Path to Buddhahood: Teachings on Gampopa's JEWEL ORNAMENT OF LIBERATION

Path to Buddhahood: Teachings on Gampopa's JEWEL ORNAMENT OF LIBERATION

by Ringu Tulku
     
 

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

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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.

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

Publishers Weekly
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)

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