Download E-books The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal PDF

By Charles Ramble

This groundbreaking examine makes a speciality of a village known as Te in a "Tibetanized" zone of northern Nepal. whereas Te's everyone is nominally Buddhist, and have interaction the providers of resident Tibetan Tantric clergymen for quite a number rituals, also they are exponents of a neighborhood faith that includes blood sacrifices to wild, unconverted territorial gods and goddesses. The village is rare within the quantity to which it has maintained its neighborhood autonomy and likewise within the measure to which either Buddhism and the cults of neighborhood gods were subordinated to the pragmatic calls for of the village community.

Charles Ramble attracts on huge fieldwork, in addition to three hundred years' worthy of neighborhood old information (in Tibetan and Nepali), to re-evaluate the topic of war of words among Buddhism and indigenous renowned traditions within the Tibetan cultural sphere. He argues that Buddhist ritual and sacrificial cults are only components in a fancy approach of self-government that has developed over the centuries and has built the nature of a civil faith. This civil faith, he exhibits, is remarkably good tailored to the protection of the group opposed to the consistent threats posed through exterior assault and the self-interest of its personal individuals. The ideals and practices of the neighborhood renowned faith, a hugely constructed felony culture, and a kind of presidency that's either democratic and responsible to its humans most of these are proven to have constructed to advertise survival within the face of previous and current dangers.

Ramble's account of ways either secular and non secular associations function the development blocks of civil society opens up vistas with vital implications for Tibetan tradition as a complete.

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Download E-books The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings PDF

In the culture of the best-selling Dhammapada: a translation with remark of one of many earliest of the surviving Buddhist texts, which finds the lessons to be remarkably uncomplicated and freed from non secular trappings.

     One of the earliest of all Buddhist texts, the Atthakavagga, or "Book of Eights," is a striking record, not just since it comes from the earliest pressure of the literature--before the Buddha, because the identify indicates, got here to be considered a "Buddhist"--but additionally simply because its method of awakening is so basic and freed from adherence to any type of ideology. as an alternative the Atthakavagga issues to a right away and straightforward process for achieving peace with no requiring the adherence to doctrine. the worth of the lessons it comprises isn't really within the profundity in their philosophy or of their authority as scripture; relatively, the worth is located within the effects they carry to people who reside through them. rather than doctrines to be believed, the publication of Eights describes ability or practices for figuring out peace. Gil Fronsdal's rigorous translation with remark finds the textual content to be of curiosity not just to Buddhists, but in addition to the ever-growing demographic of spiritual-but-not-religious, who search a religious existence outdoor the constructions of faith.

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Download E-books What Makes You Not a Buddhist PDF

So that you imagine you are a Buddhist? reassess. Tibetan Buddhist grasp Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, probably the most artistic and leading edge lamas instructing at the present time, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist global, hard universal misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, Khyentse urges readers to maneuver past the superficial trappings of Buddhism—beyond the romance with beads, incense, or unique robes—straight to the guts of what the Buddha taught.

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Download E-books Dawning of Clear Light: A Western Approach to Tibetan Dark Retreat Meditation PDF

By Martin Lowenthal

Retreats in darkness were utilized by all of the nice religious traditions for millions of years as a mode for tapping deep readability, getting access to sacred knowledge, connecting with the Divine, and coaching to remodel the mind/body process right into a manifestation of knowledge. In darkish retreat, the practitioner lives in entire darkness--eating, napping, meditating, and easily current in a global with out exterior light.

Traditionally, in Tibet, darkish retreats have been played by way of clergymen as a part of their education with the aid in their monastery and their fellow clergymen. yet darkish retreats are of worth to humans from all walks of existence, from the monastic to the busy householder--those with jobs, households, and all-too-many obligations. Martin Lowenthal has taken a convention little-known within the West and made it obtainable by means of incorporating equipment established in western psychology with conventional Tibetan Buddhism.

There are many merits of a retreat at nighttime, one among that's relaxation for our eyes, weary from overstimulation in our visually orientated international, that then promotes total rest of physique and brain. This leisure is helping us reduce via outdated psychological and emotional behavior, harmonizes the weather within the physique, works with visions, and rests within the "Natural State."

