The Dhammapada introduced the actual utterances of the Buddha nearly twenty-five hundred years ago, when the master teacher emerged from his long silence to illuminate for his followers the substance of humankind's deepest and most abiding concerns. The nature of the self, the value of relationships, the importance of moment-to-moment awareness, the destructiveness of anger, the suffering that attends attachment, the ambiguity of the earth's beauty, the inevitability of aging, the certainty of death these dilemmas preoccupy us today as they did centuries ago. No other spiritual texts speak about them more clearly and profoundly than does the Dhammapada.
EVERYDAY BUDDHA: A Contemporary Rendering of the Buddhist Classic, The Dhammapada by Karma Yonten Senge
These quintessential sayings of the Buddha offer a rich tapestry of spiritual teachings and reflections on the spiritual path. More than just a collection of Buddhist sayings, The Dhammapada's message is timeless and crosses all cultural boundaries. It offers the reader a constant source of inspiration, reflection and companionship. It is a treasure trove of pure wisdom that has something to offer to everyone.
TIBETAN DHAMMAPADA: Sayings of the Buddha by Gareth Sparham
A Translation of the Tibetan Version of the Udanavarga. This compilation of the Buddha's sayings has long been considered one of the most important sources for guidance in ethics, the basis for a calm and happy mind. Usually associated with Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand, it is also,as the Dalai Lama says in his foreword, "...known among Tibetans for the beauty of its poetry and the universality of its message. There is no Buddhist for whom the teaching in this book is irrelevant."
INSEPARABILITY OF THE THREE YANAS by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
It is very important that people actually understand and practice the three yanas (or vehicles). When people who have not practiced dharma in great depth first examine the structure of the three yanas, they appear to be individual or separate from one another. For example, when we are beginning practitioners we often look at what is called the hinayana (lesser vehicle), and say, "Well, it is called the lesser vehicle or hinayana; therefore, it must be something inferior or lower". And because mahayana is called greater vehicle, it appears distinct and superior or preferable the hinayana or lesser vehicle. Then the vajra vehicle seems to be distinctive as well - something incredibly good and far beyond the previous two vehicles. [...]
Buddhist Thought and Ritual will appeal to anyone interested in acquiring an authentic grasp of Buddhism as it lives and functions in today's world. The wide spectrum of Buddhist practice is represented here by the men and women who contributed to this volume. The focus on thought and ritual captures the organic interrelationship of these religious components and moves away from the compartmentalization characteristic of much religious scholarship. The reader discovers the central tenets of Buddhism, Anatta, Pratityasamutpada, Sunyatta, Nirvana, and others, not as free-floating curiosities, but in terms of their contemporary relevance and active participation in the formation of society and culture. Likewise, commonly practiced rituals such as the Paritta Ceremony and Mantra Recitation are analyzed in terms of their role in living Buddhism."
THE SPIRIT OF BUDDHISM: The Future of Dharma in the West by Sogyal Rinpoche
In this book, Sogyal Rinpoche draws on his twenty-five years of experience teaching in the modern world to reflect on some of the major issues surrounding the coming of Buddhism to the West. How will Buddhism adapt and find a place in Western society? How can the full power and benefit of these ancient teachings be accessed today? And how can practitioners be trained and supported? Sogyal Rinpoche discusses the vital role of the mind in health, the effects of training the mind in meditation, and the ultimate healing wrought through a personal experience of the mind's very nature. He also gives priceless advice on how to survive on the spiritual path, where, perhaps more than anywhere else, it is crucial to unmask the everyday delusions and misunderstandings that can otherwise dominate our whole lives.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ATTITUDE OF EARLY BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY by Lama Govinda
This book represents a compilation of lectures by Lama Govinda given to post-graduate students of Pali Buddhism, to whom a logical approach to the ethical and philosophical tenets of Buddhism is as essential as a clear definition and analysis of Buddhist psychology and its terminology.
In order to approach the ethical and philosophical tenets of Buddhism, the author not only shows what the ideas of early Buddhism were, but how they originated and why they took the form in which they are now known to us. The Buddha insisted that his doctrine should not merely be accepted in blind faith, but only after proper investigation, in which reason and experience played an equal role.
In order to achieve a clear definition of Buddhist Psychology and its terminology, the author depicts in visible form the systematic way in which Buddhism tried to explore the structure and functioning of the human mind.
SELFLESS MIND: Personality, Consciousness and Nirvana in Early Buddhism by Peter Harvey
This careful analysis of early Buddhist thought opens out a perspective in which no permanent Self is accepted, but a rich analysis of changing and potent mental processes is developed. It explores issues relating to the not-Self teaching: self-development, moral responsibility, the between-lives period, and the 'undetermined questions' on the world, on the 'life principle' and on the liberated one after death.
COMPASSION: Listening to the Cries of the World by Christina Feldman
Compassion in the face of pain, anguish, or unspeakable evil often produces confusion and bewilderment: How can someone endure such unjust suffering with such calm? Wouldn't it be more natural, and more proper, to not be calm at all? In "Compassion, Christina Feldman draws over 30 years of experience as a Buddhist to explain how ordinary people are able to use compassion to overcome negative feelings like tragedy, pain, and terror. Feldman first examines compassion itself, using Buddhist texts and real-life stories to explain precisely what this strange force is, and argues that it is the most precious of all gifts. Feldman then proceeds to show, in six separate chapters, how compassion can be used in the face of adversity, mapping out meditations and strategies that can overcome the dark thoughts that everyone experiences. "Compassion is for anyone who has ever felt helpless in our own turbulent, uncertain times.
COMPASSIONATE ACTION, The Teachings of Chatral Rinpoche by Chatral Rinpoche
Chatral Rinpoche is known as one of the most compassionate Bodhisattvas and greatest masters in the history of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1947 he was the head spritual master for Regent Reting, who was at the time the political ruler of Tibet. He is the vajra regent, or principle lineage holder of the three major lineages of the Nyingma School: Longchen Nyingthig, Dudjom Tersar, and Sera Khandro. He rescues millions of endagered animals each year and has been a strict vegetarian for over forty-five years. Now in his 90's, he is as active as ever, helping humans and animals alike with an unfathomably deep compassion.
This is the first book in English dedicated to this living legend, and includes a biography, an autobiography, three of his essays, three prayers he composed and an exlusive interview.