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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying: The Spiritual Classic & International Bestseller
Sogyal Rinpoche
0062508342
January 1993
Paperback
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Book Review
In 1927, Walter Evans-Wentz published his translation of an obscure Tibetan Nyingma text and called it the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Popular Tibetan teacher Sogyal Rinpoche has transformed that ancient text, conveying a perennial philosophy that is at once religious, scientific, and practical. Through extraordinary anecdotes and stories from religious traditions East and West, Rinpoche introduces the reader to the fundamentals of Tibetan Buddhism, moving gradually to the topics of death and dying. Death turns out to be less of a crisis and more of an opportunity. Concepts such as reincarnation, karma, and bardo and practices such as meditation, tonglen, and phowa teach us how to face death constructively. As a result, life becomes much richer. Like Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Sogyal Rinpoche opens the door to a full experience of...


The Tibetan Art of Parenting : From Before Conception through Early Childhood

0861711297


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Jamyang Sakya, author of Princess in the Land of Snows
The Tibetan Art of Parenting gives an inside view on the lives of Tibetans and their unique way of parenting....

Ann Armbrecht Forbes, anthropologist and author of Settlements of Hope
...an important ethnographic contribution to the cross- cultural understanding of childbirth and parenting.

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Graham Coleman (Editor)
0670858862
January 2006
Hardcover
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Francesca Fremantle, Buddhadarma magazine
This new translation of The Tibetan Book of the Dead is a tremendous accomplishment.

Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Profound and unique, it is one of the great treasures of wisdom in the spiritual heritage of humanity.

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Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism

0877280649


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An Open Heart
Dalai Lama
0316930938
Sept 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A paperback reissue of last year's hardcover makes His Holiness the Dalai Lama's wisdom a bit less expensive: "Just as musicians train their hands, athletes their reflexes and techniques, linguists their ears, scholars their perceptions, so we direct our minds and hearts." And so with his characteristic deftness, here he builds bridges from the realities of everyday life to sublimely spiritual pursuits. This compilation, based on teachings delivered by His Holiness in New York in 1999, is founded upon a weaving of two ancient Buddhist texts. These are made accessible here in part by Vreeland's skillful editing and in part by the unflagging style of the Dalai Lama, who continues to spread his message of loving compassion beyond the borders of Buddhism. Readers who savored his The Art of Happiness and Ethics for...


Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism
Claude B. Levenson
0760742367
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Philosophy or religion, way of life or way of being, Buddhism never ceases to intrigue. Its many aspects bear witness to the diversity of its paths, and its innumerable aspects can disorient the newcomer. Its essence is simple, however, a deep root common to all those searching for knowledge: a man, anchored in a moment of history, who awakened to affirm that it's within everyone's power to attain wisdom. The renewed interest that Buddhism has enjoyed over the past years, led by its spiritual and tempral guide the Dalai Lama, has made it possible to approach the meaning and origins of his teaching. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or...


The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism : Its Fundamentals and History

0861711998


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History of Religions
"A landmark in the history of English-language studies of Tibetan Buddhism."

Book Description
The first English translation of the master work of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, this book constitutes the most complete work of its type in the West. This is the first time this text has been available in a trade edition.

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World of Tibetan Buddhism: An Overview of Its Philosophy and Practice
Dalai Lama
0861710975
March 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In his foreword to The World of Tibetan Buddhism, actor Richard Gere describes the Dalai Lama as "universally respected as one of our greatest spiritual friends." The implied sentiment of equality and ease is appropriate for this manual by His Holiness, who here continues his loving attack on the West through publishing. A guidebook, this fluid translation by Geshe Thupten Jinpa of talks given by the Dalai Lama in London in 1988 is suitable for beginners in, as well as more advanced practitioners of, the Buddhist way, for it discusses general Buddhism as well as the esoteric Vajrayana Buddhism of Tibet. Of interest and also useful to any reader is the central section, "An Altruistic Outlook and Way of Life," in which the benefits of the Dalai Lama's clear mind are in abundance. Just before the glossary and...


