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Bodhisattva portrays the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, one of
the most important lamas in the world of Tibetan Buddhism, at a unique
moment in his trajectory as a teacher: his first visit to the United
States (and the West). In this hour-long documentary, this young man of
extraordinary warmth, humanity, humor, and charisma speaks to packed
auditoriums and delights in encountering this new world. As a sequel to
Mark Elliott's earlier The Lions Roar (1987), a documentary about the previous Karmapa's first trip to the West, Bodhisattva continues to chronicle the life of this significant spiritual figure and his role in the transmission of Buddhism to the West.
Bodhisattva captures not only the Karmapa's disarming
honesty and genuine faith in his role as a bodhisattva, or one born to
benefit others, but also reveals much about the fascinating question of
transmission of religion, or belief system, from one culture to the
next. The Karmapa gives profound teachings on the importance of thinking
in new ways in order to address the social and environmental problems
facing humanity, emphasizing how we are all deeply interconnected. Our
recognition of this interconnection through the Karmapa's teachings in
this film gives hope for regeneration.
Bodhisattva interweaves footage shot on tour, with superb
background footage of the Karmapa's childhood in Tibet, sequences in
Dharamsala, India, and film of the previous Sixteenth Karmapa.
Meet the 17th Karmapa!
This book is a guide to the entire spiritual journey from the initial
arising of the mind of awakening to the attaining of complete
Buddhahood. In this book, Tempa Lama explains the Five Paths and Ten
Stages (Bhumis) of Compassionate Beings and the practices at each stage
in a very accessible way, drawing upon examples and stories that reflect
the daily life of practitioners in the West. The book also features an
introduction by H.E. Menri Lopon, the head teacher of Menri Monastery, India.
The Journey into Buddhahood is the practice of
attaining complete awakening. Whether we experience happiness or
suffering depends on the way we perceive reality. The basis of our
experience is the mind. This recognition motivates us to look for a path
that not only offers temporary respite from suffering, but that enables
us to completely free ourselves and all beings. When we first have this
thought of helping all beings without distinction, we enter the Journey
The directors and staff of Tsadra Foundation and Shambhala
Publications, the lamas overseeing the creation of this book, and the
translator ask for your cooperation in ensuring that the express wish
and vajra words of Chatral Sangy Dorj Rinpoch, who authorized our
work, be respected. The readership of this book is restricted to those
who have completed the minimum five hundred thousand accumulations of
the uncommon preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism.
Dakini Sukha Vajra, widely known as Sera Khandro, wrote this
commentary of an account by the great Dudjom Lingpa of visions he had
of enlightened beings and the teachings he received from them regarding
our perception of reality.
This book contains four Tibetan texts in translation. First, The Excellent Path to Liberation
explains how to give our attention to the teachings, and how to ground
our spiritual practice in harmonious relationships with others and the
world at large. Second, Dudjom Lingpas account of his visionary
journey, Enlightenment without Meditation, teaches by example
that as practitioners we should ask ourselves sincere questions
concerning our perception of reality, and that we should not be content
with superficial answers.
In the third book, Sera Khandros
commentary, she presents Dudjom Lingpas work within two frameworks. She
first clarifies the view on which the spiritual path is founded, the
path of meditation; the ensuing conduct that reflects and enriches
meditative experience; and the paths resultawakening and
enlightenment. Next she illuminates the subtleties of the great
perfection view, the four tantric bonds: nonexistence, a single nature,
pervasive insubstantial evenness, and spontaneous presence.
volume also includes a significant fourth text: a short autobiography
of Sera Khandro, translated by Chatral Rinpochs disciple-translator
PLEASE NOTE: This is a restricted text. It has a seal of secrecy and
is guarded by the protectors of the Vajrayana. Until you have received
the reading transmission and/or permission to read it from a qualified
lineage master, please keep it on your shrine as an object of
Khenpo Ngawang Palzang, also known as Khenpo Ngakchung or
Khenpo Ngaga, was one of the great masters in the late nineteenth and
the first half of the twentieth centuries. He was an extremely
influential teacher who taught some of the great lamas of the next
generation, including Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche. Khenpo Ngaga was
considered a living emanation of Vimalamitra and Longchenpa.
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