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Gautama Buddha

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budda1Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher from ancient India who founded Buddhism.Buddha, meaning ‘one who is awake’ in the sense of having ‘woken up to reality’ was the title first given to Lord Buddha.

Early life and marriage

Siddhartha Gautama was born in 563 BCE in Lumbini, Nepal as a son of Shuddhodhana, the king of Kapilavastu and his Queen, Mayadevi. Unfortunately, Mayadevi died only seven days after the birth of Siddhartha and so, He was brought up by His stepmother, Gautami. It is interesting to note that when Siddhartha was born, the astrologers had predicted that the prince would renunciate the comforts of the materialistic world and instead, opt for a path of His own. When the King Shuddhodhana came to know about the prediction, he naturally became extremely cautious and tried to prevent a thing that was bound to happen, and he did not let Siddhartha even move out of the palace. It was the deepest desire of the king that his son would fulfill his father’s dream one day by becoming a King.

Siddhartha was brought up by his mother’s younger sister, Maha Pajapati. By tradition, he is said to have been destined by birth to the life of a prince, and had three palaces built for him. Although more recent scholarship doubts this status, his father, said to be King Suddhodana, wishing for his son to be a great king, is said to have shielded him from religious teachings and from knowledge of human suffering. When he reached the age of 16, his father reputedly arranged his marriage to a cousin of the same age named Yasodhara . According to the traditional account, she gave birth to a son, named Rahula. Siddhartha is then said to have spent 29 years as a prince in Kapilavastu. Although his father ensured that Siddhartha was provided with everything he could want or need, Buddhist scriptures say that the future Buddha felt that material wealth was not life’s ultimate goal

The Turning Point

When Siddhartha had grown into an intelligent young man, He moved out of his palace one day, and saw certain things that changed the entire course of His life. He first saw a very old man who could barely walk, a sick man who was in A severe pain, and lastly a corpse. Since, He had never been exposed to pain before, these sights affected him immensely, although His charioteer tried to explain Him that pain and death – both were inevitable. This entire episode turned His life and His heart compelled Him to evaluate His life completely and then, He began the search for the reason of existence. King Shuddhodhana got perturbed by whatever his son was going through and therefore, he arranged Siddhartha’s marriage with a young and beautiful princess, Yasodhara. For some time, Siddhartha again got involved into the worldly pleasures, but somewhere at the back of His head, He had still not forgotten what He had seen! It was soon after the birth of son Rahul, that Siddhartha on a starry night, left His wife and son in deep sleep and left the palace.

Enlightenment

The Buddha sitting in meditation, surrounded by demons of Mara. Sanskrit manuscript. Nalanda, Bihar, India. Pala period. According to the early Buddhist texts, after realizing that meditative jhana was the right path to awakening, but that extreme asceticism didn’t work, Gautama discovered what Buddhists call the Middle Way—a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. In a famous incident, after becoming starved and weakened, he is said to have accepted milk and rice pudding from a village girl named Sujata. Such was his emaciated appearance that she wrongly believed him to be a spirit that had granted her a wish. Following this incident, Gautama was famously seated under a pipal tree – now known as the Bodhi tree – in Bodh Gaya, India, when he vowed never to arise until he had found the truth. Kaundinya and four other companions, believing that he had abandoned his search and become undisciplined, left. After a reputed 49 days of meditation, at the age of 35, he is said to have attained Enlightenment. According to some traditions, this occurred in approximately the fifth lunar month, while, according to others, it was in the twelfth month. From that time, Gautama was known to his followers as the Buddha or “Awakened One.” (“Buddha” is also sometimes translated as “The Enlightened One.”) He is often referred to in Buddhism as Shakyamuni Buddha, or “The Awakened One of the Shakya Clan.” According to Buddhism, at the time of his awakening he realized complete insight into the cause of suffering, and the steps necessary to eliminate it. These discoveries became known as the “Four Noble Truths”, which are at the heart of Buddhist teaching. Through mastery of these truths, a state of supreme liberation, or Nirvana, is believed to be possible for any being. The Buddha described Nirvana as the perfect peace of a mind that’s free from ignorance, greed, hatred and other afflictive states, or “defilements” (kilesas). Nirvana is also regarded as the “end of the world”, in that no personal identity or boundaries of the mind remain. In such a state, a being is said to possess the Ten Characteristics, belonging to every Buddha. According to a story in the Ayacana Sutta – a scripture found in the Pali and other canons – immediately after his awakening, the Buddha debated whether or not he should teach the Dharma to others. He was concerned that humans were so overpowered by ignorance, greed and hatred that they could never recognise the path, which is subtle, deep and hard to grasp. However, in the story, Brahma Sahampati convinced him, arguing that at least some will understand it. The Buddha relented, and agreed to teach.

After two months the Buddha decided to impart knowledge and enlightenment to others. The first sermon of Buddha was held at the deer garden in Banaras. Buddha called his teachings “the Middle Way” because it was midway between asceticism and indulgence. His “Four Noble Truths”, which are the foundation of all Buddhist beliefs, are:

  1. All human life is suffering.
  2. All suffering is caused by human desire
  3. An end of human desire is the end of human sufferings.
  4. An end to all the desire can be achieved by following the “Eightfold Noble Path”.

The Eightfold Noble Path is:

    1. Right Understanding
    2. Right Thought
    3. Right Speech
    4. Right Action
    5. Right Livelihood
    6. Right Effort
    7. Right Mindfulness
    8. Right Concentration

For the next forty-five years after his enlightenment, he taught as the Buddha or “Shakyamuni” (the sage of the Shakaya). Buddha established an order of monks called the

Sangha.

Formation of the sangha

After his awakening, the Buddha met two merchants, named Tapussa and Bhallika, who became his first lay disciples. They were apparently each given hairs from his head, which are now claimed to be enshrined as relics in the Shwe Dagon Temple in Rangoon, Burma. The Buddha intended to visit Asita, and his former teachers, Alara Kalama and Uddaka Ramaputta, to explain his findings, but they had already died. He then travelled to the Deer Park near Varanasi (Benares) in northern India, where he set in motion what Buddhists call the Wheel of Dharma by delivering his first sermon to the five companions with whom he had sought enlightenment. Together with him, they formed the first sangha: the company of Buddhist monks. All five become arahants, and within the first two months, with the conversion of Yasa and fifty four of his friends, the number of such arahants is said to have grown to 60. The conversion of three brothers named Kassapa followed, with their reputed 200, 300 and 500 disciples, respectively. This swelled the sangha to more than 1000

For 45 years, Buddha spread His message of spiritual life to not only His disciples but the common people as well. He gave emphasis on the purification of mind, heart and ultimately, soul by following the Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths and the Five Preceptions. This path included the right speech, understanding, determination, deeds, efforts, awareness, thinking and living. As per Buddhism, if one follows these paths, one could overcome desires, which were the reason for all the grieves and miseries.

After spreading His message to the world successfully, Buddha died at the age of 80 years in 483 BCE. at Kushinagar, India. Today, Buddhism has a strong following in various Asian countries and is gradually finding its feet in some of the western countries as well.

