Becoming Buddha: Awakening the Wisdom and Compassion to Change Your World

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To "Become Buddha" is to AWAKE. We need to awake to our personal responsibility-not only for our own lives but for the world around us. Individual efforts can change the world. This book does not promise enlightenment but it will provide a path-a path that, if you follow it, will transform your life.

Buddhist masters say that we are in a "Dark Age". Terrorist attacks, wars, economic failures, and natural disasters have created an atmosphere of fear. Tibetan masters encourage us ...

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Overview

To "Become Buddha" is to AWAKE. We need to awake to our personal responsibility-not only for our own lives but for the world around us. Individual efforts can change the world. This book does not promise enlightenment but it will provide a path-a path that, if you follow it, will transform your life.

Buddhist masters say that we are in a "Dark Age". Terrorist attacks, wars, economic failures, and natural disasters have created an atmosphere of fear. Tibetan masters encourage us not to lose heart-catastrophes have happened before and we have overcome them.

Robert Sachs shows how Tibetan Buddhist teachings can have a real influence on our personal lived and equally on contemporary politics. He presents the four thoughts that revolutionize the mind, and demonstrates how we must take personal responsibility for the future. The Four Noble Truths show us there is no need to despair; and the four components of action will change our attitude to life and give us practical instruction on how to act. Using the power of meditation to make a difference, we can turn the inherent goodness of the human race into positive energy to help transform the world.

The Venerable Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche used to say, "A mind that is transformed, free and cheerful can help create peace and happiness. Let us start down the path from this very moment."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906787530
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,036,149
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication VII

Preface by His Holiness the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche IX

Foreword Stephen Levine XI

Prologue: All That You Can Be XIII

Introduction: Possibility in Troubled Times XVII

Chapter 1 A Call to Action in a Dark Age 1

Chapter 2 War and Buddhism 16

Chapter 3 Why Bother? Revolutionizing the Mind 28

Chapter 4 A Fine Mess: Handling the Truth 42

Chapter 5 Intention: Planting the Seed of Action 50

Chapter 6 Meditations and Mantras for the Conscious, Engaged Activist 73

Chapter 7 The Power of Compassion 100

Chapter 8 "The Wheel of Sharp Weapons" 118

Chapter 9 The Conscious, Engaged Activist 133

Chapter 10 Pockets of Light, Sources of Inspiration 193

Chapter 11 A Conscious, Engaged Civilization 206

Chapter 12 The Buddha at Peace 233

Appendix 1 Statement Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche 245

Appendix 2 Essay on The 2008 American Election 247

Bibliography 251

Index 253

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