Based on the teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, The Buddha Book is a beautifully illustrated introduction to the most important and well-known Buddhist deities, and forms both a beautiful coffee table/gift book and informative text.
The book presents the deities' major characteristics, functions and histories in a clear concise way and, along with prayers, meditations, visualizations, it covers special rituals and blessings associated with each Buddha.
In the Buddhist tradition, there are countless Buddhist deities - embodiments of enlightened wisdom - who also represent different aspects of the enlightened mind. Using a particular Buddha to meditate with or work with on a daily basis can act as a sacred map for the reader, leading us towards experiencing the healing, compassion and hope they can bring into our daily lives.
The Buddhas covered include the Historical Buddha, Shakyamuni; the Five Dhyani Buddhas; the Purification Buddha; the Healing Buddhas; and the Buddha of the Future. Also included are instructions on making tsa tsas, or miniature buddhas, mandala offerings, prayer flags and creating altars.
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This book combines the vivid, high-quality photography of a coffee-table book with practical instruction in numerous Buddhist meditational, mantric, and devotional practices. The reproductions of Buddhist 'deities' are exquisite, including - among many others - Green Tara, Medicine Buddha, and Chenrezig. (And - contrary to the recent annoying trend to print text on top of illustrations - the text and illustrations are kept separate, preserving the beauty of the latter and the legibility of the former.) Last but not least, the publisher's price of $25.95 is about half of what you could expect to pay for a book of this size and quality. This book would be excellent either as a gift to a friend or as a present to your own illusory self.