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    MIND TRAINING MIND TRAINING
    by Pema Chodron

    This accessible book contains the essence of the Seven-Point Mind Training, expressed in the intimate, colloquial style that distinguishes Ringu Tulku's teachings. Lojong, the Seven-Point Mind Training, assumes no prior special training or preparation. It does not require practitioners to enter seclusion or change the way they live their lives. It asks that they examine their relationships with all those around them, and to make a strong determination to become enlightened for others' sakes rather than for their own. It gives instructions for tonglen, breathing practice that ties the concepts of Lojong to the physical act of breathing. Mind Training focuses simply on giving up self-cherishing and transforming self-centered thinking into compassion, egoistic feelings into altruism, desire into acceptance, and resentment into joy.

    "The Seven Point Mind Training by Chekawa is the root text for Lojong or the mental training in exchanging ourselves with others. This is the precious heart of the Tibetan Mahayana practice. My root lama Kyabje Khamtrul Dongyu Nyima towards the end of his life gave this same text as the quintessence of practice to his most advanced yogis.

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  • BODHISATTVACHARYAVATARA: Engaging in the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas Vol. 1 and 2 BODHISATTVACHARYAVATARA: Engaging in the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas Vol. 1 and 2
    by Shantideva, with commentary by Sazang Mati Panchen, trans. by Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen and Ani Kunga Chodron

    This beautifully-produced 2-volume boxed set is a fitting format for the text, in one volume, and the commentary in the second. Each book is deep maroon, stamped and edged in gold, sliding perfectly into a substantial cloth-bound case. Shantideva's classic--considered essential for any serious dharma student--has been the handbook used by generations of masters for 1200 years to tame their minds. This clear, accurate translation offers the root verses in both English and Tibetan. The 13th-century commentary, the first full-length commentary translated into English, gives detailed explanations, outlines and a glossary.

    "Engaging in the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas" by the Indian Buddhist saint Shantideva is one of the most important classics of Mahayana Buddhism. When asked to name a single book that encapsulates the Buddhist path, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommends this great work because it is intellectually profound, poetically beautiful, and designed for study and practice. This text is part of the core curriculum of Tibetan Buddhist monastic colleges.

    The first volume of this beautifully produced set contains the core text by Shantideva. Also known as the root verses, it is an inspiring and lyrical poem of one thousand stanzas which is provided here in both the English and Tibetan languages. The companion volume contains an English translation of a famous commentary by the great Sakya scholar Sazang Mati Panchen, which provides both a concise overview of Buddhist philosophy, and a clear verse-by-verse commentary. A foreword by His Holiness Sakya Trizin guides the reader to the heart of the work, which is the development of the resolve to cultivate wisdom and compassion in order to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. Both texts are translated from the Tibetan by Venerable Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen and Ani Kunga Chodron.

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  • BODHISATTVA VOW, A Sourcebook BODHISATTVA VOW, A Sourcebook
    by Vajradhatu Publications

    The Bodhisattva Vow: A Sourcebook is a compilation of commentaries and traditional text excerpts on the Buddhist Bodhisattva Vow by various teachers including Chögyam Trungpa, Sakyong Mipham, Thrangu Rinpoche, and Shantideva, among others. A valuable resource for both those preparing to take the vow, and for teachers of Buddhism.

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  • BODHISATTVAPITAKA, it's Doctrines, Practices and their Position in Mahayana Literature BODHISATTVAPITAKA, it's Doctrines, Practices and their Position in Mahayana Literature
    by Ulrich Pagel

    A comprehensive study of the Bodhisattva doctrines and practices based on the Bodhisattvapitaka and other early Mahayana texts. This study also includes an English translation of the eleventh and most important chapter of the Bodhisattvapitaka.

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  • THE PRACTICE OF LOJONG: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind THE PRACTICE OF LOJONG: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind
    by Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche

    This book presents commentary, stories, and historical background on the lojong slogans of Tibetan Buddhism. Used by meditators through the ages to cultivate awareness and compassion-and made popular by successful books by Pema Chödrön and Chögyam Trungpa-this contemplation practice offers guidance for remaining receptive and wakeful amid the ups and downs of daily life. These meditations have long been considered the quintessence of Buddhist teachings for cultivating an awakened heart and a compassionate mind.

    Traleg Kyabgon, a revered contemporary Tibetan master, offers practical and thorough explanations of each of the fifty-nine lojong slogans, including:
    • Don't wait in ambush.
    • Always maintain a cheerful outlook.
    • Don't attack others' vulnerable points.
    The Practice of Lojong will be of interest to all those who want to explore how Buddhist teachings can help us find clarity and balance in daily life, and it will deepen the understanding of those who have read other popular books on lojong, such as Start Where You Are by Pema Chödrön and Training the Mind and Cultivating Lovingkindnessby Chögyam Trungpa.

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  • ALWAYS MAINTAIN A JOYFUL MIND And Other Teachings on Awakening, Compassion and Fearlessness - Book and CD set ALWAYS MAINTAIN A JOYFUL MIND And Other Teachings on Awakening, Compassion and Fearlessness - Book and CD set
    by Pema Chodron

    And Other Lojong Teachings on Awakening Compassion and Fearlessness For centuries Tibetan Buddhists have employed a collection of pithy, penetrating slogans to help them develop equanimity, intelligence, and compassion amid the turbulence of daily life. This book presents this transformative spiritual practice (called lojong in Tibetan) in a way that readers of any background can understand and put to use.

