Introduction to Buddhism: An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life

Introduction to Buddhism: An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life

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By (author) Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

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  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 14mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Ulverston
  • ISBN 10: 0948006706
  • ISBN 13: 9780948006708
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: paintings, drawings and photographs
  • Sales rank: 10,838

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Beginning with Buddha's life story, this concise guide explains the essential elements of the Buddhist way of life, such as understanding the mind, rebirth, karma and ultimate truth, and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing qualities such as inner peace, love and patience. The emphasis throughout is on the practical application of Buddhist ideas and practice to finding solutions to everyday problems. Those interested in Buddhism and meditation will find this book a rich source of guidance and inspiration.

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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world.

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'A perfect little journal of Buddhist education with material to challenge any student of Buddhist thought.' - Shambala Sun; 'A brilliantly clear and concise introduction to this vast subject, helpful to readers of all levels including those who have no previous knowledge. Very highly recommended.' - Yoga & Health Magazine; 'This book succeeds admirably in presenting its subject with clarity and insight...a highly commendable and deeply felt work that I can recommend without hesitation.' - Chalice

Table of contents

Part One - Basic Buddhism; Who was Buddha?; Understanding the Mind; Past and Future Lives; What is Karma?; Our Precious Human Life; What is Meditation?; Death; The Buddhist Way of Life; Part Two - The Path to Liberation; What is Liberation?; Developing Renunciation; The Three Higher Trainings; Part Three - The Path to Enlightenment; Becoming a Bodhisattva; The Bodhisattva's Way of Life; Ultimate Truth; Enlightenment; Dedication