Books That Are A Must-Read!

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A special thanks to His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche and the Kechara Pastors for sharing this wonderful list of books with all of us who are interested in enriching our understanding of Buddhism, whether it is to deepen our own spiritual development and transformation or to master a specific practice.

It is with great honour that I share here with you a recommended list of books featuring erudite masters or experts in the field of Buddhism. These books cover a wide range of topics and they are meant to help spiritual seekers develop stronger faith, cultivate stronger bonds with our teachers and for those who want to commence practising or meditation.

These books are worth reading again and again not only because they candidly recount Buddhist values, but also because they reveal Tibetan Buddhist methods for personal transformation. I hope that you find what you are searching for amongst these books and enjoy them as much as I do in sharing them with you.

Stella Cheang

 


 

Books for novice spiritual seekers

The books listed here are meant as an introduction to Buddhism. These books are the foundation for a more advanced and profound understanding of Buddhist wisdom.

  1. The Awakened One, A Life of the Buddha

The fascinating story of the Buddha’s journey to enlightenment and his teachings.

  1. Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa

The life story and selected teachings of the founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, affectionately known as the second Buddha.

  1. Introduction to Buddhism, An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life

An introductory guide to Buddha’s wisdom and the methods to achieving lasting happiness and contentment.

  1. The Living Buddha Within

An explanation of the mechanisms of life based on fundamental principles of Buddhism.

  1. Compassion Conquers All

Using unconditional love and freedom to let go of our self-centred obsession with our ego.

  1. Food of the Bodhisattvas

A book based on Buddhist scriptures encouraging vegetarianism.

  1. What Makes You Not a Buddhist

In learning about what makes one not a Buddhist, one inevitably learns how to be a Buddhist, the right way.

  1. Dangerous Friend

A study into the intriguing and largely misunderstood relationship between a spiritual teacher and a disciple.

 

Book 1: The Awakened One – A Life of the Buddha

pic2 The Awakened One A Life of the Buddha

Author:
Sherab Chödzin Kohn

Description:
This is a fascinating account of Siddhartha Gautama’s journey in search of enlightenment. Siddhartha Gautama is better known as Buddha Shakyamuni. ‘Shakya’ is the name of the royal family into which he was born, and ‘Muni’ means ‘Able One’. He was a prince and son of King Shuddhodana and Queen Mayadevi. He took birth in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, which is now part of Nepal. Even as a young prince, Siddhartha Gautama witnessed how all living beings are trapped in a vicious cycle of suffering, thus he developed deep compassion for all beings.

At the age of 29, he left his life of luxury to search for the path to liberation. Knowing he would not receive consent from his father, the King, he bid a silent farewell to his wife and son and set out for the far off forests in which holy men lived. Siddhartha Gautama spent the next six years studying with the most famous sages of the time but he did not find an end to suffering. For years he wandered as a homeless ascetic, practising severe austerities that brought him to the brink of death. Yet again he came no nearer to finding the answer to end suffering.

Finally, he realised that he was getting nowhere. Abandoning asceticism, Siddhartha Gautama sat in meditation under a bodhi tree in the town of Bodhgaya. He sat down and vowed that come what may, he would not move until he found an end to sorrow. Although demons tempted him with images of his past and evil spirits brought nightmares upon him, the prince was firm in his resolve to reach his goal. After a night of deep meditation, his enlightenment occurred at dawn, and Siddhartha Gautama was thereafter known as the Buddha, the ‘Awakened One’.

What people say about this book:
“Kohn’s masterful blend of the life and teachings of the Buddha renders this book a valuable guide for those who would follow the path of the Awakened One.” – Publishers Weekly

“A splendid combination of biography and instruction. Highly recommended.” – Library Journal

Why I think you should read this book:
This is the inspirational life story of the founder of one of the world’s oldest and largest religions. It is a well-researched biography of the Buddha without the heaviness that comes with the usual scholastic narration of Buddha’s spiritual awakening. You can expect an enjoyable, insightful, telling and informative story to learn more about how Buddha discovered the supreme method to attain liberation from suffering for oneself and subsequently how to attain full enlightenment, or Buddhahood, for the sake of others. This is a must-read for Buddhists around the world and across all traditions.

