Buddhism

$14  Introduction to Emptiness: As Taught in Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path by Guy Newland

Explains in accessible language with contemporary examples the single most important and difficult concept of Buddhism as presented in one of the great classic texts of the Tibetan tradition, Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.

$15  Realizing Emptiness: Madhyamaka Insight Meditation by Gen Lamrimpa

Written by an genunine Buddhist master, Realizing Emptiness gives us accurate directions to explore the nature of reality. By refuting inherent existence and establishing illusion-like conventionalities, we can come to the correct view of the Middle Way.

$16  What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Here at last is a crisp new voice in Tibetan Buddhism. . . . There is much food for thought in this short book for Buddhist students and for anyone interested in the ongoing adaptation of traditional Eastern wisdom into postmodern Western settings.

$18  In Praise Of Dharmadhatu by Nagarjuna and Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje. Translated by Karl Brunnhölzl

“A wonderful book that bridges the apparent divide between the key teachings of emptiness and buddha nature…beautifully translated.” — Andy Karr, author, Contemplating Reality
“An important work.[Dr. Brunnholzl’s] translations…are both clear and elegant, and his introduction is masterful…highly recommended.” — Scott Wellenbach, Co-Director, Nitartha Institute, Nalanda Translation Committee

$18  How to Raise an Ox: Zen Practice as Taught in Zen Master Dogen’s Shobogenzo by Francis Dojun Cook

Dogen shows how enlightenment relates to the mind, emptiness, and leaving home, and how it is that to practice is to be enlightened. This is the kind of book you want to go back to again and again for guidance and insights. “Simply the best, clearest, and most concise introduction to Dogen’s Zen.” — Barry Magid

$18 The Union of Dzogchen and Bodhichitta, by Anyen Rinpoche. Translated by Allison Graboski

An illuminating explanation of how the Tibetan Buddhist practices of Dzogchen and Bodhichitta interface and complement one another.

$20  Zen Buddhism: A History. Volume 1: India and China. Volume 2: Japan. By Heinrich Dumoulin

Upon its initial publication in 1988, the English translation of Heinrich Dumoulin’s Zen Buddhism: A History, India and China, instantly became an indispensable resource for both specialists and the audience of general readers interested in Zen Buddhism. The book’s coverage was rewardingly comprehensive. For the first time English readers could trace the history of the school from its earliest conceptual and practical beginnings in India, through its formation and evolution as an innovative religious movement in China, and on to its efflorescence in Japan. The comprehensive nature of Dumoulin’s coverage derived from his own intellectual vision, his determination to address all aspects of his chosen subject matter, from beginning to end.

$20  A Song for the King: Saraha on Mahamudra Meditation. Commentary by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Mahamudra meditation is growing in popularity in the West, since it involves no rituals and can be easily incorporated into daily activities. Saraha’s A Song for the King is the basis for the tradition, and though widely known in Tibetan Buddhist circles, it has only been available to Western followers in a badly outdated translation. This welcome new edition features Michele Martin’s clear, accessible translation, the original Tibetan text, and extensive notes and commentary from contemporary master Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

$22  The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region by Jamyang Wangmo
Back cover: The life of the modern Tibetan master Lama Zopa Rinpoche is presented in a compelling first-person narrative along with a meticulously researched biography of his previous incarnation, the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe. In Lawudo Lama, both of these life stories are set against the backdrop of the culture, geography, and history of the Khumbu region of Nepal.


$25  The Four Immeasurables: Cultivating a Boundless Heart by B. Alan Wallace

This book is a rich suite of practices that open the heart, counter the distortions in our relationships to ourselves, and deepen our relationships to others. Alan Wallace presents a unique interweaving of teachings on the Four Immeasurables (the cultivation of loving-kindness, compassion, equanimity, and empathetic joy) with instruction on quiescence or shamatha meditation practices to empower the mind and render it “fit for service.” The book includes both guided meditations and lively discussions on the implications of these teachings for our own lives.

$25  Pointing Out the Great Way: The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra Tradition by Daniel P. Brown

This spiritual manual describes mahamudra meditation from the perspective of the “gradual path,” a progressive process of training that is often contrasted to sudden realization. The book contains a step-by-step description of the ways to practice, precise descriptions of the various stages and their intended realizations, and the typical problems that arise along with their remedies. Drawn from a variety of sources, Pointing Out the Great Way distills the experiences of many great masters who have traversed the path of meditation to the point of perfect mastery.


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