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Gautama Buddha Puffin Lives

The book “Gautama Buddha Puffin Lives” is written by Rohini Chowdhury. This book was published in the year 2011. This book has total of pp. 136 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Penguin Books.Author: Rohini Chowdhury

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Gautama Buddha and Origin of Buddhism 1st Edition

The book “Gautama Buddha and Origin of Buddhism 1st Edition” is written by Mahesh Vikram Singh. This book was published in the year 2011. The book displayed here is a 1st Edition edition. This book has total of pp. vi + 296 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Centrum Press. Author: Mahesh Vikram Singh, Brij Bhushan Shrivastava

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Gautam Buddha The Spiritual Light of Asia

The book “Gautam Buddha The Spiritual Light of Asia” is written by Suresh Narain Mathur. This book was published in the year 2005.This book has total of pp. 100 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Diamond Pocket Books Pvt. Ltd.Author:Suresh Narain Mathur,Ritu Sinha

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The Buddha Is Still Teaching: Contemporary Buddhist Wisdom

When the Buddha set in motion the wheel of Dharma, he knew that the teaching he gave was inexhaustible—that every future generation would find its own skillful ways to convey it to the hearts and minds of those ready to hear. The Buddha Is Still Teaching is testimony to the fulfillment of that promise today. The selections it contains, from today’s most highly regarded contemporary Buddhist teachers, bring the Dharma eloquently to life for us in our own time, place, and culture. They demonstrate that two and a half millennia have done nothing to diminish the freshness of the Buddhist teachings, or their universal applicability to our lives. Author: Jack Kornfield

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Buddha’s Little Instruction Book

Just as the serene beauty of the lotus blossom grows out of muddy water, Buddha’s simple instructions have helped people to find wholeness and peace amid life’s crisis and distractions for more than 2,500 years. For this small handbook, a well-known American Buddhist teacher and psychologist has distilled and adapted an ancient teaching for the needs of contemporary life. Its practical reminders and six meditations can infuse smallest everyday action with insight and joy. Author: Jack Kornfield

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Teachings of the Buddha

This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers. The book also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to readers of all spiritual traditions.Author: Jack Kornfield

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The Dhammapada: Teachings of the Buddha

Author: Jack Kornfield

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Mahayana Buddhism

The book “Mahayana Buddhism ” is written by Nalinaksha Dutt. This book was published in the year 2008.The book displayed here is a Revised Edition. This book has total of pp. xiv + 310 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Bharatiya Kala Prakashan. Author: Nalinaksha Dutt

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An Evaluation of the Vedantic Critique of Buddhism

The book “An Evaluation of the Vedantic Critique of Buddhism ” is written by Gregory Joseph Darling. The book is divided into two parts. The first part consists of an Introductory Background. It includes a brief description of the Brahma-sutras as a text and summarizes the philosophical positions of the three commentators. The second part proceeds sutra by sutra to Study the three commentators’ interpretations of the particular sutras directed against the Buddhists.This book was published in the year 2007.The book displayed here is a Reprint edition. This book has total of pp. xv + 393 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.Author:Gregory Joseph Darling

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Manual of Indian Buddhism

The book “Manual of Indian Buddhism ” is written by H. Kern. The book is divided into five sections. Section I is Introductory. It recounts, in particular, the Sacred books of the Buddhists, literature subsidiary to the canon, the period of Origin of Buddhism and Indian Thoughts and ideals contemporaneous with it. Section II deals with the life of Buddha from conception, Birth and Childhood to Parinirvana, cremation and partition of the relics. Section III includes the Law of the Buddha-fundamental principles, the elements of existence, the road to Deliverance, Spiritual exercises, description of Arhats, Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and their peculiar traits. Section IV describes the Order of Samgha, their disciplinary and ascetic rules, Ordination, modes of worship, etc. Section V contains outlines of ecclesiastical history, the three Councils, rise of the Faith during the reign of Asoka, Kaniska, growth of the four philosophical schools and finally their decline in India.This book was published in the year 1989.This book has total of pp. viii + 145 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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Taranatha’s History of Buddhism in India

The book “Taranatha’s History of Buddhism in India ” is written by Lama Chimpa.Indian History 575, Lama Taranatha wrote this Book in 1608.Dr. Niharranjan Ray, as Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, assigned to Dr. Alaka Chattopadhyaya the work of directly translating it into English from its Tibetan original. In carrying out the assignment, she naturally sought collaboration of her own Tibetan teacher, Lama Chimpa. After the English rendering was prepared, Professor Niharranjan Ray wanted it to be edited by Professor Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya. Thus edited, the present English translation was published by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla in 1970. The present edition of the work has the additional attraction of carrying a Foreword to it by no less an eminent Tibetologist than Professor S. Rinpoche, Director of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, Varanasi.This book was published in the year 2010.The book displayed here is a Reprint edition. This book has total of pp. xxxii + 493 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.Author:Lama Chimpa, Alaka Chattopadhyaya, Debiprasad Chattopadhyaya

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Buddhism and Sarnath

Among those who come to visit the Ancient site of Sarnath, there are quite a Large from the West of whom Buddhism is an Alien Faith and who have Little acquaintance with its history, Art and culture, This Book attempts to assist them to comprehend the unique importance of Sarnath and of Buddhism because its human Heritage develves on the entire human kind its rightful heir.This book was published in the year 1992. The book displayed here is a 1st Edition edition. This book has total of pp. vi + 79 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Bharatiya Kala Prakashan. Author: Kamala Rohatgi, S.P. Rohatgi

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The Literature of the Personalists of Early Buddhism Reissued

Personalism (Pudgalavada) was a remarkable and durable aspect of an important part of early Buddhism. For more than ten centuries it was taught and defended by several schools and had numerous followers but was strongly criticised by other Buddhist schools.The Literature of the Personalists (Pudgalavadins) of Early Buddhism, attempts to present an historical overview of the personalist schools and studies on the formation and content of the doctrine (dharma and monastic discipline (vinaya) of the Pudgalavadins, in accordance with the documentation available.This book was published in the year 2009.The book displayed here is a Reissued edition. This book has total of pp. xiv + 242 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.Author: Bhikshu Thich Thien Chau

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Collected Papers on Buddhist Studies

Professor P.S. Jaini is renowned amongst Indological scholars for his unique and enduring contributions to the areas of Buddhist and Jain studies.In this volume, a companion to the author’s Collected Papers on Jaina Studies (Motilal Banarsidass, 2000), twenty-nine of his articles, encompassing some forty years of Research on various facets of Buddhism, have been brought together for the first time. They cover a wide range of Topics including Comparative studies with Jainism, points of controversy within Abhidharma, the Bodhisattva Career of Maitreya based on narratives from the Jatakas and Mahayana Sutras, and selections from Buddhist ritual texts.This book was published in the year 2010. The book displayed here is a 1st Edition, Reprint edition. This book has total of pp. xviii + 557 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.Author:Padmanabh S. Jaini, Paul Dundas

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An Introduction to Buddhist Esoterism

The Author traces its origin to primitive Magic and its development. Narrating the rise of Vajra-yana and its place of origin, along with the Tantras and Mantras Buddhism has given to the world, he records the accounts of prominent authors. Aims and objects, the leading tenets, the procedure for Worship are elaborated together with a description of the Buddhist deities and its Pantheon. The influence of Buddhist Tantricism on Hinduism is logically evaluated. This book was published in the year 1989.The book displayed here is a Reprint edition. This book has total of pp. xi + 184 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.Author:Benoytosh Bhattacharyya

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Being Dharma: The Essence of the Buddha’s Teachings [Kindle Edition]

Ajahn Chah (Author), Jack Kornfield (Foreword), Paul Breiter (Translator)

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The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Radical Teachings of Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness [Kindle Edition]

“The Buddha’s teachings are not a philosophy or a religion; they are a call to action and invitation to revolution.” Noah Levine, author of the national bestseller Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, is the leader of the youth movement for a new American Buddhism. In Heart of the Revolution, he offers a set of reflections, tools, and teachings to help readers unlock their own sense of empathy and compassion. Noah Levine (Author)

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Buddhist-Suttas

The book “Buddhist-Suttas ” is written by F. Max Muller. This book was published in the year 2006.The book displayed here is a Reprint edition. This book has total of pp. xliv + 320 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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Essence of Buddhism

The Book Essence of Buddhism comprising of Research articles of well known intellectuals gives a glimpse of all aspects of Buddhism such as Buddha advocated the universal brotherhood, equality and compassion for all living beings. His purpose was to impart to the people at Large the Art of living, free from sorrows and delusions of all kinds. He gave the essential doctrines of the pure religion, divested from extraneous elements. In Buddhism, eight fold path, theory of Karma, Nirvana and Ahimsa lead to rescue mankind from the fetters of passion and to convince them of an ideal Higher than worldly good.The book “Essence of Buddhism ” is written by Vijay Kumar Mathur. This book was published in the year 2001.The book displayed here is a 1st Edition edition. This book has total of pp. xxx + 308 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Bharatiya Kala Prakashan.

