ESSENCE OF BUDDHISM: An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
This is an overview of the Buddhist path from the perspective of the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism--Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. These three correspond with the basic attitudes of practitioners as embodied in the teachings of the Four Noble Truths, the Bodhisattva path and Tantra teachings. Basic to them all is the need to understand our immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and Traleg Kyabgon created this handbook for the various meditative approaches as well as presenting an excellent basis in Buddhist philosophy.
FUNDAMENTALS OF MAINSTREAM BUDDHISM by Eric Cheetham
Translating from the Pali and Sanskrit languages the Buddha's own teachings (known as the sutras), as well as the major texts and commentaries of the first centuries after the Buddha's death, Eric Cheetham--scholar of the distinguished Buddhist Society of London--seeks out the fundamental teachings of Buddhism.
FUNDAMENTALS OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM by Rebecca Novick
Rebecca Novick's concise history of Buddhism and her explanations of the Four Noble Truths, Wheel of Life, Karma, the path of the Bodhisattva, and the four schools help us understand Tibetan Buddhism as a religion or philosophy, and more important, as a way of experiencing the world.
INTRODUCING BUDDHA by Jane Hope and Borin Van Loon
Introducing Buddha describes the life and teachings of the Buddha. Author Jane Hope, who has herself taught Buddhism extensively, also shows that enlightenment is a matter of experiencing the truth individually and by inspiration which is passed from teacher to student.
INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM: Teachings, History and Practices by Peter Harvey
This book is a comprehensive introduction to the Buddhist tradition as it has developed in three major cultural areas in Asia, and to Buddhism as it is now developing in the West. It is intended to be a textbook for students of religious and Asian studies respectively, but will also be of interest to those who want a general survey of Buddhism and its beliefs.
SIMPLE TIBETAN BUDDHISM by Alexander Simpkins and Annellen Simpkins
Exploring a new religion is no easy task. That's why the Simple series is so popular-these delightful books take readers by the hand and lead them into the basics of an Eastern faith without intimidation or confusion. Simple Buddhism invites readers to discover this appealing religion and its peaceful doctrines as well as: · The history of Buddhism · The themes of Buddhism (The Four Noble Truths, The Eightfold Path, Nirvana, and more) · How to apply Buddhism in your daily life · The ultimate thesis of Buddhism: to live in the moment, see things as they truly are, and recognize yourself as part of this whole.
DEVELOPING BALANCED SENSITIVITY: A Workbook of Practical Buddhist Exercises for Daily Life by Alexander Berzin
Developing Balanced Sensitivity introduces a series of techniques that can be practiced by people from all backgrounds to overcome both insensitivity and hypersensitivity. These techniques, derived from traditional Buddhist sources, are presented in nontraditional forms suitable for both sensitivity workshops and practice at home. The book includes exercises which deal with the difficult situations of everyday life. Topics include: accessing our mind's natural talents; dispelling nervousness, insecurity, and low selfesteem; making decisions; deconstructing deceptive appearances; and recognizing the clear light nature of the mind.
COMFORTABLE WITH UNCERTAINTY: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chodron
In this book Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chodron offers short, stand-alone readings designed to help us cultivate compassion and awareness amid the challenges of daily living.More than a collection of thoughts for the day, Comfortable with Uncertainty offers a progressive program of spiritual study. Inspired by the Buddhist tradition of the 108-day retreat, the book leads the reader through essential concepts, themes, and practices on the Buddhist path.
Comfortable with Uncertainty does not assume prior knowledge of Buddhist thought or practice, making it a perfect introduction to Chodron's teaching. It features the most essentila and stirring passages from Chodron's previous books, exploring topics such as loving-kindness, meditation, mindfulness, "nowness," letting go, and working with fear and other emotions.
Through the course of the book, readers will learn practical methods for heighteni9ng awareness and overcoming habitual patterns that block compassion.
Comfortable with Uncertainty , like a set of traditional prayer beads, strings together 108 gems that will guide and inspire us.
BUDDHISM: Its Essence and Development by Edward Conze
Based on a series of Oxford lectures delivered by a well-known Buddhist scholar, this volume covers the entire range of Buddhist thought. It introduces Buddhism as both religion and philosophy, discusses its common ground with other faiths throughout the world, contrasts monastic and popular Buddhism, and defines old and new schools of thought, including the Mahayana, the Yogacarins, and the Tantra. "He has opened the stately ground of scholarship to the public so that nothing of value and interest shall be missed. His readers are given an opportunity to understand something that has hitherto been only a mystery."--The Times (London) Literary Supplement.
Beginning with the ascetic ideal, the text examines early schools of thought, presenting background on Buddhism, Brahminism, and the Upanishads. Fundamental concepts -- such as karma, nirvana, and the Bodhisattva -- receive coherent definitions. In chronicling the evolution of Buddhist doctrine, the perspective widens to take in the schools that spread from India to China, Japan, and other Asian countries. Dr. Thomas considers regional variations in the religion's tenets and brings the discussion up to date with reflections on Buddhism and modern thought.