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Path of Heroes 2 vols: birth of Enlightenment

by Zhechen Gyaltsab

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Awakening to the nature of existence means quite simply that now is the time to act. Now is the time to conceive the inconceivable: it is possible to become a Buddha. Acting on this realization involves taking the path of self-mastery, the way of the Bodhisattva, learning to give all gain and profit to others and take all troubles and difficulties upon yourself. In this way we sow the seeds for a genuine willingness to exchange our well-being and happiness for the suffering of others, confident that in so doing we prepare the way for the realization of universal enlightenment.

This powerful introduction to the heart of Buddhist practice presents the Tong Len (unconditioned giving and taking on the suffering of others) system of developing bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment. Focusing on compassion and applying it to all activities, this rigorous yet joyous training is central to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Today it offers readers seeking relief from the frustrations of modern life a systematic way to attain inner peace and bring to others the benefits of generousity and happiness.

PATH OF HEROES is a commentary by the nineteenth-century Tibetan master Zhechen Gyaltsab on the Seven Essentials of Self-Mastery, a famous text by the twelfth-century Kadampa master Chekhawa Yeshe Dorje. Commentaries by Tarthang Tulku on each of Zhechen's thirty-four chapters bring these ancient teachings into modern life, illuminating the timeless blessings of the Bodhisattva path.

Content
Publisher's Preface
Preface
Introduction
homage

Lineage of Compassion
Meditation Overview: Preparation
The Seven Essentials

VOLUME I

FIRST ESSENTIAL PREPARATION, THE FOUNDATION OF PRACTICE

SECTION ONE: The Spiritual Teacher

The Spiritual Teacher
Traits of the Spiritual Teacher
Practicing Guru Yoga

SECTION TWO: Awakening the Heart

Awakening to Freedom and Good Fortune
Awakening to Impermanence
Awakening to the Significance of Karma
Awakening to Suffering of Samsara
Awakening to Suffering of the Lower Realms
Awakening to Suffering of the Higher Realms

SECTION THREE: Escaping the Net

The Importance of Taking Refuge
Breaking through Addictive Patternings
Appreciating the Beauty of Solitude
Generating Courageous Effort
Choosing Selfless Love
Notes to Volume One

VOLUME II

SECOND ESSENTIAL MASTERING THE TWO ASPECTS OF ENLIGHTENED MIND

Overview: Enlightened Mind

SECTION ONE: Ultimate Enlightened Mind

Preparation: Penetrating Dualism
Practice: Unity of Tranquility and Awakened Awareness
After Meditation: Play of Illusion

SECTION TWO: Relative Enlightened Mind

Exchanging Self for Others
Preparation: Cultivating Love and Compassion
Practice: The Actual Exchange of Self for Others
After Meditation: Transforming the Emotions

THIRD ESSENTIAL - TRANSFORMING ADVERSITY INTO THE PATH OF ENLIGHTENMENT

Meditative Action
Motivated Concentration on Relative Enlightened Mind
Dealing with Demonic Forces
Motivated Concentration on ultimate Enlightened Mind
Application: Accumulation and Purification

FOURTH ESSENTIAL: MAKING SELF-MASTERY YOUR WAY OF LIFE

Overview: Practice as a Way of Life
Instructions for the Time of Death

FIFTH ESSENTIAL: MEASURING YOUR PROGRESS IN SELF-MASTERY

Instructions on Evaluating Your Practice

SIXTH ESSENTIAL: THE COMMITMENTS OF SELF-MASTERY
Instructions on Keeping your Commitments

SEVENTH ESSENTIAL: INSTRUCTIONS FOR SELF-MASTERY

Guidelines for Developing Self-Mastery

notes to Volume II

TIBETAN REFERENCES
Tibetan Text List
Tibetan Text Outline
Blo sByong Don Bdun Ma

FOUR MONTH PROGRAM

Topic One: The Prerequisites
Topic Two: Turning the Mind Toward the Dharma
Topic Three: Developing Bodhicitta
Topic Four: Exchanging Self and Others
Topic Five: Transforming Emotionality
Topic Six: Transforming Adversity
Topic Seven: Accumulation and Purification
Topic Eight: Self-Mastery

Appendices
Bibliography
index of Texts Cited
Glossary/Index

Path of Heroes 2 vols: birth of Enlightenment

ISBN / Product Code: 9780898002744

Format: Hardback

Availability: In stock

Price: $A 106.00


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