By Dalai Lama

ISBN-10: 0861710975

ISBN-13: 9780861710973

This evaluate of Tibetan Buddhism is a unprecedented and superb chance for Engish-language readers to benefit extra in regards to the targeted viewpoints of the faith and the technique of non secular chief, the Dalai Lama. The publication covers an outline of normal Mahayana Buddhism, the significance of an altruistic lifestyles for religious perform, and the tantric practices of the Vajrayana Buddhism of Tibet. initially a chain of lectures, the 3 each one chapters every one finish with a collection of questions from the viewers and the Dalai Lama's solutions. The e-book additionally incorporates a word list of chosen Buddhist phrases in addition to an exceptional bibliography and index. The Dalai Lama has supplied a lucid and profound but eminently readable creation to this topic. urged for any library wanting an excellent advent to Tibetan Buddhism.

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All phenomena are empty and selfless. Nirvana is true peace. Any system accepting these four seals is philosophically a Buddhist school of thought. However, it is in the Mahayana schools (Cittamātra and Madhyamaka) that the principle of selflessness—the emptiness of self-existence—is explained at its most profound level. As we have seen, there are two main approaches to the view of selflessness: the Hinayana and the Mahayana. The Hinayana, or Individual Vehicle, schools (Vaibhāṣika and Sautrāntika) adhere to the view of selflessness of the person as taught in the first turning, whereas the Mahayana schools adopt the more expansive view of selflessness indicated in the wisdom sutras taught in the second turning.

As to the first [Parts 1 and 3], I will be giving a general introduction to the Buddhist path, a broad outline of the theories and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. I usually explain that the Buddhism of Tibet is perhaps the most complete form of Buddhism. It includes all the essential teachings of the various traditions of Buddhism that exist in different parts of the world today. Since many of you have received a number of tantric initiations and teachings, I think an overview of Tibetan Buddhism for the purpose of providing a comprehensive framework of the Buddhist path may prove helpful in deepening your understanding and practice of Dharma.

I shall now briefly explain the historical background of Buddhism as we now know it. According to the Kashmiri pandit Śākya Śrı̄, who came to Tibet in the early thirteenth century, the Buddha was born in India about 2,500 years ago. E. When reflecting on these conflicting opinions regarding what is perhaps the most crucial date in Buddhist history, sometimes I feel that it is quite embarrassing that still no consensus exists on the key question of when the teacher Śākyamuni Buddha actually lived!

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