Essential Tibetan Buddhism

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Overview

WINNER OF THE TRICYCLE PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE

Expertly and lucidly surveying the basic varieties and teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, renowned scholar Robert Thurman makes this authentic spiritual tradition available to contemporary Western audiences

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062510518
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 373,641
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A.F. Thurman, the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, "is a prolific translator and writer, a powerful advocate for the liberation of Tibet and the Dalai Lama's cultural liaison to America" (New York Times Magazine). His books include a new translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and Inside Tibetan Buddhism.

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Chapter One



The Quintessence: The Mentor Worship



Initial Self-Creation

Through the great bliss state,
I myself become the Mentor Deity!
From my luminous body
Light-rays shine all around,
Massively blessing beings and things,
Making the universe pure and fabulous,
Perfection in its every quality!

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Quintessence: The Mentor Worship 47
2 Seeing the Buddha 61
3 Meeting the Buddha in the Mentor 95
4 Practicing Transcendent Renunciation 115
5 Practicing the Loving Spirit of Enlightenment 135
6 Practicing the Liberating Wisdom 169
7 Practicing the Creation Stage 213
8 Practicing the Perfection and Great Perfection Stages 249
9 Various Treasures of Tibetan Spiritual Culture 265
Notes 291
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