Category: Buddhism

The Uttaratantra in the Land of Snows: Tibetan Thinkers by Tsering Wangchuk

By Tsering Wangchuk

Examines numerous Tibetan interpretations of the Uttaratantra, the main authoritative Indic remark on buddha-nature.

With its emphasis at the suggestion of buddha-nature, or the last word nature of brain, the Uttaratantra is a classical Buddhist treatise that lays out an early map of the Mahāyāna route to enlightenment. Tsering Wangchuk unravels the background of this significant Indic textual content in Tibet by means of interpreting various Tibetan commentaries and different exegetical texts at the treatise that emerged among the 11th and 15th centuries. those commentaries explored such questions as: Is the buddha-nature educating present in the Uttaratantra actually precise, or does it must be interpreted another way to appreciate its final which means? Does it explicate final fact that's inherently enlightened or final fact that's empty purely of self sustaining lifestyles? Does the treatise train final nature of brain in keeping with the Cittamātra or the Madhyamaka university of Mahāyāna? via concentrating on the varied interpretations that assorted textual groups hired to make experience of the Uttaratantra, Wangchuk offers an important ancient context for the advance of the textual content in Tibet.

Tsering Wangchuk is Assistant Professor and Richard C. Blum Chair in Himalayan experiences on the collage of San Francisco.

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Patriarchs on Paper: A Critical History of Medieval Chan by Alan Cole

By Alan Cole

the reality of Chan Buddhism—better often called “Zen”—is on a regular basis stated to be past language, and but Chan authors—medieval and modern—produced an incredible volume of literature over the centuries. To make experience of this famous paradox, Patriarchs on Paper explores a number of genres of Chan literature that seemed in the course of the Tang and music dynasties (c. 600–1300), together with genealogies, biographies, dialogues, poems, monastic handbooks, and koans. operating via this different physique of literature, Alan Cole info how Chan authors built numerous ideas to rouse pictures of an ideal Buddhism during which splendidly easy masters transmitted Buddhism’s ultimate fact to each other, unexpectedly and simply, and, after all, autonomous of literature and the complexities of the Buddhist monastic system. Chan literature, then, reveled in staging pleasant photos of a Buddhism freed from Buddhism, tempting the reader, many times, with the opportunity of discovering in the back of the thick façade of genuine Buddhism—with all its ideas, texts, doctrines, and institutional solidity—an airy global of natural spirit.  Patriarchs on Paper charts the emergence of this type of “fantasy Buddhism” and info the way it interacted with extra conventional sorts of chinese language Buddhism with a view to exhibit how Chan’s illustrious ancestors have been created in literature which will extra quite a lot of real-world agendas.

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The Union Of Bliss And Emptiness: Teachings On The Practice by Dalai Lama,Thupten Jinpa

By Dalai Lama,Thupten Jinpa

Guru yoga is the strength that provides power to a significant practitioner's meditation. Combining the fundamental points of the sutra course with the profound tantric thoughts that turn on the latent non secular forces inside of us, it lays the framework of the full Buddhist direction and units down the ideas for venture a whole type of perform every day. Tantric meditation relies mostly upon notion, and this tradition faucets the foundation of unbroken lineage.

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Jed Talks #1: Essays, Teachings, Rants & Frivolous Frivolity by Jed McKenna

By Jed McKenna

Jed McKenna is the writer of The Enlightenment Trilogy (Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damnedest factor, Spiritually wrong Enlightenment, and religious conflict) and The Dreamstate Trilogy (Jed McKenna's idea of every little thing: The Enlightened point of view, Play: A Play via Jed McKenna, and Dreamstate: A Conspiracy Theory). The Jed Talks sequence keeps to supply an identical mix of humor, attraction, and unheard of mastery that has made Jed McKenna the clearest and most unusual voice in sleek spirituality. stopover at Wisefool Press to profit more.

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The Great Compassion: Buddhism and Animal Rights by Norm Phelps

By Norm Phelps

Buddhism should be an animal rights faith par excellence. It has lengthy held that each one existence types are sacred and considers kindness and compassion the top virtues. furthermore, Buddhism explicitly comprises animals in its ethical universe. Buddhist principles of conduct—including the 1st principle, “Do now not kill”—apply to our therapy of animals in addition to to our therapy of different human beings.

therefore, we'd count on Buddhism to oppose all varieties of animal exploitation, and there's, in reality, broad contract that almost all types of animal exploitation are opposite to Buddhist instructing. but many Buddhists consume meat―although many do not―and priests, monks, and students occasionally guard meat-eating as in keeping with Buddhist teaching.

The nice Compassion reviews many of the traces of Buddhism and the sutras that command appreciate for all existence. Norm Phelps, an established scholar of Buddhism and an acquaintance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, solutions the vital questions of even if Buddhism calls for vegetarianism and no matter if the Buddha ate meat. he's not afraid to check anti-animal statements in Buddhist lore―particularly the problems of no matter if Buddhists in non-historically Buddhist nations have to retain or to jettison the practices in their old homelands.

