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The Book of Kadam: The Core Texts (Library of Tibetan Classics)
The Book of Kadam: The Core Texts (Library of Tibetan Classics)
by Thupten Jinpa
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £40.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Major work in the development of Tibetan Buddhist thought, 10 Jun. 2016
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Very significant collection of dialogues explaining Buddhism to Tibetans, written about 1000 years ago.
Became a school of Buddhism which was so successful, it was absorbed by all the others, so that the Kadam tradition virtually disappeared in its own right. This book is a revered text by many Tibetans. It contains the General Teachings of the Indian master Ati'she .This book doesn't contain the Lam Rim, or stages of the Path texts. The "Training the Mind" (Lojong) teachings form a companion volume to this one. While this book was instrumental in Tsong Ka Pa's thinking which created the Yellow Hat, Gelugpa Reform in the 1400s. These teachings ought not to be confused with the modern New Kadampa movement. It is a modern Gelugpa movement. In this book we have the genuine and original teachings, which resemble the Dialogues of Plato, within an Indian context and are just as important for Buddhism. It is a well translated and produced book.


The Burning Ground
The Burning Ground
Price: £3.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Reunion with an old friend, 18 May 2016
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This book is a detailed personalised account of the training school and methods of the late Dr Douglas Baker. Taken from the writers own experience. I first read this book a few years ago and decided to repurchase it again


The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion
Price: £11.27

3.0 out of 5 stars Detailed study, written from a position hostile to an ..., 10 May 2016
Detailed study, written from a position hostile to an Islamic point of view, which tends to favour American liberal values. A book for those interested in the subject, not perhaps for everyone.


The Lankavatara Sutra
The Lankavatara Sutra
by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Full text edition, 3 April 2016
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This review is from: The Lankavatara Sutra (Hardcover)
Indian Reprint of a classic work, which is important in the relationship between Indian Mahayana and the Zen Buddhism of Bodhidharma. By the 20th Century Master Dr. DT Suzuki


Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices
Stepping into Freedom: Rules of Monastic Practice for Novices
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Zen Manual, 22 Feb. 2016
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Excellent book on Zen monk training


Luminous Heart: The Third Karmapa on Consciousness, Wisdom, and Buddha Nature (Nitartha Institute)
Luminous Heart: The Third Karmapa on Consciousness, Wisdom, and Buddha Nature (Nitartha Institute)
by Karl Brunnholzl
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good book on the inner meaning of Yagacara in the Kagu tradition., 30 Jan. 2016
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Another in the excellent series by Karl Brunnholzl. This time it's a detailed explanation of the Yogacara and Madhyamika ideas within the Kagu lineage as understood by the Third Karmampa.

Quite a technical book, not really for beginners in Tibetan Buddhism, but still excellent.

Big well done to Speaking Tree for a lightening fast delivery.


The Book of Wisdom: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Commentaries on Atisha's Seven Points of Mind Training
The Book of Wisdom: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Commentaries on Atisha's Seven Points of Mind Training
by Osho
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.56

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights into Atisha - with brilliant vintage Osho as well., 30 Jan. 2016
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I have both the Audible download of this book, and the paper copy. I give the book four stars instead of five, because the book has been down sized with some material ommitted which we find on the downloaded version alone. That said the subject is the Lojong or points of mind training, from the 10th century Indian Master Atisha, who helped create the second wave of the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet. As is typical of Osho the discourse is wide ranging. It is only with reflection you realise that in fact Osho spends a lot of time exploring our understanding of the Mind, and isn't as 'off the target' as he may seem on first hearing.

The book is a help, as Osho has a unique verbal delivery, so it's good to refer to a printed copy at times. I wish the book had been typeset with a slightly larger font. This is also true of other Osho publications, not just this one.


Zen Keys: Guide to Zen Practice
Zen Keys: Guide to Zen Practice
by Thich Nhat Hanh
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent down to earth book on Zen., 30 Jan. 2016
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This book is about Zen practice. It covers a wide range, from novice practice through tea, Buddhist philosophy, to Ko-ans. This book is unusual. Thich Nhat Hanh, is both a practitioner and a Zen Master. So every word he writes is crafted from experience. It makes the book both special and valuable. The book helps us see the Zen Buddhist experience as a woven tapestry.

Another interesting point is that Vietnamese Zen exists separately from the more common Japanese Zen. They both owe a common origin to Chinese Ch'an. This means that Thich Nhat Hanh avoids the sectarian divisions between Soto and Rinzai schools, happily referring to both in the course of the book. To me this is refreshing. Also the ideas of the Madhyamika School of Nagarjuna. 'The eight negations of Nagarjuna,' are simply explained within the context of the Zen. Here wider Buddhist philosophy often associated with Indian and Tibetan Buddhism, is shown to have a place within Zen too. Finally the selection of koans comes from a Vietnamese source, which is unusual for those more used to the traditional collections. A useful little gem of a book.


The Sikhs
The Sikhs
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction, 30 Jan. 2016
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This review is from: The Sikhs (Kindle Edition)
Very useful general introduction to the subject.


Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)
Meditations (Dover Thrift Editions)
Price: £2.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Reads surprisingly like modern humanism, 6 Jan. 2016
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Interesting stuff from Graeco-Roman Paganism. 2nd Century AD. Reads surprisingly like modern humanism. Was linked with the Audible version, but has slight differences in the translation.


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