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An Excerpt from Living the Dharma with Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo

Are you aware of how lucky you are to be alive? Most of us take our life and its good conditions for granted, but when we see our life as precious, we have the power to be a light in the world. In this selection, Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Choying Zangmo teach us how to value our life, so that we can find meaning for ourselves and be of benefit to others.

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The Essence of Wisdom

Beyond the Ordinary Mind: Dzogchen, Rimé, and the Path of Perfect Wisdom

At first, refine your understanding until, through the guru’s instructions, you come to see the actual face of rigpa, nakedly and without intellectual speculation. Once you arrive at certainty, it is crucially important that you sustain rigpa’s essence by yourself. Mere recognition is insufficient; you must develop its strength. Moreover, although you might recognize rigpa at first, unless you settle in that recognition, it will soon be interrupted by thoughts, making it difficult to experience naked, unadulterated rigpa. So, at this stage, it is crucial that you settle, without suppressing or indulging thoughts, and rest repeatedly, for periods of increasing duration, in an experience of uncontrived, pure awareness. Once you have familiarized yourself with this again and again, the waves of thought will weaken and the face of rigpa you are sustaining will grow clearer. During meditation, remain in this experience for as long as you can. And in postmeditation, maintain the mindfulness of recalling the face of rigpa.

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Hanshan & Shide

Buddhist Poetry

Navigating the vast world of spiritual verse can be disorienting. With so many anthologies and translations to choose from, finding what speaks to you can be a real challenge. Shambhala Publications publishes numerous books of Buddhist poetry, and we’ve gathered some of our favorites in this Reader's Guide. Ranging from classical Tibetan songs of devotion to contemporary American reflections on navigating the path, our collection of Buddhist poetry offers a little something for everyone, Buddhist or otherwise.

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The Way of the Bodhisattva

layer-12Few texts are more frequently taught and quoted, have as colorful a history, and as much relevance to Buddhists today more than the eighth-century Indian Buddhist monk Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva. The Dalai Lama has said that “if I have any understanding of compassion and the bodhisattva path, it all comes from studying this text.”The living tradition of this text radiates most brightly from...

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