By Jeffrey Ourvan
Nearly 4 million americans declare to be Buddhist. furthermore, millions of american citizens of assorted faiths examine Buddhism, have an interest in its philosophical tenets, or fashionably view themselves as Buddhists. They’re a part of what’s been defined because the fastest-growing spiritual flow in the US: a wide crew of individuals disappointed with conventional non secular choices and thirsty for an method of spirituality grounded in common sense and in step with medical wisdom. The megastar Spangled Buddhist is a provocative examine those American Buddhists via their 3 biggest pursuits within the usa: the Soka Gakkai overseas, Tibetan/Vajrayana Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism.
The perform of every of those American colleges, not like most standard Asian Buddhist sects, is grounded within the suggestion that each one individuals are in a position to achieving enlightenment in “this lifetime.” however the changes also are profound: the spectrum of philosophical expression between those American Buddhist colleges is as various as that saw among Reformed, Orthodox, and Hasidic Judaism.
The megastar Spangled Buddhist isn’t written from the point of view of a monk or educational yet fairly from the view of writer Jeff Ourvan, a lifelong-practicing lay Buddhist. As Ourvan explores the yankee Buddhist stream via its most well liked faculties, he arrives at a clearer knowing for himself and the reader approximately what it ability to be—and how one may possibly decide to be—a Buddhist in the US.
By Etienne Lamotte
It truly is unanimously agreed that Professor Etienne Lamotte's
mastery of Buddhist Scriptures is displayed on each web page of his
impressive Histoire du Bouddhisme Indien. for this reason, it isn't surprising
that once this epoch-making booklet used to be released, it
quickly turned so well-known and popular that introducing such a
masterpiece appears unnecessary.
By Trulshik Ade Rinpoche; Erik Pema Kunsang; Marcia Binder Schmidt
Freedom in Bondage deals a portrait of the existence and philosophy of 1 of the 20th century’s most valuable meditation masters—his early education in non secular practices, his flight and catch, interrogation and sentencing, and the years in criminal. His voice is calm and nonjudgmental, uplifting the reader together with his compassion for his captors. The name captures the author’s internal liberation in a dire scenario.
By Alexander Studholme
Om Manipadme Hum, might be the main recognized and most generally used of all Buddhist mantras, lies on the center of the Tibetan approach and is loved by way of either laymen and lama alike. This ebook provides a brand new interpretation of the that means of Om Manipadme Hum, and incorporates a special, annotated summary of Karandavyuha Sutra, starting up this significant paintings to a much broader viewers. The earliest textual resource is the Karandavyuha Sutra, which describes either the compassion of Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva complete strength the chant invokes, and the legendary story of the hunt and discovery of the chant. via an in depth research of this sutra, Studholme explores the old and doctrinal forces in the back of the looks of Om Manipadme Hum in India at round the heart of the 1st millennium c.e. He argues that the Karandavyuha Sutra has shut affinities to non-Buddhist puranic literature, and that the belief of Avalokitesvara and his six-syllable mantra is inspired by means of the belief of the Hindu deity Siva and his five-syllable mantra Namah Sivaya. The Karandavyuha Sutra displays old state of affairs during which the Buddhist monastic institution was once getting into touch with Buddhist tantric practitioners, themselves stimulated by means of Saivite practitioners.
By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
The Tibetan publication of the Dead is the main recognized Buddhist textual content within the West, having offered greater than 1000000 copies because it was once first released in English in 1927. Carl Jung wrote a statement on it, Timothy Leary redesigned it as a guidebook for an acid journey, and the Beatles quoted Leary's model of their music "Tomorrow by no means Knows." extra lately, the publication has been followed by means of the hospice stream, enshrined by means of Penguin Classics, and made into an audiobook learn by means of Richard Gere. but, as acclaimed author and pupil of Buddhism Donald Lopez writes, "The Tibetan publication of the Dead is not Tibetan, it's not particularly a booklet, and it's not rather approximately death." during this compelling advent and brief historical past, Lopez tells the unusual tale of ways a comparatively imprecise and malleable selection of Buddhist texts of doubtful beginning got here to be so revered--and so misunderstood--in the West.
The crucial personality during this tale is Walter Evans-Wentz (1878-1965), an eccentric pupil and religious seeker from Trenton, New Jersey, who, regardless of no longer figuring out the Tibetan language and not traveling the rustic, crafted and named The Tibetan publication of the Dead. in truth, Lopez argues, Evans-Wentz's e-book is way extra American than Tibetan, owing a better debt to Theosophy and Madame Blavatsky than to the lamas of the Land of Snows. certainly, Lopez means that the book's perennial charm stems not just from its origins in magical and mysterious Tibet, but additionally from the best way Evans-Wentz translated the textual content into the language of a really American spirituality.
By Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama offers easy suggestion at the significance of compassion and forgiveness.
By Patrul Rinpoche
A favourite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The phrases of My excellent instructor is a pragmatic consultant to the non secular practices universal to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. it's the vintage statement at the initial practices of Longchen Nyingthig, a cycle of teachings of the Nyingmapa tuition. Patrul Rinpoche makes his topic obtainable via a wealth of reports, quotations, and references to daily life, giving the textual content all of the lifestyles and surroundings of a compelling oral educating.
This moment, revised version (of the e-book initially released via HarperSanFrancisco in 1994) is the results of an in depth and painstaking comparability of the unique Tibetan textual content with the English translation by means of the Padmakara Translation workforce. the recent variation additionally contains translations of a postface to the textual content written a century in the past for the 1st revealed Tibetan variation via the 1st Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and a brand new preface via Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.