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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications; 1 edition (28 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906665087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906665081
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.2 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice. --Booklist

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a highly respected meditation master and scholar of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. --Spirituality & Health

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso has proven to be a popular and accessible authority. --Library Journal

About the Author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. he is the author of 22 highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world.


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Format: Hardcover
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!

Maybe I shouldn't say this here, but the author is also offering this book as a free e-book download too. Do a Google search :)
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First some background: without possessing no previous knowledge of the authors works, and having 13 years of practise experience in mainly Nyingma & Geluk Traditions of tibetan buddhism, after reading this book i can say the following:
I found it rather funny that some reviewers seem to concentrate on the personality of the author or the organisation he has been actively promoting. It may very possibly also be that many of the things in this book were written in other titles of the author. While all these may or may not be true, i try to evaluate this book simply by its own merit, giving no positive or negative weight to the author or organisation behind.
So, my question is simply : does this book offer what it promises, i.e. offer to the people in the western world a complete package of the buddhist path from the beginning (ignorance) to the end (enlightment), without a need to entering years long preliminary practises (ngondro) with hundreds of thousands of repetitions of certain practises or a need to meditating in a cave.

After reading the book, my answer is without a doubt: YES !
Actually i am amazed by the magnificient achievement, that the book really delivers all what it promises in one simple package!

What i am especially impressed is that the book is
1) very crearly written. Always focusing to the point, without much beating around the bush
2) very well balanced: the sutra part was very clear. The generation stage of tantra was extremely finely written, and pointed clearly why there is a need for visualization practises. And then, reading the completion stage of tantra was sheer bliss!

Enjoyable reading experience!
If you read this book with open mind
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By J on 9 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a distillation of his previous works. It is available for free download, but I prefer a book in my hand!
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Charles Miller I know your thread is old but I'm kinda with you on your initial one star review. There's Buddhism in this book somewhere but it's so wrapped in wordy repetitive nonsense. Maybe it's a language thing. Gyatso takes a relatively simple concept and makes it sound really confusing by using poor analogies and almost creating his own language. If there's no direct English translation for a particular word or phrase then I don't think fashioning a translation through misuse of common English words is the way to go. It leaves the reader confused. Use English words in the way they are commonly used and explain around the subject. A lot of the NKT stuff seems to over-complicate Buddhism, as if to make the religion appear more mysterious and traditional. Some of it seems to be for the sole purpose of appealing to western hippies seeking a mystical. spiritual experience.

It's a free book so you can't knock it too harshly. Anyone exploring Buddhism for the first time can get a decent feel for it's philosophy and practises through this book, although some of it is to be taken with a pinch of salt. Don't worry if some of it seems hard or confusing, that's how the rest of us feel after reading this book. There are better books on Buddhism and in a lot of way's there's nothing modern about it. Instead of engaging modern readers with fresh explanations of traditional Buddhism and how it can be applied in the modern world you get talked around a subject in a way that makes no sense. I was continually going "oh so you mean ...... when you say ........" it's just semantics but religion is all about the semantics. The Bible even starts with a semantic debate. Take the concept of Emptiness. Explained in English using the term 'empty' makes a simple concept very nihilistic.
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Format: Hardcover
Although Im not a member of any Buddhist group,I enjoy reading about the various schools of Buddhism,and I do find that the books of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso are extremely well written in a way that westerners can understand. Ive read and enjoyed many of his books and this new one wasnt a disappointment...Plenty of information,well written and clearly explained (although I still cant quite understand the concept of Emptiness,which is covered extensively here).As often with the Kadampa teachings it also has a lot to say about becomming more compassionate and generating loving-kindness....something that the world really needs in this day and age.
Having bought the hardback edition,Id recommend it as a beautiful book,with line drawings of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, and the written content gives a well rounded view of Buddhism. Parts of it might be difficult for those totally new to Buddhism, in which case id recommend Geshes Kelsang Gyatso's book An introduction to Buddhism.
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