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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.
Introduction to Tantra is the best available clarification of a subject that is often misunderstood. This new edition of this classic text includes a new foreword by Philip Glass and a new cover design, but leaves untouched Lama Yeshe's excellent original text, edited by Jonathan Landaw.
Tantra recognizes that the powerful energy aroused by our desire is an indispensable resource for the spiritual path. It is precisely because our lives are so inseparably linked with desire that we must make use of desire's tremendous energy not just for pleasure, but to transform our lives.
Lama Yeshe presents tantra as a practice leading to joy and self-discovery, with a vision of reality that is simple, clear, and extremely relevant to twenty-first century life.
Mahamudra and Dzogchen are perhaps the most profound teachings within all of Tibetan Buddhism. The experience of Mahamudra, or "great symbol," is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or "great perfection," is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development. These are the two paths that provide practitioners with the most skillful means to experience the fully awakened state and directly taste the reality of our mind and environment. And yet these concepts are notoriously difficult to grasp and challenging to explain. In Wild Awakening, Tibetan Buddhist master Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche presents these esoteric teachings in a style that reveals their surprising simplicity and great practical value, emphasizing that we can all experience our world more directly, with responsibility, freedom, and confidence. With a straightforward approach and informal style, he presents these essential teachings in a way that even those very new to Tibetan Buddhism can understand.
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.