Not for Happiness: A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

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Shambhala #ad - Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngöndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact. But if your ultimate goal is enlightenment, and not for happiness your perfect guide, ngöndro practice is a must, including advice about:    • developing "renunciation mind"    • discipline, as it contains everything an aspiring practitioner needs to get started, meditation and wisdom    • using your imagination in visualization practice    • why you need a guru .

Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma.

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The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

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Shambhala #ad - Because the guru can and will use whatever means it takes to wake us up, this relationship may require us to drop our most deeply held beliefs and expectations. Devotion to one’s teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. Through stories and classical examples, with critical-thinking skills sharpened and equipped to analyze the guru, he shows how to walk the path with eyes wide open, before taking the leap.

Dzongsar jamyang khyentse addresses some of the most misunderstood aspects of this powerful relationship and gives practical advice on making the most of this precious opportunity for transformation.

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What Makes You Not a Buddhist

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Shambhala #ad - With wit and irony, incense, khysentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism—beyond the romance with beads, or exotic robes—straight to the heart of what the Buddha taught. So you think you're a Buddhist? Think again. Tibetan buddhist master dzongsar jamyang Khyentse, stereotypes, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, one of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, and fantasies.

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Best Foot Forward: A Pilgrim's Guide to the Sacred Sites of the Buddha

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Shambhala #ad - In his fourth book, dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse skillfully lays out how we can make the most of our experience as pilgrims. This manual shows us how to partake in one of the most potent practices available to remind ourselves of the entirety of the Buddha’s teachings. Going on pilgrimage, soaking up the sacred atmosphere of holy places, and mingling with other pilgrims are simply different ways of trying to achieve that glimpse.

From chapter 1, “holy buddhist sites”   Pilgrimage is a powerful method for remembering the Buddha’s teachings and putting them into practice. A pithy guidebook for Buddhist pilgrims to the four holy sites of India. The aim of all buddhist practice is to catch a glimpse of the awakened state. He explains what makes a person or place “holy, ” what pilgrimage is all about, and what we can do when visiting the four holy sites of India and Nepal—or any holy place.

Best Foot Forward: A Pilgrim's Guide to the Sacred Sites of the Buddha #ad - For buddhists, where siddhartha was born as an ordinary human being             • bodhgaya, where the buddha passed into parinirvana while it may be an inconvenient, where siddhartha became enlightened             • Varanasi Sarnath, the most important holy places are the four sites associated with the Buddha’s life:             • Lumbini, chaotic, where the Buddha taught the path to enlightenment             • Kushinagar, and even dangerous journey, traveling to these places can be profoundly affecting and transformative for a practitioner.

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Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism

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Snow Lion #ad - By offering detailed instruction and friendly, companionship, inspiring advice for those embarking on the Tibetan Buddhist foundation practices, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche provides gentle yet thorough commentary, and inspiration for committing to the Vajrayana path.

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A Guide to The Words of My Perfect Teacher

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Shambhala #ad - By offering chapter-by-chapter commentary on this renowned work, Khenpo Pelzang provides a fresh perspective on the role of the teacher; the stages of the path; the view of the Three Jewels; Madhyamika, the basis of transcendent wisdom; and much more. This guide provides readers with essential background information for studying and practicing with Patrul Rinpoche's Words of My Perfect Teacher—the text that has, for more than a century, served as the reliable sourcebook to the spiritual practices common to all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

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In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying

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Spiegel & Grau #ad - His goal was to throw off his titles and roles in order to explore the deepest aspects of his being. By sharing with readers the meditation practices that sustain him, he shows us how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living. Praise for in love with the World   “Vivid, compelling. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning—and his journey took a startling turn.

He found he was too attached to his identity as a monk to remove his robes right away or to sleep on the Varanasi station floor, and instead paid for a bed in a cheap hostel. It will certainly be a dharma classic. Jack kornfield, author of a Path with Heart   “This book makes me think enlightenment is possible.

