IN THE PRESENCE OF MASTERS: Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers by Reginald. A. Ray
Thirty of the most creative, eloquent, and energetic Tibetan Buddhist teachers of Westerners (Kalu Rinpoche, 16th Karmapa, Trungpa, Namkhai Norbu, Sogyal Rinpoche, Khandro Rinpoche and others) in recent decades are featured in this collection of teachings that are certain to be highly treasured by all students of Buddhism. The contributors are masters who helped establish Buddhism in the West, founding centers in North America, Great Britain, Australia, and Europe: publishing books in English: and gaining recognition among Western Buddhists. Their teachings, drawn exclusively from the spoken word as given in talks and seminars, convey the directness and power for which the oral tradition is so valued in Buddhism.
INDESTRUCTIBLE TRUTH: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism by Reginald Ray
Here is one of the most thorough and accessible introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever written. Indestructible Truth leads the reader into the vast and colorful world of Tibetan Buddhism, including its history, philosophy, and meditation practices, presented as elements of a practical, living spirituality. Reginald Ray, Ph.D., elucidates complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth shows Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also reveals how it is readily applicable to the problems and challenges of modern life in the West.
THE OPEN DOOR TO EMPTINESS by Khenchen Thrangu, Rinpoche, trans. by Shakya Dorje, ed. by Michael Lewis & Clark Johnson
One of the most important concepts of Buddhism is the understanding of emptiness, or more precisely why all internal thoughts and feelings and also all external objects are empty. As Rinpoche explains, things do obviously appear to be solid and existent, but it can also be shown that they are empty of any inherent existence. If we do not understand the empty nature of phenomena, we really cannot thoroughly practice the reduction of attachment that we have with the phenomenal world.
REALIZING EMPTINESS: Madhyamaka Insight Meditation by Gen Lamrimpa, trans. by B. Alan Wallace
In Realizing Emptiness, Gen Lamrimpa draws on his theoretical training as well as his solitary meditative experience to show how students can gain realization of ultimate reality. He explains in a practical and down-to-earth fashion how to analyze experience to fathom how it has been misperceived and misunderstood because of our many delusions and how to use Madhyamaka reasoning to experience theway in which all things exist as dependently related events. Those who wish to apply the Madhyamaka view to meditative practice and daily life will undoubtedly find this work to be of great practical value. The book closes with two chapters on Dzogchen and its relation to Madhyamaka.
THE HUNDRED VERSES OF ADVICE: Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on What Matters Most by Dilgo Khyentse and Padampa Sangye, translated by The Padmakara Translation Group
This commentary on Padampa Sangye's classic verses of advice to Tibetan villagers of Tingri by renowned and beloved meditation master Dilgo Khyentse offers guidance for people trying to lead a dharmic life in the workaday world. These hundred verses, studies for centuries by Tibetans and students of Buddhism, contain a complete survey of the Tibetan Buddhist path. Dilgo Khyentse's lively explication of each stanza brings to light subtleties and amplifies the richness of the words and their pertinence to our lives. These two venerable teachers advise us in relating to everyday difficulties such as loneliness, craving, family squabbles, competition in business, disagreements with neighbors, and betrayal by friends as challenging to us as they have been to meditators for centuries.
HUNDRED VERSES OF ADVICE OF PADAMPA SANGYE by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
The farewell teachings of Padampa Sangye explained by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
The Indian yogi and spiritual master Padampa Sangye was a great traveler. Chronicles say that he crossed the Nepal-Tibet border in 1091. Having remained ten years in Tibet, he traveled for twelve years in China, and returned to the Land of Snow until his death. Before passing away at Tingri in 1117, as a last teaching, he gave these Hundred Verses of Spiritual Advice to the People of Tingri. Soon after, he said: "My mind has blended with the phenomenal world", thus showing that all dual perceptions had disappeared from his mind. He then fixed his gaze on the sky and passed away.
Each of these verses is generously commented by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991) in a most lucid and direct way, showing that the "people of Tingri" are none other than all seekers of truth. With great love, but without any concession, Khyentse Rinpoche gives us a magnificent teaching on how to turn our thoughts to what truly matters in life, practice with our whole being, and discover the ultimate nature of mind.
SUNYATA: The Essence of Mahayana Spirituality by Moti Lal Pandit
An attempt has been made to explain as to what were the essential cuases that led to the rise of the Mahayana, and, upon its emergence, how it tried to fulfill the religious aspirations and hopes of its adherents by removing such barriers as would prevent the ordinary people from enjoying the salvific peace of the Dharma which the Buddha, upon the attainment of enlightenment, had proclaimed to the masses of India. The Mahayanists carrid out successfully the salvific mission of the Buddha by giving equal opportunity to both the religious and the laity insofar as the ultimate soteriological goal of liberation from bondage was concerned.
A very earthy description of the ground, path, and fruition of shunyata from a practitioner's perspective--with lively discussion periods. Ground: being by not being; path: wisdom and compassion; fruition: ultimate non-ego.
GLIMPSES OF SPACE: The Feminine Principle and EVAM by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Rinpoche challenges the reader to abandon familiar territory and taste the freedom that comes from overcoming hesitation and taking a leap into the unknown. He introduces the glamorous, passionate, and utterly vast play of the feminine principle, "E"; the indestructible warmth and dynamism of the masculine principle, "VAM"; and the complete inseparability of the two, EVAM.
GREAT EASTERN SUN: The Wisdom of Shambhala by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
The journey that began in Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior reaches a new level of intimacy and depth in this book, based on talks Chogyam Trungpa gave in the last ten years of his life.
Trungpa possessed uncanny insight into our deepest fears, and how these are heightened by the pressures of today's society. He addresses many of them here: the speed and alienation of modern life; depression; materialism; aggression, anger, and anxiety; and a crippling lack of self-worth.