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Leaves of the Heaven Tree; The Great Compassion of the Buddha
By: Ksemendra

Leaves of the Heaven Tree, Dharma Publishing

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Author: Ksemendra
ISBN: 9780898002850

Product Code: 3633

Treasured by all Buddhist traditions, these 108 teachings on karma both delight and instruct, illuminatihg every gesture we make and every action we perform. Springing forth like leaves from the tree of enlightened knowledge, they reveal precisely which actions lead to freedom and which enmesh us in suffering. Seated beneath the Bodhi Tree at the time of enlightenment, the Buddha saw clearly how each action arises, matures, and creates the conditions for future actions, producing cycles of suffering or opening opportunities for realization. When his disciples asked why certain things happened, he showed the link between past and present by recounting his own previous lives and those of his disciples. Anyone who reads and remembers his compassionate words today can learn to protect the mind from suffering and awaken the heart of wisdom.
Leaves of the Heaven Tree is based on a work by the eleventh century Buddhist poet Ksemendra, who organized 108 Jatakas and Avadanas into a powerful masterpiece renowned for its clear elucidation of the Buddha's teachings. In the nineteenth century, Ksemendra's work inspired the Tibetan master Padma Chophel to prepare a shorter version that is more accessible to the average reader. Perceiving its value to Western Buddhists, Tarthang Tulku requested the translation of this work into English. Leaves of the Heaven Tree is offered to illuminate the meaning of karma, convey the great compassion of the Buddha, and open the way to a happier, more satisfying life.

Leaves of the Heaven Tree, Dharma Publishing, 480 pages, $26.00

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