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Buddhism in Comparative Light

The volume is a Comparative Study of Buddhism and Christianity which, despite their differences, have striking similarities. Chapters are devoted to probe Religious consciousness far below the surface of dogma and traditions. Light is dirown on what Buddhism and Christianity and other religious and philosophical systems have meant to seekers of the truth of humanity. The treatment is selective and is concerned with the comparable features of major Traditions shared by all great traditions of the world.The book “Buddhism in Comparative Light ” is written by Hajime Nakamura. This book was published in the year 2010.This book has total of pp. xii + 182 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings (Seastone series) [Kindle Edition]

This remarkable collection reveals how Jesus and Buddha—whether talking about love, wisdom, or materialism—were guiding along the same path. Jesus & Buddha also delves into the mystery surrounding their strikingly similar teachings and presents over one hundred examples from each. As a Christian, I grew up with Jesus and have lived with him all my life. I have not lived with the Buddha. Similarly my work on this book was from the vantage point of a Jesus scholar. But my experience has led me to the conclusion that their teachings about ‘the way’ are virtually identical and that together they are the two most remarkable religious figures who ever lived.” —Marcus Borg. Marcus Borg (Author, Editor), Jack Kornfield (Introduction) (21)

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Your Buddha Nature: Teachings on the Ten Perfections

In 12 absorbing sessions, Kornfield introduces listeners to Buddhism’s most basic foundation for mindful living: The Ten Perfections. These Perfections offer immediate answers to challenges faced in daily living. Kornfield presents listeners with meditations and mindfulness techniques to help them open to the higher qualities already rooted in their hearts. Jack Kornfield (Author)

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The Roots of Buddhist Psychology

The Buddha said many times that just as the great oceans have but one taste, so do all the true teachings of the dharma: the taste of freedom. Jack Kornfield’s The Roots of Buddhist Psychology is an invitation to drink deeply of these teachings – to taste the wisdom that flows from the heart of Buddhism’s most useful ideas on the interior life, and what brings awakening, freedom, and happiness. Among the world’s great religions, Buddhism alone has developed a rich, intricate psychology based not on metaphysics, but on the human predicament. Through its strategies, you can find the way to true freedom. Buddhism views the mind as a labyrinth of feelings, perceptions, and emotional states.

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Dhammapada (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

The Dhammapada is one of the most popular and accessible books in all of Buddhist literature. In it are the words of the Buddha, teaching that all suffering stems from desire and that the way to attain freedom is to purify the heart and follow the way of truth. Thomas Byrom’s verse rendering of the Dhammapada uniquely captures the Buddha’s original teachings with simplicity and lyricism.Thomas Byrom (Author)

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Teachings of the Buddha (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers. The book also includes traditional instruction on how to practice sitting meditation, cultivate calm awareness, and live with compassion. Jack Kornfield, one of the most respected American Buddhist teachers, has compiled these teachings to impart the essence and inspiration of Buddhism to readers of all spiritual traditions. Jack Kornfield (Author)

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Teachings of the Buddha

by Kornfield (Author)

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In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon (Teachings of the Buddha) [Kindle Edition]

This landmark collection is the definitive introduction to the Buddha’s teachings – in his own words. The American scholar-monk Bhikkhu Bodhi, whose voluminous translations have won widespread acclaim, here presents selected discourses of the Buddha from the Pali Canon, the earliest record of what the Buddha taught. Divided into ten thematic chapters, In the Buddha’s Words reveals the full scope of the Buddha’s discourses, from family life and marriage to renunciation and the path of insight. A concise, informative introduction precedes each chapter, guiding the reader toward a deeper understanding of the texts that follow.The Dalai Lama (Author), Bhikkhu Bodhi (Author), Dalai Lama (Foreword)

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Transform Your Life

With an emphasis on integrating essential Buddhist teachings, especially universal love and compassion, into daily life, Transform Your Life shows how we can discover the real meaning of our human life by fulfilling our human potential and finding everlasting peace and happiness. A perfect manual for inner transformation.A perfect manual for inner transformation with a special emphasis on integrating universal love and compassion into our daily life. Through numerous examples and analogies, Geshe Kelsang shows how through these practices we can discover the real meaning of human life and fulfil our human potential.In this revised edition we receive Geshe Kelsang’s updated presentation of The Supreme Good Heart and Ultimate Truth, making these profound topics increasingly accessible.

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Eight Steps to Happiness

An in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism’s best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa. Clear methods are simply presented for transforming all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights, for improving our relationships, and for bringing greater patience, empathy and compassion into our daily life. Geshe Kelsang shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom to help us find greater happiness and meaning in our busy, modern lives.

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How To Solve Our Human Problems

In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely. Our negative states of mind, such as uncontrolled desire and anger, create endless problems for ourselves and others, and prevent us from fulfilling our deepest wishes. Geshe Kelsang begins by presenting Buddha’s popular teaching on the Four Noble Truths, which offers a clear and simple solution to all our problems, guiding us to an oasis of peace within our hearts.

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Introduction to Buddhism

Beginning with Buddha’s life story, this concise guide explains the essential elements of the Buddhist way of life, such as understanding the mind, rebirth, karma and ultimate truth, and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing qualities such as inner peace, love and patience. The emphasis throughout is on the practical application of Buddhist ideas and practice to finding solutions to everyday problems. Those interested in Buddhism and meditation will find this book a rich source of guidance and inspiration.

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Mahamudra Tantra

Mahamudra is the union of great bliss and emptiness – the most subtle mind that experiences great bliss and realizes ultimate truth, the way things actually exist. From his practical experience, Geshe Kelsang explains how to prepare our mind for Mahamudra meditation, how to remove obstacles to successful practice, and how we can experience progressively subtler states of mind. By explaining how to uncover and purify the deepest level of our mind and to use this very subtle blissful mind to meditate on ultimate truth, he shows how we can destroy all our negative minds at their very root and quickly reach the state of full enlightenment.

