Modern Buddhism - The Path of Compassion and Wisdom

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Geshe Kelsang (The New Meditation Handbook) is a prolific and respected author in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Here, he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner. Although his focus is on the Buddhist tenets of compassion and wisdom, readers should be aware that Geshe Kelsang's approach, despite his long residence in the West (specifically, Cumbria, England), is full-bore "New Kadampa" Buddhism, replete with chants, recitations, prayers, and visions of mystical states. VERDICT An elegantly stated but esoteric treatment: a delight for the enthusiast and student but perhaps over the head of the novice Buddhist.
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  • “Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has proven to be a popular and accessible authority” –Library Journal
  • “Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice.” –Booklist
  • “Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a highly respected meditation master and scholar of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.” –Spirituality & Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616060060
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 502,157
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master, prolific author, and international teacher who has lived in the West since 1977 and has founded over 1,100 Kadampa Buddhist meditation centers and groups around the world. His 21 acclaimed books reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings

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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.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations

Preface

 PART ONE: SUTRA

Preliminary Explanation

What is Buddhism?

Buddhist Faith

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

Great Bliss

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

Dedication

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

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    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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