Library

Our Vajra North Librarian is Hannah Engasser.

Hannah’s contact info: librarian@vajranorth.org OR call (867) 667- 2338 to arrange for a library viewing, and/or to sign out books.

Please note: The sangha library is now located entirely at Hannah Engasser’s house. Please contact her directly to exchange books and audio visual materials.

 

 Library Items – listed alphabetically by author

Life, Death, Dreams and Meditation – Bardo teachings of Tibetan Buddhism (audio tapes) by Chagdud Tulku
Bardo, a Tibetan word, means the space between two points, the intermediate state. The six bardos according to the Nyingma teachings include this life, the moment of death, the dawning of true reality, the passing towards rebirth, dreaming and meditation. These experiences are filled with the potential for confusion, bewilderment and unskillfulness, as well as for realizing profound wisdom and all embracing compassion. Rinpoche explains these six bardos and how we can relate to them as a path to personal fulfillment and great benefit for others.

Life of Marpa by Chögyam Trungpa
Marpa the Translator, the eleventh-century farmer, scholar, and teacher, is one of the most renowned saints in Tibetan Buddhist history. In the West, Marpa is best known through his teacher, the Indian yogin Nâropa, and through his closest disciple, Milarepa. This lucid and moving translation of a text composed by the author of The Life of Milarepa and The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa documents the fascinating life of Marpa, who, unlike many other Tibetan masters, was a layman, a skillful businessman who raised a family while training his disciples. As a youth, Marpa was inspired to travel to India to study the Buddhist teachings, for at that time in Tibet, Buddhism has waned considerably through ruthless suppression by an evil king. The author paints a vivid picture of Marpa’s three journeys to India: precarious mountain passes, desolate plains teeming with bandits, greedy customs-tax collectors. Marpa endured many hardships, but nothing to compare with the trials that ensued with his guru Nâropa and other teachers. Yet Marpa succeeded in mastering the tantric teachings, translating and bringing them to Tibet, and establishing the Practice Lineage of the Kagyüs, which continues to this day.

Mudra by Chögyam Trungpa
Mudra is a selection of some songs and spontaneous poems written in 1959 in Tibetan and English. It also contains presentation of the Nine Yanas of Buddhism, an illustrated commentary on the classic Zen Oxherding pictures and a translation of a Maha Ati meditation text from Chögyam Trungpa’s lineage of teachers.

Shambhala – The sacred path of the Warrior (2 copies) by Chögyam Trungpa
In this classic of twentieth-century spiritual literature, Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa offers an inspiring vision for our time based on the ideal of the sacred warrior. In ancient times, the warrior learned to master the challenges of life, both on and off the battlefield. Trungpa shows that in discovering the basic goodness of human life, the true warrior learns to radiate that goodness into the world for the peace and sanity of others. This book describes the warrior’s path for contemporary men and women in search of practical wisdom that they can put to use in their everyday lives.

Dawn of Tantra by Chögyam Trungpa and Herbert W. Guenther
Westerners wanting to know about tantra—particularly the Buddhist tantra of Tibet—often find only speculation and fancy. Tibet has been shrouded in mystery, and “tantra” has been called upon to name every kind of esoteric fantasy. In The Dawn of Tantra the reader meets a Tibetan meditation master and a Western scholar, each of whose grasp of Buddhist tantra is real and unquestionable. This collaboration, in the form of seminar series, is both true to the intent of the ancient Tibetan teachings and relevant to contemporary Western life.

Indisputable Truth by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Indisputable Truth is the latest in the teaching book-genre by the meditation master Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. It contains fresh clarifications on the trademark of all buddhas, four basic principles that mark the teachings of any enlightened being – impermanence, suffering, egolessness, and peace; unveiling the genuine view, reality as it is. “Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche is at every point sensitive to the special opportunities of addressing us. His powerful teaching texts, a combination of philosophical exposition and meditation manuals are a ‘poetics of transmission,’ skillfully crafted to meet our needs.”

Present Fresh Wakefulness – A meditation manual on Nonconceptual Wisdom by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Present Fresh Wakefulness is more than a set of general instructions on how to practice, it is the quintessential advice of an experienced, living master on what he considers to be the absolute necessities today’s yogis to arrive at liberation and complete enlightenment. In this series of teachings and conversations, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, conveys the indispensable principles for arriving at the heart of Buddhist practice in his characteristic style, filled with humour, candour and wit.

Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
In simple and direct language, the Union of Mahamudra & Dzogchen is Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s teachings on a complete path to enlightenment in eight songs by the 17th century yogi and poet Karma Chagmey. As the first major book by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, a living master of the Practice Lineage, the Union serves as a forum for his subtle brilliance and humor, the trademark of his teaching style.

Buddhist Symbols In Tibetan Culture by Dagyab Rinpoche
Symbolism is the language of the human spirit, and this book is the most systematic study of its Tibetan idiom that has yet appeared. A former spiritual and temporal head of Dragyab State, Khem, East Tibet, who has been a research fellow and lecturer in Tibetan Buddhism for nearly 30 years at the University of Bonn, Dagyab Rinpoche is excellently placed to analyze Buddhist symbols (tendrel) and symbolism in Tibetan culture from both Western and Tibetan perspectives.

A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Dalaï Lama
Compassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattvas, those who vow to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from the suffering and confusion of imperfect existence. To this end, they must renounce all self-centered goals and consider only the well-being of others. The bodhisattvas’ enemies are the ego, passion, and hatred; their weapons are generosity, patience, perseverance, and wisdom. In a teaching and commentary on Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara) delivered for Westerners in a week-long instruction in Dordogne, France, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama presents here a detailed manual of practical philosophy. He explains and amplifies the text, alluding throughout to the experience of daily life and showing how anyone can develop bodhichitta, the wish for perfect enlightenment for the sake of others.

Four Essential Buddhist Commentaries by Dalaï Lama
The Four Essential Buddhist Commentaries provided by the Dalai Lama are on The Thirty Seven Bodhisattva Practices by Thogmed Zangpo; Three Principal Paths by Je Tsong-Khapa, The Eight Verses on the Training of the Mind by Geshe Langri Thangpa and The Song of Four Mindfulnesses by the Seventh Dalai Lama. The first two commentaries have been given under the Bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya in January 1981 and the last two in Switzerland in July 1979. All the commentaries are preceded by their original text in Tibetan with their English translation. With His Holiness’s constant emphasis on compassion and human brotherhood as the only weapon that can foster true spiritual growth and solve the many ills of society which threads all the four commentaries, readers will certainly realise the remarkable relevance of the Buddhist teachings by the great Tibetan Buddhist teachers of past and present to our contemporary society.

Heart of Compassion by Dalaï Lama
This book carefully balances philosophical concepts with a very practical, day-by-day approach to living a spiritual life. Anyone reading this book will come away richer for the experience, regardless of your own spiritual or religious background. Of special note is his clear integration of the teachings of Jesus into his overall world view, showing how all teachings can find their harmony in the ultimate spiritual oneness and truth that underlies them all.

Universal Responsibility and the Good Heart by Dalaï Lama
The message of His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet to the world, this collection contains a wide selection of articles, interviews and answer to questions, on Buddhism, politics, science, universal responsibility and the inculcation of good heart from various talks and writings of the XIVth Dalai Lama. A collection of articles and interviews with the present Dalai Lama reflecting his thoughts and activities over the past twenty years.

Wisdom of Forgiveness by Dalaï Lama
The great leader as we’ve never seen him before. This is the extraordinary documentation of the evolving friendship between the Dalai Lama and the man who followed him across Ireland and Eastern Europe, on a pilgrimage to India’s holy sites, and through the Dalai Lama’s near fatal illness. On this remarkable journey Victor Chan was awarded an insight into His Holiness-his life, his fears, his faith, his compassion, his day-to-day practice-that no one has reported before. We’ve heard the public voice of His Holiness–now we are invited to listen in on his personal explorations, and to take instruction on the Tibetan art of living.

