books_pathPRACTICING THE PATH: A COMMENTARY ON THE LAM RIM CHENMO
Yangsi Rinpoche

Practicing the Path is a complete commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo in a single volume. Yangsi Rinpoche, a thirty-something tulku who has spent the last several years in Madison, Wisconsin, gave these teachings to a group of Western students over a month-long period a few years ago in Dharamsala, India. While having the full training of a Tibetan scholar, Rinpoche uses Western metaphors and demonstrates an appreciation for the Western mind. The text is particularly well edited and is a pleasure to read, and will be an excellent resource for those studying and meditating on the lamrim, the steps on the path to enlightenment. The Lamrim Chenmo is a comprehensive overview of the entire path to enlightenment, superimposing the essential principles of renunciation, bodhicitta, and the pure view of emptiness. It is unique in combining scriptural authority and perfect logic in order to clarify all doubts on the path. The author’s deep knowledge of the traditional teachings and his ability to elucidate them in contemporary language and form provide a unique opportunity for readers to refine their understanding and develop their practice. >Available from the DFF bookstore or Wisdom Publications

 

books_tamingTAMING THE MIND
Venerable Thubten Chodron

We all wish to gain greater understanding of ourselves. This ideal follow-up to the author’s extremely popular Buddhism for Beginners explains in clear and simple language the essence of Buddhist philosophy and psychology, together with practical tools for immediate implementation in our daily lives. 2004 Snow Lion Publications. >Available from Shambhala Publications

 

books_angerWORKING WITH ANGER
Venerable Thubten Chodron

Working with Anger presents a variety of Buddhist methods for subduing and preventing anger, not by changing what is happening, but by framing it differently. No matter what our religion, learning to work with our anger is effective for everyone seeking personal happiness as well as world peace. 2001 Snow Lion Publications. >Available from Shambhala Publications

 

book_bbBUDDHISM FOR BEGINNERS
Venerable Thubten Chodron

This book answers the fundamental questions and issues that arise in the minds of modern individuals who are new to this tradition of practical spirituality. Written in clear and engaging language, this book presents the Buddhist approach to the issues and concerns of daily life. Ven. Chodron guides us through the basics of Buddhism, encouraging and instructing us in how to live a more peaceful, mindful and satisfying life. She untangles our confusions and leads us through the most basic aspects of this rich, living spiritual tradition. 2001 Snow Lion Publications. >Available from Shambhala Publications

 

books_simpleCHOOSING SIMPLICITY: A COMMENTARY ON THE BHIKSHUNI PRATIMOKSHA
Ven. Bhikshuni Master Wu Yin

This book discusses the precepts and lifestyle of fully ordained nuns within the Buddhist tradition. The ordination vows act as guidelines to promote harmony both within the individual and within the community by regulating and thereby simplifying one’s relationships to other sangha members and laypeople, as well as to the needs of daily life. Observing these precepts and practicing the Buddha Dharma brings incredible benefit to oneself and others. 2001 Snow Lion Publications. >Available from Shambhala Publications

 

book_openheartOPEN HEART, CLEAR MIND
Venerable Thubten Chodron

This practical introduction to Buddhism focuses on the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life. It presents the basic points of this path for understanding ourselves and improving the quality of our lives. Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama. >Available from Shambhala Publications

 

books_joyTRANSFORMING DIVERSITY INTO JOY AND COURAGE
Geshe Jampa Tegchok

A practical and inspiring guide for developing our ability to be happy and benefit others, this book is is a commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas by Gyalsay Togme Sangpo. Studied by monastics and followers of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the root text gives, in 37 short verses, the essential practices leading to enlightenment. In Geshe Tegchok’s teachings on the 37 practices, he clearly explains the exchanging oneself with others meditation for developing love and compassion for all living beings. He lays open the methods for doing glance, stabilizing, and analytical meditation and offers an in-depth discussion of the nature of emptiness.1999 Snow Lion Publications. >Available from Shambhala Publications

 

books_pearl1PEARL OF WISDOM: BUDDHIST PRAYERS AND PRACTICES, BOOK I
Venerable Thubten Chodron

These two spiral-bound books contain essential Buddhist prayers and sadhanas for daily practice. Most are accompanied with a Tibetan phonetic so you can learn to say the prayers in their original language if you wish. Book 1 has fifteen practices including: morning prayers, purification practices, long life prayers, offering food, Eight Mahayana Precepts, refuge, three principles of the path, Heart Sutra, meditation on the Buddha, etc. >Available from Amazon

 

books_pearl2PEARL OF WISDOM: BUDDHIST PRAYERS AND PRACTICES, BOOK II
Venerable Thubten Chodron

These two spiral-bound books contain essential Buddhist prayers and sadhanas for daily practice. Most are accompanied with a Tibetan phonetic so you can learn to say the prayers in their original language if you wish. Book 2 contains lower tantra deity practices appropriate for people who have been introduced to them by a teacher: 1000-Armed Chenresig, 21 Taras, Lama Tzong Khapa Guru Yoga, Vajrasattva Purification, Bodhicitta, mantras, etc. >Available from Amazon