Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Editorial Note: PART ONE - BASIC BUDDHISM: Who was Buddha?; Understanding the Mind; Past and Future Lives; What is Karma?; Our Precious Human Life; What is Meditation?; Death; The Buddhist Way of Life; PART TWO - THE PATH TO LIBERATION: What is Liberation?; Developing Renunciation; The Three Higher Trainings; PART THREE - THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT: Becoming a Bodhisattva; The Bodhisattva's Way of Life; Ultimate Truth; Enlightenment; Dedication; Appendix I - The Commitments of Going for Refuge; Appendix II - 'Liberating Prayer' and 'Mahayana Sutra of the Three Superior Heaps'; Glossary; Bibliography; Study Programmes of Kadampa Buddhism; Tharpa Offices Worldwide; Index; Further Reading
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of a series of highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded many Buddhist centres throughout the world.
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