Path to Bliss, 2nd Edition

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Clear, eloquent, simple, and profound, His Holiness's teachings are easily accessible to beginning practitioners yet richly nourishing to those more advanced in practice. In The Path to Bliss, the Dalai Lama shows how visualization, reason, and contemplation can be systematically crafted to enhance personal development. Beginning with practices designed to create an effective mental outlook, His Holiness skillfully guides the student to more advanced techniques for developing the mind's deepest potential and ...

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Overview

Clear, eloquent, simple, and profound, His Holiness's teachings are easily accessible to beginning practitioners yet richly nourishing to those more advanced in practice. In The Path to Bliss, the Dalai Lama shows how visualization, reason, and contemplation can be systematically crafted to enhance personal development. Beginning with practices designed to create an effective mental outlook, His Holiness skillfully guides the student to more advanced techniques for developing the mind's deepest potential and happiness. An impeccable attention to the correctness of detail, yet manages at the same time to convey a sense of playfulness, a balance of specific technical guidance, and delightful asides. It exemplifies the sophistication and elegance of Tibetan Buddhist methods for spiritual development.

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"The Path to Bliss sets a new standard for accessibility and sheer pleasure of reading translations from Tibetan."—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559391900
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,022,073
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Part I Introduction
1 General Introduction 13
2 Origin of Lamrim Instructions 20
Part II Preparatory Practices
1 Creating a Conducive Environment 31
2 Preparing the Mind 35
3 Visualization of the Merit Field 53
4 Seven-Limbed Practice 55
5 The Three Aspirations 61
6 Invoking the Inspiring Power of the Lineage 65
7 Reviewing the Stages of the Path 70
8 Dissolution of the Merit Field 73
9 Activities of the Between-Session Periods 76
10 Summary 79
Part III Main Lamrim Meditations
1 Reliance on a Spiritual Teacher 83
2 Recognizing the Human Potential 93
(Practices common to trainees of initial capacity)
3 Death and Impermanence 104
4 Sufferings of the Lower Realms 112
5 Seeking Refuge 117
6 Karma 127
(Practices common to trainees of middling capacity)
7 The Defects of Cyclic Existence in General 132
8 The Specific Sufferings of the Different Realms 142
9 The Path to Liberation 144
(Practices for the trainees of great capacity)
10 The Mind of Great Capacity 148
11 The Seven-Point Cause and Effect Method 150
12 Equalizing and Exchanging Oneself with Others 161
13 Bodhisattva Vows Rite 175
14 The Bodhisattva Deeds 186
15 Calm Abiding of Mind 194
16 Wisdom Through Special Insight 198
17 Tantra in Context 206
Appendix I Commitments and Precepts of Thought Transformation Practice 207
Appendix II Bodhisattva Vows 211
Appendix III Outline of Path to Bliss 216
Notes 220
Glossary 228
Bibliography 234
Index 238
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