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Modern Buddhism

With compassion and wisdom, like the two wings of a bird, we can quickly reach the enlightened world of a Buddha. Modern Buddhism reveals how all aspects of Buddhism – from the most basic to the most profound – can be applied practically to solve our daily problems and to experience deeper inner peace and happiness

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Gautama Buddha: The Life and Times of the Awakened One. Vishvapani Blomfield

The words and example of Gautama (often known by the title, ‘Buddha’) have affected billions of people. But what do we really know about him? While there is much we cannot say for certain about the historical Gautama, this persuasive new biography provides the fullest and most plausible account yet. Weaving ancient sources and modern understanding into a compelling narrative, Gautama Buddha places his birth around 484 BCE, his Enlightenment in 449 BCE and his death in 404 BCE, a century later than the traditional dates. Vishvapani Blomfield examines Gautama’s words and impact to shed fresh light on his culture, his spiritual search and the experiences and teachings that led his followers to call him ‘The Awakened One’.Publisher: Quercus Books (January 1, 2011)

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Buddha

With such bestsellers as A History of God and Islam, Karen Armstrong has consistently delivered ?penetrating, readable, and prescient? (The New York Times) works that have lucidly engaged a wide range of religions and religious issues. In Buddha she turns to a figure whose thought is still reverberating throughout the world 2,500 years after his death.Many know the Buddha only from seeing countless serene, iconic images. But what of the man himself and the world he lived in? What did he actually do in his roughly eighty years on earth that spawned one of the greatest religions in world history? Armstrong tackles these questions and more by examining the life and times of the Buddha in this engrossing philosophical biography. Against the tumultuous cultural background of his world, she blends history, philosophy, mythology, and biography to create a compelling and illuminating portrait of a man whose awakening continues to inspire millions.Author: Karen Armstrong

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Buddhist Religions: A Historical Introduction (Religious Life in History)

This historical introduction to Buddhism presents students with an engaging exploration of the diversity of thoughts and practices of a wide segment of followers of the Buddha. It covers five main aspects of Buddhism: ritual, devotionalism, doctrine, meditation, practice, and institutional history. Richard H. Robinson (Author), Willard L. Johnson (Author), Thanissaro Bhikkhu (Author)

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The Experience of Buddhism: Sources and Interpretations (Religious Life in History)

Part of the “Religious Life in History Series,” this comprehensive anthology provides translations of texts illustrative of Buddhist philosophy and doctrine as well as descriptive, concrete accounts of Buddhist practices, rituals, and experiences. Author John Strong gives careful consideration to many key aspects of the religion in a wide range of geographic and cultural arenas, from Asia to the United States, and gives students a sense of Buddhism’s historical evolution in each area. In addition, this new edition of THE EXPERIENCE OF BUDDHISM uniquely offers students a list of pertinent bibliographic suggestions after each reading, giving them the opportunity to both enhance their understanding of the material and streamline their research and paper-writing process. John S. Strong (Author)

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South Asian Buddhism: A Survey

South Asian Buddhism presents a comprehensive historical survey of the full range of Buddhist traditions throughout South Asia from the beginnings of the religion up to the present. Starting with narratives on the Buddha’s life and foundational teachings from ancient India, the book proceeds to discuss the rise of Buddhist monastic organizations and texts among the early Mainstream Buddhist schools. It considers the origins and development of Mahayana Buddhism in South Asia, surveys the development of Buddhist Tantra in South Asia and outlines developments in Buddhism as found in Sri Lanka and Nepal following the decline of the religion in India.Stephen C. Berkwitz (Author)

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Buddhism: The Illustrated Guide Paperback

Kevin Trainor (Editor)

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Life of the Buddha (Clay Sanskrit Library) Hardcover

The Buddhist monk Ashva·ghosha composed Life of the Buddha in the first or second century CE probably in Ayódhya. This is the earliest surviving text of the Sanskrit literary genre called kavya and probably provided models for Kali·dasa’s more famous works. The most poignant scenes on the path to his Awakening are when the young prince Siddhartha, the future Buddha, is confronted by the reality of sickness, old age, and death, while seduced by the charms of the women employed to keep him at home. Ashvaghosha (Author), Patrick Olivelle (Translator)

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The Way of the Bodhisattva: (Bodhicaryavatara), Revised Edition (Shambhala Classics)

Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara) is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment, and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience. This text has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries, first in India, and later in Tibet. Presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse, it outlines the path of the Bodhisattvas—those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment and vow to work for the liberation of all beings and to attain buddhahood for their sake.Shantideva (Author), Padmakara Translation Group (Translator)

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The Foundations of Buddhism (Opus S)

Buddhism is a vast and complex religious and philosophical tradition with a history that stretches over 2,500 years, and which is now followed by around 115 million people. In this introduction to the foundations of Buddhism, Rupert Gethin concentrates on the ideas and practices which constitute the common heritage of the different traditions of Buddhism (Thervada, Tibetan, and Eastern) that exist in the world today. From the narrative of the story of the Buddha, through discussions of aspects such as textual traditions, the framework of the Four Noble Truths, the interaction between the monastic and lay ways of life, the cosmology of karma and rebirth, and the path of the bodhisattva, this book provides a stimulating introduction to Buddhism as a religion and way of life.Rupert Gethin (Author)

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Sayings of the Buddha: New Translations from the Pali Nikayas (Oxford World’s Classics)

As more and more westerners study and practice Buddhism, reliable modern translations of the Buddha’s teachings are increasingly in demand. One of the main sources for knowledge of the Buddhadharma is the four Pali Nikayas or “collections” of his sayings. Written in Pali, an ancient Indian language closely related to Sanskrit, the Nikayas are among the oldest Buddhist texts and consist of more than one and a half million words. This new translation offers a selection of the Buddha’s most important sayings, reflecting the full variety of material contained in the Nikayas: the central themes of the Buddha’s teaching (his biography, philosophical discourse, instruction on morality, meditation, and the spiritual life) and the range of literary style (myth, dialogue, narrative, short sayings, verse). This edition is the most critically up-to-date and For anyone seeking a more direct encounter with the Buddha’s words and teaching, this new translation will prove to be essential reading, rewarding scholars and practitioners alike.Rupert Gethin (Translator)

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The Best Buddhist Writing 2013 Paperback

An eclectic and thought-provoking collection of Buddhist and Buddhist-inspired writings on a wide range of issues published in North America during 2012.
The collection includes writings by Pema Chödrön, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joseph Goldstein, Natalie Goldberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Dzongsar Khyentse, Sakyong Mipham, Norman Fischer, Philip Moffitt, Karen Miller, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Kay Larson, and Lodro Rinzler, among others. Selected by the editors of the Shambhala Sun, North America’s leading Buddhist-inspired magazine, this anthology offers an entertaining mix of writing styles and reflects on a wide range of issues from a Buddhist point of view.Melvin McLeod (Editor), editors of the Shambhala Sun (Editor), Pema Chodron (Contributor), & 2 more

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Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment

Atisha, the eleventh-century Indian Buddhist scholar and saint, came to Tibet at the invitation of the king of Western Tibet, Lha Lama Yeshe Wo, and his nephew, Jangchub Wo. His coming initiated the period of the second transmission of Buddhism to Tibet, formative for the Sakya Kagyu and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Atisha’s most celebrated text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, sets forth the entire Buddhist path within the framework of three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner. Atisha’s text thus became the source of the lamrim tradition, or graduated stages of the path to enlightenment, an approach to spiritual practice incorporated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.Geshe Sonam Rinchen (Author), Ruth Sonam (Translator)

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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 1)

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world’s treasury of sacred literature. The author Tsong-kha-pa (1357–1419) completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his incisive insights on the classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings of the masters of the earlier Kadampa tradition. In this way, the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist traditions. Volume One covers all practices that are prerequisite for developing the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta). Tsong-Kha-Pa (Author), Joshua W. C. Cutler (Editor), Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee (Translator)

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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 2)

Volume Two explains how to train in the six perfections in order to develop the heart of compassion indispensable for any student who wants to put the Dharma into practice. Tsong-kha-pa (Author)

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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Volume Three Publisher: Snow Lion Publications

