The Tibetan Buddhism Reader

Reginald A. Ray

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1590308344

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Here is a portable collection of inspiring readings from the revered masters of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhism Reader includes quotations from major lineage figures from the past such as Padmasambhava, Atisha, Sakya Pandita, Marpa, Milarepa, and Tsongkhapa. Also featured are the writings of masters from contemporary times including the Dalai Lama, Dudjom Rinpoche, Khyentse Rinpoche, Sakya Tridzin, Chögyam Trungpa, and others. Topics include cultivating compassion, letting go of ego, learning to become more alert and present in our lives, and developing a clear perception of our own true nature.

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basic faith. It is the basic trust that we develop through our discovery. —The Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche TAKING REFUGE IS AN EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM [Taking refuge] is acknowledging that we are groundless, and it is acknowledging that there is really no need for home, or ground. Taking refuge is an expression of freedom, because as refugees we are no longer bounded by the need for security. We are suspended in a no-man’s-land in which the only thing to do is to relate with the teachings and with

reforming oneself. . . . The practice of meditation is a way of continuing one’s confusion, chaos, aggression, and passion—but working with it. —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche FAITH AND DEVOTION The one thing common to all meditation practice is having the right motivation of wanting to benefit all persons, not just ourselves. Besides this, we also need to have very strong devotion to our guru and all the gurus of our lineage. If we pray to them with really sincere devotion, we can receive their

from someone else. Kindness is the intrinsic nature; it is an intrinsic feeling that we all appreciate, and one really doesn’t need especially to meditate or practice how to become a good person, how to refrain from harming another person, or to realize that killing, stealing, lying, and so on are negative. All of us [already] understand that. —Ven. Khandro Rinpoche COMPASSION IS THE TRUE SIGN OF INNER STRENGTH Compassion is, by nature, peaceful and gentle, but it is also very powerful. It is

conceptualized way of thinking and our conceptualized attitudes. We have to learn that lesson: to become tired of the dreams, sick of them. The dreams have no root. They are purely fantasies. But then, after that, when the dreams cease to function, there is something else to relate to. That is the shell of the dreams. The shell, or the shadow, of the dreams becomes tough and strong. Having woken up, we face reality. —Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche EMPTINESS IS THE BODHISATTVA’S WAY Even if a

practitioner’s enlightened being or inner state. YIDAM DEITY PRACTICES  Various kinds of meditation through which one cultivates identification with the yidam. Sources Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche From Gates to Buddhist Practice (Junction City, Calif.: Padma Publishing, 1993). Reprinted by permission of Padma Publishing: “Our World Is Relentlessly Impermanent,” pp. 56–57; “We Are So Ignorant of Karma,” p. 63; “We Must Work at the Causal Level,” pp. 63–64; “We Will Have to Deal with the

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