A Complete Guide to the Buddhist Path by Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, Khenmo Trinlay Chodron

By Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, Khenmo Trinlay Chodron

Buddhist teachings supply various equipment for bringing larger that means and happiness into our lives and into our relations with others. In A entire advisor to the Buddhist Path, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche finds those equipment in direct, bright, down-to-earth language. on the center of this paintings lies The Jewel Treasury of Advice, a textual content composed through Drikung Bhande Dharmaradza (1704–1754), the reincarnation of Drikung Dharmakirti. Khenchen Rinpoche translates those historical teachings with compassion, humor, and a willing knowledge for his or her relevance in modern Western existence. those that essentially are looking to examine and perform the Buddha's teachings will locate this an critical advisor.

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These days in the West, the ordained sangha community is growing. This life is not easy because modern monks and nuns don’t have sup­ port from others as they did in the past. So it is very important for individuals to have courage, the strength to sustain their commit­ ment, and to face adversity in a positive way. They need very strong bodhicitta to do these things. If we can do this, the ordained sangha community will grow and be more respected by future generations and, because of this, support will increase and Buddhism can be firmly established in many places.

A poisonous snake will slither very quietly and gently toward its prey and then attack without warning. Their gentle manner is not based on positive thought but rather comes from a wish to harm others for selfish interests. A cat will act similarly when it sees a mouse or bird, stalking in such a soft and peaceful manner for self­ ish reasons, full of greed and malice. Likewise, some people may create a pleasant impression to gain advantage over others. Other people may exhibit rough behavior and use unpleasant words but act out of concern for others’ benefit.

D awa had two sons. Nyima was a rich man, but was sin­ gle. Nyima once had to go away for a year, so he asked his good friend D awa to keep a bag of gold dust for him. D awa agreed, but came to think that he could trick his friend and take the gold dust for himself by substituting sand for the gold. When Nyima returned, he asked for his bag of gold. Dawa said, “ I am so embarrassed. A strange thing hap­ pened while you were away. Unfortunately, the gold dust all turned to sand. ” Nyima didn’t react negatively.

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