Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > Buddhist > Showing the Path of Liberation: The Kagyu Lineage Prayer
Displaying 940 of 1684         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Showing the Path of Liberation: The Kagyu Lineage Prayer
Showing the Path of Liberation: The Kagyu Lineage Prayer
Description
From the Flap

The Venerable Khenchen
Tharngu Rincpoche
Geshe Lharampa

This text has been called a “prayer”, and “aspiration”, and a “chant”. This text is a prayer in that we pray to Dorje Chang to help us in our practice but it is a Buddhist prayer which means we do not believe that there is some higher power up there who if pleased gives us what we want and if displeased gives us nothing. Thrangu Rinpoche has said we should realize that what we are trying to do is open ourselves up to receive the blessings (Tib. Chin lap) of the lineage. The present book contains The Kagyu Lineage Prayer; An Introduction to Showing the Path of Liberation; The Superior Qualities of the Lineage Gurus; The Foundations Practices; Meditation; Notes; Glossary; The Glossary of Tibetan Terms; and The Bibliography.

Foreword

In the year 1959, Buddhism faced the cataclysmic destruction of the mahayana teachings when the Chinese began decimating the monasteries of Tibet and burning and carting away their contents. Stored in these monasteries were practically the only texts left from the great Buddhist Universities of India which were destroyed in the 12th century of our era. Valiant pilgrims from China and Tibet had come to India from the fourth to twelfth centuries and collected these precious Buddhist teachings and brought them back to their countries to be translated and studied and practiced and preserved.

Fortunately, in our time some Tibetan lamas had foresight to see this most recent destruction of Buddhism in Tibet and to have escaped to India. Almost immediately they began the searching of the libraries of Nepal and Bhutan and even the modem libraries of the Far East West and Europe to begin the reconstruction of these great teachings. But in Tibet the Buddhist teachings were not just an academic pursuit to be studied by scholars or a point for arcane discussions of fine points; rather they were also meditated upon and put into practice in daily life and taught to others as a whole new way of thinking about how the universe was constructed.

Thrangu Rinpoche, the author of this text and also one of these great scholars who has devoted his life to reconstructing these teachings for the world remembers that a number of years before 1959 he and Trungpa Rinpoche were with His Holiness the Sixteen Karmapa and the Karmapa said to Trungpa Rinpoche that he would some day spread the Buddhist teachings to the west. Thrangu Rinpoche must have wondered at the time why western Tibet would need a teacher to spread the teachings. So in 1959 these three great lamas escaped and Trungpa went on to study at Oxford and to set up numerous centers through Europe d North America while Thrangu Rinpoche spend almost two decades in India with His Holiness Karmapa preserving and teaching the young Tibetan lamas the Buddhist teachings.

Thrangu Rinpoche has said that he assumed that this would be his life’s work and he would never have to come to the West and teach because Trungpa was already there doing that work. But that was not to happen because in 1977 His Holiness Karmapa asked Thrangu Rinpoche to prepare a short teaching that summarized the Buddhist path from a practice standpoint that could be used for Westerners. Thrangu Rinpoche did this using the Kagyu Lineage Prayer (Tibetan, Dorje Tungma) as his outline and this became his first leaching for Westerners. Thrangu Rinpoche was soon afterwards invited to teach in Samye Ling in Scotland (one of the same places Trungpa Rinpoche began) and began an extensive set of teaching to Western students. In the intervening Iwo decades he has traveled extensively to the West and has given over a hundred different major teachings a large portion of which are in the Namo Buddha archives. While this is Rinpoche’s first teaching, it contains details which cannot be found in subsequent teachings. Therefore this teaching is an important work beyond its historical significance.

