Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Mahayana Buddhism’ Category

Freeing the Heart and Mind

Introduction to the Buddhist Path

His Holiness Sakya Trizin, the head of the glorious Sakya lineage, one of the four primary schools of Tibetan Buddhism, presents here the essential Buddhist teachings of the four noble truths, universal compassion, and the proper motivation for practice. This book opens by sharing a private teaching His Holiness gave to a young newcomer seeking to understand this great master’s spiritual heritage. His Holiness’s advice inspires us to integrate the living power of these teachings into our daily lives.

Full of timeless wisdom, contains, in addition to this introduction, an explanation of the teaching Matchless Compassion by the Indian saint Virupa, and a selection of commentaries on the essential teaching called Parting from the Four Attachments. Developed as the first volume in a course of study for students of the Sakya tradition, it nonetheless stands alone as an excellent entry into the teachings of the Buddha.

Freeing the Heart and Mind includes a full-color photo insert of Sakya lineage masters.

For more info and to order you copy click here.

Read Full Post »

“We all have the same human mind—each and every one of us has the same potential. Our surroundings and so forth are important, but the nature of mind itself is more important… To live a happy and joyful life, we must take care of our minds.” —His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At the heart of this book is The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel of the Oral Tradition, an accessible and nonsectarian treatise on penetrating the nature of mind by Khöntön Peljor Lhündrub, a teacher of the Fifth Dalai Lama. His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama’s broad-ranging overview of this work insightfully distills some of the most central themes of Buddhism: why the mind is so essential to the tradition, what distinguishes the levels of consciousness, and how different schools of Tibetan Buddhism elaborate those distinctions. Profound and erudite, it brings the reader closer to a fresh and direct experience of Buddhism’s central truths.

Along with his lucid translations, José Cabezón provides an introduction to the root text and presentations of the life and works of Khöntön Rinpoché, all richly annotated.

Click here to get your copy and a free download of Khonton Rinpoche’s text in Tibetan.

Read Full Post »

The Buddhist Philosophy of the Middle

Essays on Indian and Tibetan Madhyamaka

by David Seyfort Ruegg

Madhyamaka, the “philosophy of the middle,” systematized the Buddha’s fundamental teaching on no-self with its profound non-essentialist reading of reality. Founded in India by Nagarjuna in about the second century c.e., Madhyamaka philosophy went on to become the dominant strain of Buddhist thought in Tibet and exerted a profound influence on all the cultures of East Asia. Within the extensive Western scholarship inspired by this school of thought, David Seyfort Ruegg’s work is unparalleled in its incisiveness, diligence, and scope.

“In a scholarly career spanning more than fifty years, David Seyfort Ruegg has produced seminal studies on a remarkable range of figures, texts, and issues in Indian and Tibetan thought. His essays on Madhyamaka-many of them classics in the field-are gathered together here for the first time, reminding us of Professor Ruegg’s enduring contributions to the field of Buddhist studies.”—Donald S. Lopez, University of Michigan

Check out our website for more.

Read Full Post »

Dying with Confidence

A Tibetan Buddhist Guide to Preparing for Death

“A powerful guidebook and a source of comfort at life’s most crucial moment.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Boudless Healing

We all have temporary and ultimate fears, those of this life and those of the future-but among all of our fears, our greatest fear is the fear of death. Dying with Confidence gives us the methods to grasp the stronghold beyond death. Thank you, Anyen Rinpoche, for this incredibly kind book.”—Garchen Rinpoche

“Drawing from his vast knowledge of Buddhist teachings, Tibetan master Anyen Rinpoche offers us a wise and luminous guide to the interplay between life and death, to the nature of consciousness, and to the transformation of fear into faith.”—Tsoknyi Rinpoche, author of Carefree Dignity and Fearless Simplicity

Visit our website for more info.

