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Bodhisattva Attitude

Author: Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Publisher: Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
ISBN: 1891868489
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This book comprises several motivations taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche called “bodhicitta motivations for life,” intended for us to use first thing every morning to generate the mind of bodhicitta and dedicate our life to numberless sentient beings. The Bodhisattva Attitude is taken from the sutra teachings of the Buddha and is based on verses by the great bodhisattva Shantideva in his Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. The verses are meant to be recited each morning to remind us of how we are going to dedicate our lives to others. We all understand the importance of motivation and attitude and how they affect the quality of our work and the result that can be achieved. Rinpoche particularly emphasizes the need for us to have a very clear direction and purpose for life. The real meaning of our lives is to bring both temporary and ultimate happiness to all sentient beings and to do this we need to achieve enlightenment. Enlightenment depends on first generating bodhicitta and training our minds in the bodhisattva attitude enables us to do that. This book is drawn from Lama Zopa Rinpoche's essential teachings given from 2008 onward. It is the first volume in LYWA's Heart Advice Series. This book is made possible by kind supporters of the Archive who, like you, appreciate how we make these teachings available in so many ways, including in our website for instant reading, listening or downloading, and as printed and electronic books. Our website offers immediate access to thousands of pages of teachings and hundreds of audio recordings by some of the greatest lamas of our time. Our photo gallery and our ever-popular books are also freely accessible there. Please help us increase our efforts to spread the Dharma for the happiness and benefit of all beings. You can find out more about becoming a supporter of the Archive and see all we have to offer by visiting our website. Thank you and please enjoy this ebook!

The Bodhisattva Path To Unsurpassed Enlightenment

Author: Asanga
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834840200
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Ārya Asanga’s Bodhisattvabhūmi, or The Stage of a Bodhisattva, is the Mahāyāna tradition’s most comprehensive manual on the practice and training of bodhisattvas—by the author’s own account, a compilation of the full range of instructions contained in the entire collection of Mahāyāna sutras. A classic work of the Yogācāra school, it has been cherished in Tibet by all the historical Buddhist lineages as a primary source of instruction on bodhisattva ethics, vows, and practices, as well as for its summary of the ultimate goal of the bodhisattva path—supreme enlightenment. Despite the text’s seminal importance in the Tibetan traditions, it has remained unavailable in English except in fragments. Engle’s translation, made from the Sanskrit original with reference to the Tibetan translation and commentaries, will enable English readers to understand more fully and clearly what it means to be a bodhisattva and practitioner of the Mahāyāna tradition.

Path Of The Bodhisattva Warrior

Publisher: Shambhala
ISBN: 9781559397667
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Throughout his life the Thirteenth Dalai Lama (1876–1933) stressed the importance of combining spirituality with a bold approach to worldly affairs. Known to the Tibetans as simply the "Great Thirteenth," he provided successful political leadership in difficult and turbulent times, and perfectly exemplified the Mahayana ideal of the bodhisattva warrior. Path of the Bodhisattva Warrior brings into English for the first time many of the most important writings and talks of this astounding statesman and spiritual leader. Included are his "Heart of the Enlightenment Teachings," "Sermons at the Great Prayer Festival," "Guide to the Buddhist Tantras," as well as his writings on the Hayagriva Tantra and various meditational practices. Glenn H. Mullin unfolds the dynamic life of this Dalai Lama in an intriguing and comprehensive biography, uniquely based on eighteen primary sources, Tibetan and Western.

The Christ And The Bodhisattva

Author: Donald S. Lopez
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780887064012
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In this book, the authors explore and reconsider the contemporary significance of the Christ and the Bodhisattva. The volume includes essays by three eminent Christian theologians, Langdon Gilkey, Brother David Steindl-Rast, and Ann Belford Ulanov, that explore the significance of the Christ from the perspectives of the Roman Catholic contemplative tradition, modern depth psychology, and liberal Protestantism. Drawing on information previously unavailable in English, three distinguished scholars of Buddhism, Robert Thurman, Luis Gomez, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, investigate the significance of the Bodhisattva in India, East Asian, and Tibet. A substantive introduction sets the historical background for the Christ in Christianity and the Bodhisattva in Buddhism. Contributors' essays enhance our understanding of current presuppositions, problems, and prospects for the Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

The Essential Sangharakshita

Author: Urgyen Sangharakshita
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861715853
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Profoundly knowledgeable and articulate, and equally at home with science, philosophy, myth, art, and poetry, Urgyen Sangharakshita uses every inner avenue to communicate the timeless Dharma to the Western mind. Engaging both the intellect and the heart countless times in a single chapter, the author draws remarkably apt examples from sources as diverse as Orwell, Aeschylus, and Jane Austen. This distilled volume is a primer to the breadth and depth of Buddhist thought and practice.

The Bodhisattva Vow

Author: Geshe Sonam Rinchen
Publisher: Shambhala
ISBN: 9781559399821
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These teachings by Geshe Sonam Rinchen explain the altruistic wish to attain enlightenment and the precepts of training which accompany it.

A Few Good Men

Author: Jan Nattier
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824826079
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A Few Good Men is a study and translation of The Inquiry of Ugra (Ugrapariprccha), one of the most influential Mahayana sutras on the bodhisattva path, but also one of the most neglected texts in Western treatments of Buddhism. To achieve a better understanding of the universe of ideas, activities, and institutional structures within which early self-proclaimed bodhisattvas lived, the author first considers the Ugra as a literary document, employing new methodological tools to examine the genre to which it belongs, the age of its extant versions, and their relationships to one another. She goes on to challenge the dominant notions that the Mahayana emerged as a "reform" of earlier Buddhism and offered lay people an "easier option." A Few Good Men will be compelling reading for scholars and practitioners alike and others interested in the history of Indian Buddhism and the formation of Mahayana.