Volume Three contains a presentation of the two most important topics to be found in the Great Treatise: meditative serenity (shamatha) and supramundane insight into the nature of reality (vipasyana). Tsong-kha -pa (Author)

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Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

Pabongka Rinpoche was one the twentieth century’s most charismatic and revered Tibetan lamas, and in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand we can see why. In this famous twenty-four-day teaching on the lamrim, or stages of the path, Pabongka Rinpoche weaves together lively stories and quotations with frank observations and practical advice to move readers step by step along the journey to buddhahood. When his student Trijang Rinpoche first edited and published these teachings in Tibetan, an instant classic was born. The flavor and immediacy of the original Tibetan are preserved in Michael Richards’ fluid and lively translation, which is now substantially revised in this new edition.Pabongka Rinpoche (Author), Trijang Rinpoche (Editor), Michael Richards (Translator)

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Mind of Clear Light: Advice on Living Well and Dying Consciously

“Everyone dies, but no one is dead,” goes the Tibetan saying. It is with these words that Advice on Dying takes flight. Using a seventeenth-century poem written by a prominent scholar-practitioner, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws from a wide range of traditions and beliefs to explore the stages we all go through when we die, which are the very same stages we experience in life when we go to sleep, faint, or reach orgasm (Shakespeare’s “little death”). His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Author), Ph.D. Jeffrey Hopkins Ph.D. (Editor, Translator)

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Stages of Meditation

The Dalai Lama explains the principles of meditation in a practice-oriented format especially suited to Westerners. Based upon the middle section of the Bhavanakrama by Kamalashila, a translation of which is included, this is the most extensive commentary given by the Dalai Lama on this concise but important meditation handbook. It is a favorite text of the Dalai Lama, and he often takes the opportunity to give teachings on it to audiences throughout the world. In his words, “This text can be like a key that opens the door to all other major Buddhist scriptures.” Topics include the nature of mind, how to develop compassion and loving-kindness, calm abiding wisdom, and how to establish a union of calm abiding and special insight.Dalai Lama (Author), Geshe Lobsang Jordhen (Translator), Losang Choephel Ganchenpa (Translator), & 1 more

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How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life

Divided into a series of distinct steps that will lead spiritual seekers toward enlightenment, How to Practice is a constant companion in the quest to practice morality, meditation, and wisdom. This accessible book will guide you toward opening your heart, refraining from doing harm, and maintiaining mentaltranquility as the Dalai Lama shows you how to overcome everyday obstacles, from feelings of anger and mistrust to jealousy, insecurity, and counterproductive thinking. Imbued with His Holiness’ vivacious spirit and sense of playfulness, How to Practice offers sage and practical insight into the human psyche and into the deepest aspirations that bind us all together.Dalai Lama (Author), Jeffrey Hopkins (Editor)

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Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective

In this book, the Dalai Lama shows how through the practice of patience and tolerance we can overcome the obstacles of anger and hatred. He bases his discussion on A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, the classic work on the activities of Bodhisattvas—those who aspire to attain full enlightenment in order to benefit all beings. Dalai Lama (Author), Thupten Jinpa (Translator)

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The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace: The Essential Life and Teachings

In this distillation of his life and teachings, the Dalai Lama paints a compelling portrait of his early life, reflecting on the personal and political struggles that have helped to shape his understanding of our world. Offering his wisdom and experience to interpret the timeless teachings of the Buddha, The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace is fresh and relevant to our troubled times. He explains in a simple and accessible way how each of us can influence those around us by living with integrity. And he holds out hope that, through personal transformation, we can all contribute to a better world.Dalai Lama (Author)

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The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Wisdom

This gem, the sequel to The Dalai Lama’s Little Book of Inner Peace, contains the essence of the Dalai Lama’s teachings on life and death. Think of this as the essential guide to both living and dying well from one of the most important spiritual teachers of the 20th and 21st centuries.His Holiness Dalai Lama (Author)

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The Art of Happiness, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Handbook for Living

An updated edition of a beloved classic, the original book on happiness, with new material from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler.
Nearly every time you see him, he?s laughing, or at least smiling. And he makes everyone else around him feel like smiling. He?s the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet, a Nobel Prize winner, and a hugely sought-after speaker and statesman. Why is he so popular? Even after spending only a few minutes in his presence you can?t help feeling happier.Dalai Lama (Author)

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The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World

Blending common sense and modern psychiatry, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World applies Buddhist tradition to twenty-first-century struggles in a relevant way. The result is a wise approach to dealing with human problems that is both optimistic and realistic, even in the most challenging times.Dalai Lama (Author), Howard Cutler M.D. (Author)

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The Art of Happiness at Work

In psychiatry and according to the Dalai Lama, our motivation for working determines our level of satisfaction. The book explores these three levels of focus:
Survival: focus on salary, stability, food and clothing
Career: focus on advancement
Calling: focus on work as a higher purpose
Cutler probes the Dalai Lama’s wisdom by posing these questions: How does the relationship between our personal values and those of our employers affect happiness? What is the relationship between self-awareness and work? What are the main sources of dissatisfaction and how can we cope with them? How do we deal with conflicts with coworkers and bosses? How do we deal with jealousy, anger, or hostility at work? How does the lack of freedom affect our levels of happiness? How do we deal with boredom or lack of challenge? Unfair criticism? Overly demanding or taxing situations? Job change and unemployment? Once again, Cutler walks us through the Dalai Lama’s reasoning so that we know how to apply the wisdom to daily life. This practical application of Buddhist ideas is an invaluable source of strength and peace for anyone who earns a living. The Dalai Lama (Author), Howard C. Cutler (Author)

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The Wisdom of Forgiveness: Intimate Journeys and Conversations

From the conversations in The Wisdom of Forgiveness, we discover under which circumstances the Dalai Lama believes he could be capable of violence; how the experience of profound spiritual insight feels in the body and mind; how he learned to love those who anyone else would consider an enemy; what his personal fears are; what the heart of a holy man looks like in medical tests; and how a highly developed spiritual person experiences pain.The Wisdom of Forgiveness takes these two friends on journeys from India to Ireland; from the former Czechoslovakia to a pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites. If you’ve ever wondered why we love the Dalai Lama so much, this book makes it clear by placing us in the presence of a great being. Dalai Lama (Author), Chan Victor (Author)

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The Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights

The Wisdom of Compassion is an intensely personal portrait of the Dalai Lama. It recounts the story of his friendship with a blind Irishman, how they first met and how in later meetings the Dalai Lama comes to call him his one and only hero. It explores the Dalai Lama’s collaboration with a neuroscientist and how it results in significant discoveries about the human brain. It also brings to life poignant accounts of his uncommon encounters with a little beggar girl, a disabled boy in a critical care ward, a man who trains grandmothers to become solar engineers, and many others.H. H. Dalai Lama (Author), Victor Chan (Author)

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Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World

Ten years ago, in the best-selling Ethics for a New Millennium, His Holiness the Dalai Lama first proposed an approach to ethics based on universal rather than religious principles. With Beyond Relgion, he returns to the conversation at his most outspoken, elaborating and deepening his vision for the nonreligious way—a path to lead an ethical, happy, and spiritual life. Transcending the religion wars, he outlines a system of ethics for our shared world, one that makes a stirring appeal for a deep appreciation of our common humanity, offering us all a road map for improving human life on individual, community, and global levels.H.H. Dalai Lama (Author), Alexander Norman (Contributor)

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The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality

