By Andrew Powell (Author), Graham Harrison (Photographer), Dalai Lama (Foreword)

ISBN-10: 0520204107

ISBN-13: 9780520204102

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The followers of Atiśa in Tibet before the time of Je Tsongkapa were known as the Kadampas,33 a term that literally means these disciples regarded all forms of the Buddha’s speech as spiritual instruction. Je 22 ▶ The Inner Science of Buddhist Practice Tsongkapa received the Lamrim instruction of three separate Kadampa lineages from two of his own spiritual teachers. Since then, the tradition of his followers—known as the Gelukpa34 School—has produced a vast body of literature devoted to the Lamrim teachings.

Otherwise, our efforts may only serve to make us insensitive to the Dharma. ”70 When we first listen to Dharma, it seems to benefit our mind somewhat. But if we don’t follow up our listening with continued reflection and meditation, when we listen to Dharma again this positive effect will become weaker and weaker. Eventually, no matter how profound the instruction, we come to think that we already know everything we hear and, as a result, listening to Dharma brings us no mental benefit at all. ”72 Je Tsongkapa considered this a crucial form of practice and discusses it repeatedly at various points throughout his Great Treatise.

2) Fully enlightened beings, such as Buddha Śākyamuni, are what they and their followers declare them to be: the sole, infallible sources of a unique teaching that not only can free us permanently and irreversibly from our samsaric condition but—from the Mahāyāna perspective—can also lead us to the same state of omniscience and immortality that the Buddhas themselves enjoy. (3) Although ordinary beings cannot directly verify for themselves the truthfulness of the teachings on karma and its results, they must gain a strong conviction regarding their validity and heed their admonitions with utmost scrupulousness.

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Living Buddhism by Andrew Powell (Author), Graham Harrison (Photographer), Dalai Lama (Foreword)

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