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Delivering a potent message with the power to change our relationships and improve the quality of our lives, Cultivating Compassion is the ideal book for an age in which our dealings with each other seem increasingly impersonal - and even violent and aggressive. Anyone seeking release from negative emotions such as anger, or simply wanting to increase the love and caring around us, will welcome this timely vision for humanity.
DOOR TO INCONCEIVABLE WISDOM AND COMPASSION by Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche, trans. by Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche
Of all the Mahayana Buddhist teachings currently available in the Western hemisphere, none is as seminal as the instruction on Bodhicitta, a sanskrit term symbolizing the union of loving-kindness, compassion and the wisdom of ultimate reality. Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche opens wide the "Door To Inconceivable Wisdom and Compassion" by skillfully presenting a full spectrum of understandings and everyday applications regarding this most powerful, immediate and practical means of spiritual transformation and realization. Both beginners and advanced students of inner transformation will treasure this book for its straightforward explanations and profund insights into the heart of sentient beings, Buddhist practice and Universal Enlightenment.
AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART: Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection into Every Part of Your Life by Lama Surya Das
What is the "Buddhist heart" and how do we awaken it in ourselves? Lama Surya Das, author of the bestselling Awakening the Buddhist Heart, defines the Buddhist heart as our own inner goodness - our most tender, compassionate, and caring self, our innate Buddha-nature. The Buddhist heart, called Bodhicitta by Tibetans, beats within each and every one of us and is awakened through meaningful connections - connections to our families, romantic partners, our colleagues and work, our neighbors, society, and extending out to all living creatures, including ourselves. This book tells us how we can use relationships as a vehicle for a sacred life.
THE CONCEPT OF BODHICITTA IN SHANTIDEVA'S BODHICARYAVATARA by Francis Brassard
This book explores an important concept within the Buddhist Mahayana tradition, bodhicitta. This term appears frequently in Sanskrit literature relating to the spiritual practices of the bodhisattva in Mahayana Buddhism and has been variously translated as "thought of enlightenment" or "desire of enlightenment." Francis Brassard offers a contextual analysis of bodhicitta based on the presuppositions underlying the spiritual practice of the bodhisattva. Since the understanding that emerges involves how one ought to view the process of spiritual transformation, this work contributes to Buddhist psychology and soteriology in particular, and to comparative religions in general. The book surveys the various interpretations of the concept of bodhicitta, analyzes its possible functions in the context of the spiritual path of the aspirant to enlightenment, and discusses an understanding of bodhicitta in the context of the Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara.
BODHICITTA: Cultivating the Compassionate Mind of Enlightenment by Ven. Lobsang Gyatso, trans. by Sherab Gyatso
One is unlikely ever to receive a Tibetan Buddhist teaching on either sutra or tantra in which Bodhicitta does not have a central role. Bodhicitta, the compassionate mind which aspires to attain full enlightenment in order to benefit beings, is the very quintessence of the Mahayana path of Buddhist practice. In this practical handbook, Ven. Lobsang Gyatso describes the classical methods for developing the mind of enlightenment and, based on his experience as a meditator and a teacher, examines a wide range of obstacles to its development.
VAST AS THE HEAVENS, DEEP AS THE SEA: Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta by Khunu Rinpoche, fore. by H.H. the Dalai Lama
In this modern classic, Khunu Rinpoche's heartfelt verse bestows his unparalleled vision of the incomparable power of bodhicitta. This late Tibetan master was revered by the Dalai Lama as the very embodiment of this ultimate form of altruism. Text presented in English and Tibetan.
TRAINING THE MIND AND CULTIVATING LOVING KINDNESS by Chogyam Trungpa, with new foreword by Pema Chodron
The 59 pithy slogans that comprise the traditional practice of lojong, designed to help develop clarity, intelligence, and compassion.
Using this book could be hazardous to your ego! The slogans it contains are designed to awaken the heart and cultivate love and kindness toward others. They are revolutionary in that practicing them fosters abandonment of personal territory in relating to others and in understanding the world as it is.
The fifty-nine provocative slogans presented here -- each with a commentary by the Tibetan meditation master Chogyam Trungpa -- have been used by Tibetan Buddhists for eight centuries, to help meditation students remember and focus on important principles and practices of mind training.
ACHIEVING BODHICHITTA by Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin
Two main methods of achieving bodhichitta are the Sevenfold Instruction on Cause and Effect and Equality and Exchange between Self and Others. Je Tsongkapa combined them into an eleven-step method of practice explained here along with meditation instruction.
THE UNION OF DZOGCHEN AND BODHICHITTA: A Guide to the Attainment of Wisdom by Anyen Rinpoche
An illuminating look at key aspects of Tibetan Buddhist practice--of interest to many practitioners--is presented in this practical and interesting book. Through demonstrating the interrelationship of the outer, inner, and secret teachings and a textual analysis of the words of four renowned Dzogchen yogis, it makes clear that the practice of Bodhichitta is a necessary aspect of every practice within Tibetan Buddhism. Unlike other books that present either the teachings of Bodhichitta or the teachings of Dzogchen as their own system of practice, this book presents them not even as complementary practices, but as a deconstructed inner and outer which are fundamentally intertwined.
ACTIVATING BODHICHITTA AND A MEDITATION ON COMPASSION by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
There is no more powerful mind than bodhicitta. There is no more joyous mind than bodhicitta. For the accomplishment of one's own ultimate purpose, the awakening mind is supreme, and to accomplish the purpose of all other living beings there is nothing superior to bodhicitta. The awakening mind is the unsurpassable way to collect merit. To purify obstacles bodhicitta is supreme. For protection from interferences bodhicitta is supreme. It is the unique, all-encompassing method. Every kind of ordinary and supra-mundane power can be accomplished through bodhicitta. Thus, it is absolutely precious.
Even though we personally may find difficulty in immediate and thorough generation of such a mind, we should at least direct our thoughts towards it. To train our mind in such an ultimately altruistic manner from the very beginning of our practice of Dharma is vitally important.
A MEDITATION ON COMPASSION
The Inseparability of the Spiritual Master and Avalokitdhvara: A Source of all Powerful Attainments"
All beings wish to be happy and free from misery. Although scientific development, modern weapons and abundant material progress may alleviate the temporary effects of dissatisfaction, such external means can never totally eradicate its fundamental cause. The true solution is to cultivate deep human compassion, love and respect for others. By cultivating such altruistic and beneficial attributes, the cause of suffering, self-cherishing, will gradually diminish. This, in turn, will promote unity and harmony among human beings of all nations.
Although compassion is cultivated in one's own mind, the embodiment of it is the deity known as Avalokiteshvara (Tib. Chan-ra-zig). The various aspects that are visualized in meditation practices and represented in images and paintings are merely the interpretative forms of Avalokitephvara, whereas the actual definitive form is compassion itself.
"The Inseparability of the Spiritual Master and Avalokitdhvara: a Source of all Powerful Attainments" sadhana was composed by the XIV Dalai Lama when he was nineteen years of age and was first printed in Tibet in the Wood-Horse year (1954).