Wisdom Energy: basic Buddhist teachings (new edn)
Wisdom Energy is a simple and compelling introduction to Buddhism by two Tibetan lamas renowned for their insight and skill in teaching Westerners. Containing an entire meditation course, it goes to the heart of basic Buddhist practice and discusses the meaning and purpose of meditation, the causes of dissatisfaction and unhappiness, and the methods for subduing them and gaining control over our minds and lives. Originally published in 1976, Wisdom Energy still preserves the power, humor, and directness of the lamas's first teaching tour of North America, giving the reader the feeling of an intimate audience with two highly respected teachers.
"Immensely practical advice and suggestions."
—The Middle Way
"In this wonderful book, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche—two highly accomplished Tibetan Buddhist teachers—bring alive the rich tradition of Buddhism in a way that is directly relevant to modern life. Filled with profound wisdom and useful advice, Wisdom Energy is a lucid introduction to the key principles and practices of the Buddhism. It demonstrates the authors' remarkable talent for illuminating sometimes complex ideas in a manner that is easily grasped by Westerners. I highly recommend this exceptional book."
—Howard C. Cutler, M.D., co-author of The Art of Happiness
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) was born in Tibet and educated at the great Sera Monastic University. He fled the Chinese oppression in 1959 and in the late 1960s, with his chief disciples, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, began teaching Buddhism to Westerners at their Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1975 they founded the international Buddhist organization, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which now has more than 160 centers, projects and services worldwide.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide network of Buddhist centers, monasteries, and affiliated projects, including Wisdom Publications. His books include Transforming Problems into Happiness, and Ultimate Healing. He lives in Aptos, California.
Introduction to the First Edition
Part One: Entering the Spiritual Path
The Purpose of Meditation
Approaching the Study of Dharma
Searching for the Causes of Unhappiness
How Delusions Arise
Understanding Suﬀering and Controlling the Mind
Part Two: A Meditation Course
The Three Principal Aspects of the Path to Enlightenment
The Superiority of Spiritual Practice
The Preciousness of Our Human Form
The Fully Renounced Mind
The Renunciation of Suﬀering
The Six Realms of Samsara
How We Create Samsara
The Advantages of an Enlightened Motive
Remembering the Kindness of Our Many Mothers
Perceiving the Nature of Reality
Integrating Dharma into Everyday Life
Suggested Further Reading