Introduction to Buddhism - An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life

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Beginning with Buddha's life story, this compelling guide reveals how Buddha's
extraordinary wisdom is the method to achieve lasting happiness and freedom from life's problems. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing transformative qualities such as inner peace, love, and joy. The essential principles of Buddhism and the Buddhist way of life are accessible to beginners, and this clear presentation will also inspire ...

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Overview

Beginning with Buddha's life story, this compelling guide reveals how Buddha's
extraordinary wisdom is the method to achieve lasting happiness and freedom from life's problems. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing transformative qualities such as inner peace, love, and joy. The essential principles of Buddhism and the Buddhist way of life are accessible to beginners, and this clear presentation will also inspire those who have been practicing for years.

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“Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice.” –Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978906771
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 212
  • Sales rank: 278,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.74 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally
renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed
books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded
over 1100 Kadampa Buddhist Centers and groups throughout the world.

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Introduction to Buddhism

An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life
By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Tharpa Publications

Copyright © 2008 Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780978906771

What is Meditation?

The heart of Dharma practice is meditation. The purpose
of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If
our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and
mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness.
But if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it
very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very
best conditions. If we train in meditation, our mind will
gradually become more and more peaceful, and we will
experience a purer and purer form of happiness. Eventually,
we will be able to stay happy all the time, even in the most
difficult circumstances.

Usually we find it difficult to control our mind. It seems
as if our mind is like a balloon in the wind—blown here
and there by external circumstances. If things go well, our
mind is happy, but if they go badly, it immediately becomes
unhappy. For example, if we get what we want, such as a
new possession or a new partner, we become excited and
cling to them tightly. However, since we cannot have everything
we want, and since we will inevitably be separated from the
friends and possessions we currently enjoy, this
mental stickiness, or attachment, only causes us pain. On
the other hand, if we do not get what we want, or if we lose
something we like, we become depressed or irritated. For
example, if we are forced to work with a colleague we dislike,
we will probably become irritated and feel aggrieved, with
the result that we will not be able to work with him or her
efficiently and our time at work will become stressful and
unrewarding.

Such fluctuations of mood arise because we are too closely
involved in the external situation. We are like a child making
a sandcastle who is excited when it is first made, but who
becomes upset when it is destroyed by the incoming tide. By
training in meditation, we create an inner space and clarity
that enable us to control our mind regardless of the external
circumstances. Gradually we develop mental equilibrium,
a balanced mind that is happy all the time, rather than an
unbalanced mind that oscillates between the extremes of
excitement and depression.

If we train in meditation systematically, we will eventually
be able to eradicate from our mind the delusions that
are the causes of all our problems and suffering. In this way,
we will come to experience a permanent inner peace, known
as liberation or nirvana. Then, day and night in life after life,
we will experience only peace and happiness.





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Table of Contents

Contents

PART ONE: Basic Buddhism
Who was Buddha?
Understanding the Mind
Past and Future Lives
What is Karma?
Our Precious Human Life
What is Meditation?
Death
The Buddhist Way of Life

PART TWO: The Path to Liberation
What is Liberation?
Developing Renunciation
The Three Higher Trainings

PART THREE: The Path to Enlightenment
Becoming a Bodhisattva
The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
Ultimate Truth
Enlightenment
Dedication

Appendix I—The Commitments of Going for Refuge
Appendix II—Liberating Prayer and Mahayana Sutra
of the Three Superior Heaps
GlossaryIndex

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    I wanted to learn more about Buddhism and I was very interested in becoming one myself. I picked up the book and I think it is very good. It always jumps back and forth with Karma and Dharma, so it kind of gets confusing. I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2004

    I enjoyed it

    It is a bit much for such a small book and tackles some topics that I had to reread to get a better understanding, but in general it did provide a good deal of information on its subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    Buddhism in 100 pages!

    Buddhism in 100 pages! Reviewer: Trudy Jim from Florida, USA I think this book is great at giving the essence of all the main Buddhist topics - from meditation to karma to enlightenment - making it practical yet without getting bogged down in detail (though I would personally have liked more detail on Buddha's life story). I can't think of another book that explains Buddhism so well in so few pages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2001

    Simple Introduction

    This book provides a very concise introduction to Buddhism, no ground-breaking earth shattering material, but a good starting point for someone who is interested in learning more about the Buddhist way of life.

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