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Recommended Books on Buddhism


Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

Pabongka Rinpoche was one the twentieth century's most charismatic and revered Tibetan lamas, and in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand we can see why. In this famous twenty-four-day teaching on thelamrim, or stages of the path, Pabongka Rinpoche weaves together lively stories and quotations with frank observations and practical advice to move readers step by step along the journey to buddhahood.


A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

Also titled The Way of the Bodhisattva. In the whole of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there is no single treatise more deeply revered or widely practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. Composed in the eighth century by the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it became an instant classic in the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever since. Santideva presents methods to harmonize one's life with the Bodhisattva ideal and inspires the reader to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, patience, zeal, meditative concentration, and wisdom.


Cutting Through Appearances: Practice And Theory Of Tibetan Buddhism

This book presents the practice and theory of Tibetan Buddhism. First is a meditation manual written by the Fourth Pan-chen Lama (1781–1852), based on Tsongkhapa's Three Principal Aspects of the Path, which covers the daily practice of Tibetan monks and yogis. It details how to properly conduct a meditation session that contains the entire scope of the Buddhist path. Next is the Presentation of Tenets, written by Gon-chok-jik-may-wang-bo. It covers Indian Buddhist schools, as viewed in Tibet, and provides a solid introduction to the Buddhist theory animating the practice. Topics include the two truths, consciousness, hindrances to enlightenment, paths to freedom, and fruits of practice.


The Jewel Ornament of Liberation: The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings

A masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism—providing the complete foundation for study and practice—from beginning to Buddhahood. Includes teachings on Buddha-nature, finding the spiritual master, impermanence, karma, cultivation of bodhicitta, development of the six perfections, the ten bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood, and the activities of the Buddha.


My Land and My People: The Original Autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet

Schooled behind ancient palace walls to become the leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama has become a spiritual leader to the world and a leading civil rights advocate. My Land and My People tells the story of his life.


Freedom in Exile: The Autobiography of The Dalai Lama

In this astonishingly frank autobiography, the Dalai Lama reveals the remarkable inner strength that allowed him to master both the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the brutal realities of Chinese Communism.


365 Dalai Lama: Daily Advice from the Heart

In this book, the Dalai Lama gives personal, heartfelt advice for all people from all walks of life. He shows how anyone and everyone can adopt a sane and healthy attitude, and transform suffering into serenity.


A Simple Path: Basic Buddhist Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A Simple Path by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Thupten Jinpa with beautiful photography by Ian Cummings is a softbound book of 176 pages. This book received the maximum of 5 stars by the 21 readers who reviewed it on Amazon. Most of them commented on the beauty of the photographs and the readability of the text. Some thought the book is perfect for beginners. Others thought the book was for graduated students! The text was taken from a speech given by His Holiness in England. My own sense is that the book is extremely valuable for anyone who wants to learn more about Buddhism. As with all of the teachings given by His Holiness, this book has something for everyone and can be understood at what level you're on now. Then read it again in a few more years for even deeper meaning.Note: The text in this book has previously appeared in different editions: The Four Noble Truths as well as The Heart of the Buddha's path (a volume that combines The Four Noble Truths with The Power of Compassion.

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