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By Bruce Newman

It is a ground-level, practice-oriented presentation of Tibetan Buddhism—personal and extremely obtainable. The ebook starts off with the awakening of scholars' curiosity in spirituality and the preliminary stumble upon with Tibetan Buddhism, then leads us via the entire steps priceless for profitable perform within the West. integrated is succinct counsel on discovering a suitable instructor, receiving empowerments, turning into lively in a middle, and launching and maintaining a Vajrayana perform. particular emphasis is put on the capability pitfalls, and the brilliant merits, of the guru-disciple relationship. 

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Here is a good chance to let go of all that internal dialogue that we always carry around and that we have most likely brought into the ceremony with us. In essence, we are saying, "Dear geks, please take this wonderful offering and leave us alone. ’’ For those that refuse the torma and still remain, wrathful techniques are used: gugal, a tree-resin similar to frank­ incense, is burned in a censor and mustard seed is scattered while the master recites wrathful mantras. The gugal and mustard seed appear to the geks as weapons.

Most throne-holders are tulkus; for instance, the throne-holder of Palpung is always the Tai Situ Rinpoche. Some are based on merit, such as at Ganden Monastery, where the head is simply the most accomplished disciple of the previous throne-holder. Kyabje is becoming more widely used these days. It means something like "source of refuge" or "noble refuge” and is almost always used for the most respected and revered lamas. The Western titles "His Holiness” or "His Eminence" roughly correspond, but these are certainly not literal translations.

There can be controversy regarding the recognition. The most famous example, and for me personally the saddest, is the contention regarding the Seventeenth Karmapa. e . It was he who started the tulku system by leaving a message where he was to be reborn. He was reborn as Karma Pakshi, another incredible being, who was teacher of Kublai Khan (Marco Polo recorded his miraculous powers) and is now known as the Second Karmapa. The Karmapas are always the supreme heads of the Kagyu order. The Sixteenth Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpai Dorje, made several trips to the West and was an extraordinary inspiration for all of us who were lucky enough to meet him.

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