In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying #ad - Russell Brand. This book is a rarity in spiritual literature: Reading the intimate story of this wise and devoted Buddhist monk directly infuses our own transformational journey with fresh meaning, luminosity, and life. Tara brach, author of radical acceptance and True Refuge   “In Love with the World is a magnificent story—moving and inspiring, profound and utterly human.

. He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with dirty fellow travelers or the screeching of a railway car. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants.

A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it“One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.

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The Dzogchen Primer: An Anthology of Writings by Masters of the Great Perfection

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Shambhala #ad - The concept of dzogchen is said to lie beyond the confines of our beliefs, our intellectual constructs, our ordinary understanding. But if we look closely at what happens, experience is simply experience, and it is not made out of anything. The dzogchen primer provides the keys for understanding Dzogchen and putting it into practice.

The tibetan buddhist meditation practice known as Dzogchen pronounced ZOG-chen is a practical method for accessing the pristine, clear awareness that lies beneath the chatter and confusion of our daily thoughts. A dzogchen master writes, "We need to dismantle our fixation on the permanence of what we experience.

The collection includes writings from such well-known and venerable masters as Milarepa, Shantideva, Chögyam Trungpa, Padmasambhava, and Tulku Urgyen. The book also includes short, descriptive guiding notes intended to assist both independent students and teachers leading workshops. It has no form, no taste, no sound, no color, no texture; it is simply empty cognizance.

The Dzogchen Primer: An Anthology of Writings by Masters of the Great Perfection #ad - The dzogchen primer includes an informative editor's preface as well as two forewords by prominent Tibetan masters that provide fundamental background information that will be helpful to readers new to this subject. A normal person clings to his experiences as being 'real, ' concrete, and permanent. Marcia schmidt, a long-time buddhist practitioner, has gathered here the most accessible, down-to-earth writings published on this subject and has organized them into a study guide for the serious beginner on the Buddhist path.

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Living Is Dying: How to Prepare for Death, Dying and Beyond

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Shambhala #ad - Whether you are facing death today or decades from now, preparing for it can help to allay your worst fears and help you appreciate what it means to be truly alive. Renowned author and teacher dzongsar jamyang khyentse responds to the most common questions he's been asked about death and dying--exploring how one prepares for death, what to say to a loved one who is dying, and prayers and practices to use as a handhold when approaching the unknown territory of death.

An insightful collection of teachings about death and dying to help face life's greatest mystery calmly and with equanimity. Lifetimes of effort go into organizing, and structuring every aspect of our lives, but how many people are willing to contemplate the inevitability of death? Although dying is an essential part of life, designing, it is an uncomfortable topic that most people avoid.

Living Is Dying: How to Prepare for Death, Dying and Beyond #ad - With no idea what will happen when we die and a strong desire to sidestep the conversation, we make all kinds of assumptions. Living is dying collects teachings about death and the bardos that have been passed down through a long lineage of brilliant Buddhist masters, each of whom went to great lengths to examine the process in minute detail.

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The Torch of Certainty

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Shambhala #ad - Three eminent contemporary tibetan buddhist masters—kalu Rinpoche, Deshung Rinpoche, and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche—explain the significance of The Torch of Certainty for modern-day students and practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. The text describes the Four Foundation Practices that all practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism must complete.

The nature of impermanence, the development of an enlightened attitude, the effects of karma, and devotion to the guru are among the subjects treated in this book. This translation of a fundamental Tantric text reveals the richness and profundity of the intellectual and contemplative traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Enlightened Vagabond: The Life and Teachings of Patrul Rinpoche

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Shambhala #ad - Patrul’s life story reveals the nature of a highly realized being as he transmits the Dharma in everything he does, teaching both simple nomads and great lamas in ways that are often unconventional and even humorous, but always with uncompromising authenticity. Colorful stories about and profound teachings of Patrul Rinpoche, one of the most impactful teachers and thinkers in the Tibetan tradition from the nineteenth century.

The life and teachings of the wandering yogi patrul rinpoche—a highly revered Buddhist master and scholar of nineteenth-century Tibet—come alive in true stories gathered and translated by the French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard over more than thirty years, based on the oral accounts of great contemporary teachers as well as written sources.

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