 

Book 2: Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa

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Author:
Prof. R. Thurman

Description:
Lama Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419) is known as the second Buddha, through his eclectic and analytic studies and meditations across all the major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, he founded the Gelugpa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He also founded the three great monasteries of Tibet which are Gaden, Sera and Drepung.

The Life and Teachings of Tsongkhapa is an introductory compilation on the life of Tsongkhapa and his teachings. This useful volume covers the breadth of sutra, tantra and insight meditation. It also includes mystical conversations with the great Bodhisattvas and heartfelt spiritual songs in praise of Manjushri, Maitreya and so forth.

In addition to that, this compendium includes a number of intensely moving praises to Tsongkhapa. His immense contribution to Tibetan Buddhism as attested to by esteemed Tibetan Buddhist personalities such as the Seventh Dalai Lama, the Eighth Karmapa, Dulnagpa Palden and Khaydrup Je, among others, cannot be underestimated. Dexterously edited by Professor Robert Thurman, The Life and Teaching of Tsongkhapa satisfies the thirst of Buddhism enthusiasts from both the East and the West.

What people say about this book:
“A wonderful collection of texts by one of the greatest Buddhist philosopher-yogis in Central Asian history. Tsongkhapa is often known as an incarnation of Manjushri, the embodiment of the wisdom of the all the Buddhas, and this volume of some of his poems, teachings, mystical experiences and biographical sketch give readers a great glimpse of his remarkable genius.” – Lorne Ladner

Why I think you should read this book:
Je Tsongkhapa’s life and teachings are a powerful statement of Buddhist practice to inspire us in our practice. It is also a good collection of various texts that give us a good insight into the depth, wisdom and attainments of this great master. This volume overflows with the blessings of Lama Tsongkhapa himself. It also contains a brief and very rare biography of this great master that is a must-read for all devoted Gelug practitioners the world over.

 

Book 3: Introduction to Buddhism – An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life

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Author:
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Description:
2,500 years after his passing, the Buddha’s teaching are still relevant and resonates with practitioners today. Beginning with a brief but captivating life story of the Buddha, Introduction to Buddhism is a complete guide that reveals how the Buddha’s extraordinary wisdom contained in his teachings is the unadulterated guide to achieving lasting happiness and liberation from life’s problems.

This book explains the essential principles of the Buddhist way of life and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and concisely as a tool for developing transformative qualities such as inner peace, love and patience. The fundamental principles of Buddhism are elaborated in a manner suitable for both beginners and ardent practitioners.

What people say about this book:
“Geshe Kelsang Gyatso illuminates the very heart of Buddhist thought and practice.” – Booklist

“I love this book. It is written very clearly and simply with examples and stories. It has a gentle tone and is very inspiring. It gives us the confidence to be the best person that we can be.” – Kunden Kelsang

“This book is a wonderful book to begin your journey in exploring Buddhism. The author has written a multitude of books on this aspect of spirituality. The most important detail about this book is that it does not push any beliefs onto the reader. It does not make claims that this is the only way and that you MUST follow this way. It’s a very open and informative way to look at Buddhism…” – Monica Casanova

Why I think you should read this book:
What is so gripping about An Explanation of the Buddhist Way of Life is how the fundamental aspects of the Buddha’s teachings are laid out in a simple and easy-to-understand language for you and me. This book is a great beginner’s guide to Buddhism and how to begin one’s life as a Buddhist practitioner.

 

Book 4: The Living Buddha Within

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Author:
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Description:
Within our daily lives, we experience so many ups and downs but there is a perspective that makes sense of this chaos. His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche highlights this perspective through explaining this life’s journey based on the fundamental teachings of Buddhism.

