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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 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."

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."

Practicing the Unmistaken Path (Lam-rim Teachings from Kopan, 1991)

This is the first volume in a new series presenting previously unpublished teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings given during the 24th Kopan lam-rim course in 1991. This new series will consist of four volumes starting with this volume entitled Practicing the Unmistaken Path. These are lightly edited teachings that we hope will convey the feeling of receiving the teachings while attending Kopan's one-month course in Nepal. You can also find many other Kopan teaching course transcripts published on our website for reading online or for downloading as a pdf for offline study.

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Please help us increase our efforts to spread the Dharma for the happiness and benefit of all beings. You can find out more about becoming a supporter of the Archive and see all we have to offer by visiting our website.

Thank you so much, and please enjoy this e-book.

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

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Emptiness in Buddhism and Taoism: the Difference

A brief essay detailing the differences between the Buddhist and Taoist views on "emptiness"

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.

The Four Seals of Dharma

the fundamental doctrines of Buddhism: impermanence, suffering, no-self and nirvana

The River and The Shaolin Priest

The River and The Shaolin Priest.

A Shaolin Priest Lao Kan, once told me a very old story of morality about two villages in southern China fighting over water rights.

This is what I remember of the story and its unusual ending.

The Right View: Turning Believers into Bodhisattvas

The fundamental doctrine and philosophical ideas that distinguish Buddhism from other religion and form the basis of Mahayana Buddhism. They are the basic knowledge that all Buddhists should acquire.

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.

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.

Zen: Come to Peace - A Buddhist Meditation Guide to Find Your Inner Peace, Happiness, and Zen through Mindfulness (zen, zen cho, zen buddhism, zen habits, ... zen tutorial, zen meditation, zen guide)



Zen: Come to Peace

A Buddhist Meditation Guide to Find Your Inner Peace, Happiness, and Zen through Mindfulness

Wisdom emanates from many sources and in all parts of the word, people have their own way of gaining, propagating and ensuring that there is sustainability for their kind of wisdom among generations. Each culture believes that their wisdom concepts far outweigh those of other cultures, and this would explain why people go to the extent of preserving their concepts and philosophies in books and more so in the minds of the representatives of each subsequent generation.

Zen is one among the many philosophies of wisdom that have existed from a long time ago. Its principles and understanding emanates from one of the many schools of Buddhism, whose main focus is on meditation. It emphasizes the importance of engaging in the practice on a daily basis, especially with a focus on the benefits of other people.

The concepts of Zen are deeply rooted in various schools of thought like Mahayana, Huayan, Yogacara and the Thathagatagarbha Sutra. Although over time people have slowly lost the original meaning of Zen and have given it meaning in totally unrelated concepts, Zen has retained its original sense of remarkable wisdom, which is rooted in the Chinese tradition.

Zen is a traditional practice that focuses on the here and now. It lays emphasis on becoming fully aware of the circumstances that surround you at this particular moment, where your life is at right now. The principle behind this is that both the present and the future are both just illusions, since we have no promise of the future, and the past is just a distorted memory of things that happened, both of which are intangible.

Zen is hence encompassed in the common expression of 'coming in touch with your senses.' It actually discourages people from living in the past of fantasizing about the future because while they do so, they lose out on life, on the moment and on the activity at hand.

If you give all your attention to Zen, what you experience is a peak of your life, where each moment is simply a moment of utmost peace and precision. It is in this moment that you find significance and a sense of mystery that is so infinitely precious. Keep reading this book to uncover the concepts of Zen and sure enough, by the time you are done reading the only answer that you will have to Zen is 'now!'

What You're Going to Learn:

What ZEN is all aboutFour Phases of ZenThe Practice of ZenPresent Moment AwarenessFinding the FootprintsThe First Glance of the OxVarious Principles in ZenThe Art of Observing The BreathObserving the MindIntensive Group MeditationInsight into the Zen Koan Method PracticeZen Chanting and LiturgyComparison between Zen and BuddhismZen Organization and InstitutionsZen Scriptures and LiteratureQuick Tips to Get you Started... And Much More!

Are You Ready to Come to Peace?

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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.

The Buddha and the Big Bad Wolf

This is a story about a relationship between two Scottish friends on a hapless Buddhist pilgrimage through Nepal and India. It's also a book about meditation and mystical experiences, and it's very funny in places. It's a potential life changing read the like of which you won't see again!

If you like the writing here, you'll enjoy TheBlissBook by the same author, and Are You Boys Cyclists? which is written in the same style.