Enlightened Courage by Dilgo Khyentse
Condensing the compassionate path to Buddhahood into practical instructions that use the circumstances of everyday life, Rinpoche presents the Seven-Point Mind Training–the very core of the entire Tibetan Buddhist practice. Khyentse Rinpoche gave this commentary on the Seven-Point Mind Training, brought to Tibet by the Indian master Atisha, during his last visit to the West. He speaks frankly from his heart, drawing on his own life-long experience. The fact that Rinpoche has departed from this world adds much poignancy to his words, which many of his students regard as his parting gift. “The Seven Point Mind Training…contains instructions ranging from the meditation of tonglen (exchange of happiness for suffering), to practical advice on how to transform difficulties of life into aids for progress on the path. Dilgo Khyentse (1910-1991), a highly revered meditation master and scholar of the Nyingma lineage, draws the reader in quickly with vivid stories of the fundamental principles underlying the teaching. He then proceeds line by line through the root text and brings each line to life, clarifying and elaborating them, and again, using stories to make points and to engage the imagination.”–Eastern Horizon

Heart Treasure of the Enlightened Ones by Dilgo Khyentse
In this book, two great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries challenge us to critically examine our materialistic preoccupations and think carefully about how we want to spend the rest of our lives. At the same time, they provide practical guidance in following the Buddhist path, starting from the most basic motivation and culminating in the direct experience of reality beyond the reach of conceptual mind. The root text is a teaching in verse written in the nineteenth century by Patrul Rinpoche, one of the outstanding teachers of his day. In the accompanying commentary, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991)—lineage holder of the Nyingma school and one of the great expounders of the Dharma in Europe and North America—expands upon the text with his characteristic compassion and uncompromising thoroughness. Patrul Rinpoche’s fresh and piercing verses combined with Khyentse Rinpoche’s down-to-earth comments offer a concise yet complete examination of the Buddhist path.

Wish-Fulfilling Jewel – The practice of Guru Yoga according to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition by Dilgo Khyentse
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, devotion to one’s guru or spiritual master is considered to be of the utmost importance in spiritual practice. The instructions of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, based upon the teachings of the great eighteenth-century saint and visionary Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, focus on the devotional practices of Guru Yoga, “Merging with the Mind of the Guru.”

The Spirit of Tibet – Journey to enlightenment, the life and world of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (videotape) by Dilgo Khyentse (NFB)
The Spirit of Tibet is an intimate glimpse into the life and world of one of Tibet’s most revered 20th-century teachers: Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910-1991). A writer, poet and meditation master, Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. His many students throughout the world included the Dalai Lama. This unique portrait tells Khyentse Rinpoche’s story from birth to death… to rebirth–from his escape following China’s invasion of Tibet to his determination to preserve and transmit Buddhist teachings far and wide. His life leads us on a journey revealing the wonders of Tibet’s art, ritual, philosophy and sacred dance. Along with rarely photographed areas of Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal, this film features interviews with the Dalai Lama, who speaks candidly about his own spiritual life. Director Matthieu Ricard–noted French photographer, Buddhist monk and best-selling author–travelled with Khyentse Rinpoche for over 14 years.

You Are That by Gangaji
What you are searching for is who you already are. This is Gangaji’s essential message. Edited from live interactions around the globe, this book is a comprehensive offering of Gangaji’s teachings. Topics include the nature of mind and thoughts, meditation, relationships, and facing the fear of death.

Creative Meditation and Multi-Dimensional Consciousness by Govinda (Lama Anagarika)
Here is a master scholar once again at work on his favourite subject – the transformation of all life into enlightened spirit. With his unparalleled insights, combined with a clarity of expression, Lama Govinda (1898 – 1985) takes the mystery out of meditation and makes of it a normal healthy activity needed desperately by mankind. This is not a book to teach meditation or to lay down rules and techniques, but rather the fruit of a life-long study and practice of contemplation and action in the spirit of Buddhism. It is an effective bridge between two worlds (Eastern and Western cultures), for the author has been nourished by the great traditions of both.

Foundation of Tibetan Mysticism by Govinda (Lama Anagarika)
This work, regarded as a classic of Tibetan mysticism, explains the esoteric principles of Mantra and clarifies the differences between Hindu and Tibetan yoga, and is our direct link to the spiritual achievements of the past and their relationship to a future higher civilization of humanity.