In his characteristically lucid and straightforward manner, His Eminence introduces the fundamental subjects of reincarnation and karma in a way that anyone can relate to. He also provides practical advice on how we can immediately transform our view and habits so that we can lead a happy and harmonious life and discover the living Buddha within.

What people say about this book:
“This was one of the first books I bought via VajraSecrets. Love this book as it is easy to understand and I found many answers I was seeking. A great read especially for newbies.” – Sharon O.

Why I think you should read this book:
This book sheds light on the fundamental teachings such as right motivation, universal values, reincarnation, karma and so forth. It provides wonderful insight into these profound teachings. Through this book, readers encounter Tsem Rinpoche’s trademark unconventional, contemporary, no-holds-barred approach to delivering the teachings. Thus, this book becomes an instant classic on anybody’s shelf.

 

Book 5: Compassion Conquers All

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Author:
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Description:
Compassion Conquers All unravels the heart of Buddhist wisdom in a modern, clear and concise manner, as elucidated by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche, foremost in contemporary Dharma.

Unconditional love and freedom can be attained right now if we let go of our self-centred obsession with our attachments. With these teachings, the very life we are living now, with all its problems, ups and downs can become a road to liberation. Our life experience can be our school of transformation. Everybody becomes our best friend. We become our own best friend. Compassion Conquers All is a powerful teaching to transform our daily lives so they become meaningful and beneficial to others while letting go of everything that holds us back.

Within Tibetan Buddhism, one of the most fundamental teachings is to develop equanimity towards all beings. All beings including ourselves want to be happy and completely free from suffering. In this respect, we are all equal. Ultimately, we learn to cherish all beings as precious and to realise that those we perceive as enemies are in fact, our supreme teachers. In this way, the teachings in Compassion Conquers All eventually lead us to discover that we are the light we have been longing for.

What people say about this book:
“Tsem Rinpoche has profound devotion to the teaching. This care comes through on every page of this book. May his passion, dedication and clarity inspire us to walk the path as straightly as possible and gain the fruits that only heartfelt practice can bring.” – Purna Steinitz, founder of The Event Training, New Line Consulting, and Heart Stream Education

“In Compassion Conquers All, Tsem Rinpoche offers us a fresh take on the timeless wisdom teachings on the Eight Verses of Mind Transformation in a way that will benefit truth seekers from all walks of life. Thank you, Rinpoche, for this gift to the world.” – Chris Grosso, best-selling author of Indie Spiritualist

Compassion Conquers All has given me a new way of understanding the way I do things and to make other people the focus of what I do every day. Surprisingly, it has made difficult situations and everyday living so much lighter and full of peace.” – Gillian Hung, President of Malaysian Official Designers’ Association (MODA)

Why I think you should read this book:
This wonderful book by His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche delivers one of the most powerful teachings on mental development in order to generate real compassion. In this book, Rinpoche delivers what is actually a traditional teaching within Tibetan Buddhism – the Eight Verses on Training the Mind. However, it is taught with the sensibility of a modern practitioner. Hence, this book is a powerful teaching that can transform anybody’s life if the lessons are put into practice.

 

Book 6: Food of the Bodhisattvas

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Author:
Shabkar

Description:
This book explains vegetarianism from the standpoint of spirituality and morality. From a Buddhist perspective, all sentient beings have an inherent Buddha nature deep within. One way to nurture this Buddha nature in each one of us is to uproot destructive habits. Buddha’s teachings explain how destructive habits can be examined and transformed gradually from within. The aim of this teaching is to develop true compassion which manifests as sensitivity for the suffering of animals and therefore, vegetarianism becomes a natural choice.

In this book, two texts are presented, one of which is an excerpt from Shabkar’s Book of Marvels. It includes sayings from various Buddhist scriptures and teachings from Tibetan Buddhist masters critical of the consumption of meat along with Shabkar’s own commentary. The second text is the Nectar of Immortality. This is Shabkar’s explanation on the importance of developing compassion for animals.

