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The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is regarded by all Tibetan Buddhist schools as one of the most inspiring and comprehensive works of the tradition. Written by Gampopa (born 1079 CE), the main spiritual son of the great hermit Milarepa, this important text lays out the stages of the Buddhist path and explains how an enlightened attitude is strengthened by practicing the six perfections of generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and knowledge.

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Overview

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is regarded by all Tibetan Buddhist schools as one of the most inspiring and comprehensive works of the tradition. Written by Gampopa (born 1079 CE), the main spiritual son of the great hermit Milarepa, this important text lays out the stages of the Buddhist path and explains how an enlightened attitude is strengthened by practicing the six perfections of generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and knowledge.

For the first time, this sometimes difficult text is made accessible to Western readers in a clear and engaging commentary. Tibetan teacher Ringu Tulku explores this classic work of Buddhist practice and philosophy with the playful and fresh style that has made him so popular among students of Buddhism. Using folksy examples and anecdotes, he brings this text to life, discussing topics such as:

   •  seeing through the illusions that cause us to suffer
   •  advice on acting with kindness, generosity, and patience
   •  instructions on how to put others first
   •  guidance for attaining peace and lasting compassion

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"Compelling. His lengthy and penetrating discussion of the six paramitas (generosity, ethics, forbearance, diligence, meditation and wisdom) is especially engaging."—Publishers Weekly

"Based on The Jewel Ornament of Liberation , Gampopa's classic text, Path to Buddhahood presents a remarkably clear overview of the Buddhist path. With engaging directness, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche guides the reader to an essential understanding of the major philosophical and contemplative practices that constitute the heart of the Buddhist path. A wonderful contribution to the literature of dharma in the West!"—Dzogchen Ponlop, author of Wild Awakening

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The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, written by a physician-turned-monk named Gampopa in the 11th century, is one of the most important texts in Tibetan Buddhism. In the early 1990s, Ringu Tulku, a professor of Tibetan studies and director of numerous meditation centers, gave a series of introductory talks on Gampopa's work, which were transcribed into this book. Tulku outlines the six factors Gampopa says are necessary to escape samsara (suffering) and realize nirvana: the cause (buddha nature is inherent in everyone), the basis (human life is especially conducive to attaining enlightenment), the condition (finding a "spiritual friend" or teacher to guide one to nirvana), the method (the spiritual friend's instructions), the result (the state of buddhahood) and the activity (the compassionate and wise actions of a buddha). He then devotes a chapter to each of these topics. Tulku relies heavily on Gampopa's Jewel, yet rarely quotes the original text; the result, especially in the early chapters, is a confused blend of Tulku's own teaching and his irritating fondness for categorizing and subcategorizing Gampopa's ideas. Readers already familiar with Gampopa's teachings may find this inspiring; novices will find it reads more like a scholarly abstract. In later sections, however, Tulku's own voice becomes prominent, which proves to be much more compelling. His lengthy and penetrating discussion of the six paramitas (generosity, ethics, forbearance, diligence, meditation and wisdom) is especially engaging, and leaves one wishing Tulku had allowed his own voice to permeate the entire work. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590300121
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche was born in Kham Lingtsang, in eastern Tibet, and was recognized by His Holiness the Sixteenth Gyalwang Karmapa as the incarnation of one of the tulkus of Ringu monastery, a Kagyüpa monastery in his home province. He studied with some of the most distinguished khenpos of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions and received teachings from many outstanding masters, including Thrangu Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and the Gyalwang Karmapa. He is also the author of Path to Buddhahood and The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Homage to Manjushri
Introduction 1
1 The Cause: Buddha Nature 7
2 The Basis: A Precious Human Life 15
3 The Condition: The Spiritual Friend 23
Why We Need a Spiritual Friend 24
The Different Categories of Spiritual Friends 25
The Qualities of Ordinary Spiritual Friends 26
The Master-Disciple Relationship 27
Receiving the Teachings in the Right Way 29
4 The Method: The Instructions of the Spiritual Friend 31
First Antidote: Contemplating Impermanence 32
Second Antidote: Contemplating the Misery of Samsara 37
Third Antidote: Love and Compassion 50
Fourth Antidote: Bodhichitta 64
The Five Levels of the Bodhisattva Path 138
The Ten Bodhisattva Levels 143
5 The Result: Prefect Buddhahood 149
6 The Activities of a Buddha 163
Conclusion 169
Dedication of Merit 171
Notes 173
Index 179
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