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21st Century Buddhists in Conversation  Melvin McLeod (Editor)
Authorized Lives: Biography and the Early Formation of Geluk Identity
By: Elijah S. Ary
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Authorized Lives
is the first work devoted to early Geluk history and to the role of
biographies in shifting established lineages. As the dominant tradition
of Tibetan Buddhism that provides the intellectual backdrop for the
Dalai Lama's teachings, the Geluk lineage traces its origins to the
figure of Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa (1357-1419). Gelukpas today believe
Tsongkhapa is a manifestation of the bodhisattva Manjushri and revere
him with his two heart disciples, Gyaltsap and Khedrup. But as Elijah
Ary, a former Geluk monk and Harvard-trained scholar, points out, both
of these conceptions of Tsongkhapa arose many decades after his death.
Delving into the early Geluk biographical tradition, Ary follows the
tracks of this evolution in the biographies of Tsongkhapa, Khedrup, and
the influential early Geluk writer and reformer Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen.
Buddha Pill Can Meditation Change You?
Buddha Pill Can Meditation Change You?
By: Miguel Farias, Catherine Wikholm
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Psychologists Dr. Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm explore the human ambition for personal change and its possible illusions, with a focus on yoga and meditation. They examine the psychological and biological evidence, from early research on Transcendental Meditation to recent brain-imaging studies on mindfulness. They also include personal accounts from practitioners, as well as recounting their own experiences of testing the effects of meditation and yoga on incarcerated criminals.
Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China
Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation
By: Peter Schwieger
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Unlike other pre-twentieth century Tibetan histories, this volume rejects hagiographic texts in favor of diplomatic, legal, and social sources held in the private, monastic, and bureaucratic archives of old Tibet. This approach draws a unique portrait of Tibet's rule by reincarnation while shading in peripheral tensions in the Himalayas, eastern Tibet, and China. Its perspective fully captures the extent to which the emperors of China controlled the institution of the Dalai Lamas, making a groundbreaking contribution to the past and present history of East Asia.
Dreaming Yourself Awake
Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation (MP3 CD)
By: Alan Wallace
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Some of the greatest of life's adventures can happen while you're sound asleep. That's the promise of lucid dreaming, which is the ability to alter your own dream reality any way you like simply by being aware of the fact that you're dreaming while you're in the midst of a dream.

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Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives, Thupten Jinpa
Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives
By: Thupten Jinpa
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Based on the landmark course in compassion training Jinpa helped create at Stanford Medical School, A Fearless Heart shows us that we actually fear compassion. We worry that if we are too compassionate with others we will be taken advantage of, and if we are too compassionate with ourselves we will turn into slackers. Using science, insights from both classical Buddhist and western psychology, and stories both from others and from his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle to relieve stress, fight depression, improve our health, achieve our goals, and change our world.
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die (MP3 CD)
Graceful Exits: How Great Beings Die (Death Stories of Hindu, Tibetan Buddhist, and Zen Masters) (MP3 CD)
By: Sushila Blackman
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Death is a subject obscured by fear and denial. When we do think of dying, we are more often concerned with how to avoid the pain and suffering that may accompany our death than we are with really confronting the meaning of death and how to approach it. Sushila Blackman places death—and life—in a truer perspective, by telling us of others who have left this world with dignity.

