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Indestructible Truth : World of Tibetan Buddhism - Reginald A. Ray

Indestructible Truth

World of Tibetan Buddhism

Paperback Published: 1st July 2002
ISBN: 9781570629105
Number Of Pages: 512

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Here is one of the most thorough and accessible introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist worldview ever written. INDESTRUCTIBLE TRUTH leads the reader into the vast and colourful world of Tibetan Buddhism, including history, philosophy, and meditation practices, presented as elements of a practical living spirituality. Reginald A. Ray Ph.D., elucidates complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in a nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. INDESTRUCTIBLE TRUTH shows Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also reveals how it is readily applicable to the problems and challenges of modern life in the West. In INDESTRUCTIBLE TRUTH, the reader is introduced to Tibetan Buddhism not as an exotic religion, but as an expression of human spirituality that is having a profound impact on the modern world. In addition it presents meditation and the practice of the spiritual life, paying special attention to the 'Practice Lineage' of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools, and to the unconvential hermits, yogis, and saints which have been so important to Tibetan tradition.

"Ray presents the material so that Westerners can assimilate and use it. He doesn't shy away from explaining difficult concepts, offering an approachable text that doesn't talk down to the reader."-- Library Journal

"A rich and rewarding read."-- The Middle Way

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Tibet: People and Placep. 7
The Sacred Environmentp. 15
The Cosmos and Its Inhabitantsp. 17
Living in the Sacred Cosmosp. 47
Tibet's Storyp. 65
The Indian Wellspringp. 67
Foundations: The Early Spreadingp. 89
Nyingma: The Ancient Schoolp. 103
The Later Spreading: Kadam and Sakyap. 130
The Later Spreading: Kagyup. 152
Modern Traditions: Gelukp. 189
Modern Traditions: The Ri-me (Nonsectarian) Movementp. 207
Core Teachingsp. 227
Hinayana: The Viewp. 241
Hinayana: The Practice and Resultp. 280
Mahayana: The Viewp. 311
Mahayana: The Practice and Resultp. 331
Buddhist Philosophy: The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharmap. 361
The First Turning: Abhidharmap. 367
The Second Turning: Madhyamakap. 392
The Third Turning: Buddha-Naturep. 419
Conclusionp. 449
Chronology of Tibetan Buddhist Historyp. 455
Notesp. 461
Bibliographyp. 471
Creditsp. 477
Indexp. 479
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ISBN: 9781570629105
ISBN-10: 1570629102
Series: World of Tibetan Buddhism
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition