Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism

Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism

by Reginald A. Ray


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Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism by Reginald A. Ray

Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also shows how the Tibetan traditions are applicable to the problems and challenges of modern life in the West.

In Indestructible Truth, Tibetan Buddhism is introduced not as an exotic religion, but rather as an expression of human spirituality that is having a profound impact on the modern world. In addition, it presents the point of view of meditation and the practice of the spiritual life, paying special attention to contemplative practice and meditation as taught in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570629105
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 07/23/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 379,484
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Reginald A. Ray, PhD, is a faculty member at Naropa University and is President and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, which is dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa. He is also the author of many books, including Indestructible Truth and In the Presence of Masters.

Table of Contents

Tibet: People and Place7
Part 1The Sacred Environment15
1The Cosmos and Its Inhabitants17
2Living in the Sacred Cosmos47
Part 2Tibet's Story65
3The Indian Wellspring67
4Foundations: The Early Spreading89
5Nyingma: The Ancient School103
6The Later Spreading: Kadam and Sakya130
7The Later Spreading: Kagyu152
8Modern Traditions: Geluk189
9Modern Traditions: The Ri-me (Nonsectarian) Movement207
Part 3Core Teachings227
10Hinayana: The View241
11Hinayana: The Practice and Result280
12Mahayana: The View311
13Mahayana: The Practice and Result331
Part 4Buddhist Philosophy: The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma361
14The First Turning: Abhidharma367
15The Second Turning: Madhyamaka392
16The Third Turning: Buddha-Nature419
Chronology of Tibetan Buddhist History455

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BrianGriffith More than 1 year ago
This book is a full university course in Tibetan Buddhism--its roots, its heroes, its evolving schools, and its spiritual practice as the wayfarer experiences it. Ray is a patient, passionate teacher who takes time to clearly explain the pathways and peaks of Buddhist philosophy and practice. I'd definitely recommend it for any student of the subject. --author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization