THE CLEAR MIRROR: A Traditional Account of Tibet's Golden Age by Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen, translated by McComas Taylor and Lama Choedak Yuthok
A rich blend of history, legend, poetry, adventure and romance, The Clear Mirror is a treasure-trove of traditional Tibetan narrative and folk wisdom. It presents in full the often-cited but elusive accounts of the origins of the Tibetan people, the coming of the Dharma to Tibet, and the appearance of Avalokiteshvara as the patron deity of Tibet. The text treats the era during which Buddhism came to Tibet, Lhasa became the capital, and the Jokhang and Ramoche temples were founded. Written to inform and entertain, the book has a pre-eminent position in Tibetan society and is popular today.
In The Small Golden Key, Thinley Norbu Rinpoche explains in simple, concise language the important ideas and practices of Buddhism, with special attention to the Vajrayana teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. He discusses the origins of Buddhism in India and its spread to Tibet; the important lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, with emphasis on the Nyingma school; the difference between the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana teachings; the outstanding features of the Mahayana; and some of the special qualities and practices of the Vajrayana.
TRANSCENDING EGO: Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom by Thrangu Rinpoche
A Treatise of the Third Karmapa
Distingushing Conciousness from Wisdom is a translation of the root verses of the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, accompanied by a line-by-line commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche, the foremost scholar of this tradition.
Rinpoche with his vast experience in meditation explains how the eight consciuosnesses function and how they are transformed into the five wisdoms at enlightenment.
CUTTING THROUGH SPIRITUAL MATERIALISM by Chogyam Trungpa
In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa highlights the commonest pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal human tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement - the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ego is, by nature, essentially empty. "The problem is that ego can convert anything to it's own use", he said, "even spirituality." His incisive, compassionate teachings serve to wake us up from this trick we all play on ourselves, and to offer us a far brighter reality: the true and joyous liberation that inevitably involves letting go of the self rather than working to improve it. It is a message that has resonated with students for nearly thirty years, and remains fresh as ever today.
This new edition includes a foreword by Chogyam Trungpa's son and lineage holder, Sakyong Mipham.
PLUVIAL NECTAR OF BLESSINGS: A Supplication to the Noble Lama Mahaguru Padmasambhava by the Fifth Dalai Lama, trans. by Dennis Cordell
A supplication to Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava, using a mixture of Buddhist terminology with Tibetan historical references to create a petition for the welfare of the Tibetan nation. The translator has provided a lengthy commentary.
Suppose your mental awareness allowed you to approach situations from a totally different perspective than is usually true in Western thought. Would your alternatives and/or solutions be multiplied? Buddhism is said to be the fastest-growing religion and one of the most influential spiritual movements in North America and Europe. In this spiritually uplifting book, some of the world's major figures from different schools of Buddhism discuss the significant role that Buddhism is playing in the new planetary culture-one quite different from the usual East-West encounters of the past.
BUDDHISM IN THE MODERN WORLD: Adaptations of an Ancient Tradition by Steve Heine & Charles Prebish
The history of Buddhism has been characterized by an ongoing tension between attempts to preserve traditional ideals and modes of practice and the need to adapt to changing cultural conditions. Many developments in Buddhist history, such as the infusion of esoteric rituals, the rise of devotionalism and lay movements, and the assimilation of warrior practices, reflect the impact of widespread social changes on traditional religious structures. At the same time, Buddhism has been able to maintain its doctrinal purity to a remarkable degree.
RESTORING THE BALANCE, Sharing Tibetan Wisdom by Akong Tulku Rinpoche
This book offers Akong Rinpoche's timeless wisdom to help us face the challenge of living happy and useful lives in an increasingly bewildering world. We cannot change the world to conform to our wishes. What we can do is to have mastery over how we experience it: we can learn to accept and adapt to ever-changing circumstance maturing our minds in the process. With balancing we learn to access our inner potential through the process of living.
TIBETAN YOGA AND SECRET DOCTRINES by W.Y. Evans-Wentz
In the early part of the 20th century, the pioneering efforts of scholar W.Y Evans-Wentz triggered our ongoing occidental fascination with such phenomena as yoga, Zen and meditation. In this work -- a companion to the highly popular Tibetan Book of the Dead -- Evans-Wentz presents seven authentic Tibetan yoga texts that first appeared in English in 1935.
FACES OF BUDDHISM by Charles Prebish & Kenneth Tanaka
Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the United States, with adherents estimated in the several millions. But what exactly defines a "Buddhist"? This has been a much-debated question in recent years, particularly in regard to the religion's bifurcation into two camps: the so-called "imported" or ethnic Buddhism of Asian immigrants and the "convert" Buddhism of a mostly middle-class, liberal, intellectual elite. In this timely collection Charles S. Prebish and Kenneth K. Tanaka bring together some of the leading voices in Buddhist studies to examine the debates surrounding contemporary Buddhism's many faces.
The contributors investigate newly Americanized Asian traditions such as Tibetan, Zen, Nichiren, Jodo Shinshu, and Theravada Buddhism and the changes they undergo to meet the expectations of a Western culture desperate for spiritual guidance. Race, feminism, homosexuality, psychology, environmentalism, and notions of authority are some of the issues confronting Buddhism for the first time in its three-thousand-year history and are powerfully addressed here.