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How to Walk, Thich Nhat Hanh
How to Walk (pocket)
By: Thich Nhat Hanh
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How to Walk is the fourth title in Parallax’s popular Mindfulness Essentials Series of how-to titles by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, introducing beginners and reminding seasoned practitioners of the essentials of mindfulness practice. Slow, concentrated walking while focusing on in- and out-breaths allows for a unique opportunity to be in the present. There is no need to arrive somewhere—each step is the arrival to concentration, joy, insight, and the momentary enlightenment of aliveness. When your foot touches the Earth with awareness, you make yourself alive and the Earth real, and you forget for one minute the searching, rushing, and longing that rob our daily lives of awareness and cause us to “sleepwalk” through life.
Jamyang Kyhentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet
Jamyang Kyhentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet
By: Matthew Akester
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This book has now been in use for a century, consulted and cherished by literate pilgrims from all over the Tibetan world. It also gained the attention of foreign pioneers of Tibetan studies in their search for non-liturgical literature. Akester has revisited the guide, dividing the 200 plus entries in the guide to 18 chapters in the three main regions, each beginning with a translation of the relevant section of the guide and then going through it place by place. In each case the location is pinpointed, the history and folklore summarised in varying degrees of detail, and the buildings described as they were before 1959. This updated volume is for modern scholars, researchers, and those interested in the spiritual history of Tibet.
Ladakh 1974-2008: A Photographic Homage
Ladakh 1974-2008: A Photographic Homage
Jaroslav Poncar
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Ladakh 1974 2008: A Photographic Homage by Jaroslav Poncar is a rare tribute to Ladakh, the "Land of Passes," one of the most beloved landscapes of the Himalayas. Poncar is one of the first Westerners to travel to Ladakh when it was open for visitors in 1974. His countless trips and his love for Ladakh resulted in this retrospective collection of photographs that span more than three decades. This singular volume honours the timeless Ladakh for its proud locals and unforgettable beauty. Beautifully illustrated, with texts by John Keay and Jaroslav Poncar's personal reflections on Ladakh and his photographs.
Life of the Buddha
Life of the Buddha
By: Tenzin Chogyel, Kurtis R. Schaeffer (Translator)
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This is a call to mindfulness, dedicated to easing suffering. The story
of Shakyamuni Buddha's epic journey to enlightenment is perhaps the most
important narrative in the Buddhist tradition. Tenzin Chogyel's The
Life of the Buddha, composed in the mid-eighteenth century and now with a
new translation, is a masterly storyteller's rendition of the twelve
acts of the Buddha. Chogyel's classical tale seamlessly weaves together
the vast and the minute, the earthly and the celestial, reflecting the
near-omnipresent aid of the gods alongside the Buddha's moving final
reunion with his devoted son, Rahula.
Make Me One with Everything
Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation
By: Lama Surya Das
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What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything!" It's a familiar joke, muses Lama Surya Das, and one that holds a profound truth: that in addition to inner peace, meditation is a path for all-inclusive connection. In Make Me One with Everything, he invites us to experience this through the art of inter-meditation and other original practices that allow us to see through the illusion of separation.
The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong
Noodle Maker of Kalimpong: The Untold Story of My Struggle for Tibet
By: Gyalo Thondup, Anne F Thurston
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Gyalo Thondup has long lived out of the spotlight and hidden from view, but his whole life has been dedicated to the cause of his younger brother and Tibet. He served for decades as the Dalai Lama's special envoy, the trusted interlocutor between Tibet and foreign leaders from Chiang Kai-shek to Jawaharlal Nehru, Zhou Enlai to Deng Xiaoping. Traveling the globe and meeting behind closed doors, Thondup has been an important witness to some of the epochal events of the 20th century. No one has a better grasp of the ongoing great game as the divergent interests of China, India, Russia and the United States continue to play themselves out over the Tibetan plateau. Only the Dalai Lama himself has played a more important role in the political history of modern, tragedy-ridden Tibet. Indeed, the Dalai Lama's dramatic escape from Lhasa to exile in India would not have been possible without his brother's behind-the-scenes help.
Now, together with Anne F. Thurston, who co-wrote the international best seller The Private Life of Chairman Mao, Gyalo Thondup is finally telling his story.
New Buddhist Path
Seven Steps to Train Your Mind
By: Gomo Tulku
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Learn the ropes of a cultivating a resilient and warm heart, even in the face of great difficulty, from one of the most beloved of the last generation of lamas trained in pre-invasion Tibet. The aphorisms of the Seven-Point Mind Training present a powerful and counter-intuitive call to Buddhist practice - view reality as dreamlike, contemplate the kindness of your enemies, give up expectations of reward, change yourself but remain as you are!

What Would Buddha Say?
What Would Buddha Say?
1,501 Right-Speech Teachings for Communicating Mindfully
By: Barbara Ann Kipfer PhD, Marc Lesser
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Right Speech is the philosophy that what you say can positively or negatively impact your life, as well as the lives of those around you. Speech to avoid includes divisive speech, abusive speech, lies, and idle gossip. In addition, most of what we say fails to convey what we really mean in our hearts.
With this book as your guide, you'll learn thousands of tips to help you speak your truth, say what you really mean in your heart, improve all of your relationships, and choose your words wisely and conscientiously in every situation.
The Faith to Doubt: Glimpses of Buddhist Uncertainty
Faith to Doubt: Glimpses of Buddhist Uncertainty
By: Stephen Batchelor
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"The Faith to Doubt" explores the limits of what can be said about Buddhist experience. "Faith" is not an unquestioning belief in something, but the resolve to question whatever presents itself. "Doubt" is not mere indecision, but the very uncertainty about what it is that reads these words.
I Met a Monk: Eight Weeks to Love, Happiness and Freedom
I Met a Monk: Eight Weeks to Love, Happiness and Freedom
By: Rose Elliot
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Part autobiography, part self-help book, I Met a Monk forms a series of workshops, structured into eight chapters that cover the weekly discussions held between a Buddhist monk, Rose and a group of men and women, where they talk about the Buddhist way to finding happiness, freedom and peace. Beginning with an introduction to mindfulness meditation and the simple core tenants of the Buddhist philosophy, the book introduces the Four Noble Truths that Buddhist teaching is based on, and how they appeal to life in the 21st century and hold within them everything we need for a happy and fulfilled life. Each chapter ends with a concise summary of the important points and recommended exercises to build a working knowledge of how to put Buddhism into practice.