The Essence of Buddhism
An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice
By (author) Traleg Kyabgon
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Essence of Buddhism by Traleg Kyabgon
Book DescriptionThis lucid overview of the Buddhist path takes the perspective of the three "vehicles" of Tibetan Buddhism: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. While these vehicles are usually presented as a historical development, they are here equated with the attitudes that individuals bring to their Buddhist practice. Basic to them all, however, is the need to understand our own immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and "The Essence of Buddhism " serves as a handbook for the various meditative approaches of Buddhist practice. Beginning with the Four Noble Truths, Traleg Rinpoche incorporates the expansive vision of the bodhisattva path and the transformative vision of Tantra. The final chapters present the transcendent view of Mahamudra. This view dispenses with all dualistic fixations and directly realizes the natural freedom of the mind itself. Along the way, the author provides vivid definitions of fundamental concepts such as compassion, emptiness, and Buddha-nature, and answers common questions: Why does Buddhism teach that there is "no self"? Are Buddhist teachings pessimistic? Does Buddhism encourage social passivity? What is the role of sex in Buddhist Tantra? Why is it said that "samsara is nirvana"? Does it take countless lifetimes to attain enlightenment, or can it be achieved in a moment?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781570624681
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Traleg Kyabgon
Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorjes Ocean of Certainty, Paperback (May 2011)
Provides those who meditate with an overview of the path leading to the realization of Mahamudra, the self-liberated and all-encompassing nature of reality. Beginning with ngondro practice, this title guides students through the conditions needed to fully integrate the practice, along with instructions for shamata and vipashyana meditation.
Practice of Lojong, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Traleg Kyabgon
The lojong slogans represent the quintessence of Buddhist practice for cultivating an awakened heart and a compassionate mind through meditation and contemplation. This work provides a practical way for understanding and implementing these teachings into our everyday life. It covers fifty-nine powerful slogans including "Don't be so predictable".
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Author Biography - Traleg Kyabgon
Traleg Kyabgon (1955-2012) was born in Eastern Tibet and educated by many great masters of all four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder of the Kagyu E-Vam Buddhist Institute, which is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with a major practice center in upstate New York and a practice community in New York City. He taught extensively at universities and Buddhist centers in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia beginning in 1980, and is the author of numerous books that present Buddhist teachings to Western readers, including "The Essence of Buddhism" and "Mind at Ease."
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