Enlightened Journey: Buddhist Practice as Everyday Life

Overview

This collection of fifteen articles and talks by Tulku Thondup constitutes a manual on how to transmute the situations encountered in daily life, whether external or internal, into spiritual disciplines and experiences. Among the topics covered are:

   •  The fundamental principles of Buddhism.
   •  The practice of meditation as a means of arousing compassion.
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Overview

This collection of fifteen articles and talks by Tulku Thondup constitutes a manual on how to transmute the situations encountered in daily life, whether external or internal, into spiritual disciplines and experiences. Among the topics covered are:

   •  The fundamental principles of Buddhism.
   •  The practice of meditation as a means of arousing compassion.
   •  How suffering can become a more powerful tool than happiness in achieving enlightenment.
   •  The symbolic significance of holy places, temples, statues, books, and other spiritual artifacts.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book is deceptive. It first appears to be just another how-to title based on Buddhist philosophy, but it is actually a comprehensive exposition on one of the more important sects of Tibetan Buddhism. As such, it comprises 15 talks and articles by Thondup, an esteemed leader and teacher of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. His purpose here is to show how daily life can become the basis of Buddhist spiritual training, and each talk is an introduction to various aspects of Buddhism, covering such topics as meditation as a means to arouse compassion and the importance of suffering to reach enlightenment. Deserving special recognition are the talks on the significance of Tibetan Buddhist art and holy places and the teachings concerning the experience of dying and the after-death state. Recommended for public and academic libraries.-Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570620218
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Publications Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,046,606
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, an esteemed author and teacher, was born in East Tibet and studied at the famed Dodrupchen Monastery. In 1958 he settled in India, where he taught at Indian universities for many years. He came to the United States in 1980 as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. For the past two decades he has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, engaging in translation and writing on Tibetan Buddhism, particularly the Nyingma teachings, under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation. Among his books are The Healing Power of Mind, which has been published in seventeen languages, and Boundless Healing, in twelve languages.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Using Daily Life as the Practice of Dharma 3
2 Opening the Heart with Compassion 10
3 A Spiritual Journey in a Turbulent Life 27
4 Buddhist Artifacts as the Support of Spiritual Realization 32
5 Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas and Their Religious Significance 37
6 Preparing for the Bardo: The Stages of Dying and After Death 51
7 The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism 81
8 The Terma Tradition of the Nyingma School 93
9 The Empowerments and Precepts of Esoteric Training 106
10 The Meditation on Ngondro: The Essential Training of the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition 134
11 The Meaning of The Vajra Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche 166
12 Receiving the Four Empowerments of Ngondro Meditation 191
13 A Brief Meditation on Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava 231
14 Evaluating the Progress of Dharma Practice 242
15 A Prayer Song to the Absolute Lama 256
Notes 259
Key to Abbreviations of Works Cited 265
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