Retreats at the hours of darkness additionally increase the standard of our everyday life. we will be able to strengthen better readability and wisdom in each element of dwelling. after we increase the stipulations of our lives, we offer an environment extra conducive to persevered meditation practices. darkish retreat is additionally a robust surroundings for working towards tantra. Tantra makes use of mind's eye, senses, and creativity to rework event into nutrition for the spirit.

Dawning of transparent Light is a party, a joyous invitation to discover the treasures which are hidden inside your global and the realm round you.

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Download E-books Developing Balanced Sensitivity: Practical Buddhist Exercises for Daily Life PDF

By Alexander Berzin

Alexander Berzin introduces a sequence of concepts for overcoming insensitivity and allergy. according to conventional Buddhist resources, they're provided in non-traditional varieties appropriate for workshops and personal perform. The routines take care of tough, daily occasions and exhibit the right way to entry our mind's average skills; dispel anxiousness, lack of confidence, and occasional vanity; make judgements; deconstruct misleading appearances; and realize the transparent mild nature of the brain.

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Download E-books Mind Beyond Death PDF

An vital guidebook throughout the trip of existence and dying, Mind past Death weaves a synthesis of knowledge impressive in its scope. With hot informality and profound figuring out of the Western brain, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings at the bardos—the durations of lifestyles, loss of life, and beyond—completely on hand to the trendy reader.

Drawing on a panoramic variety of fabric, Mind past Death indicates us how the bardos can be utilized to beat loss of life. operating with the bardos capability taking carry of lifestyles and studying easy methods to reside with fearless abandon. Exploring all six bardos—not simply the 3 bardos of death—Mind past Death demonstrates that the key to an outstanding trip via and past dying lies in how we are living. jogging skillfully in the course of the bardos of dream meditation and lifestyle, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us deep into the mysterious loss of life periods, introducing us to their striking mindscape. This travel de strength provides us the data to rework demise, the best difficulty, into the main robust chance for enlightenment. With either nuts-and-bolts meditation strategies and tremendous illumination, Mind past Death bargains a transparent map and a robust car that may appropriately shipping the reader during the difficult transitions of this lifestyles and the perilous bardos past dying.

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Download E-books The Practice of Dzogchen: Longchen Rabjam's Writings on the Great Perfection (Buddhayana Foundation) PDF

A vintage choice of writings at the meditation perform and concept of Dzogchen, the nice Perfection, via the prestigious fourteenth-century student and adept Longchen Rabjam (Longchenpa).

This vintage number of texts at the meditation perform and conception of Dzogchen provides the nice Perfection in the course of the writings of its ideal authority, the fourteenth-century Tibetan student and visionary Longchen Rabjam. the top of Vajrayana perform within the Nyingma culture of Tibetan Buddhism, Dzogchen embodies a approach of educating that awakens the intrinsic nature of the brain to bare its unique essence, completely excellent and unfastened from all duality—buddha nature, or buddhahood itself.

In The perform of Dzogchen, Tulku Thondup interprets crucial passages from Longchen Rabjam’s voluminous writings to light up and make clear this educating. He additionally attracts at the works of later masters of the culture, putting Dzogchen in context either on the subject of different colleges of Buddhism and relating to the nine-vehicle define of the Buddhist course defined within the Nyingma culture. This accelerated version includes assistance for Liberation, Longchenpa’s poetic exhortation to readers to fast input the trail of liberation, step one towards the summit of Dzogchen perform.

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Download E-books Clear Light of Bliss : The Practice of Mahamudra in Vajrayana Buddhism PDF

By Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Within we all lies a resource of endless bliss and compassion for others. The specific tools defined inside Tantric Buddhism allow us to find this bliss for ourselves.
The modern Tantric grasp, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, explains step by step how we will generate a deeply peaceable and focused brain through harnessing the delicate power method inside of our personal physique. With this joyful information we will be able to discover our precise nature, smash lack of information and discomfort at its root, and rapidly turn into a resource of suggestion and profit for others.

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