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Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also shows how the Tibetan traditions are applicable to the problems ...

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Overview

Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also shows how the Tibetan traditions are applicable to the problems and challenges of modern life in the West.

In Indestructible Truth, Tibetan Buddhism is introduced not as an exotic religion, but rather as an expression of human spirituality that is having a profound impact on the modern world. In addition, it presents the point of view of meditation and the practice of the spiritual life, paying special attention to contemplative practice and meditation as taught in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools.

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"Ray presents the material so that Westerners can assimilate and use it. He doesn't shy away from explaining difficult concepts, offering an approachable text that doesn't talk down to the reader."— Library Journal

"A rich and rewarding read."— The Middle Way

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570629105
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/23/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 812,330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Reginald A. Ray, PhD, is a faculty member at Naropa University and is President and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, which is dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa. He is also the author of many books, including Indestructible Truth and In the Presence of Masters.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Tibet: People and Place 7
Pt. 1 The Sacred Environment 15
1 The Cosmos and Its Inhabitants 17
2 Living in the Sacred Cosmos 47
Pt. 2 Tibet's Story 65
3 The Indian Wellspring 67
4 Foundations: The Early Spreading 89
5 Nyingma: The Ancient School 103
6 The Later Spreading: Kadam and Sakya 130
7 The Later Spreading: Kagyu 152
8 Modern Traditions: Geluk 189
9 Modern Traditions: The Ri-me (Nonsectarian) Movement 207
Pt. 3 Core Teachings 227
10 Hinayana: The View 241
11 Hinayana: The Practice and Result 280
12 Mahayana: The View 311
13 Mahayana: The Practice and Result 331
Pt. 4 Buddhist Philosophy: The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma 361
14 The First Turning: Abhidharma 367
15 The Second Turning: Madhyamaka 392
16 The Third Turning: Buddha-Nature 419
Conclusion 449
Chronology of Tibetan Buddhist History 455
Notes 461
Bibliography 471
Credits 477
Index 479
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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Good teacher, great story

    This book is a full university course in Tibetan Buddhism--its roots, its heroes, its evolving schools, and its spiritual practice as the wayfarer experiences it. Ray is a patient, passionate teacher who takes time to clearly explain the pathways and peaks of Buddhist philosophy and practice. I'd definitely recommend it for any student of the subject.

    --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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