A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path

A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path


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Buddhist teachings provide numerous methods for bringing greater meaning and happiness into our lives and into our relationships with others. In A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche reveals these methods in direct, vibrant, down-to-earth language. At the core of this work lies The Jewel Treasury of Advice, a text composed by Drikung Bhande Dharmaradza (1704–1754), the reincarnation of Drikung Dharmakirti. Khenchen Rinpoche interprets these ancient teachings with compassion, humor, and a keen awareness for their relevance in contemporary Western life. Those who sincerely want to study and practice the Buddha's teachings will find this an indispensable guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559393423
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 03/25/2010
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Khenchen Könchog Gyaltshen, founder of several Buddhist centers worldwide, is respected and beloved as an accomplished scholar, meditation master, teacher, translator, and author. In 2001 he received the high honor of being enthroned as Khenchen (great abbot). He lives in Frederick, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Foreword Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang vii

Editor's Preface ix

Introduction 1

The Jewel Treasury of Advice, One Hundred Teachings from the Heart Drigung Bhande Dharmaradza

Introductory Verses 11

General Advice 19

Advice for Meditation Practitioners 81

Advice for Mahayana Practitioners 204

Advice about the Six Perfections 227

Advice for Vajrayana Practitioners 259

Advice on Preparing for Mahamudra Practice 314

Advice for Mahamudra Practitioners 318

Advice on How to Dispel Obstacles When They Are Encountered 346

Advice on the Six Yogas of Naropa 362

Advice about the Final Result of Dharma Practice 376

Conclusion with Concise Advice 398

Dedication 406

Appendix: The Life of Drigung Bhande Dharmaradza 409

Guideline for Dharma Practitioners 423

Glossary of Enumerations 427

Glossary of Terms and Names 451

Annotated Bibliography of Works Mentioned in A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path 461

Index of First Lines of the Hundred Verses of Advice 469

Index 475

About Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche 483

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From the Publisher

"I am delighted to know that Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen has written A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path. Because it is written in a manner that is easy to understand, it will reach far and wide. This book contains the complete teachings of Buddhism, from the very basic up to the very profound trainings of the Mahayana and Vajrayana systems, including the Six Yogas of Naropa. . . . The practice of all these teachings step-by-step will lead us one day to bear the fruit of complete enlightenment. I therefore thank Khenchen Rinpoche and welcome his light of commentary to illuminate the teachings of our great Lamas making them available to all."—Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, from the Foreword

"A masterpiece of poetry and a profoundly moving religious instruction . . . [it] indeed encompass[es] the entire path as it is understood in Tibetan Buddhism. . . . The book can be read from start to finish or opened anywhere. The editors have done an excellent job with the book."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly

"A fresh, intimate, and timely interpretation that will meet the needs of those who want to deepen their practice and understanding of the teachings of the lamas of Tibet. Reading this work is like having a wise, compassionate, and learned teacher at your side one who knows that laughter is an important component of spiritual life. . . . Readers new to Tibetan Buddhism will be aided by the glossary of specialized terms and the descriptions of persons mentioned in the book and will find the annotated bibliography a valuable aid to further study. . . . Th[is] work contains the essence of dharma teachings and goes deep enough to meet the needs of the serious student; it is a highly recommended guide to be kept at one's side and read over and over again."—Spirituality & Health

"A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path lives up to its title by presenting the methods that Buddhism offers for improving the quality of one's life in plain terms accessible to readers of all backgrounds. . . . Invaluable to anyone seeking to better follow, understand, and practice the Buddha's teachings in everyday life."—Library Bookwatch

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