Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that "when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.'" Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions. The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche. They address such topics as the nature of the mind; the foundations of taking refuge, generating altruistic compassion, acquiring merit, and following a teacher; view, meditation, and action; and how to remove obstacles and make progress on the path.
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A great condensation of instructions from all the masters. MR always presents in a fresh way. This collection will rekindle your dharmic fire and keep it burning brightly
love it! It really is such an enjoyable read and provides such great examples about better ways to live your life, if you're inclined to practice a spiritual life.
Matthieu Ricard selects the passages included in this book elegantly and with a deep wisdom that can only come from a Master who has been touched by the void of bliss at the deepest level.
I greatly enjoyed this audio book. Superb content and heartfelt narration. Highly recommended for beginners and experienced practitioners of Buddhism alike.
I quite enjoyed some of these short saying and stories. However, I feel that an audiobook may not have been the best format to experience this text. Because many of the stories and pieces are very short, there is little time to absorb them before the narrator moves on to the next one. Probably a book that, if read, would give you more time to savor each piece.
The key to coming close to understanding the material presented in this book is to have done some meditation or else a huge deal of it will sound like nonsense.
I found that a lot of what was said inside this book could be applied to even "non-mindfulness-related" situations. Try to find the meanings behind the sentences instead of just trying to understand them in the original context they are presented.
Thank you [everyone involved] for making this book available to us all!
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