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Tibetan Buddhism

See below for a selection of the latest books from Tibetan Buddhism category. Presented with a red border are the Tibetan Buddhism books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Tibetan Buddhism books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Radiant Emptiness Three Seminal Works by the Golden Pandita Shakya Chokden

Radiant Emptiness Three Seminal Works by the Golden Pandita Shakya Chokden

In Luminous Emptiness, Yaroslav Komarovski offers an annotated translation of three seminal works on the nature and relationship of the Yogacara and Madhyamaka schools of Buddhist thought, by Serdok Penchen Shakya Chokden (1428-1507). There has never been consensus on the meaning of Madhyamaka and Yogacara, and for more than fifteen centuries the question of correct identification and interpretation of these systems has remained unsolved. Chokden proposes to accept Yogacara and Madhyamaka on their own terms as compatible systems, despite their considerable divergences and reciprocal critiques. His major objective is to bring Yogacara back from obscurity, present it in a positive light, and correct its misrepresentation by earlier thinkers. He thus serves as a major resource for scholarly research on the historical and philosophical development of Yogacara and Madhyamaka. Until recently, Shakya Chokden's works have been largely unavailable. Only in 1975 were his collected writings published in twenty-four volumes in Bhutan. Since then, his ingenious works on Buddhist history, philosophy, and logic have attracted increasing scholarly attention. Komarovski's research on Shakya Chokden's innovative writings-most of which are still available only in the original Tibetan-revises early misinterpretations by addressing some of the most complicated aspects of his thought. While focusing on his unique interpretation of Yogacara and Madhyamaka, the book also shows that his thought provides an invaluable base to challenge and expand our understanding of such topics as epistemology, contemplative practice, the relationship between intellectual study and meditative experience, and other key questions that occupy contemporary scholarship on Buddhism and religion in general.

108 Buddhist Statues In Tibet: Evolution Of Tibetan Sculptures

108 Buddhist Statues In Tibet: Evolution Of Tibetan Sculptures

Author: Ulrich von Schroeder Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Introduces some of the finest examples that illustrate the development of art in and round in Tibet. This work describes Buddhist sculpture from the vast number recorded and researched by the author. It features 419 Buddhist sculptures in the collection of the Jo khang / Lhasa gTsug lag khang. Mostly unknown to the outside world, the temples and storerooms of Tibet's monasteries shelter a great number of ancient Buddhist objects. Not only are there a great number of Buddhist sculptures and paintings produced by Tibetan artists, but also rare examples

Rainbow Body

Rainbow Body

Author: Loel Guinness Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2019

Philanthropist Loel Guinness' journey into the heart of Bon teaching over many years of hard academic study as well as physical experiences in the high Himalaya is stunningly evoked in this deluxe work of extraordinary depth and colour. Never before has Bon Dzogchen been revealed in such detail from personal insight.

Readings of Santideva's Guide to Bodhisattva Practice

Readings of Santideva's Guide to Bodhisattva Practice

Author: Jonathan C. (Princeton University) Gold Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Santideva's eighth-century work, the Guide to Bodhisattva Practice (Bodhicaryavatara), is known for its eminently practical instructions and its psychologically vivid articulations of the Mahayana path. It is a powerful, succinct poem into which are woven diverse Buddhist traditions of moral transformation, meditative cultivation, and philosophical insight. Since its composition, it has seen continuous use as a ritual, contemplative, and philosophical manual, making it one of the crucial texts of the Buddhist ethical and philosophical tradition. This book serves as a companion to this Indian Buddhist classic. The fifteen essays contained here illuminate the Guide's many philosophical, literary, ritual, and ethical dimensions. Distinguished scholars discuss the historical significance of the text as an innovative piece of Indian literature, illuminate the important roles it played in shaping Buddhism in Tibet, and bring to light its contemporary significance for philosophy and psychology. Whether experienced or first-time students of Buddhist literature, readers will find compelling new approaches to this resonant masterpiece.

Readings of Santideva's Guide to Bodhisattva Practice

Readings of Santideva's Guide to Bodhisattva Practice

Author: Jonathan C. (Princeton University) Gold Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2019

Santideva's eighth-century work, the Guide to Bodhisattva Practice (Bodhicaryavatara), is known for its eminently practical instructions and its psychologically vivid articulations of the Mahayana path. It is a powerful, succinct poem into which are woven diverse Buddhist traditions of moral transformation, meditative cultivation, and philosophical insight. Since its composition, it has seen continuous use as a ritual, contemplative, and philosophical manual, making it one of the crucial texts of the Buddhist ethical and philosophical tradition. This book serves as a companion to this Indian Buddhist classic. The fifteen essays contained here illuminate the Guide's many philosophical, literary, ritual, and ethical dimensions. Distinguished scholars discuss the historical significance of the text as an innovative piece of Indian literature, illuminate the important roles it played in shaping Buddhism in Tibet, and bring to light its contemporary significance for philosophy and psychology. Whether experienced or first-time students of Buddhist literature, readers will find compelling new approaches to this resonant masterpiece.

Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom

Dalai Lama: His Essential Wisdom

Author: Carol Kelly-Gangi Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. The Dalai Lama has travelled the globe to spread his message of compassion, love, peace and kindness. This book gathers hundreds of inspiring quotations from His Holiness, drawn largely from his writings, teachings, interviews, speeches and other statements made during more than a half-century as the exiled spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

Tibetan Yoga Principles and Practices

Tibetan Yoga Principles and Practices

Author: Ian A Baker Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2019

Tibetan yoga is the hidden treasure at the heart of the Tibetan Tantric Buddhist tradition: a spiritual and physical practice in pursuit of an expanded experience of the human body and its energetic and cognitive potential. Ian A. Baker progressively introduces the core principles and practices of Tibetan yoga in this pioneering overview. In addition to meditations, visualizations and practices for the breath and body, these include elements rather less familiar to yoga initiates in the West, including sexual yoga; dream yoga or lucid dreaming; and yoga practices enhanced by psychoactive plant or mineral substances. Baker draws on contemporary scientific research and contemplative and humanitarian traditions to enable the reader to understand these practices. The book includes ethnographic photography and works of Himalayan art that have never been published before, as well as illustrations of yogic practice and theory from historical books of instruction.

Tobi Wilkinson: Gyuto

Tobi Wilkinson: Gyuto

Author: Tobi Wilkinson, Dalai Lama, Tobi Wilkinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2019

The Profound Reality of Interdependence An Overview of the Wisdom Chapter of the Way of the Bodhisattva

The Profound Reality of Interdependence An Overview of the Wisdom Chapter of the Way of the Bodhisattva

Author: Kunzang Soenam Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/04/2019

The Way of the Bodhisattva, composed by the monk and scholar Santideva in eighth-century India, is a Buddhist treatise in verse that beautifully and succinctly lays out the theory and practice of the Mahayana path of a bodhisattva. Over one thousand years after Santideva's composition, Kunzang Soenam (1823-1905) produced the most extensive commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva ever written. This book is the first English translation of Kunzang Soenam's overview of Santideva's notoriously difficult ninth chapter on wisdom. The ninth chapter of the Way of the Bodhisattva is philosophically very rich but forbiddingly technical, and can only be read well with a good commentary. Kunzang Soenam's commentary offers a unique and complete introduction to the view of Prasangika-Madhyamaka, the summit of Buddhist philosophy in Tibet, as articulated by Tsongkhapa. It brings Santideva's text, and Tsongkhapa's interpretation of Prasangika-Madhyamaka, into conversation with a vast Buddhist literature from India and Tibet. By articulating the integral relationship between emptiness and interdependence, this text formulates a sustained and powerful argument for emptiness as a metaphysical basis of bodhisattva ethics. This volume makes the ninth chapter accessible to English-speaking teachers and students of the Way of the Bodhisattva.