DIFFERENT PATHS OF BUDDHISM: A Narrative Historical Introduction by Carl Olson
For centuries, Buddhist teachers and laypeople have used stories, symbols, cultural metaphors, and anecdotes to teach and express their religious views. In this introductory textbook, Carl Olson draws on these narrative traditions to detail the development of Buddhism from the life of the historical Buddha to the present.
The book offers a comprehensive introduction to the main branches of the Buddhist tradition in both the Mahayana and Theravada schools, including the Madhyamika school, the Yogacara school, Pure Land devotionalism, Tibetan Tantric Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, and village folk Buddhist traditions. Chapters explore the life and teachings of the Buddha in historical context, the early development and institutionalization of Buddhism, its geographic spread across Asia and eventually to the United States, philosophy and ethics, the relationship between monks and laity, political and ethical implications, the role of women in the Buddhist tradition, and contemporary reinterpretations of Buddhism.
COMPASSION THE KEY TO GREAT AWAKENING by Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen
In this inspiring book, a venerable Tibetan monk draws on two classic Buddhist texts to present a range of techniques for beneficially transforming our minds. Arguing that one cannot attain awakening, or the complete cessation of all suffering, without the great key of compassion, Geshe Gyeltsen provides much practical advice on how to combat negative mental states and conditioning. His suggestions, which are deeply rooted in the Buddhist culture of Tibet, are often surprising - as when he counsels us to regard a bothersome person as a precious treasure that provides us with the opportunity to engage in the difficult practices of tolerance and patience! Through the rigorous application of "thought training" and the cultivation of the bodhisattva's altruistic attitude, we can learn to transform both ourselves and the environment around us.
BODHISATTVAPITAKA, ITS DOCTRINES, PRACTICES AND THEIR POSITION IN MAHAYANA LITERATURE by Ulrich Pagel
The Bodhisattvapitaka, its Doctrines, Practices and their Position in Mahayana Literature.
A comprehensive study of the Bodhisattva doctrines and practices based on the Bodhisattvapitaka and other early Mahayana texts. This study also includes an English translation of the eleventh and most important chapter of the Bodhisattvapitaka.
GENEROUS WISDOM: Commentaries by H.H. the Dalai Lama XIV on the Jatakamala by H.H. the Dalai Lama
Four teachings on the Jatakamala: Garland of Birth Stories of Buddha were given by His Holiness during the Great Prayer Festival in Dharamsala. The theme is the bodhisattvas' perfection of generosity--but His Holiness also speaks on the perfection of ethics and patience, dependent-arising and karma.
COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Vol. 2 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Volume Two examines meditation, mind, and mahayana, the great vehicle for the development of compassion and the means to help others. Chogyam Trungpa introduces a new psychological language and way of looking at the Buddhist teachings in the West. His teachings on human psychology and the human mind are included in this volume.
The Path Is the Goal Training the Mind
Glimpses of Abhidharma
Glimpses of Shunyata
Glimpses of Mahayana
This concise and extremely accessible presentation shows how to apply Buddhist principles in our lives.
Lighting the Way contains 3 fundamental Buddhist teachings given by the Dalai Lama to Western students. "Principles of Buddhism" provides the framework for understanding the Buddha's teaching on the Four Noble Truths, upon which all of his other teachings are based. "Teachings on Eight Verses on Mind Training" comments on a classic text within the genre of Tibetan spiritual writing known as lojong (literally "mind training".) His Holiness often refers to this short work as one of his main sources of inspiration for the practice of compassion. Finally, the Dalai Lama's commentary on Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment discusses in a lucid and inspiring manner one of the most important texts for serious practitioners of Buddhism.
Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness: Walking the Buddha's Path by Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
In the same engaging style that has endeared him to readers of "Mindfulness in Plain English," Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: The Noble Eightfold Path.
Eight Verses for Training the Mind by Geshe Sonam Rinchen
How do we free ourselves from the demon of self-concern? These instructions are found in "Eight Verses for Training the Mind," one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as lojong (literally "mind training"). The root text was written by the eleventh century meditator Langritangpa.
EIGHT VERSES FOR TRAINING THE MIND, Audio CD by H.H. the Dalai Lama
At the invitation of the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture in Washington, D.C., His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a one-day teaching and commentary on the Eight Verses for Training the Mind to over five thousand Western and Tibetan students. These verses were transmitted to His Holiness when he was a small boy, and he has recited them every day since then as part of his personal practice.
His Holiness began the day by stressing the importance of implementing the teachings in daily life and went on to cover the complete fundamentals of Buddhist thought and practice. Then drawing from personal experience in working with these teachings, His Holiness gave a profound and succinct commentary on the entire Eight Verses.
The day concluded with the bestowal of the vow for the Generation of Bodhicitta, the heart-felt motivation to become enlightened in order to benefit all sentient beings.
"It could be said that The Eight Verses for Training the Mind contains within them the entire essence of the Buddha's teachings in a distinct form."--H.H. the Dalai Lama
The text is the result of a teaching given by the author at Tibetan Buddhist Centre of Philadelphia from November, 1995 to March, 1996. It explains clearly the Lam Rim, Stages of the Path of mind training that a practitioner must practice in order to make oneself capable of understanding the true teaching of Buddha, its practice and finally attaining the Buddhahood.