The Path to Awakening: How Buddhism's Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness

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Mind Training is a comprehensive practice that is suitable for all types of students. It contains the entire path and does not depend on a person’s background. Mind Training nurses and cultivates the Buddha Nature, that pure seed of awakening that is at the very heart of every sentient being. It has the power to transform even egotistical self-clinging into selflessness. Put into practice diligently, it is enough to lead you all the way to awakening.
In The Path to Awakening, Shamar Rinpoche gives his own detailed commentary on Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s Seven Points of Mind Training, a text that has been used for transformative practice in Tibetan Buddhism for close to a thousand years.
Clear, accessible, and yet profound, this book is filled with practical wisdom, philosophy, and meditation instructions.
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Shamar Rinpoche, the 14th Shamarpa Red Hat Lama, has worked to spread the Buddhadharma throughout the world for over thirty years. For many years he taught mainly in Karma Kagyu centers established by H.H. the 16th Karmapa, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and Kalu Rinpoche, but since 2001 he has been founding his own rime (non-sectarian) centers. His Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers can now be found across Asia, Europe, and North America, and lojong is taught as the principal practice. Shamar Rinpoche is the author of Creating a Transparent Democracy. Lara Braitstein is professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhism at McGill University.
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Open Road Media
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Feb 11, 2014
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Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation
Religion / Buddhism / Rituals & Practice
Religion / Buddhism / Tibetan
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