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Mind at Ease

Mind at Ease Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 9780834824850
Release 2004-06-29
Pages 288
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"In this uniquely insightful overview and practice guide, Traleg Kyabgon presents a thorough introduction to the Kagyu lineage's Mahamudra tradition. The author's approach is straightforward—he presents the Mahamudra teachings as a means of seeing things in, as he says, "a positive and open light. Even things we might normally regard as bad and undesirable can be interpreted in a more uplifting way due to the expansiveness of the Mahamudra vision." Mahamudra—which means "great seal" or "great symbol," referring to the symbol or mark of ultimate reality, or emptiness—points to the true nature of mind as well as the ultimate insubstantiality of all things.



Mahamudra

Mahamudra Author Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
ISBN-10 9780861719501
Release 2014-04-14
Pages 532
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Mahamudra meditation is simultaneously the most profound of meditative disciplines and the most accessible for modern practitioners. Traditionally passed orally from teacher to disciple, mahamudra instructions point the meditator to the innate perfection of every experience. When it first appeared in 1986, Mahamudra: The Moonlight - Quintessence of Mind and Meditation was the first presentation in English of a major Tibetan Buddhist work on meditation. This classic guide was composed in the sixteenth century by an eminent lama of the Kagyu school and is so comprehensive and practical that it is still widely used today as a manual. Divided into two major sections, it presents first the common approach and then the mahamudra approach to tranquility (shamatha) and insight (vipashyana) meditation.



Essentials of Mahamudra

Essentials of Mahamudra Author Thrangu
ISBN-10 9780861718450
Release 2014-05-01
Pages 288
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What would you see if you looked directly at your mind? The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on mahamudra are known for their ability to lead to profound realization. Peaceful and infinitely adaptable, these teachings are as useful for today's busy world as they have been for centuries. Written by the tutor to the seventeenth Karmapa, Essentials of Mahamudra is a commentary on Tashi Namgyal's famous Moonlight of Mahamudra - a text that the sixteenth Karmapa had identified as the most valuable for Westerners. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche recognized that Western meditators don't just need to know how to maintain our meditation practice - we need to know why we should do it. Unmatched in its directness, Essentials of Mahamudra addresses both these needs, rendering one of the most advanced forms of meditation more easily adaptable to our everyday lives.



Clarifying the Natural State

Clarifying the Natural State Author Dakpo Tashi Namgyal
ISBN-10 9627341452
Release 2004
Pages 199
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A Buddhist Classic A practical manual for both teacher and student alike, Clarifying the Natural State covers the path from mindfulness to complete enlightenment, simply and methodically. Presenting the profound and ultimate instructions of Mahamudra, it embodies the realization of India and Tibet’s greatest masters. The words of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal are unique. Adorned with plenty of pithy advice out of his personal experience, practitioners are greatly benefited by his instructions on how to remove hindrances and progress further. His methods for practicing Mahamudra are preeminent. This book is indispensable as it focuses exclusively on practice. -Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche Elevate your experience and remain wide open like the sky. Expand your mindfulness and remain pervasive like the earth. Steady your attention and remain unshakable like a mountain. Brighten your awareness and remain shining like a flame. Clear your thought free wakefulness and remain lucid like a crystal. - Dakpo Tashi Namgyal 16th Century



The Essence of Buddhism

The Essence of Buddhism Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 9780834822122
Release 2014-11-11
Pages 208
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This comprehensive guide to the Buddhist path from the Tibetan point of view is as accessible as it is complete. Traleg Kyabgon breaks the teachings down conveniently into the three traditional "vehicles," while never letting us forget that the point of all the Dharma is nothing other than insight into the mind and heart. Along the way he provides vivid definitions of fundamental Buddhist concepts such as compassion, emptiness, and Buddha-nature and answers common questions such as: • 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?



The Influence of Yogacara on Mahamudra

The Influence of Yogacara on Mahamudra Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 193460819X
Release 2010
Pages 138
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Developed by Asanga and Vasubandhu as a reaction to over-theorization Yogacara emphasises that everything comes back to one's own practice, one's own experience. This title offers a unique and interesting look at how Yogacara philosophy Influenced tantra and Mahamudra.



