Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

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Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby Knotty Veneer » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:02 am

A friend has writen to me asking me to recommend a good general introduction to Tibetan Buddhist practice particularly in the Kagyu tradition.

I've read a lot of stuff but can't think of anything that might fit bit the bill. This is someone who is not a Buddhist (although they have done a mindfulness course).

Anyone like to help me out with some suggestion?
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby KonchokZoepa » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:08 am

i would recommend Lama Zopa Rinpoche's '' how to practice Dharma - teaching on the eight worldly dharmas '' this is not a kagyu book as you know but i think it is a very important and one of a kind work on buddhist psychology and the core of buddhist mind training practice, even though its not lojong.

i would cover this buddhist psychology and mind training aspect of mahayana before introducing vajrayana.

the other book would maybe be sun of wisdom by khenpo tsultrim gyamtso. some middle way text.
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby smcj » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:28 am

It's not a practice book, but as a general introduction I'd recommend Dr. Reginald Rays' "Indestructible Truth" and "Secret of the Vajra World". He wrote them as a college level text for and introductory course in Tibetan Buddhism. Dr. Ray was the senior meditation instructor for Trungpa's organization so they don't read like a college text. They read like they were written by a practitioner. There is absolutely no Trungpa 'spin' on the Dharma at all though. He gets everything right, and is a good writer as well.

Once you've got a good general ed type knowledge then you can get specific instructions on beginner's practice. Or you can cut to the chase and sign up with Dzogchen Community, if you're so disposed. I'm not, but that's just me.
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby justsit » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:00 pm

Perhaps The Essence of Buddhism, by Traleg Rinpoche
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby palchi » Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:38 pm

Mingyur Rinpoche's book 'The joy of living' is very good for beginners.
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby bryandavis » Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:05 pm

Greetings,

I would say if your friend wants an outline of what the Kagyu system is about then "wild awakening" by Dzogchen Ponlop is very good. Half the book is The mahamudra aproach especially in Karma Kagyu then the other Half is the Dzogchen approach. Then It would be a very good idea for them to read the forward and ending discussion of the translation "rain of wisdom" by the Nalanda Translation Committee and Trungpa.

This will cover both the technical steps and basic overview of the Kagyu schools in general, by reading Ponlop Rinpoches outline, and by reading the Rain of Wisdom forward / end section it will cover a lot of important specifics of devotion and the kagyu view on that.

thats my three cents.

all the best

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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby practitioner » Sun Nov 03, 2013 5:23 pm

I second the recommendation of The Joy of Living
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby philji » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:13 pm

Following on from Joy of Living is Joyful Wisdom by Mingyur Rinpoche...
As mentioned earlier Ponlop Rinpoche is always worth reading as is Tai Situ Rinpoche.
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby dzogchungpa » Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:17 pm

I think Reginald Ray's 2 books would fit the bill nicely.
ཨོཾ་མ་ཧཱ་ཤུནྱ་ཏཱ་ཛྙཱ་ན་བཛྲ་སྭཱ་བྷཱ་བ་ཨཱཏྨ་ཀོ་྅ཧཾ༔

The thousands of lines of the Prajnaparamita can be summed up in the following two sentences:
1) One should become a Bodhisattva (or, Buddha-to-be), i.e. one who is content with nothing less than all-knowledge attained through the perfection of wisdom for the sake of all beings.
2) There is no such thing as a Bodhisattva, or as all-knowledge, or as a ‘being’, or as the perfection of wisdom, or as an attainment.
To accept both these contradictory facts is to be perfect.
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby Karma Jinpa » Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:20 pm

Many of the books I would've suggested have already been mentioned. The only ones I would add are Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's Dharma Paths and Kyabjé Bokar Rinpoche's Meditation: Advice to Beginners.

Really anything written by Bokar Rinpoche is taught in such a way that it's accessible to everyone from the total beginner to the most seasoned practitioner.

Many of his works are out of print, but can be found online in places like Scribd: http://www.scribd.com/doc/133140786/Bokar-Rinpoche-Meditation-Advice-to-Beginners
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, it happens that a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

དྲིན་ཆེན་རྗེ་བཙུན་བླ་མ་རཱ་ག་ཨ་སྱ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby dharmagoat » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:22 am

I found Gampopa's "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" to be a good introductory text for those wanting to acquaint themselves with the foundations of Kagyu practice without the introductory preamble.
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby Punya » Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:01 am

dharmagoat wrote:I found Gampopa's "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" to be a good introductory text for those wanting to acquaint themselves with the foundations of Kagyu practice without the introductory preamble.


There is a great commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche. :twothumbsup:
Unless the inner forces of negative emotions are conquered
Strife with outer enemies will never end.
~Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby ylee111 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:19 pm

What's a good book on the practices of the Drukpa lineage?
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:58 pm

dharmagoat wrote:I found Gampopa's "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" to be a good introductory text for those wanting to acquaint themselves with the foundations of Kagyu practice without the introductory preamble.
This one here. The bible of Kagyu practice.
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: Introductory Book on Tibetan Buddhism - especially Kagyu

Postby futerko » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:09 pm

Sherab Dorje wrote:
dharmagoat wrote:I found Gampopa's "Jewel Ornament of Liberation" to be a good introductory text for those wanting to acquaint themselves with the foundations of Kagyu practice without the introductory preamble.
This one here. The bible of Kagyu practice.

http://www.amnyitrulchung.org/teachings ... mplete.pdf
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