Suggested Reading - Beginning Books

The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living The Art of Happiness
A Handbook for Living

by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler, MD.
     "Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. Together with Dr. Cutler, he explores many facets of everyday life, including relationships, loss and the pursuit of wealth, to illustrate how to ride through life's obstacles on a deep and abiding source of inner peace. Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a health dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings."
Riverhead Books, New York, NY, USA, 1998, 322 pages, hardbound.
US$22.95 ISBN #1-57322-111-2
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Kindness, Clarity and Insight
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Translated and Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins
Co-edited by Elizabeth Napper

     A collection of talks given by His Holiness during his 1979-80 tours of North America. This is an excellent collection of discussions of the basic tenets of Buddhism.
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1984, 232 pages.
US$12.95 ISBN #0-937938-18-1
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Path to Bliss
A Practical Guide to Stages of Meditation

by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Translated by Geshe Thubten Jinpa, Edited by Christine Cox

     "These teachings present a systematic approach to personal development through visualizaton, reason and contemplation. The presentation is clear and eloquent. The approach is simple yet profound. It does not presuppose any prior experience on the part of the beginner, while providing rich material for the more advanced prctitioner. Beginning with practices that develop an effective mental outlook in one's life, this book guides the student to more advanced techniques for developing the mind's deepest potentials and happiness."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1991, 240 pages.
US$14.95 ISBN #0-937938-92-0
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The Buddhism of Tibet
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Translated and Edited by Jeffrey Hopkins

     "This book includes four texts that the Dalai Lama specially wrote or chose for Western readers:
     The Buddhism of Tibet by the Dalai Lama - the principle topics and central practices of Buddhism
     The Key to the Middle Way by the Dalai Lama - the discovery of the true meaning of emptiness
     The Precious Garland by Nagarjuna - finding happiness by cultivating the virtues of body, speech and mind and how to amass the stores of merit and wisdom required for enlightenment
     The Song of the Four Mindfulnesses by the Seventh Dalai Lama - contains all the essentials of sutra and tantra; a basis for meditations on mindfulness of the guru, altruism, deity yoga and emptiness."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1975, 219 pages.
US$12.95 ISBN #0-937938-48-3
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The Good Heart
A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Edited with a Preface by Robert Kiely, Introduction by Dom Laurence Freeman, OSB

     "The Dalai Lama provides an extraordinary Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus, commenting on well-known passages from the four Christian Gospels."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1996.
Clothbound: US$24.00 ISBN #0-86171-114-9
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Paperbound: US$14.95 ISBN #0-86171-138-6
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by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche
Translation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Jampa Gendun
Edited by Ailsa Cameron

     "The evil thought of worldly concerns -- supported by the concept of permanence -- is constantly attacking us, interfering with our practice of Dharma, and preventing the actions of our daily life from becoming pure Dharma. The advice of the great Gelug Lama Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo contained in this book, translated by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and Jampa Gendun, an American monk resident in Australia, is extremely powerful in destroying the concept of permanence and the evil thought of the worldly concerns. 'Reading this teaching is similar to seeing a corpse: it brings your mind back to earth from its usual state of distraction, thoughts scattered like leaves in a gale. Instead of being distracted by hallucinations and wrong conceptions, you are caused to think deeply about your forthcoming death and what will happen to your consciousness at that time, what kind of life your next one will be. Such thoughts lead to the realization that you must practice Dharma continuously from now on. This is the only way to ensure a happy death.' These points have been extracted from Lama Zopa Rinpoche's commentary to the text, I>Heart-Spoon, given in New Zealand, October 1994. Rinpoche received the oral transmission of this teaching from the Venerable Ribur Rinpoche, who received it from Pabongka Rinpoche himself."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1995, 16 pages.
US$5.00 ISBN #0-86171-256-0
Available for on-line purchase from Wisdom Publications.
Wisdom Energy
by Lama Yeshe and Zopa Rinpoche

     Skilled teachings about the major points of the practice of Mahayana Buddhism by the founders of the FPMT. These teachings are a collection of talks given by our lamas during a tour of the United States in 1974. Included are instructions for beginning a buddhist practice up to the three principle aspects of the path.
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1982, 152 pages.
US$8.95 ISBN #0-86171-021-5
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Transforming Problems Into Happiness
by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

     "Commenting on a thirteenth-century Tibetan text of instructions and practical advice for everyday spiritual living, Lama Zopa Rinpoche literally teaches us how to be happy when we are not, by bringing about the changes in attitude that permit us to live a happy and relaxed life in which external circumstances no longer rule us. Rinpoche brings his own special flavor of contemporary relevance to a timeless teaching on Buddhist psychology. This volume of talks will be valuable to everyone, whatever their religious or spiritual background."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1993, 88 pages.
US$10.00 ISBN #0-86171-038-X
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A Daily Meditation Practice
How to Meditate on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment

by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

     "Life is very busy, especially for those living in the West. Many people say, therefore, that it is difficult to find the time during a busy day for a regular meditation practice. In this case, the best solution is to get up earlier each morning. Early rising is a good habit to develop; it follows the example of all the practitioners who have attained the path. And because it is very quiet, early morning is also a good time to meditate. Each of these preliminary practices contains the entire path to enlightenment. If you understand the meaning behind them, they are actually not separate from the entire path to enlightenment."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1997, 21 pages.
US$5.00 ISBN #0-86171-252-8
Avaliable for on-line purchase from Wisdom Publications.
Blossoms of the Dharma:
Living as a Buddhist Nun

