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Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 1 Sutra

Introduction and Encouragement

This eBook Modern Buddhism - The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Volume 1 Sutra explains how to practise basic Buddhist compassion and wisdom in daily life. Covering topics such as What is Buddhism?, Buddhist Faith, The Preciousness of our Human Life, What does our Death Mean?, What is Karma?, The Four Noble Truths & Training in Love and Compassion, this volume shows how we can transform our lives, improve our relationships with others and look behind appearances to see the way things really are.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: "May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life."

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha's Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world.

Library Journal Review

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso "is a prolific and respected author," according to Library Journal, and in Modern Buddhism, "he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner." Library Journal calls Gyatso's 21st book "elegantly stated" and "a delight."

The Essence of Buddhism

This book describes the basic principles of Buddhism. Much has been written about Buddhism and how to practice it. Readers will have no difficulty finding hundreds of books on the topic. This book simply focuses on the essence of Buddhism, as expressed in the Four Noble Truths and the Eight-fold Path.

Buddhism is not a religion as such; it does not propose an external God. It does not seek to replace a person's existing religious beliefs, only to supplement them. The Buddha, in all likelihood, would rather his followers describe themselves simply as Followers of The Way.

Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 3 Prayers for Daily Practice

Introduction and Encouragement

This eBook Modern Buddhism - The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (the Kindle Store sets the minimum price at 99 cents and also in some countries additional taxes are added). The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Volume 3 Prayers for Daily Practice presents a collection of prayers for our daily practice of Sutra and Tantra, including Liberating Prayer, Prayers for Meditation, The Yoga of Buddha Heruka and Avalokiteshvara Sadhana. A Glossary, Bibliography and contact information is also provided. Through practising these prayers regularly we can develop and maintain compassion and wisdom in our daily life, and swiftly fulfil our human potential.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: "May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life."

With best wishes,

Manuel Rivero-De Martine

Tharpa Publications, UK Tharpa Director

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha's Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world.

Library Journal Review

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso "is a prolific and respected author," according to Library Journal, and in Modern Buddhism, "he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner." Library Journal calls Gyatso's 21st book "elegantly stated" and "a delight."

Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 2 Tantra

Introduction and Encouragement

This eBook Modern Buddhism - The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (the Kindle Store sets the minimum price at 99 cents and also additional taxes are added in many countries). The author says: "Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time." So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Volume 2 Tantra explains how to practise Buddha's profound Tantric teachings - the quick path to enlightenment. Covering topics such as The Preciousness of Tantra, The Tantra of Generation Stage and Completion Stage, and How to Meditate on the Central Channel, Indestructible Drop and Indestructible Wind and Mind, this volume shows how, through sincere practice, we can fulfil our compassionate wish and attain full enlightenment in this life.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: "May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life."

With best wishes,

Manuel Rivero-De Martine

Tharpa Publications, UK Tharpa Director

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha's Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world.

Library Journal Review

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso "is a prolific and respected author," according to Library Journal, and in Modern Buddhism, "he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner." Library Journal calls Gyatso's 21st book "elegantly stated" and "a delight."

Buddhism#now: Big Questions. Inner Peace. LOL

Monkfish and DVD are friends. Well, sort of. DVD likes meat pies. And a pint. And girls. But he's often miserable. Quite reasonably, he needs to know why he's not happy. The problem is, the answers keep bringing up more questions. Monkfish reckons he knows a thing or two, if only DVD would let him get a word in and stop being difficult. He wants to blend modern science with the essence of Buddhism. DVD just wants a quick reply. Can the two quarrel their way to dealing with the Big Questions of life, the universe... and Buddhism (with a little help from the author and Auntie Joan)? And what exactly is 'inner peace' anyway? And can you still party? Dr. E Mapstone, author of Stop Dreaming, Start Living: "This book would appeal to those who are undaunted by a bit of slapstick comedy in the quest for a new meaning in life. The underlying message makes perfect sense!"Professor L. Todd, Newcastle University: "Dr Mellor's highly entertaining and informative introduction to Buddhism is also deeply scholarly... Certain to inspire."

Dhammapada, a collection of verses; being one of the canonical books of the Buddhists

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How to Live in the Present Moment: The Beginner's Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

If you are reading this now, you may have already come to the realization that striving for material gains and everything else the world calls "important" is not actually fulfilling. You probably have a yearning for something more significant. You might not know exactly what it is that you want, but I do know, because everyone on this planet is actually seeking the same thing...

Each and every one of us is seeking for inner peace and a sense of completion. We attempt to reach this by different means, but the goal is always the same. Some people strive for this sense of completion by chasing money or success. Some people use food, some people use drugs, and some people use so-called 'spirituality' in an attempt to reach this state where they can finally say "all is well now."