Buddhism with an Attitude
B. Alan Wallace
1559392002
Sept 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Yes, the title can be misleading. This isn't a book about hip Buddhism with some kind of bad-ass attitude. This is a training manual for learning Buddhist attitudes that will help readers find greater peace of mind and happiness in daily life. The premise here is mind control the Tibetan Buddhist way. Wallace (Boundless Heart) draws upon the traditional "root text" of the Seven-Point Mind Training and expertly translates the ancient teachings into a Western-flavored lesson. In fact, another possible title for this highly esteemed book might be, Buddhism Taught with a Western Attitude. Rather than rely solely on the traditional teaching methods of using stories and parables to ground Buddhist theory into daily living, Wallace sprinkles in large doses of intellectual and scientific analogies—definite crowd-pleasers in the...


The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
Dalai Lama
076792066X
September 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
As the Dalai Lama observes in this wise and humble book, dialogue between scientists and those interested in spirituality is important because science is not neutral; it can be used for good or ill, and we must approach scientific inquiry with compassion and empathy. Similarly, a spirituality that ignores science can quickly become a rigid fundamentalism. Sometimes the Dalai Lama discovers similarities between the two fields. For example, Einstein's idea that time is relative dovetails neatly with Buddhist philosophical understandings of time. Still, His Holiness does not accept all scientific thinking as holy writ: though he is intrigued by scientific stories of origins, like the Big Bang theory, Buddhism holds that the universe is "infinite and beginningless." The penultimate chapter brings ethical...


True Love
Thich Nhat Hanh
1590301889
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This umpteenth volume from the highly regarded Vietnamese Zen monk really has nothing new, but that is precisely the author's point: just do a few simple things, and keep doing them. True love—the real thing—is actually hard to practice, and so Nhat Hanh begins with a short Buddhist explanation on the components of love—loving kindness, compassion, joy and freedom—and then offers a series of practices, including mantras, deep listening and a variety of meditations. Throughout, he skillfully weaves in Buddhist teachings about consciousness and nonduality whose complexity belies the simplicity of the author's words. Nhat Hanh is always good, and poetic, at seeing the deep in the ordinary: how the ring of a telephone can be a call to awareness, how the waste material of human fear and pain...


When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chodron
1570623449
January 1997
Paperback
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Book Review
Much like Zen, Pema Chodron's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a nontheistic spiritualism. In When Things Fall Apart this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane to modern issues. The key to all of these terms is accepting that in the final analysis, life is groundless. By letting go, we free ourselves to face fear and obstacles and offer ourselves unflinchingly to others. The graceful, conversational tone of Chodron's writing gives the impression of sitting on a pillow across from her, listening to her everyday examples of Buddhist wisdom. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Pema Chodron, a student of Chogyam Trunpa...


The Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking
Christopher Hansard
074348326X
Aug 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Norman Vincent Peale goes to Tibet in this self-help manual based on Bön, the little-known indigenous religion of Tibet that predates Buddhism. Since he was a child, Hansard trained in the spiritual and medical traditions of Bön, and now runs a London clinic where he treats celebrities and commoners with the principles of this ancient wisdom. The first two chapters lay out key ideas and theory before moving to the areas where people commonly experience problems: work, money, relationships, health. The book is long on simple exercises, using concentration and ritual practice to resolve problems. As such, it offers help for particular issues: what to do about bullies, stress and overwork, for example. Some ideas are unique to Bön: a close relationship with another forms a "third person" that needs...


Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth
Peter Kelder
038549162X
January 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Legend has it that hidden in the remote reaches of the Himalayan mountains lies a secret that would have saved Ponce de Leon from years of fruitless searching. There, generations of Tibetan monks have passed down a series of exercises with mystical, age-reversing properties. Known as the Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation or the Five Rites, these once-secret exercises are now available to Westerners in Ancient Secret of the Fountain Of Youth. Peter Kelder's book begins with an account of his own introduction to the rites by way of Colonel Bradford, a mysterious retired British army officer who learned of the rites while journeying high up in the Himalayas. Fountain of Youth then offers practical instructions for each of the five rites, which resemble yoga postures. Taking just minutes a day to perform, the...


