By Bruce Newman
It is a ground-level, practice-oriented presentation of Tibetan Buddhism—personal and extremely obtainable. The ebook starts off with the awakening of scholars' curiosity in spirituality and the preliminary come upon with Tibetan Buddhism, then leads us via all of the steps worthy for winning perform within the West. integrated is succinct tips on discovering a suitable instructor, receiving empowerments, turning into energetic in a middle, and launching and maintaining a Vajrayana perform. distinctive emphasis is put on the capability pitfalls, and the tremendous advantages, of the guru-disciple relationship.
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Extra info for A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioner's Journey
Does your lama have centers in America? If he does, I would strongly recommend moving to a city where one exists. No matter what hardship is involved, your relationship with your teacher is the most important relationship of your life. I lived in Kathmandu for many years, and how ever romantic that sounds, I hated it. I had asthma several months a year when I've had it nowhere else. I've lived with levels of noise, pollution, and filth unimaginable in America. If I could do that, you can move to Boulder or Austin or wherever your teacher spends a lot of time.
Answers to many questions and high teachings may come only from the high lama; many of the basics can very easily be dealt with by people like myself. Centers will have a regular program of rituals. This program will fol low the Tibetan lunar calendar (it’s worth picking one up) and are usually tsogs (Tibetan) or pujas (Sanskrit), rituals centered around offering and sharing food.
More and more tulkus from all four traditions are being recognized in the West. I both pray and antici pate that they will have a profound effect on our culture. Although I’m quite unable to judge the realization of others, tulku or not, I’ve been quite impressed with the tulkus I’ve met, whether young or old, whether traditionally or more contemporarily trained. It seems like a wonderful system and an excellent way to insure the continuation of the teachings since these children are able to begin their training at such a young age and without becoming too corrupted by modern culture.
A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioner's Journey by Bruce Newman