Awakening Mind


Bodhichitta, often translated as "great compassion," is the gem at the heart of Buddhism. From this altruistic desire to serve others, all other Buddhist practices naturally flow, therefore, this state of mind is one Buddhists should understand and cultivate. In The Awakening Mind, Geshe Tashi Tsering leads us through the two main methods to develop bodhichitta that have been developed by the great Indian and Tibetan Buddhists over the centuries: the seven points of cause and ...

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The Awakening Mind: The Foundation of Buddhist Thought, Volume 4

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Bodhichitta, often translated as "great compassion," is the gem at the heart of Buddhism. From this altruistic desire to serve others, all other Buddhist practices naturally flow, therefore, this state of mind is one Buddhists should understand and cultivate. In The Awakening Mind, Geshe Tashi Tsering leads us through the two main methods to develop bodhichitta that have been developed by the great Indian and Tibetan Buddhists over the centuries: the seven points of cause and effect, and equalizing and exchanging the self with others.

This is the fourth release from Geshe Tashi's Foundation of Buddhist Thought series, which individually and collectively represent an excellent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism. These unique and friendly books are based on the curriculum of a popular course of the same name, developed by Geshe Tashi himself.

Geshe Tashi's presentations combine rigor and comprehensiveness with lucidity and accessibility, never divorced from the basic humanity and warmth of his personality. In Geshe Tashi, we encounter the new generation of Tibetan monk-scholars teaching in the West who are following in the footsteps of such revered and groundbreaking teachers as Geshe Wangyal and Geshe Sopa.

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Editorial Reviews

Thupten Jinpa
"With this series of books drawn from his highly successful courses, Geshe Tashi's insights can be enjoyed by a wide audience of both specialists and newcomers to the Buddhist tradition. His presentations, never divorced from the basic humanity and warmth of his personality, combine rigor and accessibility."
Buddhism Now
"These books may not be a single experience for you, but the beginning of a whole course of study. Whatever the case, they are thorough, easy to read and accessible."
Eastern Horizon
"Provides a simple and systematic introduction to Buddhist philosophy and practice."
"Although coming from a traditional Gelugpa presentation of the Buddhist path, these books are written for a modern western audience, and therefore 'happiness' is presented as a principle goal, alongside the more traditional goal of enlightenment. The author's personal tone and his fluent language, combined with his obvious mastery of the material help to make the series a tremendously valuable resource for the study of basic Buddhist teachings from a Tibetan perspective."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715107
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Foundation of Buddhist Thought Series , #4
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 984,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Tashi Tsering was born in Tibet in 1958 and received his Geshe Lharampa degree (similar to a doctorate in divinity) from Sera Monastery in India in 1987. Since 1994, he has been the guiding teacher of the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, while also teaching at other Buddhist centers worldwide.

Gordon McDougall was director of Cham Tse Ling, the FPMT's Hong Kong center, for two years in the 1980s and worked for Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London from 2000 to 2007. He helped develop the Foundation of Buddhist Thought study program and administered it for seven years. Since 2008 he has been editing Lama Zopa Rinpoche's lamrim teachings for Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive's FPMT Lineage series.

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide network of Buddhist centers, monasteries, and affiliated projects, including Wisdom Publications. Rinpoche was born in 1946 in the village of Thami in the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal near Mount Everest. His books include Transforming Problems into Happiness, How to Be Happy, and Ultimate Healing. He lives in Aptos, California.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Lama Zopa Rinpoche     xi
Preface     xiii
Editor's Preface     xvii
Awakening from the Sleep of Selfishness     1
The Essence of the Buddha's Teachings     1
The Benefits of Bodhichitta     4
The Immediate Benefits     6
The Long-Term Benefits     8
Steps on the Path     13
Renunciation and Stability     14
Equanimity     16
The Equanimity of Feeling     17
The Equanimity of Application     17
Immeasurable Equanimity     17
The Changeable Nature of Relationships     20
Lessening Our Aversion     22
The Meditation on Equanimity     24
The Intuitive Route to Selflessness     29
The Main Mind of Bodhichitta     29
The Two Mental Factors That Make Up Bodhichitta     30
The Seven Points of Cause and Effect     33
Establishing the Basis for Developing the Aspiration to Benefit All Beings     34
All Beings Have Been Our Mothers     34
Recalling the Kindness of Others     37
Resolving to Repay the Kindness     40
The Actual Method of Cultivating the Aspiration to Benefit AllBeings     42
The Cultivation of Affectionate Love     42
The Cultivation of Compassion     45
Special Intention     47
Cultivating the Aspiration to Attain Full Enlightenment     48
The Result     49
Turning Self-Cherishing Around     51
The Rational Route to Compassion     51
Equalizing Oneself with Others     53
Understanding Suffering     55
The Equality of All Beings     57
Exchanging Oneself with Others     61
Turning Self-Cherishing Around     61
Choosing to Be Selfless     64
The Power of Familiarity     68
The Block of Seeing Self and Others as Different     70
Taking and Giving     74
The Actual Meditation     76
The Combination of the Two Methods     78
How the Two Methods Combine     80
The Four Causes, the Four Conditions, and the Four Forces     81
The Four Causes     81
The Four Conditions     83
The Four Forces     84
Enhancing the Awakening Mind     89
Aspiring and Engaging Bodhichitta     89
Holding Aspiring Bodhichitta with a Ritual      91
The Bodhisattva Vows     92
Differences Between the Three Vows     93
Breaking and Restoring a Vow     94
The Twenty-two Types of Bodhichitta     97
Maintaining and Enhancing Bodhichitta in This and Future Lifetimes     103
Maintaining and Enhancing Bodhichitta in This Lifetime     103
Maintaining and Enhancing Bodhichitta in Future Lifetimes     104
Maintaining Bodhichitta through Mind Training     105
The Bodhisattva's Activities     109
The Six Perfections     110
The Perfection of Generosity     113
The Three Kinds of Generosity     114
The Six Extraordinary Factors     117
The Main Obstacles to Practicing Generosity     118
The Perfection of Morality     120
The Three Kinds of Morality     121
The Perfection of Patience     124
The Three Kinds of Patience     126
The Perfection of Joyous Perseverance     129
The Three Kinds of Joyous Perseverance     131
The Perfections of Concentration and Wisdom     133
The Four Means of Drawing Sentient Beings to the Dharma     135
Conclusion     138
Eight Verses on Mind Training      141
Glossary     143
Bibliography     151
Notes     153
Index     159
About the Authors     167
The Foundation of Buddhist Thought     169
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