The problem with these means-to-an-end approaches is that they fail to take into account one simple truth, that time as we know it does not really exist. If you say, "I'm going to do this in order to reach peace of mind" then you are placing your peace of mind somewhere in the future and the future is always out of our grasp.

Peace is not achieved in the same way a material goal is achieved, by visualizing it and then taking steps to get there. Peace is not something you achieve but rather something you realize. Within you, there already exists a deep sense of peace. You don't have to strive for it, you only have to recognize it.

Let me show you step by step how to do just that.

Beyond Anger: How to Hold On to Your Heart and Your Humanity in the Midst of Injustice

In July 2013, multiple bombs exploded in Bodh Gaya, India, in and around the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage site, the Mahabodhi temple that marks the spot where the Buddha attained enlightenment. In response, Shambhala Publications offers this free eBook consisting of excerpts from some of our books from a variety of Buddhist traditions that encapsulate values of love and nonviolence, which we can all practice ourselves. A chapter from the Karmapa points out the toxicity and uselessness of anger, from a basic, interpersonal level to the wider society at large. In "I Take Up the Way of Letting Go of Anger," Zen teacher Diane Eshin Rizzetto helps us look at how we relate to an emotion like anger and, rather than suppress it, she marks a clear pathway we can follow to awaken in its presence and not let it incite us to negative thoughts and actions. Jack Kornfield talks about how to succeed in bringing mindfulness and loving-kindness into arenas like politics and war zones. And a short selection from the chapter on patience in the Mahayana classic The Way of the Bodhisattva highlights that the real enemy is anger itself, not something or someone external.

Tree Sun Star: Three Minutes of Zen Bliss

The essence of Zen experience lies beyond understanding. The Tree Sun Star meditation is a way of entering your body and becoming one with yourself, the world, and the cosmos. Internationally best selling author of Buddha in Blue Jeans teaches contemplative meditations that awaken the essence of Zen.

Snow Falling in Moonlight: Odes in Praise of Dogen's Shobogenzo

Poet and Zen Priest Tai Sheridan has transformed twelve of Dogen's spiritual essays from the Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye), into poems about non-dual wisdom, luminous mind, loving kindness, and Zen practice. The odes evolved from the central teaching of Dogen's essays, and are based on his images.The Odes reveal the wonder and mystery of life, and open the mind of spiritual curiosity and inquiry. Poems include Odes to the Moon, Time, Space, Light, Now Mind, Truth, Awakening, Cedar Trees, Mountains Rivers, and Plum Blossoms.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

This is a short guide to the works of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, offering most especially a quick glimpse of His Holiness's books published in English by Shambhala Publications (including Snow Lion). It includes information on books both for practicing Buddhists and for general readers.

The Light of the Ancient Buddhas - Ballads of Emptiness and Awakening

Keizan's thirteenth century 'Denkoroku', The Transmission of the Lamp, is a sophisticated Zen fairytale about enlightenment and the empty ground of Being. Keizan uses archetypal myths, legends, and dreams to describe the luminous and awakened Zen mind. Zen Priest and Poet Tai Sheridan transforms eighteen of the stories into lyrical ballads that focus on the light of the Universal Self. Although the ballad form is usually associated with the chivalrous and romantic love tradition of Renaissance Europe, the spiritual subject matter of this book is clearly neither romantic nor chivalrous, but a deep expression and inquiry into the essence of existence-Being. These mythic ballads shed light on the wisdom of the early Buddhist masters, and serve as inspiration for those inquiring into their own Buddha Nature and Universal Self.

The Zen Wheel of Life Mantra: A Song of Luminous Wisdom and Love

Zen Priest and Poet Tai Sheridan's Wheel of Life Mantra is a poetic expression of the Bhavacakra, an ancient mandala that presents the most significant wisdom teachings of Buddhism. It is used to contemplate the causes and conditions of suffering, and as a guide to non-dual wisdom, loving kindness, compassion, and equanimity. The Wheel is constructed of four concentric circles around a hub, each circle representing different areas of human experience and awareness. Beginning with the innermost circle and moving outward they represent dimensions of anguish, consequences, psychological experience, and the workings of consciousness. The wheel itself is an expression of the essential Buddhist teachings of no-self (nothing exists as a separate entity), impermanence (everything changes), and co-dependent origination (all phenomena arise simultaneously in reality in the present moment). The Wheel, like all Buddhist teachings, is an encouragement for finding the way to peace, love, and light.

Creating Business Zen: Your Path from Chaos to Harmony

Creating Business Zen is both a mindset and way of life. It's your key to a more productive and profitable business. Because you can run your new empire better when your mind is not bogged down with stress, worry, and frustration.

Because running your business should make you feel confident, happy and fulfilled. Not crazy, stressed and slightly homicidal.

The Buddha And The Minibus

A contemporary sapiential book. The road to enlightenment may take apparently surprising twists.