Thubten Chodron, editor
With a message by H. H. the Dalai Lama and a foreword by Sylvia Boorstein
     In the first book to reflect the voices of Buddhist nuns from every major tradition, 14 contributors describe their experiences, explain their order's history, and discuss their lives.
     A vibrant monastic tradition has existed since the time of the Buddha, over2,500 years ago. As Buddhism is now one of the fastest growing faiths in America, people see Buddhist nuns in the grocery store, at the airport, in school, and their curiosity is piqued, "Who are these women? Why did they choose this life style? What do they do? Are they happy? What message do they have for society?"
     Blossoms of the Dharma: Living as a Buddhist Nun answers these questions and more. The nuns describe their personal experience, explain the history of the nuns' order and the monastic discipline, and discuss the variety of lifestyles a nun may live. The contributors come from all the major Buddhist traditions and their essays are informative, yet personal, with the personalities and humor of the nuns shining through.
North Atlantic Books, USA, 2000, 204 pages, softbound.
US$14.95 ISBN #1-55643-325-5
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Transforming the Heart: The Budedhist Way to Joy and Courage Transforming the Heart
The Buddhist Way to Joy and Courage

by Geshe Jampa Tegchok
Edited by Ven. Thubten Chodron
     "In the late 1980s, Geshe Jampa Tegchok gave this extraordinary commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas. 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 -- all the essentials are here for transforming our attitudes and developing courage and joy."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1999, 314 pages, softbound.
US$14.95 ISBN #1-55939-099-9
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Open Heart, Clear Mind
by Thubten Chodron

     "This practical introduction to Buddhism focuses on the application of Buddhist psychology to modern life. Thubten Chodron, an American Buddhist nun, presents the basic points of this path for understanding ourselves and improving the quality of our lives."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1990, 216 pages.
US$12.95 ISBN #0-937938-87-4
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Awakening the Mind
Basic Buddhist Meditations

by Gehse Namgyal Wangchen

     "An introduction to the profound meditation methods that for millenia have helped people transcend their deepest problems. Based on the teachings of the great Tibetan saint Tsong Khapa, the techniques explained here by Geshe Wangchen counteract depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and all other forms of mental suffering. These methods for cultivating inner peace and wisdom show us how to awaken our mind to its fullest potential."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1995, 263 pages.
US$14.95 ISBN #0-86171-102-5
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Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up
by B. Alan Wallace

     "This fascinating, highly readable book asks neither unquestioning faith nor blind obedience to abstract concepts or religious beliefs. Rather, it challenges us to question and investigate life's issues for ourselves in the light of an ancient and effective approach to the sufferings and joys of the human condition."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1993, 216 pages.
US$14.00 ISBN #0-86171-075-4
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The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
by Sogyal Rinpoche

     "'What is it I hope from this book? To inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at death and care for the dying, and the whole way we look at life and care for the living.' In this major comprehensive work, Buddhist meditation master and international speaker Sogyal Rinpoche brings together the ancient wisdom of Tibet with modern research on death and dying and the nature of the universe. Rinpoche presents simple yet powerful practices from the heart of the Tibetan tradition that anyone, whatever their religion or background, can do to transform their lives, prepare for death, and help the dying."
Harper Collins, San Francisco, CA, USA, 1992, 425 pages.
US$19.95 ISBN #0-06-250793-1
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How to Meditate
by Kathleen MacDonald

     This introductory text includes rich material for developing a meditation practice. It includes all the major forms of meditation and clear, concise instructions for developing and practicing all of them.
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA,1984, 221 pages.
US$9.95 ISBN #0-86171-009-6
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Pearl of Wisdom
Buddhist Prayers and Practices -- Book I and Book II

Compiled and translated by Ven. Thubten Chodron.

     "Book I is a compilation of prayers and practices that are commonly taught to people beginning to study and practise Buddhism of the Tibetan tradition.
     Book II is for people who have already begun the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. In it are contained prayers and practices commonly taught and practiced in centers of the FPMT. By repeatedly training in the practices included in these books under the guidance of a qualified teacher, we gradually learn to do the practices well, thereby transforming our mind and improving the quality of our daily life." We at Osel Shen Phen Ling say, "Indispensible!"
Available from Dharma Friendship Foundation, P.O. Box 30011, Seattle, WA, 98103 USA, 73 pages each.
US$5.00 each ISBN #981-00-0558-X and #981-00-0559-8
Reincarnation - The Boy Lama
by Vicki Mackenzie

     "Reincarnation tells the remarkable story of a small child destined to become one of the most important and unusual spiritual leaders of our time. Osel Hita Torres, the son of humble Spanish parents, became the focus of world attention when at the age of 14 months, he was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe, a prominent Tibetan lama who died in California in March 1984. This story tells of Lama Yeshe's life, death and rebirth as the little Lama Osel, while explaining the controversial phenomenon of reincarnation in a clear, engaging and practical way."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1988, 1996, 177 pages.
US$16.95 ISBN #0-86171-108-4
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