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The Life of Marpa the Translator: Seeing Accomplishes All by Tsangnyon Heruka,Chogyam Trungpa,Nalanda Translation

By Tsangnyon Heruka,Chogyam Trungpa,Nalanda Translation Committee

Marpa the Translator, the eleventh-century farmer, student, and instructor, is likely one of the most famed saints in Tibetan Buddhist historical past. within the West, Marpa is healthier recognized via his instructor, the Indian yogin Nâropa, and during his closest disciple, Milarepa. This lucid and relocating translation of a textual content composed via the writer of The lifetime of Milarepa and The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa records the interesting lifetime of Marpa, who, in contrast to many different Tibetan masters, used to be a layman, a skillful businessman who raised a family members whereas education his disciples.

As a early life, Marpa was once encouraged to shuttle to India to review the Buddhist teachings, for at the moment in Tibet, Buddhism had waned significantly via ruthless suppression by means of an evil king. the writer paints a brilliant photograph of Marpa's 3 trips to India: precarious mountain passes, desolate plains teeming with bandits, grasping customs-tax creditors. Marpa persevered many hardships, yet not anything to check with the pains that ensued along with his guru Nâropa and different academics. but Marpa succeeded in learning the tantric teachings, translating and bringing them to Tibet, and setting up the perform Lineage of the Kagyüs, which maintains to this day.

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Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective by Dr. Mark Epstein M.D.

By Dr. Mark Epstein M.D.

Immersed in Buddhist psychology ahead of learning Western psychiatry, Dr. Mark Epstein first seen Western healing ways throughout the lens of the East. This posed anything of a problem. even though either structures promise liberation via self-awareness, the principal guiding principle of Buddha's knowledge is the thought of no-self, whereas the crucial concentration of Western psychotherapy is the self. This e-book, such as writings from the earlier twenty-five years, wrestles with the complicated dating among Buddhism and psychotherapy and gives nuanced reflections on treatment, meditation, and mental and religious development.


A best-selling writer and renowned speaker, Epstein has lengthy been on the leading edge of the hassle to introduce Buddhist psychology to the West.  His distinct history allows him to function a bridge among the 2 traditions, which he has chanced on to be extra appropriate than firstly thought.  attractive with the lessons of the Buddha in addition to these of Freud and Winnicott, he deals a compelling examine wish, anger, and perception and is helping reinterpret the Buddha's 4 Noble Truths and central concepts similar to egolessness and vacancy within the psychoanalytic language of our time.


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Felicidad genuina: La meditación como camino a la eudemonía by B. Alan Wallace,Alma Ayón

By B. Alan Wallace,Alma Ayón

El Buda enseñó docenas de técnicas para perfeccionar, estabilizar y clarificar l. a. atención. Una en specific es especialmente apropiada para los angeles gente altamente discursiva, conceptual, imaginativa y mentalmente habladora: l. a. recolección, traducida del sánscrito al inglés como mindfulness.
B. Alan Wallace, después de cuarenta años estudiando y practicando el budismo, entrenado bajo l. a. guía de sesenta maestros de Oriente y Occidente, comparte en este valioso libro, además de los angeles recolección, las meditaciones básicas para un camino hacia los angeles realización inside y el florecimiento humano.
La eudemonía que propone el autor se trata de una felicidad que no se adquiere a través de los angeles conquista external de l. a. naturaleza o de l. a. adquisición de los angeles riqueza y l. a. fama, sino a través de los angeles conquista de nuestros oscurecimientos interiores y los angeles realización de los recursos naturales inherentes a nuestros corazones y mentes.

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Man of Peace: the illustrated life story of the Dalai Lama by Robert Thurman,William Meyers,Michael G. Burbank

By Robert Thurman,William Meyers,Michael G. Burbank

This appealing publication image novel tells the tale of 1 guy taking over an empire, calling for fact, peace, and justice for his Tibetan humans. the following, in complete colour for the 1st time, humans can come to grasp the total drama of his lifelong fight. because the age of 15, the Dalai Lama has defended his humans opposed to one of many final nice empires, the People’s Republic of China. below its “dictatorship of the proletariat,” China started to invade Tibet in 1950, decimating after which continuously oppressing its humans. considering that colonialism can't be practiced in our period of self-determined countries, China continually continues that the Tibetans are one of those chinese language, utilizing propaganda and army energy to weigh down Tibet’s designated tradition and identification. but the Dalai Lama resists by utilizing only the weapon of truth—along with resolute nonviolence—even caring a few of his personal humans through looking discussion and reconciliation in keeping with his extra reasonable vision.

The nice 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet has develop into the 1st global Dalai Lama, a renowned transnational chief of all who intend to make the dramatic alterations truly invaluable for all times in the world to thrive for hundreds of years to come back. thought of the incarnation of the Buddhist savior Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara—archangel of common compassion—he is assumed to seem in lots of types, at many various occasions, at any time when and anywhere beings endure. Representing the plight of his liked Tibetan humans to the area, he has additionally engaged with all people who are suffering oppression and injustice, as famous in 1989 through his being presented the Nobel Peace Prize. most significantly, the Dalai Lama walks his speak all through those pages, as he has all through his lifestyles, and he radiates a strong wish that we will be able to and should prevail.

Man of Peace offers the interior tale of his outstanding existence and imaginative and prescient, within the excessive stress of the army career of Tibet and the continuing genocide of its people—a relocating paintings of political and ancient nonfiction dropped at existence within the photograph novel form—here for all to see.

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