One may ask, “What are these teachings of Buddhism that are so profound that they have been preserved for almost two millennia and why are they relevant in our modern world?” The answer lies in that when great meditators looked into their mind using the techniques taught by the Buddha they found that not only they, but all beings, are searching for a lasting happiness. They found that our happiness of eating some new kind of food, of buying a new car or computer, of finding a new mate, of being praised for some kind of action or work, of finding a new living situation, of becoming rich all leads to only a temporary happiness which inevitably leads to some bad turn of events and unhappiness. They found that this is simply how the mind works. When the mind gets one thing that it desires, it then begins to crave something more difficult to obtain. One lama explained it in this way: He had left Tibet where there were no roads, no cars; no electricity, no plumbing and the winters were six months of brutal cold in houses with little heat. When he came to the United States, he thought he had come to paradise—one of the god realms. But when he began interacting with Westerners, he found that although they had all the food they wanted, cars that took them everywhere, electricity and plumbing in their houses, and so much money; these Westerners were very unhappy and had just as much troubles and worries and sorrows as the Tibetans.

The great Buddhist meditators looked within their mind and found the reason we cannot find lasting happiness is that the outside world of trees and rocks and human relationships is actually a fantastically complicated and ever-changing illusion. This illusion of the arising and falling of phenomena has no enduing or true meaning except what the mind puts on it.. The Buddhist term for this, to greatly simplify, is that phenomena is “empty” and the study of how this elaborate illusion is created and how we “buy into it” is the study of the Middle-way teachings.

We have this very Middle-way teaching because they were collected and preserved by Tibetan and Chinese pilgrims a thousand years ago. We have this teaching also because the meaning, not just the words of these teachings were passed down from student to disciple in an unbroken lineage. Because of this it is possible for modem students to attain true and enduring happiness. So we see the path of liberation relies on a path of lineage as well as a study of the true nature of phenomena. The understanding of these Middle-way teachings and also the vajrayana meditation practices to develop the realization of these teachings are not intuitive or common knowledge. This is why Thrangu Rinpoche began his teaching of Western (and also Eastern) students with this work called the Path of Liberation detailing a map of the path of Buddhist practice.

Content

Foreword i
1. The Kagyu Lineage Prayer
2. An Introduction to Showing the Path of Liberation 5
3. The Superior Qualities of the Lineage Gurus 17
4. The Foundations Practices 25
5. Meditation 35
The Notes 51
The Glossary 53
The Glossary of Tibetan Terms 67
The Bibliography 69

Showing the Path of Liberation: The Kagyu Lineage Prayer

Item Code:
NAC447
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2002
ISBN:
8170307325
Size:
8.6 Inch X 5.6 Inch
Pages:
78 (Illustrated In B/W)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 110 gms
Price:
$10.50
Discounted:
$8.40   Shipping Free
You Save:
$2.10 (20%)
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Showing the Path of Liberation: The Kagyu Lineage Prayer

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 4865 times since 3rd Jan, 2014
From the Flap

The Venerable Khenchen
Tharngu Rincpoche
Geshe Lharampa

This text has been called a “prayer”, and “aspiration”, and a “chant”. This text is a prayer in that we pray to Dorje Chang to help us in our practice but it is a Buddhist prayer which means we do not believe that there is some higher power up there who if pleased gives us what we want and if displeased gives us nothing. Thrangu Rinpoche has said we should realize that what we are trying to do is open ourselves up to receive the blessings (Tib. Chin lap) of the lineage. The present book contains The Kagyu Lineage Prayer; An Introduction to Showing the Path of Liberation; The Superior Qualities of the Lineage Gurus; The Foundations Practices; Meditation; Notes; Glossary; The Glossary of Tibetan Terms; and The Bibliography.

Foreword

In the year 1959, Buddhism faced the cataclysmic destruction of the mahayana teachings when the Chinese began decimating the monasteries of Tibet and burning and carting away their contents. Stored in these monasteries were practically the only texts left from the great Buddhist Universities of India which were destroyed in the 12th century of our era. Valiant pilgrims from China and Tibet had come to India from the fourth to twelfth centuries and collected these precious Buddhist teachings and brought them back to their countries to be translated and studied and practiced and preserved.

Fortunately, in our time some Tibetan lamas had foresight to see this most recent destruction of Buddhism in Tibet and to have escaped to India. Almost immediately they began the searching of the libraries of Nepal and Bhutan and even the modem libraries of the Far East West and Europe to begin the reconstruction of these great teachings. But in Tibet the Buddhist teachings were not just an academic pursuit to be studied by scholars or a point for arcane discussions of fine points; rather they were also meditated upon and put into practice in daily life and taught to others as a whole new way of thinking about how the universe was constructed.

