Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha

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Luminous Mind is a remarkable compilation of the oral and written teachings of the late Kalu Rinpoche - who was called "a beacon of inspiration" by the Dalai Lama. A master of meditation and leader of the Shangpu Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche taught with an inviting, playful and lucid style that was just one natural manifestation of his own profound realization. The teachings presented in Luminous Mind are immediate and timeless.

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Overview

Luminous Mind is a remarkable compilation of the oral and written teachings of the late Kalu Rinpoche - who was called "a beacon of inspiration" by the Dalai Lama. A master of meditation and leader of the Shangpu Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche taught with an inviting, playful and lucid style that was just one natural manifestation of his own profound realization. The teachings presented in Luminous Mind are immediate and timeless.

As the Dalai Lama notes in his foreword, Luminous Mind covers "the full range of Buddhist practice from the basic analysis of the nature of the mind up to its ultimate refinement in the teachings of Mahamudra." This anthology of Kalu Rinpoche's writings and oral teachings resonates with his wisdom and compassion.

Comparing Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche with Milarepa, the greatest mediation master Tibet has ever known, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extols the author of Luminous Mind as a "beacon of inspiration" for spiritual practitioners of all traditions. Noting that "there have been few like him before or since," His Holiness urges us to delve into this remarkable anthology of the late Kalu Rinpoche's essential instructions so that we may encounter "the full range of Buddhist practice from the basic analysis of the nature of the mind up to its ultimate refinement in the teachings of Mahamudra." Drawn from both his lucid writings and his eloquent oral presentations, this unprecedented book lays bare the full grandeur of Kalu Rinpoche's legacy. At the same time, the gentle words and playful stories of this master of meditation are filled with a depth of clarity and warmth that could only arise from a profound realization of both wisdom and compassion.

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Editorial Reviews

from the foreword by the Dalai Lama
"Drawn from the lucid writings and oral presentations of Kalu Rinpoche, who has been extolled as a beacon of inspiration" and compared by the Dalai Lama to the great Tibetan saint Milarepa, this remarkable book presents "the full range of Buddhist practice from the basic analysis of the nature of the mind up to its ultimate refinement in the teachings of the Mahamudra."
Ken McLeod
"Undoubtedly the best collection of Kalu Rinpoche's teachings. In perusing these pages, I relived the days when I translated for Rinpoche, enthralled by his magical blend of anecdotes, crystal clear explanations, and profound instruction."
Booknews
"An excellent selection of Kalu Rinpoche's teachings."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861711185
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 914,328
  • Product dimensions: 5.97 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche (1904-89) was widely acclaimed as one of the greatest living examplars of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of meditative contemplation. A leader of the Shangpa Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Kalu Rinpoche traveled extensively throughout Tibet, Bhutan, India, and the West, instructing countless disciples in the esoteric traditions of Dzogchen and Mahamudra.

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently describes himself as a simple Buddhist monk. Born in northeastern Tibet in 1935, he was as a toddler recognized as the incarnation of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama and brought to Tibet's capital, Lhasa. In 1950, Mao Zedong's Communist forces made their first incursions into eastern Tibet, shortly after which the young Dalai Lama assumed the political leadership of his country. He passed his scholastic examinations with honors at the Great Prayer Festival in Lhasa in 1959, the same year Chinese forces occupied the city, forcing His Holiness to escape to India. There he set up the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala, working to secure the welfare of the more than 100,000 Tibetan exiles and prevent the destruction of Tibetan culture. In his capacity as a spiritual and political leader, he has traveled to more than sixty-two countries on six continents and met with presidents, popes, and leading scientists to foster dialogue and create a better world. In recognition of his tireless work for the nonviolent liberation of Tibet, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. In 2012, he relinquished political authority in his exile government and turned it over to democratically elected representatives.

His Holiness frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of interreligious harmony, and securing the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture, and religion. As a superior scholar trained in the classical texts of the Nalanda tradition of Indian Buddhism, he is able to distill the central tenets of Buddhist philosophy in clear and inspiring language, his gift for pedagogy imbued with his infectious joy. Connecting scientists with Buddhist scholars, he helps unite contemplative and modern modes of investigation, bringing ancient tools and insights to bear on the acute problems facing the contemporary world. His efforts to foster dialogue among leaders of the world's faiths envision a future where people of different beliefs can share the planet in harmony. Wisdom Publications is proud to be the premier publisher of the Dalai Lama's more serious and in-depth works.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Biographical Note
The Quick Ripening of the Desired Fruit
Preface
Editor's Note
Acknowledgments
General Introduction: The Unity of the Different Traditions
Pt. 1 Mind and Its Transformations: Calling the Lama from Afar 12
Sect. 1 Mind, Reality, and Illusion
Sect. 2 The Transformations of Mind: Lives, Deaths, Rebirths
Pt. 2 The Path of Liberation: Beseeching the Lama to Shower Blessings 90
Sect. 1 A General Overview: The Different Approaches of Dharma
Sect. 2 The Hinayana: Path of Discipline
Sect. 3 The Mahayana: Path of Opening and Compassion
Sect. 4 The Vajrayana: Path of Transmutation
Sect. 5 Mahamudra and Dzogchen: The Immediate Path
Sect. 6 Dharma Practice Today
Epilogue: The Great Ship of Liberation 261
Notes 267
List of Stories and Anecdotes 275
List of Illustrations 277
Glossary of Terms 279
Glossary of Proper Names 285
Index 299
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