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Buddha Heart, Buddha Mind: Living the Four Noble Truths

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New edition. As human beings we possess one common desire: the need for happiness and a meaningful life. Imbued with the Dalai Lama's vivacious spirit and sense of playfulness, this book offers guidance for developing a daily practice in the quest to find true fulfilment.

"If you show other people kindness, love and respect, other people will also show you the same. This will give you more happiness. If you show other people anger and hatred, other people will also show the same, and you will lose your own happiness. Anger diminishes our thinking power - we cannot judge right and wrong. The power of judgment, of analysis, is one of the best human qualities. If that is lost, it is very sad. Still, sometimes when we face certain circumstances, it is necessary to react strongly, but this can be done without anger...When I say "brothers and sisters", I really feel that all beings are no different from my own brothers and sisters in wanting happiness and not wanting suffering." The Dalai Lama.
Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night

His Holiness presents here a detailed manual of practical philosophy based on the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva. He explains and amplifies the text verse by verse, alluding throughout to the experience of daily life and showing how anyone can develop bodhichitta, the altruistic wish for happiness for the sake of others.
Advice from the Lotus Born - A Collection of Padmasambhava's Advice to the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal and Others

This companion volume to Dakini Teachings is a wonderful collection of teachings by Padmasambhava as recorded by his chief female disciple, Yeshe Tsogyal. These were concealed as terma and revealed by Nyang Ral Nyima Oser and others for the benefit of future generations.

The profundity of this advice is meant to be personally applied by all individuals in all circumstances, as they belong to a style called martri, or direct instructions. Often such advice is imparted only to one disciple at a time. Padmasambhava's direct instructions condense the essential meaning of the tantras of mahayoga, the scriptures of anuyoga, and the pith instructions of atiyoga, or dzogchen.

"These teachings are the central advice of the collected words of Padmasambhava, the great nirmanakaya master. They are words from his heart, meant to be personally practiced. Please keep this in mind."Yeshe Tsogyal.
"Don't mistake mere words to be the meaning of the teachings. Mingle the practice with your own being and attain liberation from samsara right now."Padmasambhava.
Dakini Teachings

Author(s) : Padmasambhava & Kunsang, Erik Pema

Guru Rinpoche's oral teachings to his chief disciple and consort, Yeshe Tsogyal, presented here, were recorded in a coded language called dakini script and concealed until their revelation as terma centuries later. The selections in Dakini Teachings are short, direct instructions relating to the three levels of Buddhist practice: Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. The main emphasis of Padmasambhava's teaching is that spiritual knowledge must be personalized and not remain as mere theory. The book is based on the revealed termas of Nyang Ral Nyima Oser and it includes an introductory discourse by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and a short biography of Padmasambhava by Jamgon Kongtrul.

"Descend with the view while ascending with the conduct. It is most essential to practice these two as a unity."Padmasambhava.

This statement of Guru Rinpoche is of crucial importance. If we start out by acting according to a high view, we will simply look crazy or insane. If we only keep the view of the lower vehicles we will never find the chance for liberation. The view of a shravaka or pratyekabuddha does not bring enlightenment in one lifetime but only after three incalculable aeons. One must act in accordance with the lower vehicles while keeping the view of the inner tantras." Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
Enlightened Journey

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Author: Tulku Thondup

Fifteen previously unpublished articles and talks on transforming day-to-day situations into spiritual discipline and spiritual experience. It includes a commentary on the ngondro preliminary practice of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition.
The contents include Using Daily Life as the Practice of Dharma, Opening the Heart with Compassion, a Spiritual Journey in a Turbulent Life, Buddhist Artifacts as the Support of Spiritual Realization, Thangkhas and their Religious Significance, Preparing for the Bardo, the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, the Terma Tradition, Empowerments and Precepts of Esoteric Training, the Meditation of Ngondro, the Meaning of the Vajra Seven Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoche, Receiving the Four Empowerments of the Ngondro Meditation, a Brief Meditation on Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava, Evaluating the Progress of Dharma Practice, and a Prayer Song to the Absolute Lama.
Generating the Deity

