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  The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma - Set of 3 Volumes

 
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The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents Chögyam Trungpa's greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana.

The first volume, The Path of Individual Liberation, represents the wisdom of the hinayana. It examines the nature of suffering, impermanence, and egolessness, with an emphasis on personal development through meditative discipline and study.The hinayana path is based on training in mindfulness and awareness, cultivating virtue, and cutting grasping. Topics covered in detail in this volume include the four noble truths, karma, the four foundations of mindfulness, meditation practice, the refuge vows, the three jewels, the five skandhas, the five precepts, twofold egolessness, and more.

The second volume, The Bodhisattva Path of Wisdom and Compassion, presents the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. Mahayana practitioners dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect liberation. This stage of the path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom through the view and experience of emptiness, or shunyata, in which all phenomena are seen to be unbounded, completely open, ungraspable, and profound. From the ground of shunyata, compassionate activity is said to arise naturally and spontaneously. In addition to mindfulness and awareness, the mahayanist practices lojong, or "mind training," based on the cultivation of the paramitas, or "transcendent virtues": generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna, or "knowledge."

The third volume, The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, presents the vajrayana teachings of the tantric path. The vajrayana, or "diamond vehicle," also referred to as tantra, draws upon and extends the teachings of the hinayana and mahayana. There is an emphasis at this stage on the student-teacher relationship and on the quality of devotion.
Generally, students must complete perliminary preactices, called ngöndro, to prepare themselves for initiation into the vajrayana path before going further. The vajrayana includes both form practices, such as visualizations and sadhanas (ritual liturgies), and formless practices.

Shambhala Publications
Hardcover, 6" x 9"
Three volume set


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