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Modern Buddhism : Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Modern Buddhism

Path of Compassion and Wisdom

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Based on teachings from the Kadampa Buddhist Tradition, Modern Buddhism is a special presentation that communicates the essence of the entire path to liberation and enlightenment in a way that is easy to understand and put into practice. The emphasis throughout is on the practical application of methods for improving our human nature and qualities, and not on a merely intellectual understanding.

By developing and maintaining compassion and wisdom in our daily lives, we can gain profound realizations that transform our lives, improve our relationships with others and enable us to look behind appearances to see the way things actually exist. In this way we can solve all our daily problems and accomplish the real meaning of our human life. With compassion and wisdom, like the two wings of a bird, we can quickly reach the enlightened world of a Buddha.

This handbook of daily practice is perfectly suited for inspiring beginners who are seeking solutions within Buddhism to their problems of everyday life, as well as for encouraging long term practitioners to complete their practice of the Buddhist path to full enlightenment.

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly-acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha's Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Buddhist Centers and groups around the world.

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"Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice."
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Preface

PART ONE: SUTRA
Preliminary Explanation What is Buddhism?
Buddhist Faith What is the Mind? Who are the Kadampas?
The Preciousness of Kadam Lamrim
The Path of a Person of Initial Scope
The Preciousness of our Human Life What Does our Death Mean?
The Dangers of Lower Rebirth
Going for Refuge
What is Karma?
The Path of a Person of Middling Scope
What We Should Know
What We Should Abandon
What We Should Practise
What We Should Attain

vi The Path of a Person of Great Scope
The Supreme Good Heart - Bodhichitta
Training in Affectionate Love
Training in Cherishing Love
Training in Wishing Love
Training in Universal Compassion
Training in Actual Bodhichitta
Training in the Path of Bodhichitta
Training in the Six Perfections
Training in Taking in Conjunction with Practice of the Six Perfections
Training in Giving in Conjunction with Practice of the Six Perfections
Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta What is Emptiness?

The Emptiness of our Body
The Emptiness of our Mind
The Emptiness of our I
The Emptiness Which is Empty of
Eight Extremes Conventional and Ultimate Truths
The Union of the Two Truths
The Practice of Emptiness in our Daily Activities
A Simple Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta
Examination of our Lamrim practice

PART TWO: TANTRA
The Preciousness of Tantra
The Tantra of Generation Stage
The Tantra of Completion Stage
The Central Channel
The Indestructible Drop
The Indestructible Wind and Mind

vii How to Meditate on the Central Channel
How to Meditate on the Indestructible Drop
How to Meditate on the Indestructible Wind and Mind
The Completion Stage of Mahamudra Great Bliss
The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala
The Lineage of these Instructions
What is the Heruka Body Mandala?
The Preliminary Practices
Training in the Generation Stage of Heruka Body Mandala
Training in Completion Stage
The Instructions of Vajrayogini
The Yogas of Sleeping, Rising and Experiencing Nectar
The Remaining Eight Yogas

Dedication

Appendix
I - Liberating Prayer Appendix
II - Prayers for Meditation Appendix
III - An Explanation of Channels Appendix
IV - An Explanation of Inner Winds Appendix
V - The Yoga of Buddha Heruka Appendix
VI - Blissful Journey Appendix
VII - Quick Path to Great Bliss Appendix
VIII - The Blissful Path Appendix
IX - The nada

Glossary
Bibliography
Study Programmes of Kadampa Buddhism
Tharpa Offices Worldwide
Index
Further Reading

ISBN: 9781906665081
ISBN-10: 1906665087
Audience: General
For Ages: 16+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 28th August 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.64

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