The Tibetan Book of the Dead
Guru Rinpoche
1590300599
June 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Shows that these ancient teachings are penetrating and relevant, not only for understanding death, but as a guide to life. Illustrated.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Ethics for the New Millennium
Dalai Lama
1573228834
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
In a modern society characterized by insensitivity to violence, ambivalence to the suffering of others, and a high-octane profit motive, is talk of ethics anything more than a temporary salve for our collective conscience? The Dalai Lama thinks so. In his Ethics for the New Millennium, the exiled leader of the Tibetan people shows how the basic concerns of all people--happiness based in contentment, appeasement of suffering, forging meaningful relationships--can act as the foundation for a universal ethics.

His medicine isn't always easy to swallow, however, for it demands of the reader more than memorizing precepts or positing hypothetical dilemmas. The Nobel Peace laureate invites us to recognize certain basic facts of existence, such as the interdependence of all things, and from these to recalibrate our hearts and...



When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
Pema Chodron
1590302265
January 2005
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
Much like Zen, Pema Chodron's interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism takes the form of a nontheistic spiritualism. In When Things Fall Apart this head of a Tibetan monastery in Canada outlines some relevant and deceptively profound terms of Tibetan Buddhism that are germane to modern issues. The key to all of these terms is accepting that in the final analysis, life is groundless. By letting go, we free ourselves to face fear and obstacles and offer ourselves unflinchingly to others. The graceful, conversational tone of Chodron's writing gives the impression of sitting on a pillow across from her, listening to her everyday examples of Buddhist wisdom. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Pema Chodron, a student of Chogyam Trunpa...


How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life
The Dalai Lama, Jeffrey Hopkins (Translator)
0743427084
January 1, 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
As a primer on living the good life, few books compete with How to Practice, another profound offering from the exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Westerners may be confused by the book's title, assuming that it focuses solely on Buddhist meditation and prayer techniques. Though it does address meditation and prayer, at its core this is a book that demonstrates how day-to-day living can be a spiritual practice. There are two ways to create happiness:The first is external. By obtaining better clothes, better shelter, and better friends we can find a certain measure of happiness and satisfaction. The second is through mental development, which yields inner happiness. However, these two approaches are not equally viable. External happiness cannot last long without its counterpart.... However,...


Mind Training: The Great Collection (The Library of Tibetan Classics, Volume I)
Thupten Jinpa (Translator)
0861714407
November 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Tibetan practice of "mind training," or lojong, stretches back for hundreds of years and encompasses a variety of techniques for cultivating altruistic thoughts and coping with the inevitable challenges of everyday life. Mind Training: The Great Collection is an English adaptation of the first anthology of these techniques. Presenting 44 of the original texts — including seminal works such as "Leveling out All Preconceptions" and "Eight Verses on Training the Mind" — Mind Training combines eloquent translations and historical commentaries to demonstrate how anyone can learn to exude love, compassion, and perseverance.


Awakening the Buddha Within : Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World
Lama Surya Das
0767901576
June 15, 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
If you dropped the Buddha into a modern metropolis, would he come off sounding like a 16th-century morality play or more like a drive-time disc jockey? Lama Surya Das doesn't spin platters for a living, but he does have a hip delivery that belies his years of sheltered training in Buddhist monasteries. In Awakening the Buddha Within, he borrows a time-tested bestseller format for a 2,500-year-old tradition that comes off as anything but ancient. With the "Five T's of Concentration," the question of "need or greed," and the story of the monk who bares his backside to prove a point, Surya Das invokes a path of wisdom that is as accessible and down-to-earth as a worn pair of loafers. It's not an easy path--it demands thought, effort, and discipline. But Surya Das is there for you, lighting the way to wisdom training, coaxing...


The Essential Dalai Lama
Dalai Lama
0670034444
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Now, for the first time, The Essential Dalai Lama brings together the best of the Dalai Lama’s writings on all aspects of life from work to meditation. Divided into four sections—The Vision, Buddhist Perspectives, Practice, A World in Harmony—The Essential Dalai Lama contains eloquent applications of the principles of ancient Buddhist thought to contemporary issues, all expressed in the Dalai Lama’s uniquely compelling voice. Covering topics such as the quest for human happiness, foundations of Buddhism, Karma, focusing the mind, ethics and society, the Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, and much more, The Essential Dalai Lama will be the perfect gift for anyone who wishes to have one source for the Dalai Lama’s teachings or who seeks an introduction to the philosophy...


The Universe in a Single Atom
Dalai Lama
0739322656
Sept 2005
Audio Compact Disc - Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
As the Dalai Lama observes in this wise and humble book, dialogue between scientists and those interested in spirituality is important because science is not neutral; it can be used for good or ill, and we must approach scientific inquiry with compassion and empathy. Similarly, a spirituality that ignores science can quickly become a rigid fundamentalism. Sometimes the Dalai Lama discovers similarities between the two fields. For example, Einstein's idea that time is relative dovetails neatly with Buddhist philosophical understandings of time. Still, His Holiness does not accept all scientific thinking as holy writ: though he is intrigued by scientific stories of origins, like the Big Bang theory, Buddhism holds that the universe is "infinite and beginningless." The penultimate chapter brings ethical...


The Pema Chodron Collection: Pure Meditation:Good Medicine:From Fear to Fearlessness [UNABRIDGED]
Pema Chodron
1591791596
October 2004
Audio CD
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Book Description
Pema Chodron is one of the West’s most beloved teachers of Buddhism, making the Tibetan vajrayana tradition accessible in today’s world. Now, three of her most popular teachings are available in one boxed set. The Pema Chodron Collection includes: Pure Meditation – step-by-step instruction in Tibetan Buddhism’s pinnacle practice for transformation and letting go; Good Medicine – teachings in tonglen, an elegant meditation that allows us to use our troubles to befriend ourselves and widen our circle of compassion; and From Fear to Fearlessness – offers an antidote to fear in the four noble aspirations – maitri (lovingkindness), compassion, joy, and equanimity.

About the Author
While in her mid-thirties, Ane Pema Chodron traveled to the French...


The Five Tibetans: Five Dynamic Exercises for Health, Energy, and Personal Power
Christopher S. Kilham
0892814500
January 1994
Paperback
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Hinduism Today
Kilham brings to The Five Tibetans nicely written chapters about kundalini, the chakras and an especially insightful instruction on the role of breathing while doing each rite. Excellent and recommended.

Hinduism Today
Kilham brings to The Five Tibetans nicely written chapters about kundalini, the chakras and an especially insightful instruction on the role of breathing while doing each rite. Excellent and recommended.

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From Fear to Fearlessness: Teachings on the Four Great Catalysts of Awakening [UNABRIDGED]
Pema Chodron
1591791081
September 2003
Audio CD
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From AudioFile
Essentially a review of familiar spiritual and metaphysical concepts, Chodron's lecture is a useful guide for beginners or a refresher course for those already "on the path." While it seems this material would have been more effective as a studio recording, rather than a meandering live lecture, Chodron knows her way around the lessons of karma, acceptance, and letting go. A more focused approach would benefit this recording, but if you're a fan of Chodron, you'll enjoy getting a sense of her personality and delivery. Production values are mediocre, as are those of most live lectures, a phenomenon that begs the Zen-like question: Why record this? D.J.B. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

Publishers Weekly
"Chodron...


The Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep
Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Mark Dahlby
1559391014
June 25, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
The yogas of dream and sleep are used in the Bon and Buddhist traditions of Tibet to attain liberation.


Buddha's Not Smiling : Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today
Erik D. Curren
0977225305
February 22, 2006
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1981, the 16th Karmapa—leading lama of the Karma Kagyu branch of Tibetan Buddhism—died. In a highly biased but fascinating account, first-time author Curren describes the controversy over the Karmapa's succession that still rages today. After the 16th Karmapa's death, two different factions arose, each naming a different boy the 17th Karmapa: Ogyen Trinley, supported by several Karma Kagyu leaders and the Dalai Lama, and Trinley Thaye, whom the second-ranking Kama Kagyu lama, Shamar Rinpoche, believes to be the true Karmapa. While most previous accounts of the controversy have favored Ogyen Trinley, Curren—who acknowledges early on that he is a student of Shamar Rinpoche—believes Ogyen Trinley to be a fraud. Curren is quite critical of the Dalai Lama, suggesting that His Holiness should...

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