Confusion Arises as Wisdom

Confusion Arises as Wisdom Author Ringu Tulku
ISBN-10 9780834828070
Release 2012-09-11
Pages 256
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The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on the freedom that comes from perceiving the emptiness of all phenomena—teachings known collectively by the name Mahamudra—are presented here with remarkable clarity through commentary on a twelfth-century text. The text is "Gampopa's Great Teachings to the Assembly," by Gampopa, the foremost disciple of the legendary figure Milarepa and founder of Tibetan Buddhism's Kagyu school. The commentary is by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, a contemporary teacher of deep learning and profound practice with a remarkable gift for presenting these traditional teachings in a way that is accessible to Western hearts and minds. Gampopa in his teaching combined the general Mahayana teachings he received from the Kadampa tradition of Atisha with the quintessential Vajrayana teachings, which he received from his teacher, Milarepa. These became the basis of the Kagyu lineage teachings that he founded. This particular text, which includes both Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings, is representative of the classic teachings of the Kagyu tradition in general.



Luminous Bliss

Luminous Bliss Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 098050225X
Release 2016-07-01
Pages 330
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In this seminal work, Traleg Kyabgon discusses the path to luminous bliss, the culmination point of the meditative practices of Mahamudra. This comprehensive overview of the Mahamudra tradition comes from his insights into the preeminent thinking of both Eastern and Western cultures. He wrote it after decades of living in the West, teaching Westerners, and making an intensive study of Western philosophy to better understand modern thought and the difficulties of living in our post-modern age. Luminous Bliss is therefore specifically tailored to Western sensibilities. It aims to clarify, challenge, and salve our needs and preconceptions so that we can more easily integrate these simple practices and profound views into our everyday lives. We will then be able to rediscover the clear and blissful state of awareness that is each and every persons natural and innate inheritance.



Karma

Karma Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 9780834800908
Release 2015-06-30
Pages 176
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The Buddha’s teaching on karma (literally, "action") is nothing other than his compassionate explanation of the way things are: our thoughts and actions determine our future, and therefore we ourselves are largely responsible for the way our lives unfold. Yet this supremely useful teaching is often ignored due to the misconceptions about it that abound in popular culture, especially oversimplifications that make it seem like something not to be taken seriously. Karma is not simple, as Traleg Kyabgon shows, and it’s to be taken very seriously indeed. He cuts through the persistent illusions we cling to about karma to show what it really is—the mechanics of why we suffer and how we can make the suffering end. He explains how a realistic understanding of karma is indispensable to Buddhist practice, how it provides a foundation for a moral life, and how understanding it can have a transformative effect on the way we relate to our thoughts and feelings and to those around us.



Moonbeams of Mahamudra

Moonbeams of Mahamudra Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 0980502233
Release 2016-10-01
Pages 520
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The Mahamudra path of direct perception is the pre-eminent method of the Dakpo Kagyu tradition. This definitive manual systematically explains its approach to meditation, complete with definitions, pointing-out instructions, and advice for the many pitfalls and errors that beset practitioners. Central to these errors is our failure to acknowledge the difference between understanding and experience, and our tendency to fixate on meditative experiences and mistake them for realization. This translation conveys the freshness and immediacy of these instructions. Belonging to the generation of teachers to first bring Tibetan Buddhism across cultures, Traleg Kyabgon (1955-2012) presents these Mahamudra instructions in a direct, relaxed, and intimate style.



The Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje s Ocean of Certainty

The Ninth Karmapa  Wangchuk Dorje s Ocean of Certainty Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 1934608203
Release 2011-05-08
Pages 163
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Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche's commentary on the sixteenth-century work Pith Instructions of Coemergent Wisdom, Entitled the Profound Essence of the Ocean of Certainty, by the Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje, 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, Traleg Rinpoche guides students through the conditions needed to fully integrate the practice, along with instructions for shamata and vipashyana meditation, which includes visualizations and exercises. A section devoted to strengthening practice lays out common pitfalls and wrong views and how to avoid them. Finally, Rinpoche teaches the four yogas of Mahamudra one-pointedness nonconceptuality, one-flavoredness, and nonmeditation, and the ground, path, and fruition of Mahamudra in relation to the individual practitioner.



The Essence of Buddhism

The Essence of Buddhism Author John Walters
ISBN-10 1258147521
Release 2011-10-01
Pages 174
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A Practical Introduction To The Four Noble Truths Of The Religion Most Suited To Today's World.