    Always Maintain a Joyful Mind features fifty-nine powerful maxims including,
  • "Always maintain a joyful mind"
  • "Don't be so predictable"
  • "Be grateful to everyone"


  • Each lojong slogan is followed by Pema Chödrön's fresh, succinct, and inspiring commentary on how to understand and apply the maxim in everyday living.

    Also included is a 45-minute audio program entitled "Opening the Heart," in which the author offers in-depth instruction on tonglen meditation practice ("taking in and sending out"), a powerful practice that anyone can undertake to awaken compassion for oneself and others.

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  • THE NECTAR OF MANJUSHRI'S SPEECH: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva THE NECTAR OF MANJUSHRI'S SPEECH: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva
    by Kunzang Pelden, trans. by the Padmakara Translation Group

    The Bodhicharyavatara,or Way of the Bodhisattva, composed by the eighth-century Indian master Shantideva, has occupied an important place in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition almost from its inception. One of the great classics of Mahayana Buddhism, it describes the path of the bodhisattvas, those who vow to become enlightened in order to help all beings awaken into the state of freedom and fulfillment. It is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment through generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience.

    Patrul Rinpoche, the celebrated nineteenth-century master and author of The Words of My Perfect Teacher, devoted his whole life to the practice and teachings of the Bodhicharyavatara. Although he never composed an extensive commentary on this great work, it is said that, when traveling all over the east of Tibet, he expounded it more than one hundred times, sometimes in detailed courses lasting many months. Kunzang Pelden spent most of his early life with Patrul Rinpoche and was one of his close disciples. This commentary is a compilation of the extensive notes he took during a six-month teaching given by Patrul Rinpoche at Dzogchen Monastery. It is thanks to Kunzang Pelden's labors that Patrul Rinpoche's teachings on the Bodhicharyavatara have been preserved. It could perhaps be said that The Nectar of Manjushri's Speech is the commentary that Patrul Rinpoche so often presented to students, but never actually wrote.

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  • THE WAY OF THE BODHISATTVA - CD and book set THE WAY OF THE BODHISATTVA - CD and book set
    by Shantideva, trans. by the Padmakara Translation Group

    This classic Tibetan Buddhist teaching on compassion and the path of service has been widely acclaimed and respected for more than a thousand years. It is studied by all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. An exposition of the path of the bodhisattva—a person who puts others before him- or herself—the book describes the spiritual path of putting aside selfish concerns and devoting one's life to working for the enlightenment of all.

    This new presentation includes a reading of the verses on a set of three CDs, along with a sixty-four-page booklet that offers an introduction to the text and a short biography of Shantideva.

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  • IN PRAISE OF DHARMADHATU IN PRAISE OF DHARMADHATU
    by Nagarjuna, commentary by the Third Karmapa, translated and introduced by Karl Brunnhölzl

    Nagarjuna is famous in the West for his works on Madhyamaka, but his poetic «collection of praises»--headed by «In Praise of Dharmadhatu»--is largely unknown. This book explores the scope, contents, and significance of Nagarjuna's scriptural legacy in India and Tibet, primarily focusing on the title work. The translation of Nagarjuna's hymn to buddha nature--here called dharmadhatu--shows how buddha nature is temporarily obscured by adventitious stains in ordinary sentient beings, gradually uncovered through the path of bodhisattvas, and finally revealed in full bloom as buddhahood. These themes are explored at a deeper level through a Buddhist «history» of mind's luminous nature and a translation of the text's earliest and most extensive commentary by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339), supplemented by relevant excerpts from all other available commentaries.

    The book also provides an overview of the Third Karmapa's basic outlook, based on seven of his major texts. He is widely renowned as one of the major proponents of the shentong («other-empty») view. However, as this book demonstrates, this often problematic and misunderstood label needs to be replaced by a more nuanced approach which acknowledges the Karmapa's very finely-tuned synthesis of the two great traditions of Indian mahayana Buddhism, Madhyamaka and Yogacara. Based on these two, his distinct positions on buddha nature and the transformation of consciousness into enlightened wisdom also serve as the fundamental view for the entire vajrayana as it is understood and practiced in the Kagyu tradition to the present day.

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  • THE BOOK OF KADAM: The Core Texts, Attributed to Atisa Dipamkara (982–1054) and Dromtönpa (1005–1064) THE BOOK OF KADAM: The Core Texts, Attributed to Atisa Dipamkara (982–1054) and Dromtönpa (1005–1064)
    trans. by Thupten Jinpa

    From the Dalai Lama's principal translator comes this essential collection of teachings from Buddhism's Kadam school, which emerged from the teachings of the Indian master Atisha and his principal student, Dromtönpa. Kadam is revered for its practical application of the bodhisattva's altruistic ideal in daily life. This book presents the Book of Kadam's core texts, including the 23-chapter Jewel Garland of Dialogues, Dromtonpa's Self-Exhortation, four chapters from Dromtonpa's birth stories, two brief verse summaries of the Book of Kadam, sayings of the Kadam masters, and other essential writings. The teachings of the Kadam school play an important role all four of the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Geluk school.

    Thupten Jinpa holds a Geshe Lharam degree as well as a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for nearly two decades and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama.

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