The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Publisher: Shambhala

ISBN: 0834840480

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 2486

Devotion to one’s teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. 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. 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. Through stories and classical examples, he shows how to walk the path with eyes wide open, with critical-thinking skills sharpened and equipped to analyze the guru, before taking the leap.

The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611803748

Category: Religious life

Page: 259

View: 5163

An enlightening, accessible, and highly entertaining guide to the guru-disciple relationship, the heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Devotion to one's teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. 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. 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. Through stories and classical examples, he shows how to walk the path with eyes wide open, with critical-thinking skills sharpened and equipped to analyze the guru, before taking the leap.

The Guru Drinks Bourbon?

Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834840480

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 1472

Devotion to one’s teacher is the lifeblood of the Vajrayana path. 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. 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. Through stories and classical examples, he shows how to walk the path with eyes wide open, with critical-thinking skills sharpened and equipped to analyze the guru, before taking the leap.

Not for Happiness

A Guide to the So-Called Preliminary Practices

Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834828049

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 3957

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. 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, Ngöndro practice is a must, and Not for Happiness your perfect guide, as it contains everything an aspiring practitioner needs to get started, including advice about: • developing "renunciation mind" • discipline, meditation and wisdom • using your imagination in visualization practice • why you need a guru

What Makes You Not a Buddhist

Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834823167

Category: Religion

Page: 144

View: 5955

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

Tibetan Ritual

Author: Jose Ignacio Cabezon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199742400

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 7070

Ritual is one of the most pervasive religious phenomena in the Tibetan cultural world. Despite its ubiquity and importance to Tibetan cultural life, however, only in recent years has Tibetan ritual been given the attention it deserves. This is the first scholarly collection to focus on this important subject. Unique in its historical, geographical and disciplinary breadth, this book brings together eleven essays by an international cast of scholars working on ritual texts, institutions and practices in the greater Tibetan cultural world - Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia. While most of the chapters focus on Buddhism, two deal with ritual in Tibet's indigenous Bon religion. All of the essays are original to this volume. An extensive introduction by the editor provides a broad overview of Tibetan ritual and contextualizes the chapters within the field of Buddhist and Tibetan studies. The book should find use in advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars on Tibetan religion. It will also be of interest to students and scholars of ritual generally.

Great Gate

A Guidebook to the Guru's Heart Practice

Author: Chokling Dewey Dorje

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9789627341048

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

View: 2772

Vajrayana Buddhism differs from other branches of Buddhism in providing an accelerated path to enlightenment based on Dzogchen principles. The word dzogchen, translated variously as Great Perfection and Great Completeness, conveys the idea that our nature as intrinsic awareness has many qualities that make it “perfect”: indestructibility, incorruptible purity, non-discriminating openness, flawless clarity, profound simplicity, all-pervading presence, and attitude of equality toward all beings. The path to connecting to these qualities was once secretly held and privately transmitted; The Great Gate: A Guidebook to the Guru’s Heart Practice makes the Vajrayana path and techniques available to contemporary seekers. Drawing on the work of four renowned Tibetan masters, The Great Gate compiles concise instructions on Dzogchen’s foundational practices, which comprise a powerful method for turning the mind toward the Dharma and opening to the Dzogchen perspective. This revised edition features a new translation and an extensive commentary by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.

Brilliant Moon

The Autobiography of Dilgo Khyentse

Author: Dilgo Khyentse,Sogyal Rinpoche

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1590307631

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 350

View: 1623

Through lively anecdotes and stories this highly revered Buddhist meditation master and scholar tells about his life of study, retreat, and teaching. The formative events of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s life, and those insights and experiences that caused him to mature into the warm, brilliant, and highly realized meditation master and teacher he was, are deeply inspiring. The second half of the book comprises recollections by his wife; his grandson, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche; Tenga Rinpoche; the Queen Mother of Bhutan; and many prominent teachers.

The Future Of Buddhism

Author: Sogyal Rinpoche

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446445593

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 80

View: 9916

In this fascinating collection of articles, Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, draws on his experience of twenty-five years of teaching in the West. In The Future of Buddhism, he reflects on some of the vital issues facing Buddhism in the modern world, issues such as adaptation, training, integration and the support of the sangha. He highlights the role of mind in health in The Spiritual Heart of Tibetan Medicine, delving into the practices of 'lojong' - training the mind - and meditation, and the ultimate healing that comes through recognizing the nature of mind. Finally, Rinpoche gives advice on how to survive the spiritual path in View and Wrong View and Misunderstandings. For when we follow a spiritual path, it is more important than ever to see through the mind and its delusions, and to know just how misunderstandings can come to dominate our lives.

