This is the first volume in a two volume collection drawn from teachings given by Lama Thubten Yeshe. This collection is drawn from teachings given in the 1970s and 1980s, when Lama Yeshe traveled the world and taught extensively. His dynamic communication style means that these teachings are as relevant and accessible today as when first taught.
In this volume, Lama Yeshe gives an overview of the principal aspects of the path to enlightenment and offers general advice on relationships, educating children and a range of other topics. He provides inspiration and guidance for new and experienced students alike, encouraging us to recognize our limitless potential and develop “knowledge-wisdom.”
Lama Yeshe was a pioneer in bringing the Dharma to Westerners and the teachings in this collection demonstrate his understanding of the Western psyche and his ability to express profound truths in simple terms.
About the Author
Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered the great Sera Monastic University, Lhasa, where he studied until 1959, when the Chinese invasion of Tibet forced him into exile in India. Lama Yeshe continued to study and meditate in India until 1967, when, with his chief disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he went to Nepal. Two years later he established Kopan Monastery, near Kathmandu, Nepal, in order to teach Buddhism to Westerners. In 1974, the Lamas began making annual teaching tours to the West, and as a result of these travels a worldwide network of Buddhist teaching and meditation centers - the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) - began to develop. In 1984, after an intense decade of imparting a wide variety of incredible teachings and establishing one FPMT activity after another, at the age of forty-nine, Lama Yeshe passed away. He was reborn as Ösel Hita Torres in Spain in 1985, recognized as the incarnation of Lama Yeshe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1986, and, as the monk Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche, began studying for his geshe degree in 1992 at the reconstituted Sera Monastery in South India. Lama’s remarkable story is told in Vicki Mackenzie’s book, Reincarnation: The Boy Lama (Wisdom Publications, 1996). Other teachings have been published by Wisdom Books, including Wisdom Energy; Introduction to Tantra; The Tantric Path of Purification (Becoming Vajrasattva) and more. Thousands of pages of Lama's teachings have been made available as transcripts, books and audio by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, and most are freely available through the Archive's website at LamaYeshe.com.