The Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones:The Practice of View, Meditation, and Action Patrul Rinpoche
´´This anthology reflects the different stages of the spiritual journey in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, as told through a dynamic selection of teachings from the great masters of all times. Best-selling author Matthieu Ricard was inspired to put together this compilation by a meeting he had with the Tibetan spiritual master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who told the author, ´´When one realizes the depth of view of the various schools of Tibetan Buddhism and we see also that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we see that only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.´´ With that in mind, Ricard has gathered pith teachings from the masters of all times and traditions to illuminate the path: the view, meditation, and action. The book is broken into four sections: Turning the mind to the path, The foundations of the practice, The path, Removing obstacles. Each of these is broken down into parts--for example, taking refuge, the six perfections, deepening the practice--as taught by a vast array of meditation masters from every tradition´´--
Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that ´´when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.´´´ Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions. The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche. They address such topics as the nature of the mind; the foundations of taking refuge, generating altruistic compassion, acquiring merit, and following a teacher; view, meditation, and action; and how to remove obstacles and make progress on the path. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019889/bk_adbl_019889_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This lucid overview of the Buddhist path takes the perspective of the three ´´vehicles´´ of Tibetan Buddhism: the Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. While these vehicles are usually presented as a historical development, they are here equated with the attitudes that individuals bring to their Buddhist practice. Basic to them all, however, is the need to understand our own immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and The Essence of Buddhism serves as a handbook for the various meditative approaches of Buddhist practice. Beginning with the Four Noble Truths, Traleg Rinpoche incorporates the expansive vision of the bodhisattva path and the transformative vision of Tantra. The final chapters present the transcendent view of Mahamudra. This view dispenses with all dualistic fixations and directly realizes the natural freedom of the mind itself. Along the way, the author provides vivid definitions of fundamental concepts such as compassion, emptiness, and Buddha-nature, and answers common questions: Why does Buddhism teach that there is ´´no self´´? Are Buddhist teachings pessimistic? Does Buddhism encourage social passivity? What is the role of sex in Buddhist Tantra? Why is it said that ´´samsara is nirvana´´? Does it take countless lifetimes to attain enlightenment, or can it be achieved in a moment? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Ansdell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019874/bk_adbl_019874_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A fascinating biography of Freda Bedi, an English woman who broke all the rules of gender, race, and religious background to become both a revolutionary in the fight for Indian independence and then a Buddhist icon. She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun - but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911-1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion - in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, a spiritual seeker, a scholar, a professor, a journalist, an author, a social worker, a wife, and mother of four children. She counted among her friends, colleagues, and teachers Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many others. She was a woman of spiritual focus and compassion who was also not without contradictions. Vicki Mackenzie gives a nuanced view of Bedi and of the forces that shaped and motivated this complex and compelling figure. Cover image courtesy of Bedi Family Archives 1. Language: English. Narrator: Vicki Mackenzie, Maggie Ollerenshaw. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/029468/bk_adbl_029468_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two master teachers illuminate the mysteries of karma. Of the many Eastern wisdom teachings to have found their way westward, the notion of karma may be the most misunderstood - and most transformative. American-born teacher Pema Chödrön is renowned for making the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism accessible, practical, and relevant for Westerners from all walks of life. But to bring us an understanding of the fundamental concept of karma, Ani Pema called on one of her own guides. On Karma, she is joined by Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche to present a 2 part teaching session on this challenging subject. What is karma? Is it superstition? Do you have to believe in reincarnation to understand it? How do I get rid of ´´bad´´ karma? In a dialogue both illuminating and provocative, Pema and Kongtrül Rinpoche address the most common questions of Western students, discussing karma on the level of the individual, relationships, and the community and world at large. Session 2 then brings us an inspirational dharma talk with Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche, exploring the roots of positive and negative karma, how your ´´good heart´´ will shape this life and the next, service versus self-attachment, and much more. A mature view of karma empowers us to steer our lives through conscious choice rather than conditioned behaviors. Karma gives us a guiding light for living life at the level of cause, not effect, with responsibility and compassion. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pema Chödrön, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/true/000530/sp_true_000530_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Buddhism and Modern ScienceIt is important to understand that the practices of Buddhism are not the religion of Buddhism, even when terms like ´´spirituality”, ´´deity”, or ´´God” are used. If we don´t want, we don´t need to become Buddhists in order to practice and achieve important results, especially when more and more Western scientific research is being conducted and published, finding amazing connections between the ancient teachings of Buddhism with today’s scientific discoveries.It is possible to view the terms used in thousand-year-old ancient texts to understand their true function in the process of healing. The ancient terminology is another reason for some people to become skeptical of the healing powers of Buddhism. But when you begin to untangle and modernize the concepts, it becomes clear what their true meaning were.According to Rinpoche, physical suffering, illness, and sickness are natural for all humans. Sickness, however, does not appear independently. It is important to understand that you do not become sick without other factors influencing the physical state. This also means that sickness is not a singular unit to heal. There is always something in addition that needs to be healed.Throughout this audiobook you will explore these various practices that can be used alone or together with medicinal treatment. Remember, that as you continue your exploration of this healing practice, the ancient foundation has been laid thousands of years ago and is currently supported through scientific backing as well. Some of the highlights of this audiobook include:Brief overview of the foundation of Buddhism and the teachings of BuddhaHow Medicine Buddha viewed the process of healing the human body as aligned with the teachings of BuddhaDefinition and classification of illnesses according to the ancient tradition of four ´´classes”How differe 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Fortin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151277/bk_acx0_151277_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.