Becoming the Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra in Everyday Life

Becoming the Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra in Everyday Life

by Thubten Yeshe
     
 

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Lama Yeshe was both one of the most beloved Tibetan Buddhist masters of the late twentieth century and a remarkably effective teacher and communicator. Becoming the Compassion Buddha is one of a series of his books that examine key Tantric deity practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. As with his book Introduction to Tantra, his teachings make

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Lama Yeshe was both one of the most beloved Tibetan Buddhist masters of the late twentieth century and a remarkably effective teacher and communicator. Becoming the Compassion Buddha is one of a series of his books that examine key Tantric deity practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. As with his book Introduction to Tantra, his teachings make coherent and understandable to the general reader practices that once were considered to be for highly-realized beings only. Lama Yeshe strongly believed practices that help develop compassion and wisdom should not be limited to advanced practitioners, but that the all beings could benefit from them. In this book he provides a commentary on a short guru yoga practice written by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. This extraordinary book opens new doors for countless readers.

Editorial Reviews

Sogyal Rinpoche
"An intimate book, so clear and compassionate, you know you are listening to the unforgettable voice of Lama Yeshe, one of the great teachers of our time."
Georg Feuerstein
"This book is based on Lama Yeshe's commentary on a guru-yoga practice (sadhana) created by H.H. the Dalai Lama, which revolves around the identity of one's teacher with Avolokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenrezig). As editor Robina Courtin states in her preface, "When Lama Yeshe taught, enlightenment was a real possibility." Something of this quality shines through the words on the pages of this book. [See also my comments about Lama Yeshe in my review of Becoming Vajrasattva.] Needless to say, this makes the present volume-apart from the abundance of insights contained in it-extremely valuable to the spiritually engaged reader. A wonderful offering to serious students by one of the twentieth-century's great meditation masters."
Gehlek Rimpoche
"Compassion is necessary for everyone. Particularly today, compassion is the only thing that can heal the problems we face. Lama Yeshe was one of the forefathers capable of translating Tibetan Buddhist thought not only through language, but by his presence, gestures, and way of life. He was a wonderful person who had the unique quality of conveying the true message of the union of compassion and wisdom--the great Mahamudra."
Thubten Chodron
"Lama Yeshe expresses the profundity of Buddha's teachings in a clear, penetrating, yet easily accessible way that that enables us to see ourselves and our Buddha potential. Through his instructions on The Inseparability of the Spiritual Master and Avalokiteshvara, we gain the confidence and skill to overcome our 'poor quality' self-image and transform ourselves into the Compassion Buddha."
Larry Rosenberg
"Many years ago I heard a Dharma talk by Lama Yeshe. I was very impressed with his ability to communicate deep truths in very ordinary language, with a hilarious sense of humor that helped deliver such wisdom. But he died, so my attention eventually went elsewhere. Recently, I discovered his books--some very technical Tantra; some down-to-earth wisdom. Lama Yeshe's same gift was present in both modes. Although, my many years of Dharma training is in Theravadin Buddhism, especially the practice of vipassana meditation, I found his teaching once again to be of great value--so direct, so clear. Granted, some of his technical Tantra seemed to me, at first, of limited relevance to my interests. But upon closer reading, and in his hands, these teachings proved equally valuable. Lama Yeshe has given us a body of teaching of immense signifciance for practitioners of all schools of Buddhadharma."-
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"An intimate book, so clear and compassionate, you know you are listening to the unforgettable voice of Lama Yeshe, one of the great teachers of our time."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

"This book is based on Lama Yeshe's commentary on a guru-yoga practice (sadhana) created by H.H. the Dalai Lama, which revolves around the identity of one's teacher with Avolokiteshvara (Tibetan: Chenrezig). As editor Robina Courtin states in her preface, "When Lama Yeshe taught, enlightenment was a real possibility." Something of this quality shines through the words on the pages of this book. [See also my comments about Lama Yeshe in my review of Becoming Vajrasattva.] Needless to say, this makes the present volume-apart from the abundance of insights contained in it-extremely valuable to the spiritually engaged reader. A wonderful offering to serious students by one of the twentieth-century's great meditation masters."— Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive

"Compassion is necessary for everyone. Particularly today, compassion is the only thing that can heal the problems we face. Lama Yeshe was one of the forefathers capable of translating Tibetan Buddhist thought not only through language, but by his presence, gestures, and way of life. He was a wonderful person who had the unique quality of conveying the true message of the union of compassion and wisdom—the great Mahamudra."—Gehlek Rimpoche, author of Good Life, Good Death

"Lama Yeshe expresses the profundity of Buddha's teachings in a clear, penetrating, yet easily accessible way that that enables us to see ourselves and our Buddha potential. Through his instructions on The Inseparability of the Spiritual Master and Avalokiteshvara, we gain the confidence and skill to overcome our 'poor quality' self-image and transform ourselves into the Compassion Buddha."—Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners and Working with Anger

"Many years ago I heard a Dharma talk by Lama Yeshe. I was very impressed with his ability to communicate deep truths in very ordinary language, with a hilarious sense of humor that helped deliver such wisdom. But he died, so my attention eventually went elsewhere. Recently, I discovered his books—some very technical Tantra; some down-to-earth wisdom. Lama Yeshe's same gift was present in both modes. Although, my many years of Dharma training is in Theravadin Buddhism, especially the practice of vipassana meditation, I found his teaching once again to be of great value—so direct, so clear. Granted, some of his technical Tantra seemed to me, at first, of limited relevance to my interests. But upon closer reading, and in his hands, these teachings proved equally valuable. Lama Yeshe has given us a body of teaching of immense signifciance for practitioners of all schools of Buddhadharma."-Larry Rosenberg, senior teacher and founder of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center; Senior and guiding teacher, Insight Meditation Society, and author of Living in the Light of Death and Breath by Breath

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861713431
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
07/10/2005
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,373,211
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.59(d)

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