After forty years of study with some of the greatest scientific minds, as well as a lifetime of meditative, spiritual, and philosophic study, the Dalai Lama presents a brilliant analysis of why all avenues of inquiry—scientific as well as spiritual—must be pursued in order to arrive at a complete picture of the truth. Through an examination of Darwinism and karma, quantum mechanics and philosophical insight into the nature of reality, neurobiology and the study of consciousness, the Dalai Lama draws significant parallels between contemplative and scientific examinations of reality.Dalai Lama (Author)

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How to See Yourself As You Really Are

How to recognize and dispel misguided notions of self and embrace the world from a more realistic – and loving – perspective. Through illuminating explanations and step-by-step exercises, His Holiness helps readers to see the world as it actually exists, and explains how, through the interconnection of meditative concentration and love, true altruistic enlightenment is attained.Enlivened by personal anecdotes and intimate accounts of the Dalai Lama’s own life experiences, How to See Yourself As You Really Are is an inspirational and empowering guide that can be read and enjoyed by anyone seeking spiritual fulfillment.His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Author), Ph.D. Jeffrey Hopkins Ph.D. (Editor, Translator)

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In My Own Words: An Introduction to My Teachings and Philosophy

This fascinating book brings together extracts from some of His Holiness’s most powerful writings and talks. As he explains the elements of the Buddha’s teachings and the basic practices of meditation, he also engages and reconciles the innovations of modern science with Buddhist perspectives. Ultimately, His Holiness calls for the celebration of diversity and the recognition of interdependence that breeds a sense of Universal Responsibility – which must govern all of our relationships in this increasingly fragmented world. Serving as the perfect introduction to the Dalai Lama’s philosophy, both Buddhist and secular, In My Own Words is just the book for gleaning insights into the mind of one of the world’s greatest spiritual icons.Dalai Lama (Author), Rajiv Mehrotra (Translator)

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The Dalai Lama’s Cat

A mud-smeared kitten is rescued from the slums of New Delhi and transported to a life she could have never imagined. In a beautiful sanctuary overlooking the snow-capped Himalayas, she begins her new life as the Dalai Lama’s cat. Warmhearted, irreverent, and wise, this cat of many names opens a window to the inner sanctum of life in Dharamsala. A tiny spy observing the constant flow of private meetings between His Holiness and everyone from Hollywood celebrities to philanthropists to self-help authors, the Dalai Lama’s cat provides us with insights on how to find happiness and meaning in a busy, materialistic world. Her story will put a smile on the face of anyone who has been blessed by the kneading paws and bountiful purring of a cat.David Michie (Author)(70)

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Buddhism For Busy People: Finding Happiness In An Uncertain World

In this simple but beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humor, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life and the profound sense of well-being and heartfelt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.David Michie (Author)

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The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring

What makes you purr?
Of all the questions in the world, this is the most important. It is also the great leveler. Because no matter whether you are a playful kitten or a sedentary senior, a scrawny alley Tom or a sleek-coated uptown girl, whatever your circumstances, you just want to be happy. Not the kind of happy that comes and goes like a can of flaked tuna but an enduring happiness. The deep-down happiness that makes you purr from the heart.Before leaving for a teaching tour to America, the Dalai Lama poses a challenge to his beloved feline, HHC (His Holiness’s Cat): to discover the true cause of happiness. Little does she know what adventures this task will bring!. David Michie (Author)

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Enlightenment to Go: Shantideva and the Power of Compassion to Transform Your Life

Essential reading for those seeking life-changing psychological tools and transcendent wisdom, Enlightenment to Go provides a lively and accessible introduction to the ‘best of’ Shantideva. With warmth, humor, and stories of his own experiences, author David Michie shows how modern psychological science confirms Shantideva’s insights, and he explores powerful antidotes to contemporary problems, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Whether you are a newcomer to Buddhism or a seasoned practitioner, Enlightenment to Go offers a glimpse of a radiantly different reality right here in your busy life.David Michie (Author)

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The Magician of Lhasa

When novice monk Tenzin Dorje is told by his lama that the Red Army is invading Tibet, his country’s darkest moment paradoxically gives him a sense of purpose like no other. He accepts a mission to carry two ancient, secret texts across the Himalayas to safety. Half a century later, in a paradox of similarly troubling circumstances, Matt Lester is called upon to convey his own particular wisdom as a scientist, when Matt’s nanotech project is mysteriously moved from London to a research incubator in Los Angeles. Tenzin and Matt embark on parallel adventures which have spine-chilling connections. Tenzin’s perilous journey through the Himalayas, amid increasing physical hardship and the ever-present horror of Red Army capture, is mirrored by Matt’s contemporary, but no less traumatic challenges, as his passionate relationship with his fiancée, Isabella, and his high flying career undergo escalating crises. It is at the moment when both Tenzin and Matt face catastrophe that their stories converge, spectacularly transforming our understanding of all that has gone before.David Michie (Author)

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Hurry Up and Meditate Guided Meditations

If meditation was available in capsule form, it would be the biggest selling drug of all time. It has been scientifically proven to deliver highly effective stress relief, boost our immune systems and dramatically slow the ageing process. It has also been shown to make us much happier and more effective thinkers. In this partner recording to Hurry Up and Meditate, David Michie takes the novice meditator by the hand, and provides four guided Buddhist meditations to help you experience for yourself the benefits of these time-honoured and powerful techniques. Getting started: Explaining the best physical and psychological posture – (5 mins). Introducing two useful tools for your meditations – (5 mins). Meditation 1 – Body scanning and relaxation – (20 mins). Be fully present in your body, here and now. Meditation 2 – Breathing meditation: counting technique – (10 mins). Combat stress and cultivate inner peace through the breath. Meditation 3 – Visualisation technique: the cocoon – (15 mins). Attracting happiness, radiance and contentment through this transformational practice. Meditation 4 – Analytical meditation: cultivating gratitude – (15 mins). Enhance appreciation of your life just as it is. David Michie is the bestselling author of Buddhism for Busy People, Hurry Up and Meditate and Enlightenment to Go. David Michie (Author), Nicholas Bell (Reader)

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The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home

“Death can be a destabilizing force. And when it touches you closely, you must somehow discover a way to find and rebuild your secure home,” popular yoga instructor Mary Paterson writes. With the death of her father, she felt as if she had no place to stand. She had lost her home.Paterson’s response to this life crisis, was to embark on a pilgrimage to Plum Village, the retreat of Nobel Prize-nominated Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. This wonderfully frank and funny chronicle of her 40-day sojourn offers readers the 40 Buddhist precepts that she learned. The primary theme is the necessity of discovering how to “take refuge” or find a permanent home within ourselves–without taking oneself too seriously.With chapters such as The Lesson in a Bad Fish, The Man Who Nicked My Headphones, How a Monk Washes His Face, and How Not to Be Sneaky, this lyrical, wise, and witty personal journey book is inspirational and a joy to read. Paterson’s sensibility is grounded, realistic, and engaging.Mary Paterson (Author)

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The Pocket Thich Nhat Hanh (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

Thich Nhat Hanh is known for his warm, generous, and joyful teaching style that makes his wisdom remarkably accessible and resonant to readers from all backgrounds. These selected writings are drawn from Thich Nhat Hanh’s many published works and provide a wonderful overview of his teachings. This reader covers the main themes that Thich Nhat Hanh has addressed as a Buddhist teacher: mindfulness in our daily lives, Buddhism and enlightenment, working with emotions and relationships, and transforming society (engaged Buddhism).Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Melvin McLeod (Editor)

