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Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 1 Sutra

Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 1 Sutra [Kindle Edition]

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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Introduction and Encouragement

This eBook Modern Buddhism – The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, in three volumes, is being distributed freely at the request of the author Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (the Kindle Store sets the minimum price at 99 cents and also additional taxes are added in many countries). The author says: “Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time.” So that these benefits can pervade the whole world, Geshe Kelsang wishes to give this eBook freely to everyone.

We would like to request you to please respect this precious Dharma book, which functions to free living beings from suffering permanently. If you continually read and practice the advice in this book, eventually your problems caused by anger, attachment and ignorance will cease.

Volume 1 Sutra explains how to practise basic Buddhist compassion and wisdom in daily life. Covering topics such as What is Buddhism?, Buddhist Faith, The Preciousness of our Human Life, What does our Death Mean?, What is Karma?, The Four Noble Truths & Training in Love and Compassion, this volume shows how we can transform our lives, improve our relationships with others and look behind appearances to see the way things really are.

Please enjoy this special gift from Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who dedicates: “May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life.”

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was ordained as a Buddhist monk in Tibet at the age of eight. He is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that reveal the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment, including Buddha’s Sutra and Tantra teachings. He has also founded over 1,100 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups around the world.

Library Journal Review

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso “is a prolific and respected author,” according to Library Journal, and in Modern Buddhism, “he again presents the thought of the Buddha in an especially accessible manner.” Library Journal calls Gyatso’s 21st book “elegantly stated” and “a delight.”

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  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications (16 April 2011)
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  • Language: English
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1100 Kadampa Buddhist Centres and groups throughout the world.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Practical and Encouraging 6 July 2011
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This is taken from my review of the paper edition of this book. In the electronic format the book is split into 3 ebooks, volumes 1, 2 and 3, so I have split my review into those 3 parts where possible and placed the relevant comments against vol 2 and 3.

For me, this is a beautiful amazing book distilling all of the experience, teachings and advice of this unique and gifted teacher of Buddhism, now its also available on my iPhone, kindle etc, it really is a book for the 21st Century reader!

The author was born in 1930's Tibet to a poor rural family, raised and studying from the age of 8 in the hundreds of years old monasteries, and following their strict and ancient traditions, study programs and exams. During that time he met his main teacher Trijang Rinpoche, one of the most senior and highly regarded teachers of Buddhism in old Tibet. From this master Geshe Kelsang received a wealth of personal instruction and advice which had been passed down from generations of Buddhist masters dating back to Buddha himself.

After completing his formal training, and successfully passing the monastic exams, he followed his teachers into exile, and settled near Buxar Mussorie in India. There, finding solitude high up in the Himalayan mountains, between the 1950's and 70's he spent over 20 years engaged in solitary retreats with the purpose of fully understanding and internalising all that he had been taught. Contemplating this short biography its easy to understand that the tradition and qualifications embodied by the author are extraordinary.

In 1977 he was requested by his main teacher, Trijang Rinpoche, to go to England and see if there was any benefit in teaching Buddhism there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and practical 15 July 2011
By Graeme
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This book contains a lot. I don't mean it's a 'tome' or laboured, or wordy, quite the opposite. But each sentence is a carefully crafted meditation in itself meaning that it contains a huge amount of meaning, all of which is presented in a way that is offered to the reader for contemplative exploration rather than information. The style is confident and direct and the fact that the presentation flows so cohesively could lead you to believe the author is expecting you to just take on board everything that is being said quite easily. I think the real thinking behind this presentation is that the author is trusting the reader to have a practical approach to the text, taking points which are found to be useful, putting others to one side for later consideration. Perhaps the most helpful view is to see this book as one big guided meditation, in which each point needs careful digestion but in which the overall structure allows a person to take useful bits as they're found and to knit them together as they go along. The whole of the Buddhist path as presented in the author's tradition is covered here. Non academic but scholarly, precise, practical, heartfelt and with an amazing structure, I really do love this book!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient wisdom, Modern guide 6 July 2011
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This is a very beautiful and practical book explaining how we can learn to be happy all the time. In three volumes, it explains the whole Buddhist path to enlightenment. Geshe Kelsang begins by explaining why we need to practise Buddha's teachings - although we want to be happy all the time, we don't know how to do this and we are continually destroying our happiness by developing negative states of mind ('delusions') such as anger, attachment and ignorance. He goes on to show how happiness comes from inner peace, and how a peaceful mind can only be achieved by controlling and finally eliminating our delusions by practising Buddha's teachings on developing wisdom and compassion.

It's very kind of Geshe Kelsang to allow this book to be made available free of charge considering the wealth of wisdom that is contained within it - read it, practise it, and watch your problems vanish.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not excellent 10 Jun 2012
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Firstly the positives : The book is extremely well written and readable. The early sections of the book represent a very good introduction to the fundamentals of Buddhism and its purpose. There are some real gems of insight which do encourage the reader to re-think their cultural baggage and in-built perceptions. Finally, it is of course a wonderful gesture for the author to make this work available for free as part of the mission to spread the ideals of Buddhism.

And yet!

Secondly the negatives : Unlike previous reviewers, I found sections of the book tedious to read and very repetitious. My biggest criticism however is that some sweeping statements of generalisation, never proven but stated as given, underpin much of the philosophy of the second part of the book. Never having been convinced of the premises on which those aspects of the philosophy are built, not surprisingly I found it hard to take on board those philosophical conclusions themselves.

In summary, well worth a read but not without shortcomings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 28 Mar 2012
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This book is such a clear presentation of Buddha's teachings and effectively reads like a handbook to Enlightenment. By reading it carefully and slowly digesting its profound wisdom we can transform our mind from one riddled with delusions, or mental bad habits, into that of a Buddha - hence the title of my review: amazing!
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Published 4 months ago by Lynchakra
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. So beautifully simplified
This is only my second book on Buddhism and I was quite impressed by how simply and clearly the author has put the very complex points across. Enlightening and soul touching.
Published 4 months ago by Dash
5.0 out of 5 stars So clearly explained, of how to progress along a spiritual path.
This book is just a Gem. He leaves nothing out, easy to read and understand. He encouragement to practice is contagious.
Published 4 months ago by jackie Leicestershire
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This is a very informative book and easy to read. A great insight to what appears to be a calming state of mind
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4.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking
Not the religious type but knew a guy who was really into buddhism and I was impressed with his outlook on life so I thought I would have a read. Read more
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