The Tibetan saint Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the founder of the Dalai Lama's tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was renowned for his vast learning, meditational achievements, influential writings on practice and philosophy, and reform of tantric religious practices. A deeply humble and religious man, he expressed himself in exquisite verse.
Here, presented in both the original Tibetan and in English translation, are twenty-one devotional poems by Tsongkhapa. Each verse--dedicated to the Buddha, bodhisattvas, and lamas--illuminates some aspect of the Buddhist path. Gavin Kilty's commentary places each prayer into context, and his careful, artful translations will appeal to anyone with a love of poetry.
The preliminary practices of Tantra aren't a hurdle to be gotten through in order to get somewhere else; they're an extraordinarily rich collection of practices which have much to offer as a means of cultivating and maturing the practitioner's psychological ground. They can enable experiences to unfold, and they can clear the way when there seem to be problems or hindrances practitioners are struggling with. In Preparing for Tantra, Preece draws on his experience as a Tantric Buddhist practitioner, meditation teacher, and psychotherapist to explain how to make the preliminary practices psychologically meaningful and spiritually transformative. He examines each of the practices with an eye to revealing how they may be used to heal and transform psychological trauma and offers practical suggestions for integrating them into daily life—as well as ensuring that practitioners are prepared psychologically, emotionally, and energetically to start out safely on the tantric path. Preparing for Tantra is an accessible guidebook for engaging in ngondro, the preliminary practices that are done before engaging in a long tantric retreat. These practices are also powerful tools for purifying negativities and alleviating guilt, healing difficult experiences, and enriching our minds with goodness so that we will be able to progress in our Dharma practice and gain realizations of the path.
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For generations, The Four Mindfulnesses—of guru, bodhimind, divine body
and emptiness—were taught only orally. The First Panchen Lama and Seventh
Dalai Lama provided written texts, on which both of them Gelek Rimpoche has
taught. The result is a rare combination that illuminates topics so central to
Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, bestselling author and internationally
renowned Tibetan Lama Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche brings his traditional Buddhist
training into strong dialogue with science, psychology, medicine, metaphysics,
politics and the arts; he skillfully addresses the dilemma of living a spiritual
life in a material world. His collected works now include over 30 transcripts of
his teachings, numerous articles as well as the national bestseller Good Life,
Good Death (Riverhead Books, 2001) and The Tara Box: Rituals for Protection
and Healing from the Female Buddha (New World Library, 2004). Rimpoche is a
U.S. citizen and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1988, Rimpoche founded Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist Center with
chapters in the US, Europe and Asia. Jewel Heart offers a multi-layered program
for spiritual development, including weekly webcasts, annual retreats and
special events. The organization also supports senior lamas and the training
of young monks, a children’s school and orphanage, and Buddhist performing
arts tours. Sales from the Jewel Heart Store support Tibetan refugees and
monasteries in India and Nepal.
Gelek Rimpoche has consistently shown resiliency and flexibility of character
and sound understanding of selflessness. He can be an elegant lama in a
formal setting . . . a wise advisor in another setting . . . a loyal and creative
colleague in the endless work of seeing to the continuing usefulness of the
—Robert A.F. Thurman
Gelek Rimpoche’s mix of astute psychological insight, extraordinary intellect,
and great compassion—plus delightful wit—makes him a wonderful, wise
spiritual friend and guide.
Gelek Rimpoche constantly shows wisdom, gentleness, depth, rascality,
humor, spaciousness, and the spiritual side to everyday life.
Following Je Tsongkhapa's (1357-1419 C.E.) text Having the Three Convictions, Lama Yeshe introduces the renowned Six Yogas of Naropa, focusing mainly on the first of these six, the practice of inner fire (tummo). Mastery of inner fire quickly brings the mind to its most refined and penetrating state--the experience of clear light, an extra-ordinarily powerful state of mind that is unequaled in its ability to directly realize ultimate reality.
Lama Yeshe felt that twentieth-century Westerners could easily grasp the often misunderstood ideas of this esoteric tradition: "We really need tantra these days because there is a tremendous explosion of delusion and distraction.and we need the atomic energy of inner fire to blast us out of our delusion."
Lama Yeshe's aim was for his students to actually taste the experience of inner fire rather than merely gain an intellectual understanding. Lama's own realization of the transformative power of these practices comes through, inspiring his students to discover for themselves their own capacity for inexhaustible bliss.
Ultimate Healing shows us that by transforming our minds, especially through the development of compassion, we can eliminate the ultimate cause of all disease. In addition to relating stories of people who have recovered from disease through meditation, Lama Zopa presents practical healing meditations, including white-light healing, compassion meditation, "taking and giving", and techniques to cure depression.
JAMGON MIPHAM (1846-1912) était l’un des lettrés les plus célèbres du Tibet.
JAY GOLDBERG enseigne le bouddhisme et vit à Chico, Ca (USA).