The teachings in this book are meant for Buddhists and nonBuddhists alike and are derived from interviews and oral teachings of masters and lamas teaching today as well as from written texts by Shakyamuni Buddha, Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, Jamyang Namgyal Gyamtso, Patrul Rinpoche, Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol, and other historical masters. These practices range from refraining from eating meat to ransoming and releasing animals destined for slaughter or sacrifice. Lamas interviewed include Anam Thubten, Chagdud Khadro, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche, Kentrul Lodro T'haye Rinpoche, Lama Padna Norbu, and the late Venerable Lama Gyatso Nubpa. Teachings include those by the late H.H. Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche; His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso; the late Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye; Sogyal Rinpoche; Thich Nhat Hanh; and the late Venerable Lama Gyatso Nubpa.
"May all beings benefit" is a phrase found everywhere in Buddhism. When one has a genuinely beneficial thought or performs a truly beneficial action, one dedicates the merit created by that thought or action by saying, "May all beings benefit." The purpose of generating good heart, good thought, and good action is not primarily to become a better person oneself but to enhance the goodness and survival of the planet and all its inhabitants.
The soul of this book is summed up in this beautiful statement by Anam Thubten: "There is only one species in this universe and that is the species of sentient beings." All beings are our relatives as offspring of the Earth, and, for this reason, we cultivate awareness of our interconnectedness and practice loving kindness. These are not just nice things to do, they are essential to the continued existence of our world. Awareness of and appreciation for our fellow creatures, whether they be our beloved dog or a spider living in the corner of the basement, expands our ability to be of benefit to all beings. The universe and all its beings were created by a wisdom vastly greater than the sum of human intelligence, and we have almost completely lost our appreciation for this creation in this age of technology, aggression, and speed. To return our attention and mindfulness to something other than man-made wonders is a key to discovering our salvation. To become aware of the suffering of creatures other than human beings will enhance our ability to be of greater benefit to ourselves.
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About the Author
Buddhadeb has written for various leading newspapers of India including "Central Chronicle," "Times of India," "Hitavada," and "Indian Express" on the topics of spirituality, politics, travel, health, and nutrition.
In the international literary market, his contributions have been published at www.positivehealth.com, UK and www.successstory.com, Canada.
His debut novel, Journey to the Celestial City, follows the protagonist Mind as he undertakes a journey to reach a fabled city where he believes he'll learn the secret to achieving liberation so he'll be able to serve mankind. During his journey, he encounters many obstacles in the form of mythic individuals and situations. Transcending his many set-backs and assaults, Mind ultimately reaches the Celestial City and achieves liberation, but not in the way he expected. With an awakened consciousness, he returns to his hometown and begins benevolent work on behalf of the people.
His second book, 16 Teachings for Spiritual Happiness, is a compilation of essays and practices to achieve awareness and compassion. The book emphasizes and provides teachings to show that spiritual happiness, enlightenment, awareness, whatever we wish to call it isn't only available to a select few individuals such as monks, saints, and priests. A clear understanding of our life and its purpose leads to such awareness.
May All Beings Benefit is his third book.
Buddhadeb may be contacted at +91-9099932821 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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