Read Full Post »

Now available, Realizing Genjokoan: The Key to Dogen’s Shogogenzo by Shohaku Okumura

“Dogen’s masterpiece is beautifully translated and clarified in an equally masterful way. An obvious labor of love based on many years of careful study, reflection, and practice that succeeds in bringing this profound text to life for all meditators.”—Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath

“An unequaled introduction to the writings of the great Zen master Eihei Dogen that opens doors to Dogen’s vast understanding for everyone from newcomer to adept.”—Jisho Warner, co-editor of Opening the Hand of Thought

Realizing Genjokoan is a stunning commentary on the famous first chapter of Dogen’s Shobogenzo. Like all masterful commentaries, this one finds in the few short lines of the text the entire span of the Buddhist teachings. Okumura has been contemplating, studying, and teaching the Genjokoan for many decades, which is evident in both the remarkable insight he brings to the text and the clarity with which he presents it.” —Buddhadharma: The Buddhist Review

“This book is a treasure. Though many quite useful translations of Genjokoan are already available, as well as helpful commentaries, this book goes beyond. I have been considering Genjokoan for thirty-five years, and still I enjoyed many helpful revelations in this book. For all people interested in Zen, this book on Genjokoan will be a valuable and illuminating resource. Please enjoy it.”—from the foreword by Taigen Dan Leighton, editor and co-translator of Dogen’s Extensive Record

“A clear and concise commentary on one of Dogen’s most difficult pieces.”—Brad Warner, author or Hardcore Zen

For more info visit our website.

Read Full Post »

FROM THE AUTHOR OF HOW TO MEDITATE

Awakening the Kind Heart offers powerful and inviting meditation techniques to activate the heart of kindness within us all-a modern and motivating interpretation of traditional and powerful practices.

“This book will help you find happiness and true satisfaction, and help you live a life of benefit to others.”—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, author of How to Be Happy and Wholesome Fear

“Through clear explanations, straightforward practices, and basic goodheartedness, this book explains how to navigate the path to love, even under very trying circumstances. Truly, there is nothing more needed at this time-our very future may depend upon it.”—Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“Kathleen McDonald is a remarkably skilled meditation teacher. In this precious gem of a book, she shows us how to open our hearts into deepest solidarity with others and thereby uncover our truest selves.”—John Makransky, author of Awakening Through Love

“A brilliant book and a must-read for all seekers.”—Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, author of Boundless Healing

Click here for more.

Read Full Post »

First Invite Love In is a beautiful collection of exercises inspired by the ancient meditative arts of Tibetan Buddhism. Tana Pesso and the Penor Rinpoche work together to create a guidebook for anyone who would like to live more compassionately, wisely, and with an open and inviting heart.

Moment by moment, thought by thought, step by step we can transform our minds through time-tested compassion practices, and ultimately create a garden of delight out of any life history or current circumstance, regardless of how traumatic or difficult. There are countless examples of people from all spiritual paths, faiths, and religions who have experienced terrible hardships or even themselves created hardships and suffering for others, who have turned their minds towards love and compassion and found peace and happiness.
First Invite Love In is a clear, practical handbook that will genuinely help anyone who reads it and follows its exercises. It is an especially important guide at a time when so many lack confidence about how to go beyond fear and uncertainty.” Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of Insight Meditation and author of Faith and Lovingkindness

“The short exercises presented here will benefit anyone who is able to practice them.” Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, holder of the Shambhala Buddhist Lineage and author of Turning the Mind into an Ally

“A marvelous, practical book, unlike anything else out there—the ultimate ho-to manual for nurturing kindness and compassion. The authors’ enthusiasm for compassion is contagious!”—Deborah Schoeberlein, author of Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness

About the authors:

His Holiness Penor Rinpoche was the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1932 in Eastern Tibet he was renowned by all as an exemplary master of the Tibetan tradition. He tirelessly taught devoted students around the world. He passed away in 2009.

Tana Pesso holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She lives in Rockport, MA.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »