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Essence of Buddhism

An Introduction to Its Philosophy and Practice
Essence of Buddhism

Author(s) : Traleg Kyabgon
Publishers Price : 13.50
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ISBN : 1570624682
EAN : 9781570624681
Cover : Paperback
Pages : 192
Size : 228 x 152mm
Publisher : Shambhala Publications
Published : 2000
Category : Tibetan Buddhism: Kagyu
Synopsis:
A comprehensive overview of the Buddhist path by a modern Kagyu master, taking the three vehicles of Tibetan Buddhism - Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana - and equating them with the attitudes that individuals bring to their Buddhist practice. Basic to them all, however, is the need to understand our own immediate condition. The primary tool for achieving this is meditation, and the Essence of Buddhism serves as a handbook for the various approaches of Buddhist practice.

Beginning with the Four Noble Truths, Traleg Rinpoche incorporates the expansive vision of the bodhisattva path and the transformative vision of tantra. The final chapters present the transcendent view of Mahamudra. This view dispenses with dualistic fixations and directly realizes the natural freedom of the mind itself.

Along the way, the book provides vivid definitions of fundamental concepts such as compassion, emptiness, and Buddha nature, and answers common questions such as: Why does Buddhism teach that there is no self? How is the Mahayana different to the Hinayana? Are Buddhist teachings pessimistic? Does Buddhism encourage social passivity? What is the role of sex in Buddhist tantra? Why is it said that "samsara is nirvana"? Does it take countless lifetimes to attain enlightenment, or can it be achieved in a moment?
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