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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.

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“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.

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New and Special Offer

The new edition of the classic Zen’s Chinese Heritage is now available and the first orders through the Wisdom website will receive a copy of the original “lineage map” that was included in the first edition of this amazing volume.

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“A monumental achievement.”—Robert Aitken

Capturing the austere beauty of the Zen masters’ manner of teaching—heir earthy style, humor, and humanity—Zen’s Chinese Heritage is an intimate and profound human portrait of the enlightened Zen ancients, and an unprecedented look into the depths of this rich cultural heritage.

In this new edition with even more valuable material, Ferguson surveys twenty-five generations of Zen masters, moving chronologically through successive generations of ancestral teachers, supplementing their core teachings with history, biography, and starkly beautiful poetry. In addition to giving the reader the engaging sense of the “family history” of Zen, this uniquely valuable book paints a clear pcture of the tradition’s evolution as a religious, literary, and historical force.

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From Madison.com

Cultural clashes, political turmoil, civil war — adventure boils over in Ippolito Desideri’s diaries from his time as an Italian missionary in Tibet. Two Madison scholars have translated the priest’s writings into “Mission to Tibet” from Wisdom Press.

“He was an indomitable figure,” translator Michael Sweet said about Desideri, an Italian Jesuit who traveled to Tibet in 1716 and stayed until 1721. “His writing is wonderful. It’s a very accurate description of the land, the customs, the commerce, the people, the religion,” Sweet said.

Sweet and Leonard Zwilling are the driving forces behind the translated book, a project they embarked on years ago.

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“These guys are my heroes.”—Brad Warner

The revolutionary figures in this book are those innovative, non-conformist masters-Zen “madmen”-whose unorthodox behavior has helped define the radical countercultural movement known simply as Zen.

In Zen Radicals, Rebels, and Reformers you’ll meet Zen boat-rockers that span from early eighth-century China all the way to the bustling streets of modern-day America-with a stop in the middle to visit a courageous Zen master who made the ultimate sacrifice in his resistance to the brutal actions of the Japanese government in World War II.

These remarkable masters show us through their audacious actions and fearlessly lancing words that the pursuit of spiritual awakening must ultimately be a rebellion against the very foundations of suffering in the world.


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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

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Now Available! How to Be Sick

“Full of hopefulness and promise…this book is a perfect blend of inspiration and encouragement. Toni’s engaging teaching style shares traditional Buddhist wisdom in a format that is accessible to all readers.“—The Huffington Post

This life-affirming, instructive and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is—or who might one day be—sick. And it can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or even life-threatening illness.

“A immensely wise book. Health psychology has been poisoned by the view that the best way to approach illness is through a muscular, militant resistance. This books shows otherwise. Bernhard reveals how letting go, surrendering, and putting the ego aside yield insights and fulfillment even in the presence of illness. This is a major contribution.”—Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words

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New from David R. Loy

The World Is Made of Stories is about the Master Story; how we are its telling, untelling, and retelling. David R. Loy delivers freedom straight-up in a delightful, variegated collection of wisdom quotes and commentaries. This book is great fun.”—Barry Magid, author of Ending the Pursuit of Happiness

“Drawing on a broad range of religious and secular sources, David Loy’s compelling story about stories reveals through a series of clear and penetrating reflections the inescapable presence of narrative in human life.”—Stephen Batchelor, author of Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

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“The perfect starter kit for people curious about Buddhism-who may or may not adhere to another faith. A gentle, good-hearted primer whose first-person stories nicely support the how-to portions of the text.”— Publishers Weekly

“How wonderful to have such warmth and encouragement wrapped around such helpful, straightforward information!”— Sylvia Boorstein, author of Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

“A thoughtful presentation and an open invitation to the reader to begin a meditation practice-a marvelous support to those new on the Path.”— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

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From the Buddha in ancient India to a nun in modern-day Los Angeles, Lives Lived, Lives Imagined crosses time, traditions, and cultures to present fascinating lives and depictions of lives of those on the Buddhist path. Buddhist biographies come to life in many forms: they come from known poets and anonymous compilers; they are told by bards and even enacted by performers; they may also be autobiographies, either public or secret. Equally diverse have been the purposes they have served-as models for emulation, as origin stories for a particular community or lineage, or as narrative explications of doctrine.

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