Creation and Completion – Essential points of tantric meditation by Jamgön Kongtrul / Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Creation and Completion is a unique guide to the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Drawing on experiential explanations from two great masters, it is both concise and thorough, both authoritative and clear.. Jamgon Kongtrul, a pivotal figure in the Buddhist revival movement of ninteenth-century Tibet, was a master practitioner and one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most prolific writers. His guide to tantric Buddhist meditation, translated here by Sarah Harding, was written in the style of the Tibetan songs of realization. The commentary by contemporary master Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche skillfully clarifies the nuances of Kongtrul’s text, making the language come alive in a practical way for the modern reader. Harding’s excellent introduction distills the essential features of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Ceaseless Echoes of the Great Silence – A commentary on the Heart Sutra by Khenpo Palden Sherab Rinpoche
A line-by-line explanation of the Heart Sutra and a discussion of the six perfections. It includes the Tibetan text, phonetics, and translation.

Relationships in Spiritual Life (Audio – CD) by Lama Tsering Everest
In the warm, direct, and humorous manner for which she is known, Lama Tsering Everest discusses how to make relationships an important element of spiritual growth. Self-centeredness never leads to real fulfillment, so out of need and with false hope we often look to others for happiness. However, from the Buddhist perspective, relationships are not about “getting”; they are about giving selflessly, without expecting anything in return.

Six Keys to Happiness (Audio tapes) by Lama Tsering Everest
Our inability to find lasting happiness stems from our mistaken focus on self and our failure to recognize the true nature of mind. In this audio tape, Lama Tsering addresses this situation from the perspective of six key issues: impermanence, compassion, karma, self-centeredness, the relative truth of ordinary reality, and the perfection of absolute reality.

Practice of Dzogchen by Longchen Rabjam / Tulku Thondup
“This is one of the most significant works on Tibetan Buddhism to be published in recent years, treating with grace, beauty and depth a most important subject, namely the character of the Dzogchen tradition and its placement within the overall structure of the Nyingma doctrine and training. An understanding of Dzogchen will benefit any philosophical or religious study of Tibetan Buddhism. This is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive works on the Nyingma to appear in English.” Glenn Mullin. “Tulku Thondup Rinpoche has performed a service of inestimable value for all serious students of Buddhist thought. One of Tibet’s greatest philosophical-sages, Longchen Rabjampa, is here made accessible to the specialist and interested non-specialist in a manner that is authoritative, comprehensive and clear.” Matthew Kapstein.

A Body of Truth – Empowering through active imagination and creative visualization by Namgyal Rinpoche
A rich collection of over ninety creative, meditative exercises presented in universal terms relevant to all beings. The exercises utilize both eastern and western forms of unfoldment and include a new approach to kasina and mandala work, sacred geometry, colour, space and archetypal explorations, balancing the cerebral hemispheres, healing, and many other themes of integration. Some of the exercises involve working with clay, drawing or painting – although artistic ability is not required to do them or to reap benefit from them. While developing awareness of inner and outer aspects of being, the exercises effortlessly evoke well-being and insight. Enjoyable as well as engrossing, an invaluable resource for all ages.

Body, Speech and Mind by Namgyal Rinpoche
The second edition of this extremely popular book contains a treasure lode of discourses by Namgyal Rinpoche on several important themes for the development of enlightened body, speech and mind. These include in-depth teaching on the Foundations of Mindfulness (from the Satipatthana Sutta); the practice of purification (Vajrasattva); the transmutation of negative states (Chenresi); Mindfulness of Breathing (Anapanasati); as well as a wide variety of classic and contemporary meditations, exercises and teachings on, for example, the elements, colour, bioenergetics, communication, relationships, nutriment, obstacles on the path, dream yoga, awareness in daily life, mantra, and much more. A rich book to explore with an abundance of deep, vivid and lively teaching in which Rinpoche compassionately and skillfully illuminates the precious path of awakening for all who seek liberation from suffering and the attainment of the sacred happiness and peace of transcendence.

Breath of Awakening by Namgyal Rinpoche
An excellent meditation manual on one of the most important practices for the cultivation of calm, insight-knowledge and deliverance. Rinpoche’s commentary shows the way this classic practice unfolds naturally, how it leads to complete liberation and how we may practise it simply and profoundly. His teaching also elucidates aspects of meditation that can be applied to any practice; these include preparation, posture, what might occur, what to look for, obstacles to overcome, the factors of enlightenment, signs of progress, how to review and, of course, the transcendental.

