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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."

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."

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.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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

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The Four Seals of Dharma

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

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.

Hwadu: Zen Questions and Answers from Korea

Hwadu is the most authoritative edition of Zen questions and answers by JeonBeop Zen Master DaeWon Moon JaeHyeon.

Through Hwadu one may encounter the living Zen of the Korean tradition.

Mahayana MAHAPARINIRVANA SUTRA

The Mahayana Mahaparinirvana Sutra is one of the Tathagatagarbha sutras of Mahayana Buddhism. It originated in the first century CE in southern India, and was substantially expanded by the Chinese translator Dharmaksema in the fifth century CE. Its teachings on the Buddha-nature, and the possibility for all sentient beings to attain Buddhahood, had a great impact on East-Asian Buddhism.

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."

Time Surfing: The Zen Approach to Keeping Time on Your Side

An antidote to the ever-faster pace of modern life, Zen monk Paul Loomans presents a simple, seven-step system known as Time Surfing, which shows you how to reinject calm into your life and becoming peacefully efficient. In true Zen fashion, tips include: Do one thing at a time, and finish what you're doing and, more radically, tearing up your to-do lists and trusting your intuition instead: Your intuition is your best planner. If you trust it, it will provide you with a solid foundation of calm., Time Surfing will change the way you live and work, enhancing creativity and helping you get more done. Most importantly, however, by choosing peace as the basis for all your daily activities, an inner sense of calm and tranquillity will arise in every area of your life.

Beyond Enlightenment: Buddhism, Religion, Modernity (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism)

The vast majority of books on Buddhism describe the Buddha using the word enlightened, rather than awakened. This bias has resulted in Buddhism becoming generally perceived as the eponymous religion of enlightenment. "Beyond Enlightenment" is a sophisticated study of some of the underlying assumptions involved in the study of Buddhism (especially, but not exclusively, in the West). It investigates the tendency of most scholars to ground their study of Buddhism in these particular assumptions about the Buddha's enlightenment and a particular understanding of "religion", which is traced back through Western orientalists to the Enlightenment and the Protestant Reformation. Placing a distinct emphasis on Indian Buddhism, Richard Cohen adeptly creates a work that will appeal to those with an interest in Buddhism and India, and also scholars of religion and history.

Buddhism in the Public Sphere: Reorienting Global Interdependence (Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism)

The core teachings and practices of Buddhism are systematically directed toward developing keen and caring insight into the relational or interdependent nature of all things. Hershock applies Buddhist thought to reflect on the challenges to public good, created by emerging social, economic, and political realities associated with increasingly complex global interdependence. In eight chapters, the key arenas for public policy are addressed: the environment, health, media, trade and development, the interplay of politics and religion, international relations, terror and security, and education. Each chapter explains how a specific issue area has come to be shaped by complex interdependence and offers specific insights into directing the growing interdependence towards greater equity, sustainability, and freedom. Thereby, a sustained meditation on the meaning and means of realizing public good is put forward, which results in a solid Buddhist conception of diversity. Hershock argues that concepts of Karma and emptiness are relevant across the full spectrum of policy domains and that Buddhist concepts become increasingly forceful as concerns shift from the local to the global. A remarkable text on this fascinating religion, "Buddhism in the Public Sphere" will be of interest to scholars and students in Buddhist Studies and Asian religions in general.

CHAPTER 53: The Particle of God

This book is the continuation of my previous book - "The Great Text" - which

contains exactly 52 chapters. All writing is intuitively psychographic; there is a

"calling", something that impels to write. The objective of the message is to

demonstrate, by means of material logic, that we are all one, that all thought is the

continuity of wisdom of all men, to reach the Divine, which is part of us.

Man is the measure of all things, because within us there is the particle of God,

Socrates knew this, Plato did too, Democritus taught atomism, long before the birth of

Christ. All this magic of spiritual knowledge, coming from on high, will be attested

and proven, because we are not flesh, but spirit, the principle of living, manifested

intelligence. I humbly ask the reader for some tolerance for the meagerness of writing,

there is still much to learn, yet this work will be presented.