Wise Teacher, Wise Student

Tibetan Approaches To A Healthy Relationship

Author: Alexander Berzin

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1559397489

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 3033

The relationship between a teacher and student can be a most rewarding and life-enhancing experience, yet it can also be fraught with problems and misunderstandings. For Westerners working with Eastern teachers, the difficulties can be compounded by cultural differences, language barriers, and divergent expectations. Wise Teacher, Wise Student examines the teacher-student relationship as it is understood in the Tibetan Buddhist context. The author surveys a wide spectrum of situations, exploring the causes of potential pitfalls. In illuminating the sources of misunderstandings, he offers methods to heal wounds and encourage healthy relationships.

The Teacher-Student Relationship

Author: Jamgon Kongtrul

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 0834841258

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 2112

It is crucial for students of Vajrayana Buddhism to find an authentic wisdom teacher and know how to properly rely upon that teacher in order to awaken to their buddha nature and thereby attain full enlightenment. Fortunately, the topic has been thoroughly explored by Jamgon Kongtrul in the tenth chapter of The Treasury of Knowledge. This essential text clearly lays out what credentials and qualities one should look for in a wisdom teacher, why a wisdom teacher is necessary, and how the relationship between this teacher and disciple best develops once it is established.

Buddhist Fasting Practice

The Nyungne Method of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

Author: Wangchen Rinpoche

Publisher: Shambhala

ISBN: 1559399198

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 4397

The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne ("nyoong-nay") has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers across North America. Participants say the practice purifies them both physically and spiritually. This volume is the only comprehensive treatment in English of these powerful teachings. Nyungne is a profound, two-and-a-half-day practice, a length of time especially helpful for people whose schedules cannot accommodate long-term retreat. It involves the keeping of strict vows; the second day is devoted to complete silence and fasting. The meditation centers on the recitations, mantras, and guided visualizations of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the buddhas’ loving-kindness and compassion. Translated as "abiding in the fast," Nyungne is said to be effective in the healing of illness, the nurturing of compassion, and the purification of negative karma.

The Rain of Wisdom

The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781590309018

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 985

The art of composing spontaneous songs that express spiritual understanding has existed in Tibet for centuries. Over a hundred of these profound songs are found in this collection of the works of the great teachers of the Kagyü lineage, known as the Practice Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Many readers are already familiar with the colorful life of the yogin Milarepa, an early figure in the Kagyü lineage, some of whose songs are included here. Songs by over thirty other Buddhist teachers are also presented, from those of Tilopa, the father of the lineage, to those of the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, as well as several songs by Chögyam Trungpa, the noted teacher of Buddhism in America who directed the translation of The Rain of Wisdom. The diversity of the songs mirrors the richness of Tibetan Buddhism and gives us clear portraits of some of its most eminent teachers. Their longing for truth, their heartfelt devotion, and their sense of humor are all reflected. These poems share a beauty and intensity that have made them famous in Tibetan literature. With its vivid imagery and deep insight, The Rain of Wisdom communicates a profound and timeless understanding.

The Experience of Samadhi

An In-depth Exploration of Buddhist Meditation

Author: Richard Shankman

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824010

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 3753

Dharma practice comprises a wide range of wise instructions and skillful means. As a result, meditators may be exposed to a diversity of approaches to the core teachings and the meditative path—and that can be confusing at times. In this clear and accessible exploration, Dharma teacher and longtime meditator Richard Shankman unravels the mix of differing, sometimes conflicting, views and traditional teachings on how samadhi (concentration) is understood and taught. In part one, Richard Shankman explores the range of teachings and views about samadhi in the Theravada Pali tradition, examines different approaches, and considers how they can inform and enrich our meditation practice. Part two consists of a series of interviews with prominent contemporary Theravada and Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist teachers. These discussions focus on the practical experience of samadhi, bringing the theoretical to life and offering a range of applications of the different meditation techniques.

Work, Sex, Money

Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness

Author: Chogyam Trungpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834821637

Category: Religion

Page: 256

View: 8699

Each day we deal with the challenges of ordinary life: a series of mundane experiences that could be summarized by the title of this book, Work, Sex, Money. We all hope that these aspects of our life will be a source of fulfillment and pleasure, and they often are. Yet they are also always sources of problems for which we seek practical advice and solutions. The best prescription, according to Chögyam Trungpa, is a dose of reality and also a dose of respect for ourselves and our world. His profound teachings on work, sex, and money celebrate the sacredness of life and our ability to cope with its twists and turns with dignity, humor, and even joy. He begins by breaking down the barrier between the spiritual and the mundane, showing that work, sex, and money are just as much a part of our spiritual life as they are a part of our everyday existence. He then discusses these subjects in relation to ego and self-image, karma, mindfulness, and meditation. "Work" includes general principles of mindfulness and awareness in how we conduct everyday life as well as discussion of ethics in business and the workplace. "Sex" is about relationships and communication as a whole. "Money" looks at how we view the economics of livelihood and money as "green energy" that affects our lives. The result is an inclusive vision of life, one that encompasses the biggest issues and the smallest details of every day. There are, in fact, few definitive answers in these pages. There is, however, authentic wisdom providing us with tools we need to work with the toughest stuff in our lives.

