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Heart of Compassion
A practical guide to an understanding of our human condition and how we can act to achieve a higher fulfilment than purely worldly enjoyment, creating a life of harmony, peace and virtue.
This book, originally published in India, is a collection of the Dalai Lama's thoughts and teachings offering an introduction to Buddhism, mind training and universal responsibility.
Buddha Heart, Buddha Mind: Living the Four Noble Truths
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.
These teachings on Dzogchen, the heart essence of the ancient Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, were given by the Dalai Lama to Western students in Paris, London, Helsinki and San Jose. Exploring this esoteric subject in print for the first time, His Holiness offers the reader an unprecedented glimpse into this pinnacle of the Buddhist vehicles.
Paying tribute to the uniqueness of Dzogchen, the Dalai Lama sets it within the wider spectrum of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. He explains the essence of Dzogchen practice and addresses questions such as the special features of dzogchen and what are the crucial principles of the other Buddhist paths which a dzogchen practitioner should know. This is a book of uncommon richness.
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama brings to his explanation of Dzogchen a perspective and breadth which are unique... to receive such teachings from His Holiness is, I feel, something quite extraordinary." Sogyal Rinpoche.
"For our time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama embodies the completely pure essence of the Buddha's wisdom and limitless compassion for all beings. His knowledge of the teachings of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism in general, and the Dzogchen teachings in particular, is impeccable. His deep understanding and generosity of spirit make him an unerring and reliable guide through the subtleties of the profound vehicle of Tibetan Buddhist practice known as Dzogchen." Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.
Mind in Comfort and Ease
In these special teachings given to an audience of 10,000 in France in 2000, the Dalai Lama gave a brilliant overview of the path from the Dzogchen point of view, based on the classic Nyingma text Samten Ngalso by Longchenpa, from the Trilogy on Finding Comfort and Ease in Meditation on the Great Perfection (or Kindly Bent to Ease Us).
"Like an expert jeweller the Dalai Lama set the teaching of Dzogchen within the context of the other traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, highlighting their parallels and their uncommon ultimate aim of realizing the clear light nature of the mind." Sogyal Rinpoche.
"One of the absolutely best and richest books on meditation practice that I have ever read, offered by His Holiness with remarkable precision and clarity, and with astonishing humility and candor. This book has it all." Jon Kabat-Zinn.
"Tibetan Buddhism's sublime science of consciousness finds lucid expression in the teachings on the Great Perfection. In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws on his vast learning and insight to reveal both the meaning of the Great Perfection and its place within Buddhism as a whole. This beautifully translated book is a treasure, of great value to all who are interested in fathoming the secrets and possibilities of the mind." B.Alan Wallace.
"All who wish to be at ease in the awakened, boundless, sublime nature of their own mind - Buddhahood - should read this book." Tulku Thondup.
Freedom in Exile
The Dalai Lama describes what it was like to grow up revered as a deity among his people, reveals his innermost feelings about his role and discusses the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism. He recounts the struggle for independence from China and talks freely about world leaders he has known and how he sees the challenges faced by the Western world.
paperback; 234 pages.
Ancient Wisdom, Modern World - ethics for the New Millennium
The bestselling new book by the Dalai Lama, in which he calls for a spiritual revolution. With wit, insight and good sense he demonstrates that there are universal principles we can draw on which transcend the dilemma of belief and disbelief. In the first instance, he says, a spiritual revolution entails an ethical revolution, and whilst many are content to speak of spiritual matters as something mysterious or evanescent, the Dalai Lama explains his approach in terms that are as clear and concise as they are compelling.
"All the qualities he proposes are achievable and are things we could practice daily by showing just a little extra thought for our fellow beings...Ancient Wisdom, Modern World is a clearly written and straightforward book which, I think, achieves its purpose of approaching ethics based on universal rather than religious principles." The Spectator.
The Good Heart
This book arose out of the John Main Seminar in 1994 which brought together Buddhists and Christians in friendly dialogue. HH Dalai Lama comments on eight key passages from the Gospels such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Resurrection. These commentaries and subsequent discussions show insight and respect for both the parallels and the differences between Christianity and Buddhism.
paperback; 307 pages.
In this small volume, HH Dalai Lama with great clarity distills the essence of the teachings of Buddhism into 37 practices. Through these practices we can cultivate bodhichitta, 'the mind of awakening'. Essential Teachings brings ancient texts to life in contempory situations and gives a brilliant insight to the mind of a wonderful teacher
paperback; 152 pages..
The Power of Compassion
In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama explains the interdependence of all life, and how through compassion we can live well and help others do the same. He describes simply and clearly how to bring wisdom and compassion into our everyday lives.
Paperback; 215 pages.
A Roll Of Thunder From The Void
This important collection of teachings from the Northern Treasures Vajrakila cycle includes liturgical practice texts (sadhana) from the original treasure revelations, together with explanatory notes and commentaries by the 17th century master Padma ’phrin-las on how to take these practices into a closed retreat and employ them for the highest benefit of oneself and all living beings. Having become empowered in the mandala of Vajrakila by a master guru, trainees may use the skilful esoteric techniques, described herein, in order to develop a profound experiential certainty of the true nature of reality. These texts are manuals, designed to be studied by disciplined individuals who wish to train themselves in skilful altruism. They are traditional methods for overcoming the instincts of egoistic self-interest, allowing the mind to become focussed on the general welfare of the world, so that beneficial changes of great social value may be brought about in both thought and behaviour.
The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom
'True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility'
This extraordinary collection give us access to the universal wisdom expressed in the Dalai Lama's teachings. With poignant simplicity His Holiness offers his perspectives on such enduring themes as peace, love, religion, justice and human rights, as well as the social issues of poverty, cultural discrimination and the destruction of the environment.
Paperback; 257 pages