Glimmerings of the Mystical Life by Namgyal Rinpoche
The mystic who believes her or himself to be a mystic is not a mystic: rather she or he, a lover of secrets, is playing with the occult. The true mystic understands that the whole purpose of life is a type of awakening. The scientists who delight in making things more and more involved, more and more mysterious for other people to understand are false mystics. The mystical life is not a constant “mystiquing”, but a constant revealing. It is a path of sanity. Saints are those beings who face and deal with the devils in their lives. So make these devils into bundles and throw them over your shoulder. Throw them behind you, and also the next angel which comes along. There is but one thing to do and that is to awaken. There is no time for dallying, for having long conversations with these devils and angels. Some of you are like the person en route to collect a treasure, who knows exactly where it is concealed, but dallies to chat about the weather. You prefer to have a long involved conversation instead of realising that that is another illusion. It is as unnecessary as saying “Comment ça va?” all day.

The Path of Victory – Discourse on the Paramita by Namgyal Rinpoche
A refreshing and inspiring approach to the Six Perfections, the practices which develop wholesome activity, growth and enlightenment. One of Rinpoche’s most popular books now in its fourth printing, it is a joy to read again and again.

Words of My Perfect Teacher by Patrul Rinpoche
A favourite of Tibetans—and of the Dalai Lama himself— The Words of My Perfect Teacher is a practical guide to the spiritual practices common to all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. It is the classic commentary on the preliminary practices of Longchen Nyingthig, a cycle of teachings of the Nyingmapa school. Patrul Rinpoche makes his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life, giving the text all the life and atmosphere of a compelling oral teaching. This second, revised edition is the result of a detailed and painstaking comparison of the original Tibetan text with the English translation by the Padmakara Translation Group. The new edition also includes translations of a postface to the text written a century ago for the first printed Tibetan edition by the first Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, and a new preface by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Start Where You Are – A guide to compassionate living by Pema Chödrön
Start Where You Are is an indispensable handbook for cultivating fearlessness and awakening a compassionate heart. With insight and humour, Pema Chödrön presents down-to-earth guidance on how we can “start where we are”—embracing rather than denying the painful aspects of our lives. Pema Chödrön frames her teachings on compassion around fifty-nine traditional Tibetan Buddhist maxims, or slogans, such as: “Always apply only a joyful state of mind,” “Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness,” and “Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.” Working with these slogans and through the practice of meditation, Start Where You Are shows how we can all develop the courage to work with our inner pain and discover joy, well-being, and confidence.

The Wisdom of No Escape by Pema Chödrön
This book is about saying yes to life in all its manifestations—embracing the potent mixture of joy, suffering, brilliance, and confusion that characterizes the human experience. Pema Chödrön shows us the profound value of our situation of “no escape” from the ups and downs of life.

Wisdom Fire – The cremation ceremony of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche (DVD) by Sheppard, Christopher
The amazing story of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche’s life and death concluded brilliantly with the cremation of his remains in Parping, Nepal. The ceremony, which took place in December 2003, was organized by Rinpoche’s children, Jigme Tromge Rinpoche and Dawa Tromge, and conducted as an elaborate fire offering. Attended by more than a thousand of Rinpoche’s devoted students from all around the world, it was led by many renowned Tibetan masters, Kyabje Moktsa Rinpoche foremost among them. Filmmaker Christopher Sheppard wonderfully captures the ceremony in its various aspects: the practical logistics, of interest to other sanghas who might be faced with the passing of their own teachers; the cremation itself, as explained by Jigme Rinpoche and Chagdud Khadro; and the responses of Rinpoche’s students. Moments of humour, sorrow, and exalted intention unfold through a series of exquisite images. We witness the ceremony in rich detail and share in the revelation of its meditative spaciousness.

Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche
In this major and comprehensive work, Buddhist meditation master and international speaker Sogyal Rinpoche brings together the ancient wisdom of Tibet with modern research on death and dying and the nature of the universe. With unprecedented scope, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying clarifies the majestic vision of life and death that underlies The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Sogyal Rinpoche presents simple yet powerful practices from the heart of the Tibetan tradition that anyone, whatever their religion or background, can do to transform their lives, prepare for death, and help the dying. Rinpoche shows the hope there is in death: how we can go beyond denial and fear to discover what it is in us that survives death and is changeless. He presents a lucid, inspiring, and complete introduction to the practice of meditation, to karma and rebirth, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path. He gives advice on how to care for the dying with love and compassion and offer them spiritual assistance. Rinpoche presents his own vision of the near-death experience from the Tibetan perspective. He explains in detail the “bardos,” those states of consciousness after death that have fascinated and tantalized Western artists, psychologists, scientists, doctors, and philosophers ever since the publication of The Tibetan Book of the Dead in 1927. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying is not only a spiritual masterpiece but also a manual, a guide, a work of reference, and a source of sacred inspiration. It has been written to inspire all who read it to begin the journey to enlightenment and so become “servants of peace,” working in the world with joy, wisdom, and compassion to take part in safeguarding the future of humanity.