The Lost Art of Good Conversation

A Mindful Way to Connect with Others and Enrich Everyday Life

Author: Sakyong Mipham

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0451499433

Category: Conversation

Page: 240

View: 1156

Cutting through all the white noise, chatter, and superficiality our cell phones and social media cause, one of Tibet's highest and most respected spiritual leaders offers simple and practical advice to help us increase our attentions spans, become better listeners, and strive to appreciate the people around us. In this easy to understand and helpful book, Sakyong Mipham provides inspiring ideas and practical tips on how to be more present in your day-to-day life, helping us to communicate in ways that elevates the dignity of everyone involved. Great for families, employees and employers and everyone who spend too much time on Facebook, Instagram, and feel "disconnected" in our "connected" world, Good Conversation is a journey back to basics.

The Life and Times of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

The Great Biography by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Other Stories

Author: Rab-gsal-zla-ba (Dil-mgo Mkhyen-brtse)

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 1611803772

Category: RELIGION

Page: 606

View: 3027

Jamyang Khyentse Ch kyi Lodr (1893-1959), the previous incarnation of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, was an essential bridge between the ecumenical Rime masters of the nineteenth century (Ju Mipham, Patrul Rinpoche, Chogyur Lingpa, Jamg n Kongtrul) and the lamas of today (Dilgo Khyentse, Tulku Thondup, Sogyal Rinpoche, and so many others). The staggeringly long lists of all the teachings he received and passed on testify to his abiding appreciation for all aspects of the Dharma, and his list of students reveals how his influence transcended sectarian boundaries. The first half of this weighty tome presents intimate tales about Jamyang Khyentse Ch kyi Lodr that were compiled orally by Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, Dzigar Kongtrul's older brother, and translated here into English for the first time. This portion introduces readers to the characters and events in Jamyang Khyentse Ch kyi Lodr 's life with the aid of roughly 60 halftone images. The second half of the book is an English translation of Dilgo Khyentse's official spiritual biography, or namtar,of Jamyang Khyentse Ch kyi Lodr . This portion focuses on his exemplary qualities and route to liberation, especially how he followed and contributed to the nonsectarian vision and ideals of his predecessor, Khyentse Wangpo.

Blazing Splendor

The Memoirs of the Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, as Told to Erik Pema Kunsang & Marcia Binder Schmidt

Author: Rinpoche Urgyen (Tulku),Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche,Erik Pema Kunsang,Marcia Binder Schmidt

Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications

ISBN: 9627341568

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 432

View: 7962

With unsurpassed honesty and humility, the highly influential meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche offers a glimpse into the remarkable reality of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as an in depth portrait of the lost culture of old Tibet. This grand narrative stretches across generations, providing an inspiring glimpse into a realm of remarkable human achievement quite different from our familiar, mundane world. Intimate in tone, these personal memoirs recount the influences and experiences that shaped one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. Blazing Splendor is of both spiritual and historical importance.

The Three Vehicles of Buddhist Practice

Author: Thrangu Rinpoche

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780962802652

Category: Buddhism

Page: 126

View: 5008

When Buddhism came to Tibet, the great masters of meditation determined that to practice Buddhism properly, all three vehicles or levels of Buddhism had to be studied and practiced.

The Center of the Sunlit Sky

Madhyamaka in the Kagyu Tradition

Author: Karl Brunnholzl

Publisher: Shambhala

ISBN: 9781559399555

Category: Religion

Page: 1000

View: 9742

Madhyamaka is a potent and universally accessible means of calming our suffering and awakening to our innate wisdom. The Center of the Sunlit Sky artfully rescues this brilliant teaching from its unwarranted reputation for intellectual opacity and reinstates it as a supremely practical tool kit for everyday living. The aim of this book is to take Madhyamaka out of the purely intellectual corner into which it unjustly gets boxed. It is an attempt to show how Madhayamaka actually addresses and works with all of our experiences in life. The book follows the original Indian sources as well as the standard commentaries on Madhyamaka in the Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, these materials are adapted for a contemporary audience, combining the familiar sharpness of Madhyamaka reasonings (launching a massive assault on our cherished belief systems) with exploring the practical relevance of the Madhyamaka way of mind training.