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How to Sit

How to Sit provides explicit, simple directions on the mechanics of posture and breathing, along with instructions for how best to achieve the awakened, relaxed state of clarity to cultivate concentration and compassion.The function of meditation practice is to heal and transform. Scientific studies indicate that meditation contributes tremendously to well-being, general health, and longevity. How to Sit is a unique gift for those who want a comprehensive yet simple guide to getting started with meditation practice, as well as meditators with training in any spiritual tradition who want to be reminded of the foundation of practice.Thich Nhat Hanh (Author)

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The Pocket Pema Chodron (Shambhala Pocket Classics)

Here is a treasury of 108 short selections from the best-selling books of Pema Chödrön, the beloved Buddhist nun. Designed for on-the-go inspiration, this collection offers teachings on: becoming fearless, breaking free of destructive patterns, developing patience, kindness, and joy amid our everyday struggles, unlocking our natural warmth, intelligence, and goodness. Pema Chodron (Author)

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Your True Home: The Everyday Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh: 365 days of practical, powerful teachings from the beloved Zen teacher

Bringing the energy of true presence into our lives really does change things for the better—and all it takes is a little training. This treasury of 365 gems of daily wisdom from one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers of our age is a help and support for anyone who wants to train to meet every moment of life with 100 percent attention. Thich Nhat Hanh shows how practicing mindfulness can transform every area of our lives—and how its benefits radiate beyond us to affect others and the whole, larger world.Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Melvin McLeod (Editor)

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Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is—in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part—and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the “mindless” into the mindFUL.Thich Nhat Hanh (Author), Arnold Kotler (Editor), H. H. the Dalai Lama (Foreword)

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The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

In The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, Thich Nhat Hanh introduces us to the core teachings of Buddhism and shows us that the Buddha’s teachings are accessible and applicable to our daily lives. With poetry and clarity, Nhat Hanh imparts comforting wisdom about the nature of suffering and its role in creating compassion, love, and joy–all qualities of enlightenment. Covering such significant teachings as the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Three Doors of Liberation, the Three Dharma Seals, and the Seven Factors of Awakening, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching is a radiant beacon on Buddhist thought for the initiated and uninitiated alike.Thich Nhat Hanh (Author)

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What the Buddha Taught: Revised and Expanded Edition with Texts from Suttas and Dhammapada

A classic introductory book to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught, contains a selection of illustrative texts from the original Pali texts, including the Suttas and the Dhammapada (specially translated by the author), sixteen illustrations, and a bibliography, glossary, and index.Walpola Rahula (Author)

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Buddhism for Beginners

This user’s guide to Buddhist basics takes the most commonly asked questions—beginning with “What is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings?”—and provides simple answers in plain English. Thubten Chodron’s responses to the questions that always seem to arise among people approaching Buddhism make this an exceptionally complete and accessible introduction—as well as a manual for living a more peaceful, mindful, and satisfying Life. Buddhism for Beginners is an ideal first book on the subject for anyone, but it’s also a wonderful resource for seasoned students, since the question-and-answer format makes it easy to find just the topic you’re looking for, such as:
What is the goal of the Buddhist path?, What is karma?,If all phenomena are empty, does that mean nothing exists?, How can we deal with fear?,
How do I establish a regular meditation practice?, What are the qualities I should look for in a teacher?, What is Buddha-nature?,Why can’t we remember our past lives? .Thubten Chodron (Author)

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Buddhism Plain and Simple

“Buddhism Plain and Simple” offers a clear, straightforward treatise on Buddhism in general and on awareness in particular. Steve Hagan presents the Buddha’s uncluttered, original teachings in everyday, accessible language unencumbered by religious ritual.Steve Hagen (Author)

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An Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy (Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy)

Stephen Laumakis explains the origin and development of Buddhist ideas and concepts, focusing on the philosophical ideas and arguments presented and defended by selected thinkers and sutras from various traditions. He starts with a sketch of the Buddha and the Dharma, and highlights the origins of Buddhism in India. He then considers specific details of the Dharma with special attention to Buddhist metaphysics and epistemology, and examines the development of Buddhism in China, Japan, and Tibet, concluding with the ideas of the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh. In each chapter he includes explanations of key terms and teachings, excerpts from primary source materials, and presentations of the arguments for each position. His book will be an invaluable guide for all who are interested in this rich and vibrant philosophy.Stephen J. Laumakis (Author)

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Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience

Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist Experience, Third Edition, focuses on the depth of Buddhist experiences as expressed in the teachings and practices of its religious and philosophical traditions. Taking a more global and inclusive approach than any other introductory text, the book spans more than 2,500 years, offering chapters on Buddhism’s origins in India; Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism; Buddhism in Southeast Asia, Tibet, China, Korea, and Japan; and the globalization of Buddhism with a focus on the United States. The volume is enhanced by substantial selections of primary text material, numerous boxed personal narratives by respected Buddhists and scholars, maps and photos, and six essays on cultural experiences of Buddhism around the world today. Donald W. Mitchell (Author), Sarah H. Jacoby (Author)

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The Life of Buddhism (The Life of Religion)

Bringing together fifteen essays by outstanding Buddhist scholars from Asia, Europe, and North America, this book offers a distinctive portrayal of the “life of Buddhism.” The contributors focus on a number of religious practices across the Buddhist world, from Sri Lanka to New York, Japan to Tibet. The essays highlight not so much Buddhist doctrine or sacred texts, but rather the actual behavior and lived experience of Buddhist adherents. Frank E. Reynolds (Editor), Jason A. Carbine (Editor)

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An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practices (Introduction to Religion)

Peter Harvey provides a comprehensive introduction to the development of the Buddhist tradition in both Asia and the West. Extensively revised and fully updated, this new edition draws on recent scholarship in the field, exploring the tensions and continuities between the different forms of Buddhism. Harvey critiques and corrects some common misconceptions and mistranslations, and discusses key concepts that have often been over-simplified and over-generalised. The volume includes detailed references to scriptures and secondary literature, an updated bibliography, and a section on web resources. Key terms are given in Pali and Sanskrit, and Tibetan words are transliterated in the most easily pronounceable form, making this is a truly accessible account. This is an ideal coursebook for students of religion, Asian philosophy and Asian studies, and is also a useful reference for readers wanting an overview of Buddhism and its beliefs.Peter Harvey (Author)

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Buddhist Scriptures (Penguin Classics)

While Buddhism has no central text comparable to the Bible or Koran, there is a powerful body of scripture from across Asia that encompasses the dharma, or the teachings of the Buddha. In this rich anthology, eminent scholar Donald S. Lopez, Jr., brings together works from a broad historical and geographical range, and from such languages as Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese. There are tales of the Buddha?s past lives, a discussion of qualities and qualifications for a monk, and an exploration of the many meanings of enlightenment. Together they provide a vivid picture of the Buddha and of the vast and profound nature of the Buddhist tradition. Donald Lopez (Editor)(90)

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The Lotus Sutra (BDK English Tripitaka)

Translated from the Chinese by The Lotus Sutra (Taisho No. 262), translated by Tsugunari Kubo and Akira Yuyama from the fifth-century Chinese version by the scholar-monk Kumarajiva, is one of the most important and revered texts in East Asian Buddhism. With its vivid descriptions of cosmic events and large cast of characters, the Saddharmapundarika-sutra (Sutra of the Lotus Flower of the Fine Dharma) unfolds like a magnificent drama. Its twenty-eight chapters offer a combination of doctrine, teachings, stories and parables, devotional practices, and portraits of the many Buddhas and bodhisattvas that inhabit the world of the Lotus Sutra. This text presents an emerging Mahayana vision that affirms the possibility of enlightenment for all. [Ch: Miao-fa-lien-hua-ching] [Jpn: Myo-ho-ren-ge-kyo].Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research (Author)

