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A dynamic and comprehensive presentation of Buddha’s teachings, including practical explanations on how to attain lasting happiness and freedom from problems for ourselves and others. With clear and accessible language, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso guides the reader from the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation and philosophy, through a powerful explanation of the true nature of reality, to reveal the preciousness of Tantra—offering the paths to liberation and enlightenment to modern, busy people. A brief history of ...
A dynamic and comprehensive presentation of Buddha’s teachings, including practical explanations on how to attain lasting happiness and freedom from problems for ourselves and others. With clear and accessible language, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso guides the reader from the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation and philosophy, through a powerful explanation of the true nature of reality, to reveal the preciousness of Tantra—offering the paths to liberation and enlightenment to modern, busy people. A brief history of Kadampa Buddhism shows how Buddha’s timeless teachings have traveled from teacher to student over thousands of years, and how Buddhists in the West are now applying what was once available only to mystics and monks—practical advice to solve our daily problems and accomplish the real meaning of our human life. This inspiring handbook for daily practice is designed for those seeking solutions within Buddhism to the problems of everyday life, as well as to encourage people of all faiths to deepen their understanding and enjoyment of the spiritual paths.
We should understand that our problems do not exist outside of ourself, but are part of our mind that experiences unpleasant feelings. When our car, for example, has a problem we usually say, "I have a problem," but in reality it is the car's problem and not our problem. The car's problem is an outer problem, and our problem, which is our own unpleasant feeling, is an inner problem. These two problems are completely different. We need to solve the car's problem by repairing it, and we need to solve our own problem by controlling our attachment to the car. Even if we keep solving the car's problems, if we are unable to control our attachment to the car we will continually experience new problems related to the car. It is the same with our house, our money, our relationships, and so forth. Due to mistakenly believing that outer problems are their own problems, most people seek ultimate refuge in the wrong objects. As a result, their suffering and problems never end.
PART ONE: SUTRA
What is Buddhism?
Who are the Kadampas?
The Preciousness of Kadam Lamrim
The Path of a Person of Initial Scope
The Preciousness of our Human Life
What Does our Death Mean?
The Dangers of Lower Rebirth
Going for Refuge
What is Karma?
The Path of a Person of Intermediate Scope
What we should know
What we should abandon
What we should practice
What we should attain
The Path of a Person of Great Scope
The Supreme Good Heart—Bodhichitta
Training in Affectionate Love
Training in Cherishing Love
Training in Wishing Love
Training in Universal Compassion
Training in Actual Bodhichitta
Training in the Path of Bodhichitta
Training in the Six Perfections
Training in Taking in Conjunction with the Practice of the Six Perfections
Training in Giving in Conjunction with the Practice of the Six Perfections
Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta
What is Emptiness?
The Emptiness of our Body
The Emptiness of our Mind
The Emptiness of our I
The Emptiness of the Eight Extremes
Conventional and Ultimate Truths
The Union of the Two Truths
The Practice of Emptiness in our Daily Activities
A Simple Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta
Examination of our Lamrim practice
PART TWO: TANTRA
The Preciousness of Tantra
The Tantra of Generation Stage
The Tantra of Completion Stage
The Central Channel
The Indestructible Drop
The Indestructible Wind and Mind
How to Meditate on the Central Channel
How to Meditate on the Indestructible Drop
How to Meditate on the Indestructible Wind and Mind
The Completion Stage of Mahamudra
The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala
The Lineage of these Instructions
What is the Heruka Body Mandala?
The Preliminary Practices
Training in the Generation Stage of Heruka Body Mandala
Training in Completion Stage
The Instructions of Vajrayogini
The Yogas of Sleeping, Rising, and Experiencing Nectar
The Remaining Eight Yogas
Appendix I—Liberating Prayer
Appendix II—Prayers for Meditation
Appendix III—An Explanation of Channels
Appendix IV—An Explanation of Inner Winds
Appendix V—The Yoga of Buddha Heruka
Appendix VI—Blissful Journey
Appendix VII—Quick Path to Great Bliss
Appendix VIII—The nada
Posted January 25, 2012
You don't have to be a Buddhist to benefit from this book. One merely has to recognize the human condition and seek the light switch. This book clearly presents the "Stages of the Path to Enlightenment"; the sutra as well as the tantra. It's a rare find as most books don't give an in depth look of both teachings.
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