales approximately Milarepa's lifestyles and teachings (there were many in the course of the centuries) and contains outlines of the contents of a few of them in addition to an evidence of the oral models which have been transmitted through oral epic songs and poems that Milarepa composed. Describing the non secular elements of Bka'-brgyud-pa, half comprises tantric practices, an overview for the trail of liberation, definitions of "voidness," and the features of absolutely enlightened Buddhahood. half 3 contains translated biographies and oral teachings of Milarepa (in poetic shape) which are thought of sacred texts. The ebook additionally features a foreword via Roberto Vitali, a famous Tibetan Buddhist student in addition to an in depth bibliography of fundamental and secondary assets.
In The Crystal and how of Light, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu examines the non secular course from the point of view of Dzogchen. He discusses the bottom direction and fruit of Dzogchen perform, and describes his schooling and the way he met his significant grasp who confirmed him the genuine that means of direct advent to Dzogchen. by way of interweaving his existence tale with the lessons, he either units Dzogchen in its conventional context and divulges its robust modern relevance. The publication is richly illustrated with images of Buddhist masters, meditational deities, and Dzogchen symbols.
By Lorne Ladner
The Wheel of serious Compassion is the 1st e-book to supply Western readers with a whole realizing of the prayer wheel--an historic and mystical perform that has lengthy been well-liked by Buddhists all through Tibet and Mongolia for its skill to bless the surroundings, advertise therapeutic, bring up compassion, and support practitioners on their trips to enlightenment.
This e-book deals a transparent description of prayer wheel perform, its which means and advantages, and its position as a necessary ritual and image of Tibetan Buddhism. It includes a basic advent to the prayer wheel, photos and illustrations, six commentaries through Tibetan lamas (including Lama Zopa Rinpoche), and directions for either prayer wheel building and correct use.
By Cyrus Stearns
The Buddha from Dölpo is a revised and enlarged variation of the one publication in regards to the so much arguable Buddhist grasp within the background of Tibet, Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361), who turned might be the best Tibetan specialist of the Kalacakra or Wheel of Time, an unlimited approach of tantric teachings. established principally on esoteric Buddhist wisdom from the mythical land of Shambhala, Dölpopa's insights have profoundly encouraged the advance of Tibetan Buddhism for greater than 650 years. Dölpopa emphasised contrasting definitions of the Buddhist thought of vacancy. He defined relative phenomena as empty of self-nature, yet absolute truth as in simple terms empty of different (i.e. relative) phenomena. He extra pointed out absolute fact because the buddha nature or everlasting essence found in all dwelling beings. This view of an "emptiness of other," identified in Tibetan as shentong, is Dölpopa's enduring legacy. The Buddha from Dölpo comprises the single English translations of 3 of Dölpopa's the most important works. A normal remark at the Doctrine is among the earliest texts during which he systematically offered his view of the whole Buddhist route to enlightenment. The Fourth Council and its Autocommentary (which was once no longer within the first variation of this ebook) have been written on the finish of his lifestyles and signify a last summation of his teachings. those translations are preceded through a close dialogue of Dölpopa's existence, his progressive rules, past precedents for the shentong view, his particular use of language, and the impression of his theories. The destiny of his Jonang culture, which used to be censored via the valuable Tibetan govt within the 17th century yet nonetheless survives, is usually tested.
By James Blumenthal
This is often the 1st booklet size examine of the Madhyamaka considered Shantaralshita in any Western language.
The whole tale of ways Buddhism used to be planted in Tibet comes in English for the 1st time with the book of this publication. Lotus-Born is a translation of a biography of the good grasp recorded within the 9th century by way of his premier Tibetan disciple, the princess Yeshe Tsogyal. lots of those biographies have been hid as terma treasures to guard them opposed to the alterations of time.
By B. Alan Wallace
For hundreds of years, Tibetan Buddhist contemplatives have at once explored attention via rigorously honed and rigorous thoughts of meditation. B. Alan Wallace explains the tools and stories of Tibetan practitioners and compares those with investigations of attention via Western scientists and philosophers. Balancing the Mind features a translation of the vintage dialogue of tools for constructing enormously excessive levels of attentional balance and readability via fifteenth-century Tibetan contemplative Tsongkhapa.
Via vigorous anecdotes and tales this hugely respected Buddhist meditation grasp and pupil tells approximately his lifetime of research, retreat, and instructing. The formative occasions of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s existence, and people insights and stories that prompted him to mature into the nice and cozy, marvelous, and hugely learned meditation grasp and instructor he used to be, are deeply inspiring. the second one half the e-book contains reminiscences through his spouse; his grandson, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche; Tenga Rinpoche; the Queen mom of Bhutan; and plenty of favorite lecturers.