Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism The Expanded Edition Of The Classic Reference, One Of Snow Lion S Top Ten Bestsellers Thorough Coverage Of Tibetan Buddhism From Its Indian Origins To The Present Day Includes New Information On The Four Schools Of Tibetan Buddhism, Religious Practices And Festivals, And The Current Political Situation

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[Ebook] ➥ Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism By John Powers –
  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism
  • John Powers
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 9781559392822

10 thoughts on “Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

  1. says:

    Ommmm, I want to immerse myself in the robed peace of the Tibetan monks Here s a paraphrased excerpt from the Introduction of this book A lotus is born in the muck and mud at the bottom of a swamp, but when it emerges on the surface of the water and opens its petals, a beautiful flower appears, unstained by the mud from which it arose Similarly, genuine compassion arises from the muck of the ordinary world, which is characterized by fighting, hatred, distrust, anxiety, and other negative emotions These emotions tend to cause people to become self centered and lead to suffering and negative thoughts and actions But just as the world is the locus of negative emotions, it is also the place in which we can become buddhas, enlightened beings who have awakened from the sleep of ignorance and who perceive reality as it is, with absolute clarity and with profound compassion for suffering living beings.Just as the lotus arises from the mud of the swamp, buddhas were formerly human beings, immersed in the negative thoughts and actions in which all ordinary beings engage strife, wars, petty jealousies, and hatreds Through meditative training, however, buddhas transcend such things, and, like the lotus, they rise above their murky origins and are unsullied by the mud and mire below Like the lotus, there are still roots that connect with the mud at the bottom, for buddhas continue to act in the world for the benefit of others.

  2. says:

    John Powers s Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism meets a genuine need in providing nonspecialist students of religion or Asian studies with an overview of this distinctive form of Buddhist belief and practice In clear and readable language, the book mostly achieves its stated goal of being a systematic and wonderfully clear presentation of Tibetan Buddhist views and practices Powers begins with a survey of Buddhist history and doctrine, with a focus on Mah y na philosophy This whole opening section of the book is very useful, allowing as it does a reader new to Buddhism to pick up the work and be introduced to the tradition as a whole before moving on to consider its Tibetan manifestation What follows is a brief but informative survey of Tibetan history and a look at some of the holy days, ceremonies, and architectural settings of Tibetan Buddhist practice.Part Three is, it seems to me, the heart of the book, as it engages the distinctive teachings and practices of Tibetan Buddhism, both in the context of wider Mah y na and in contradistinction to it Powers admirably clarifies the Tibetan understanding of the place of tantra in Buddhism and provides a very easily understood description of the major forms of tantric practice Chapter 10, Death and Dying in Tibetan Buddhism, is admirable for the vividness with which it portrays the Tibetan Buddhist understanding of death in its metaphysical, ontological, and soteriological aspects.Part Four turns to the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism Here I think the book gets a bit bogged down in a surfeit of detail Brevity is not one of this section s virtues indeed, the author occasionally seems to repeat himself from chapter to chapter, restating conceptions or doctrines already associated with one of the previously discussed schools.This Introduction is highly recommended to undergraduates in Religious Studies or Asian Studies, to general readers with an interest in Asian religions, or to academics needing a primer on Tibetan Buddhism.

  3. says:

    Un excelente libro para aprender sobre historia y cultura Tibetana, la historia enfocada a eventos religiosos obviamente Lamentablemente el tema del budismo se ve de una forma muy superficial, enfoc ndose en la tradici n tibetana sobre la filosof a en si,En vez de citar sutras o analizar el darma, como hacen la mayor a de los libros budistas, John Powers analiza en forma objetiva los rituales y costumbres de las 4 principales escuelas budistas en Tibet, incluyendo una secci n completa sobre el B n, una religi n shamanista con gran influencia del Budismo.Adem s, se introduce al concepto budista mediante la explicaci n del avance hist rico y geogr fico de la filosof a desde India, hasta llegar al Tibet, y la posterior influencia sobre el imperio Mongol y Chino.Este libro seguramente ser apreciado por los amantes de la historia y filosof a por igual.

  4. says:

    I loved this book, but I am partial to Tibetan Buddhism.DO NOT read this if you want an intro to Buddhism.This is a scholastic introduction and in particular, to Tibetan.Tibetan Buddhism comes with tons of myths and cultural baggage.But I still love it Not sure why.The Dalai Lama is my favorite Buddhist author.

  5. says:

    A decent introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and it s main schools However, Powers is not a historian, but a researcher on meditation all which he admits upfront Thus, the history sections are a bit lacking and the descriptions of meditation are much too thorough unless you are a tibetologist.

  6. says:

    I bumped into a Japanese woman at a Tibetan Buddhist community center several years ago who asked me to housesit for her for three weeks In addition to mentioning that Tibetan Buddhism is a highly scholastic spiritual path, she told me to read anything I wanted to out of her library and highly recommended this book This text discusses the origin and history of the four major lineages or schools of this particular spiritual path.

  7. says:

    I thought this 400 page tome would be a total snooze, but it was extremely fascinating Everything from butter sculptures, to bas ass buddhas like Padmasambhava, it s all here and There s even a chapter on B n I was especially happy to read the descriptions of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism Guleg, Sakya, Nyigma and Kagyu because I d always puzzled about what the differences between them might be HIghly recommended for anyone with an interest in this topic.

  8. says:

    A fascinating and informative book that provides background for the history, culture and varieties of Tibetan Buddhism I d recommend for readers who already have general, practical knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist teachings, otherwise some parts of this book might lack context.

  9. says:

    A very nice introduction to Tibetan Buddhism This would be great for an undergraduate course or for anyone who is interested in the religion It is nicely written with solid research and an excellent bibliography, but yet also very easy to read.

  10. says:

    An amazing look into the history of Buddhism, followed by an indepth look at the Tibetan Buddhist schools Invaluable for a beginning practitioner, or anyone who would like to know about Tibetan Buddhist history, culture, and ritual.

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