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 heightening 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.
ON BEING BUDDHA: The Classical Doctrine of Buddhahood by Paul J. Griffiths
What is it like to be a Buddha? Is there only one Buddha or are there many? What can Buddhas do and what do they know? Is there anything they cannot do and cannot know? These and associated questions were much discussed by Buddhist thinkers in India, and a complex and subtle set of doctrinal positions was developed to deal with them. This is the first book in a western language to treat these doctrines about Buddha from a philosophical and thoroughly critical viewpoint.
The book shows that Buddhist thinkers were driven, when theorizing about Buddha, by a basic intuition that Buddha must be maximally perfect, and that pursuing the implications of this intuition led them into some conceptual dilemmas that show considerable similarity to some of those treated by western theists.
VISIONS: Volume 1 compiled & ed. by Acharya Migmar Tseten
The first in a series, this volume contains The Buddhist Essence Teaching, an interview with H.H. Sakya Trizin; The Perfection of Meditation, by Khenpo Appey Rinpoche; The Great Song of Experience, by Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen. There is an overview of Tibetan Buddhism, a teaching on overcoming obstacles to meditation, and a presentation on the view, meditation, conduct and the result which is Buddhahood.
VISIONS: Volume 2 compiled & ed. by Acharya Migmar Tseten
This is volume 2 of teachings and contains: The Four Noble Truths, The Preliminary Practices, the enlightenment thought, the nature of mind, the Buddhist essence teaching. Contributors include H.H. Sakya Trizin, Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, Sakya Pandita, Peter Dell Santina, Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen.
VISIONS: Volume 3 compiled & ed. by Acharya Migmar Tseten
This is volume 3 of teachings: The Life of the Buddha by Peter Della Santina; The Buddha Nature, Five Paths, the Ten Bhumis, Qualities of Buddha by Khenpo Appey Rinpoche; Buddhist Tantra by H.H. Sakya Trizin; parting from the four attachments, how to guide students by Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen.
VISIONS: Volume 4 compiled & ed. by Acharya Migmar Tseten
Contains teachings on the five aggregates; perfections of moral conduct, patience and diligence; an intro. to Buddhism by H.E. Chogye Trichen Rinpoche; the Sakya view of the Basis; five pieces of Mystical Songs of Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen; and an Homage to the Buddha by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche.
THE THREE VISIONS: Fundamental Teachings of the Sakya Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism by Ngorchen Konchog Lhundrub, fore. by H.H. Sakya Trizin, trans. by Lobsang Dagpa and Jay Goldberg
The most profound and fundamental teaching of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism is that of the "Path Including Its Result." This unique teaching of Virupa, one of India's extraordinary Mahasiddhas, covers the entire Buddhist path from the time of entering the spiritual discipline up to the attainment of full and perfect enlightenment. Though it comprehensively explains the tenets of the Buddha, its main function is to serve as a manual for contemplating and meditating upon the various stages leading to the final result of ultimate happiness and liberation.
Indian Buddhist Philosophers say that it is possible to achieve, by specific meditational techniques, a distinctive 'altered state' which they call 'the attainment of cessation'. In this state, the stream of mental events is temporarily brought to a complete halt: the practitioner becomes mindless. The possibility and desirability of such an altered state was extensively discussed by Buddhist thinkers in India.
THE THREE LEVELS OF SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION: A Commentary on the Three Visions (2nd ed.) by Deshung Rinpoche, trans. by Jared Rhoton
IN THIS ACCESSIBLE GUIDE, Deshung Rinpoche explains the Lam-dre, or Path with Its Result, ' system of meditation, which has been special to the Sakya tradition-one of the four major branches of Tibetan Buddhism-for over a thousand years.
According to the Lam-dre teachings, there are three main stages-or levels of perception-on the spiritual path: the perception of ordinary beings, the vision experienced by those who have begun meditation practice, and the pure vision of those who have attained enlightenment. These three levels are ultimately shown to be inseparable.