Philosophy of the Buddha is a philosophical introduction to the teaching of the Buddha. It carefully guides readers through the basic ideas and practices of the Buddha, including kamma (karma), rebirth, the not-self doctrine, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, ethics, meditation, nonattachment, and Nibbana (Nirvana).
HIDDEN TEACHINGS OF TIBET: An Explanation of the Terma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism by Thondup Tulku
MYSTICAL REVELATIONS occur in virtually all of the world's religions.
On numerous occasions throughout the world, sacred texts and material objects have appeared miraculously to sages and saints. Among the most remarkable of these revelatory traditions is the terma tradition of Tibet. In this tradition, termas, or treasures, are hidden by buddhas and other realized beings to be rediscovered at the appropriate moment by realized masters who have the mystical vision necessary to see them.
THE PRINCIPAL TEACHINGS OF BUDDHISM by Tsongkapa & Pabongka Rinpoche, trans. by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin with Geshe Michael Roach
Tsongkapa was the greatest commentator in the history of Buddhism and wrote some 10,000 pages in eloquent explanation of the entire range of the ancient Buddhist classics. He undertook the challenge of compressing all his knowledge into a single poem. The result was his famous Three Principal Paths fourteen verses written for a favored student in a faraway land. -- a great introduction
Tsongkapa's masterpiece appears here with a commentary by the illustrious Pabongka Rinpoche (1878-1941), generally regarded as the foremost Tibetan teacher of Buddhism during the last century. The work has been translated by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, one of the last Buddhist masters of old Tibet.
RULING YOUR WORLD: Ancient Strategies for Modern Life by Sakyong Mipham
For the first time ever, revered spiritual leader Sakyong Mipham brings the lessons of the ancient Shambhala warriors and rulers to the Western world and shows us how to live our lives with confidence.
Most of us are living in a haze sometimes helping others, sometimes helping ourselves, sometimes happy, sometimes sad. We don't feel in control of our own lives. The ancient teachings of Shambhala rulership show us that we all have the ability to rule our own world and live with confidence. To do this, we need to use our daily lives to be strong, as opposed to aggressive, and to act with wisdom and compassion. This may sound difficult, but when we begin to mix this ancient wisdom of rulership into our everyday life, we have both spiritual and worldly success. We don't need to abandon our life and become an ascetic or a monk in order to gain confidence and achieve this success. We can live in the world as a ruler no matter what we are doing.
Anger plagues all of us on a personal, national, and international level. Yet, we see people, such as the Dalai Lama, who have faced circumstances far worse than many of us have faced - including exile, persecution, and the loss of many loved ones - but who do not burn with rage or seek revenge. How do they do it?
Working with Anger presents a variety of Buddhist methods for subduing and preventing anger, not by changing what is happening, but by framing it differently. No matter what our religion, learning to work with our anger is effective for everyone seeking personal happiness as well as world peace.
THE TIBETAN WHEEL OF EXISTENCE: An Introduction by Jacqueline Dunnington
The Wheel of Existence is a primary icon of the Buddha's teaching. Every Buddhist temple or monastery displays a version of this Wheel to remind the visitor that the unenlightened life is an endlessly revolving wheel of no satisfaction and that enlightenment is the way to get of the wheel. by studying the Wheel one comes to understand deeply the roots of ignorance and the causes of suffering--this is the foundation for truly beginning the path to enlightenment.
SACRED GROUND: Jamgon Kongtrul on "Pilgrimage and Sacred Geography" by Ngawang Zangpo for The Tsadra Foundation
Sacred Ground describes two journeys: a journey outward to specific pilgrimage places in Eastern Tibet; and a journey inward, to the sacred world of tantra, accessible through contemplation and meditation. It sheds light on Himalayan Buddhists' concepts of sacred land, places of pilgrimage in tantric Buddhism, and how pilgrimage is undertaken. It enhances our appreciation of the world and its sacred aspect everywhere first and foremost, wherever we sit now. On the basis of a judicious choice of rare Tibetan texts, translated here for the first time, correlating inner and outer pilgrimage, this book is of considerable value to the Buddhist practitioner.
THE HARMONY OF EMPTINESS AND DEPENDENT ARISING by Ven. Lobsang Gyatso
The Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent-Arising is a commentary to Tsongkhapa's The Essence of Eloquent Speech, Praise to the Buddha for Teaching Profound Dependent-Arising. The subject of the work concerns two important themes of Buddhist philosophy: emptiness and dependent-arising. All schools of Buddhism expound theories of emptiness and dependent-arising, but their interpretations vary greatly and are even contradictory. Here Ven. Lobsang Gyatso, very skilfully explains these two theories through logical analysis combined with simple and wonderful illustrations.
SOVEREIGN ALL-CREATING MIND THE MOTHERLY BUDDHA: A Translation of Kun byed rgyal po'i mdo by E. K. Neumaier-Dargyay
What distinguishes this Buddhist text from so many others is the timelessness of its ideas. It constitutes a radical attempt toward deconstructing Buddhist philosophy, and presents a feminist perspective on Buddhist spirituality. The text holds the being is the center and depth of existence, and is therefore accessible in everyday experience. The fleeting existence (samsara) is in its depth being, i.e. a state of complete integration (nirvana) which may well be described as divine reality of a feminine dimension.
SELF, REALITY AND REASON IN TIBETAN PHILOSOPHY: Tsongkhapa's Quest for the Middle Way by Thupten Jinpa
Thupten Jinpa explores the historical and intellectual context of Tsongkhapa's philosophy and addresses the critical issues related to questions of development and originality in Tsongkhapa's thought. The work also deals extensively with one of Tsongkhapa's primary concerns, namely his attempts to demonstrate that the Middle Way philosophy's de-constructive analysis does not negate the reality of the everyday world.