Contents _____ Illustrations Preface PART ONE: SUTRA Preliminary Explanation WHAT IS BUDDHISM? BUDDHIST FAITH WHO ARE THE KADAMPAS? THE PRECIOUSNESS OF KADAM LAMRIM The Path of a Person of Initial Scope THE PRECIOUSNESS OF OUR HUMAN LIFE WHAT DOES OUR DEATH MEAN? THE DANGERS OF LOWER REBIRTH GOING FOR REFUGE WHAT IS KARMA? The Path of a Person of Middling Scope WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW WHAT WE SHOULD ABANDON WHAT WE SHOULD PRACTISE WHAT WE SHOULD ATTAIN The Path of a Person of Great Scope The Supreme Good Heart - Bodhichitta TRAINING IN AFFECTIONATE LOVE TRAINING IN CHERISHING LOVE TRAINING IN WISHING LOVE TRAINING IN UNIVERSAL COMPASSION TRAINING IN ACTUAL BODHICHITTA Training in the Path of Bodhichitta TRAINING IN THE SIX PERFECTIONS TRAINING IN TAKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PRACTICE OF THE SIX PERFECTIONS TRAINING IN GIVING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE PRACTICE OF THE SIX PERFECTIONS Training in Ultimate Bodhichitta WHAT IS EMPTINESS? THE EMPTINESS OF OUR BODY THE EMPTINESS OF OUR MIND THE EMPTINESS OF OUR I CONVENTIONAL AND ULTIMATE TRUTHS THE UNION OF THE TWO TRUTHS THE PRACTICE OF EMPTINESS IN OUR DAILY ACTIVITIES A SIMPLE TRAINING IN ULTIMATE BODHICHITTA Examination of our Lamrim practice PART TWO: TANTRA The Preciousness of Tantra The Tantra of Generation Stage The Tantra of Completion Stage THE CENTRAL CHANNEL THE INDESTRUCTIBLE DROP THE INDESTRUCTIBLE WIND AND MIND HOW TO MEDITATE ON THE CENTRAL CHANNEL HOW TO MEDITATE ON THE INDESTRUCTIBLE DROP HOW TO MEDITATE ON THE INDESTRUCTIBLE WIND AND MIND The Completion Stage of Mahamudra GREAT BLISS The Practice of Heruka Body Mandala THE LINEAGE OF THESE INSTRUCTIONS WHAT IS THE HERUKA BODY MANDALA? THE PRELIMINARY PRACTICES TRAINING IN THE GENERATION STAGE OF HERUKA BODY MANDALA TRAINING IN COMPLETION STAGE The Instructions of Vajrayogini THE YOGAS OF SLEEPING, RISING AND EXPERIENCING NECTAR THE REMAINING EIGHT YOGAS Dedication Appendix I - Liberating Prayer Appendix II - Prayers for Meditation Appendix III - An Explanation of Channels Appendix IV - An Explanation of Inner Winds Appendix V - The Yoga of Buddha Heruka Appendix VI - Quick Path to Great Bliss Appendix VII - The nada (reproduced to the size at which it should be visualized) Glossary Bibliography Study Programmes of Kadampa Buddhism Tharpa Offices Worldwide Index
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world.
Geshe Kelsang (The New Meditation Handbook) is a prolific and respected author in the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Here, he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner. Although his focus is on the Buddhist tenets of compassion and wisdom, readers should be aware that Geshe Kelsang's approach, despite his long residence in the West (specifically, Cumbria, England), is full-bore "New Kadampa" Buddhism, replete with chants, recitations, prayers, and visions of mystical states. VERDICT An elegantly stated but esoteric treatment: a delight for the enthusiast and student but perhaps over the head of the novice Buddhist. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has proven to be a popular and accessible authority" -Library Journal "Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice." -Booklist "Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a highly respected meditation master and scholar of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition." -Spirituality & Health