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The Bodhicaryavatara (Oxford World’s Classics)

Written in India in the early 8th century AD, ‘S=antideva’s Bodhicary=avat=ara addresses the profound desire to become a Buddha and rescue all beings from suffering. The person who acts upon such a desire is a Bodhisattva. ‘S=antideva not only makes plain what the Bodhisattva must do and become, he also invokes the powerful feelings of aspiration that underlie such a commitment, employing language which has inspired Buddists ever since it first appeared. Indeed, his book has long been regarded as one of the most popular accounts of the Buddhist’s spiritual path. Important as a manual of training among Mah=ay=ana Buddhists, especially in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this text continues to be used as the basis for teaching by modern Buddhist teachers. This new translation from the original language provides detailed annotations explaining allusions and technical references. Also, the Introduction both serve to locate ‘S=antideva’s work in its proper context, and for the first time explain its structure.Santideva (Author), Paul Williams (Editor), Kate Crosby (Translator), Andrew Skilton (Translator)

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Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations (The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices)

Paul Williams’ Mahayana Buddhism is widely regarded as the standard introduction to the field, used internationally for teaching and research and has been translated into several European and Asian languages. This new edition has been fully revised throughout in the light of the wealth of new studies and focuses on the religion’s diversity and richness. It includes much more material on China and Japan, with appropriate reference to Nepal, and for students who wish to carry their study further there is a much-expanded bibliography and extensive footnotes and cross-referencing. Everyone studying this important tradition will find Williams’ book the ideal companion to their studies.Paul Williams (Author)

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Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo (The Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices)

Written by the leading authority on Theravada Buddhism, this up-dated edition takes into account recent research to include the controversies over the date of the Buddha and current social and political developments in Sri Lanka. Gombrich explores the legacy of the Buddha’s predecessors and the social and religious contexts against which Buddhism has developed and changed throughout history, demonstrating above all, how it has always influenced and been influenced by its social surroundings in a way which continues to this day. Richard Gombrich (Author), Richard F. Gombrich (Author)

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Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition Paperback

This book serves as an accessible and reliable survey for students wishing to gain familiarity with the basic ideas of Buddhist philosophical and religious thought, and with some of the recent research in the field. It guides readers towards a richer understanding of the central concepts of classical Indian Buddhist thought, from the time of Buddha to the latest scholarly perspectives and controversies. Abstract and complex ideas are made understandable by the authors’ clear and engaging style. The second edition has been fully revised in light of new scholarship, in particular on Mahayana Buddhism and Tantric Buddhism, an often neglected and inadequately understood topic. As well as a detailed bibliography this authoritative resource now includes recommended further reading, study questions, a pronunciation guide and extensive glossary of terms, all aimed at helping students to develop their knowledge and appreciation of Buddhist thought.Paul Williams (Author), Anthony Tribe (Author), Alexander Wynne (Author)

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What the Buddha Thought (Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies Monographs)

Incidentally, since many of the Buddha’s allusions can only be traced in the Pali versions of surviving texts, the book establishes the importance of the Pali Canon as evidence. Though the Buddha used metaphor extensively, he did not found his arguments upon it like earlier thinkers: his capacity for abstraction was a breakthrough. His ethicising older ideas of rebirth and human action (karma) was also a breakthrough for civilisation. His theory of karma is logically central to his thought. Karma is a process, not a thing; moreover, it is neither random nor wholly determined. These ideas about karma he generalised to every component of conscious experience except nirvana, the liberation from that chain of experience. Morally, karma both provided a principle of individuation and asserted the individuals responsiblity for his own destiny.Richard Gombrich (Author)

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Satipatthana: The Direct Path to Realization

“Surely destined to become the classic commentary on the Satipatthana” —Christopher Titmuss Now in its second printing!. Analayo (Author)

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Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening

From education and medicine to business and politics, we are in the midst of a great flowering of mindfulness. And with each new application we find for it, priceless benefits emerge. Yet the original purpose of mindfulness has remained throughout the centuries: spiritual awakening. With Mindfulness, Joseph Goldstein shares the wisdom of his four decades of teaching and practice in a book that will serve as a lifelong companion for anyone committed to mindful living and the realization of inner freedom.Joseph Goldstein (Author)

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Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom

The fruit of some twenty years’ experience leading Buddhist meditation retreats, this book touches on a wide range of topics raised repeatedly by meditators and includes favorite stories, key Buddhist teachings, and answers to most-asked questions. Joseph Goldstein (Author)

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Going to Pieces without Falling Apart: A Buddhist Perspective on Wholeness

Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart shows us that happiness doesn’t come from any kind of acquisitiveness, be it material or psychological. Happiness comes from letting go. Weaving together the accumulated wisdom of his two worlds – Buddhism and Western psychotherapy – Epstein shows how “the happiness that we seek depends on our ability to balance the ego’s need to do with our inherent capacity to be.” He encourages us to relax the ever-vigilant mind in order to experience the freedom that comes only from relinquishing control.Mark Epstein (Author)(100)

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Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught

Proposing that spiritual attainment does not have to be detached from intimacy or eroticism, Open to Desire begins with an exploration of the state of dissatisfaction that causes us to cling to irrational habits. Dr. Epstein helps readers overcome their own fears of desire so that they can more readily bridge the gap between self and other, cope with feelings of incompletion, and get past the perception of others as objects. Freed from clinging and shame, desire’s spiritual potential can then be opened up.Mark Epstein (Author)

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Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

In this simple but important volume, Stephen Batchelor reminds us that the Buddha was not a mystic who claimed privileged, esoteric knowledge of the universe, but a man who challenged us to understand the nature of anguish, let go of its origins, and bring into being a way of life that is available to us all. The concepts and practices of Buddhism, says Batchelor, are not something to believe in but something to do—and as he explains clearly and compellingly, it is a practice that we can engage in, regardless of our background or beliefs, as we live every day on the path to spiritual enlightenment.Stephen Batchelor (Author)

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Confession of a Buddhist Atheist

Does Buddhism require faith? Can an atheist or agnostic follow the Buddha’s teachings without believing in reincarnation or organized religion?
This is one man’s confession.
In his classic Buddhism Without Beliefs, Stephen Batchelor offered a profound, secular approach to the teachings of the Buddha that struck an emotional chord with Western readers. Now, with the same brilliance and boldness of thought, he paints a groundbreaking portrait of the historical Buddha—told from the author’s unique perspective as a former Buddhist monk and modern seeker. Drawing from the original Pali Canon, the seminal collection of Buddhist discourses compiled after the Buddha’s death by his followers, Batchelor shows us the Buddha as a flesh-and-blood man who looked at life in a radically new way. Batchelor also reveals the everyday challenges and doubts of his own devotional journey—from meeting the Dalai Lama in India, to training as a Zen monk in Korea, to finding his path as a lay teacher of Buddhism living in France. Both controversial and deeply personal, Stephen Batchelor’s refreshingly doctrine-free, life-informed account is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism.Stephen Batchelor (Author)

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Psychotherapy without the Self: A Buddhist Perspective

A best-selling author and popular speaker, Epstein has long been at the forefront of the effort to introduce Buddhist psychology to the West. His unique background enables him to serve as a bridge between the two traditions, which he has found to be more compatible than at first thought. Engaging with the teachings of the Buddha as well as those of Freud and Winnicott, he offers a compelling look at desire, anger, and insight and helps reinterpret the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and central concepts such as egolessness and emptiness in the psychoanalytic language of our time. Mark Epstein (Author)

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