Thrangu Rinpoche, the author of this text and also one of these great scholars who has devoted his life to reconstructing these teachings for the world remembers that a number of years before 1959 he and Trungpa Rinpoche were with His Holiness the Sixteen Karmapa and the Karmapa said to Trungpa Rinpoche that he would some day spread the Buddhist teachings to the west. Thrangu Rinpoche must have wondered at the time why western Tibet would need a teacher to spread the teachings. So in 1959 these three great lamas escaped and Trungpa went on to study at Oxford and to set up numerous centers through Europe d North America while Thrangu Rinpoche spend almost two decades in India with His Holiness Karmapa preserving and teaching the young Tibetan lamas the Buddhist teachings.

Thrangu Rinpoche has said that he assumed that this would be his life’s work and he would never have to come to the West and teach because Trungpa was already there doing that work. But that was not to happen because in 1977 His Holiness Karmapa asked Thrangu Rinpoche to prepare a short teaching that summarized the Buddhist path from a practice standpoint that could be used for Westerners. Thrangu Rinpoche did this using the Kagyu Lineage Prayer (Tibetan, Dorje Tungma) as his outline and this became his first leaching for Westerners. Thrangu Rinpoche was soon afterwards invited to teach in Samye Ling in Scotland (one of the same places Trungpa Rinpoche began) and began an extensive set of teaching to Western students. In the intervening Iwo decades he has traveled extensively to the West and has given over a hundred different major teachings a large portion of which are in the Namo Buddha archives. While this is Rinpoche’s first teaching, it contains details which cannot be found in subsequent teachings. Therefore this teaching is an important work beyond its historical significance.

One may ask, “What are these teachings of Buddhism that are so profound that they have been preserved for almost two millennia and why are they relevant in our modern world?” The answer lies in that when great meditators looked into their mind using the techniques taught by the Buddha they found that not only they, but all beings, are searching for a lasting happiness. They found that our happiness of eating some new kind of food, of buying a new car or computer, of finding a new mate, of being praised for some kind of action or work, of finding a new living situation, of becoming rich all leads to only a temporary happiness which inevitably leads to some bad turn of events and unhappiness. They found that this is simply how the mind works. When the mind gets one thing that it desires, it then begins to crave something more difficult to obtain. One lama explained it in this way: He had left Tibet where there were no roads, no cars; no electricity, no plumbing and the winters were six months of brutal cold in houses with little heat. When he came to the United States, he thought he had come to paradise—one of the god realms. But when he began interacting with Westerners, he found that although they had all the food they wanted, cars that took them everywhere, electricity and plumbing in their houses, and so much money; these Westerners were very unhappy and had just as much troubles and worries and sorrows as the Tibetans.

The great Buddhist meditators looked within their mind and found the reason we cannot find lasting happiness is that the outside world of trees and rocks and human relationships is actually a fantastically complicated and ever-changing illusion. This illusion of the arising and falling of phenomena has no enduing or true meaning except what the mind puts on it.. The Buddhist term for this, to greatly simplify, is that phenomena is “empty” and the study of how this elaborate illusion is created and how we “buy into it” is the study of the Middle-way teachings.

We have this very Middle-way teaching because they were collected and preserved by Tibetan and Chinese pilgrims a thousand years ago. We have this teaching also because the meaning, not just the words of these teachings were passed down from student to disciple in an unbroken lineage. Because of this it is possible for modem students to attain true and enduring happiness. So we see the path of liberation relies on a path of lineage as well as a study of the true nature of phenomena. The understanding of these Middle-way teachings and also the vajrayana meditation practices to develop the realization of these teachings are not intuitive or common knowledge. This is why Thrangu Rinpoche began his teaching of Western (and also Eastern) students with this work called the Path of Liberation detailing a map of the path of Buddhist practice.