Author: Gyatrul Rinpoche

A detailed presentation of the practices involved in the generation phases of Vajrayana yoga, explaining the state of mind to be established and the visualisations to be employed. Information on mudras,tormas, malas etc used on this level of practice are also given, in explanations that accord with tradition. The Nyingma lama Gyatrul Rinpoche has long been resident in the West and practitioners of all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism will find that these teachings enhance their understanding of sadhana practice, and enable them to practice these meditations as they were intended.
Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems

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Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage

Forthcoming due November 2005. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche's work is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of the teachings known as Dzogchen.

"With immense attention to detail, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the ultimate lineage of direct transmission, the heart of all the lines of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial Buddha to the present day, showing the connection between masters and students in an unbroken line of succession. His work stands out because of its completeness, for it includes all of the distinct lineages, along with the lives of the students of the great masters, stories form the oral tradition, and the different teaching styles. Anyone who matters is represented here, every link in the chain, including masters of our time…It is a milestone, and I do not feel that it will ever be equaled." Sogyal Rinpoche.
Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena
Precious Treasury of the Basic Space of Phenomena

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This is one of Longchenpa`s famous Seven Treasuries collection, commonly known as the Choying Dzod, on the Dzogchen practice of trekcho, or "cutting through". This collection discusses the primordial nature that is the ground of all experience, the view, meditation, and conduct of the spiritual path, and the final freedom that is the fruition of that path. This volume contains the source verses along with the Tibetan text, which provide a poetic summary of the subject matter dealt with at length in the commentary by Longchenpa, published in a companion volume, the Treasure Trove of Scriptural Transmission.

About the Choying Dzod, Longchenpa states,"Though the topics in this text are so profound that ordinary people will find it difficult to fathom their meaning, I have presented them without adulterating them with more common themes, and so have ensured that these teachings concerning the vajra heart essence, the most majestic spiritual approach, will last for a long time in this world. To those of you fortunate enough to have a devoted interest in this sublime spiritual approach, my earnest advice is: this text will serve as your eyes, so treat it with the highest respect."

"Simply having this book in one`s home is more valuable than having statues or stupas, for it truly is a relic of the dharmakaya." Chagdud Tulku.
Light of Wisdom - Vol. 2

Author: Padmasambhava and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

The second volume of the translation of the Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo and its commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great.
The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence, a hidden treasure text, or terma, by Padmasambhava, was recorded by his chief female disciple Yeshe Tsogyal and revealed and decoded by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa. The commentary by Jamgon Kongtrul is supplemented by annotations called Entering the Path of Wisdom spoken by Jamyang Drakpa and recorded by Jokyab Rinpoche, as well as clarifications from other masters.

Volume two presents in-depth explanations of the Vajrayana Buddhist perspective. It begins with the nature of empowerment and the tantric commitments followed by clarification of the development stage.
Openess Clarity Sensitivty

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Author: Rigdzin Shikpo

In this series of talks the author stresses the importance of having confidence in the nature of mind - the indestructible heart essence of our being. He helps us to dispel our own self doubt and hesitations, opening the way for us to relate to the teachings of the Dzogchen tradition to which he belongs.

"Buddhist practice is about developing stability of mind through appreciating the three qualities of openness, clarity and sensitivity - not just in meditation but also in daily life. The three qualities pervade all our experience and as we practise they are gradually revealed or unveiled. Buddhist practice removes those things that prevent the three qualities expressing themselves in their fullness within our experience and thus prevent them from radiating out into the world. Openness, clarity and sensitivity are the essence of our being and the source of all that is good, genuine and true about us; they are the source of life itself and give rise to the sense that there is something to attain, something to realise, something beyond ourselves and even beyond the world, to which we can aspire." Rigdzin Shikpo.