Blooming of a Lotus – Guided meditation exercises for healing and transformation by Thich Nhat Hanh
One of the world’s great meditation teachers offers thirty-four guided exercises that will bring both beginning and experienced practitioners into closer touch with their bodies, their inner selves, their families, and the world. Compassionate and wise, Thich Nhat Hanh’s healing words help us acknowledge and dissolve anger and separation by illuminating the way toward the miracle of mindfulness.

Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh
Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over the course of two millennia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other’s spiritual views and practices? Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between the two greatest living contemplative traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could be conveyed only by an outsider. In a lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and reawakens our understanding of both. “On the altar in my hermitage,” he says, “are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors.”

Peace Is Every Step – The path of mindfulness in everyday life by Thich Nhat Hanh
In the rush of modern life, we tend to lose touch with the peace that is available in each moment. World-renowned Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh shows us how to make positive use of the very situations that usually pressure and antagonize us. For him a ringing telephone can be a signal to call us back to our true selves. Dirty dishes, red lights, and traffic jams are spiritual friends on the path to “mindfulness” — the process of keeping our consciousness alive to our present experience and reality. The most profound satisfactions, the deepest feelings of joy and completeness lie as close at hand as our next aware breath and the smile we can form right now. Lucidly and beautifully written, Peace Is Every Step contains commentaries and meditations, personal anecdotes and stories from Nhat Hanh’s experiences as a peace activist, teacher, and community leader. It begins where the reader already is — in the kitchen, office, driving a car, walking a part — and shows how deep meditative presence is available now. Nhat Hanh provides exercises to increase our awareness of our own body and mind through conscious breathing, which can bring immediate joy and peace. Nhat Hanh also shows how to be aware of relationships with others and of the world around us, its beauty and also its pollution and injustices. the deceptively simple practices of Peace Is Every Step encourage the reader to work for peace in the world as he or she continues to work on sustaining inner peace by turning the “mindless” into the mindFUL.

Tibetan Book of the Dead

Boundless Healing by Tulku Thondup
This book offers simple meditation techniques to awaken healing energies in the body and mind. Using Buddhist principles as a basis, Tulku Thondup has created a universal guide that anyone can use. It will benefit those who want to preserve good health as well as those who need comfort and relief from illness or mental distress. Boundless Healing offers: Ways to employ the four healing powers: positive images, positive words, positive feelings, and positive belief; Detailed healing exercises that can be done individually or as part of a twelve-stage program; Exercises for dispelling anxiety; Healing prayers for the dying and the deceased, plus advice for helpers and survivors These meditations draw on our innate capacity for imagination and memory, our natural enjoyment of beauty, and our deep-seated longing for a state of quiet calm. For all those who wish to become healthier, happier, and more peaceful in everyday life.

Rainbow Painting by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Saturated with direct, pithy instructions, Rainbow Painting presents the very quintessence of the Buddhist Spiritual approach through the authentic personal experience of one of the greatest living meditation masters. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche expresses what he himself has undergone, instructing us in a complete manner of training. To attain enlightenment we must experience our innate nature. The ultimate object of realization, the natural state of mind, unmistakenly and exactly as it is, need not be sought for elsewhere but is present within ourselves. Stability in this unexcelled state of unity is not achieved by separating what we know from what we do. This book contains astute instructions that address these key points of spirituality.

Repeating the Words of the Buddha by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
In Repeating the Words of the Buddha, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche unfolds the path to enlightenment, which is simply the gradual uncovering of the awakened state already present in oneself. With the benevolence and brilliance of a realized being, Rinpoche illustrates in a lucid, humorous fashion the essential points of spiritual practice, inseparable from everyday life.