Content

Foreword i
1. The Kagyu Lineage Prayer
2. An Introduction to Showing the Path of Liberation 5
3. The Superior Qualities of the Lineage Gurus 17
4. The Foundations Practices 25
5. Meditation 35
The Notes 51
The Glossary 53
The Glossary of Tibetan Terms 67
The Bibliography 69
Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

Osho Mahamudra Meditation (A Set of 1 DVD and 1 Audio CD)
Osho
Osho World Foundation (2011)
Item Code: IZA115
$28.00$22.40
You save: $5.60 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Karmapa Prophecies
Item Code: IHF090
$50.00$40.00
You save: $10.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
A Concise Religious History of Bhutan
by Dr. C. T. Dorji
Hardcover (Edition: 2008)
Prominent Publishers
Item Code: NAM639
$35.00$28.00
You save: $7.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Dharma (That Illuminates All Beings Imopartially Like The Light of The Sun and The Moon)
by Kalu Rinpoche
Hardcover (Edition: 1995.)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: NAH582
$20.00$16.00
You save: $4.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Looking Directly at Mind: The Moonlight of Mahamudra
by Thrangu Rinpoche
Paperback (Edition: 2008)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: NAC280
$22.00$17.60
You save: $4.40 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Development of Buddhism in India
Item Code: NAC493
$15.00$12.00
You save: $3.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Essence of Ambrosia by Taranatha (A Guide to Buddhist Contemplations)
Item Code: IDL137
$22.50$18.00
You save: $4.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Three Vehicles of Buddhist Practice
by Ken Holmes
Hardcover (Edition: 1995)
Sri Satguru Publications
Item Code: NAC548
$15.00$12.00
You save: $3.00 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Foundation of Buddhist Meditation
Item Code: IDK351
$8.00$6.40
You save: $1.60 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
The Buddha Cries! Karmapa Conundrum
Item Code: IDF714
$22.50$18.00
You save: $4.50 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Buddha’s Not Smiling (Uncovering Corruption at the Heart of Tibetan Buddhism Today)
Item Code: IHE016
$31.00$24.80
You save: $6.20 (20%)
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

Very grateful for this service, of making this precious treasure of Haveli Sangeet for ThakurJi so easily in the US. Appreciate the fact that notation is provided.
Leena, USA.
The Bhairava painting I ordered by Sri Kailash Raj is excellent. I have been purchasing from Exotic India for well over a decade and am always beyond delighted with my extraordinary purchases and customer service. Thank you.
Marc, UK
I have been buying from Exotic India for years and am always pleased and excited to receive my packages. Thanks for the quality products.
Delia, USA
As ever, brilliant price and service.
Howard, UK.
The best and fastest service worldwide - I am in Australia and I put in a big order of books (14 items) on a Wednesday; it was sent on Friday and arrived at my doorstep early on Monday morning - amazing! All very securely packed in a very strong cardboard box. I have bought several times from Exotic India and the service is always exceptionally good. THANK YOU and NAMASTE!
Charles (Rudra)
I just wanted to say that this is I think my 3rd (big) order from you, and the last two times I received immaculate service, the books arrived well and it has been a very pleasant experience. Just wanted to say thanks for your efficient service.
Shantala, Belgium
Thank you so much EXOTIC INDIA for the wonderfull packaging!! I received my order today and it was gift wrapped with so much love and taste in a beautiful golden gift wrap and everything was neat and beautifully packed. Also my order came very fast... i am impressed! Besides selling fantastic items, you provide an exceptional customer service and i will surely purchase again from you! I am very glad and happy :) Thank you, Salma
Salma, Canada.
Artwork received today. Very pleased both with the product quality and speed of delivery. Many thanks for your help.
Carl, UK.
I wanted to let you know how happy we are with our framed pieces of Shree Durga and Shree Kali. Thank you and thank your framers for us. By the way, this month we offered a Puja and Yagna to the Ardhanarishwara murti we purchased from you last November. The Brahmin priest, Shree Vivek Godbol, who was visiting LA preformed the rites. He really loved our murti and thought it very paka. I am so happy to have found your site , it is very paka and trustworthy. Plus such great packing and quick shipping. Thanks for your service Vipin, it is a pleasure.
Gina, USA
My marble statue of Durga arrived today in perfect condition, it's such a beautiful statue. Thanks again for giving me a discount on it, I'm always very pleased with the items I order from you. You always have the best quality items.
Charles, Tennessee
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India