The Practice of Lojong

The Practice of Lojong Author Traleg Kyabgon
ISBN-10 0834826615
Release 2007-04-10
Pages 320
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For many centuries Indian and Tibetan Buddhists have employed this collection of pithy, penetrating Dharma slogans to develop compassion, equanimity, lovingkindness, and joy for others. Known as the lojong—or mind-training—teachings, these slogans have been the subject of deep study, contemplation, and commentary by many great masters. In this volume, Traleg Kyabgon offers a fresh translation of the slogans as well as in-depth new commentary of each. After living among and teaching Westerners for over twenty years, his approach is uniquely insightful into the ways that the slogans could be misunderstood or misinterpreted within our culture. Here, he presents a refreshing and clarifying view, which seeks to correct points of confusion.



The Best Buddhist Writing 2008

The Best Buddhist Writing 2008 Author Melvin McLeod
ISBN-10 9781590306154
Release 2008
Pages 331
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Eclectic and thought-provoking, The Best Buddhist Writing 2008 is the fifth volume in this annual series that brings together the year’s most notable literature, inspired by Buddhist philosophy and practice. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America’s leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, the anthology offers an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflects on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view. The collection includes writings by the Dalai Lama, Pema Chödrön, Sylvia Boorstein, Norman Fischer, Joseph Goldstein, Cyndi Lee and David Nichtern, Natalie Goldberg, Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, Frances Moore Lappé, Charles Johnson, Michael Carroll, Noah Levine, Joanna Macy, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Darlene Cohen, Reginald Ray and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, among others.



Natural Wakefulness

Natural Wakefulness Author Gaylon Ferguson
ISBN-10 0834822652
Release 2010-09-14
Pages 224
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There are two essential elements to the spiritual path says this popular teacher from the lineage of Chögyam Trungpa: (1) understanding that you’re already enlightened, already perfect in wisdom right here and now, and (2) accessing that natural wakefulness through spiritual practice. These two aspects depend upon each other and work together. Gaylon Ferguson’s teaching on the twin aspects of view and practice is a perfect introduction for the beginning meditator and it offers fresh perspectives for the non-beginner too.



Religious Diversity What s the Problem

Religious Diversity  What s the Problem Author Rita M. Gross
ISBN-10 9781620324097
Release 2014-04-24
Pages 376
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Once upon a time, on grounds of both religion and common sense, people assumed that the earth was flat and that the sun literally rose and set each day. When newly developing knowledge made those beliefs untenable, giving them up was difficult. Today the belief that only one of the world's various religions is true for all people on earth is equivalent to the belief in a flat earth. Both notions have become untenable, given contemporary knowledge about religion. Even though many people are still troubled by the existence of religious diversity today, that diversity is a fact of life. Religious diversity should be no more troubling to religious people than the fact that the earth is round and circles the sun. This provocative book, based on the author's longtime practice of Buddhism and comparative study of religion, provides tools with which one can truly appreciate religious diversity as a gift and resource rather than as a deficiency or a problem to be overcome. After we accept diversity as inevitable and become comfortable with it, diversity always enriches life--both nature and culture.



The Other Emptiness

The Other Emptiness Author Tony Duff
ISBN-10 9937572673
Release 2014-05-01
Pages 330
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Other Emptiness is the view of emptiness that goes with wisdom. It has long been thought amongst Westerners that the view of emptiness championed by the Gelug tradition following the views of Tsongkhapa is the one and only view of emptiness in the Buddhist teachings. However, that is not the case. The majority of Tibetan Buddhists accept two approaches to emptiness, a logical approach called empty of self and a non-conceptual approach called empty of other. This book clearly presents all of these views and shows how the empty of other type of emptiness is actually the ultimate teaching of the Buddha, the teaching on how to enter non-dual wisdom. Other emptiness has usually been thought of amongst Westerners who have heard of it as a very complicated and difficult philosophy. It is subtle, that is true, because it describes what it is like to be in wisdom. However, it was not taught as a difficult philosophy. Rather, it was taught as a practical teaching on how to enter non-dual wisdom. The book explores this point at length. The book was written to be useful for all levels of reader. It starts simply, giving a clear explanation of the Buddha's non-dual teaching and how the other emptiness teaching is part of that. Then it goes into details about the history and teaching other emptiness. Finally, it goes in to great technical detail concerning the other emptiness teaching, and supports that with extensive materials from various Tibetan teachers. Unlike many of the books on other emptiness that have appeared, this book does not only present the theory of other emptiness but keeps a proper balance between showing the theory of other emptiness and presenting the practice-based reality of the teaching. The book is divided into four parts, each one a set of presentations from someone knowledgeable of the subject. The first part is several chapters written by the author in plain English in order to get the reader under way. Following that, there are sections embodying the explanations of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyatso, and amgon Kongtrul the great. Ample introductions, glossaries and so on are provided.