What people say about this book:
“Over the years, I’ve heard all sorts of arguments for and against being vegetarian. One of the qualities I appreciate about Lama Shabkar was his ability to speak with such authority and yet remain non-judgemental. In this book, Lama Shabkar praises the merit of vegetarianism, making his case from Sutra and Tantra. It certainly gives a Mahayana practitioner food for thought!” – Sean M. Sullivan

“Very good book about vegetarianism in Buddhism.” – Lionel Maslard

Why I think you should read this book:
For those engaging in the Mahayana path, vegetarianism is crucial towards the development of real compassion. Hence, Shabkar was particularly opposed to the consumption of meat. This book reflects Shabkar’s sentiment on this matter and he refers to the great masters, the Mahayana texts and so forth to give further credence to this matter. Thus, this book provides some of the best scriptural basis for vegetarianism that all self-respecting Mahayanists should have on their bookshelf.

 

Book 7: What Makes You Not A Buddhist

pic8 What Makes you NOT a Buddhist

Author:
Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

Description:
This is a book authored by the acclaimed Bhutanese lama and filmmaker, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse. He has directed three movies revolving around Buddhist themes: The Cup (1999), Travelers and Magicians (2003), and Vara: A Blessing (2013). He is popular among Western Buddhists because of his artistic way of presenting Buddhist themes.

This book explains what makes a good Buddhist by suggesting what a Buddhist is not. Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse explains how a Buddhist will be able to grasp the meaning of impermanence and not be entrapped by emotions that perpetuate the cycle of sufferings. Apart from that, a Buddhist will be able to seek meaning beyond a superficial fascination with beads, incense or exotic people in robes, and reach the heart of what the Buddha taught. The fundamental tenets of Buddhism are presented in simple language with examples that can be easily related to.

What people say about this book:
“Here at last is a crisp new voice in Tibetan Buddhism…There is much food for thought in this short book for Buddhist students and for anyone interested in the ongoing adaptation of traditional Eastern wisdom into postmodern Western settings.” – Publishers Weekly

“A pleasant refresher or an excellent introduction to Buddhism, even for those who choose not to be Buddhists.” – New Age Retailer

“This short, concise book simply rocks! Incredible introductory Buddhist book for anyone with even the slightest interest of understanding Buddhism. Must read.” – Brandon

Why I think you should read this book:
This is a good read for anyone interested in Buddhism but wants to know more than just the usual spiritual rites. Through this book, one realises how being a good Buddhist is definitely not confined to the clothes you wear, the ceremonies you perform or the meditation you do. Neither is it about what you eat, what you drink or who you have sex with. The meaning of being a good Buddhist is ultimately grounded to the tenets of Buddhism taught by Buddha.

 

Book 8: Dangerous Friend

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Author:
Rig’dzin Dorje

Description:
In the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, the relationship between a teacher and student is the cornerstone for a student to gain attainments. Vajrayana Buddhism may have grown in popularity but this intriguing part of the teaching remains largely misunderstood. Dangerous Friend explores the mysterious and multifaceted bond in a manner never done before.

Attainments are gained by students on the spiritual path through complete trust in the teacher. The teacher himself or herself must be stable, cultivated, wise, patient, honest and have the qualities of a Guru. Once the teacher-student relationship is formed, there will be serious ramifications on the spiritual path of the student if the relationship is broken.

Through reading Dangerous Friend spiritual seekers can find guidance on meeting and recognising an appropriate teacher, understand the gravity of entering the teacher-student relationship, adopt a genuine Buddhist practice and accept the challenges of being truly kind, honest and courageous.

What people say about this book:
“A vibrant, provocative work.” – Tricycle

“One of the best books on Vajrayana I’ve ever read. Not for beginners, though.” – Heidi Nummi

“This book gives the student guidelines in the requirements needed for entering into a deeper understanding of Buddhism. When one is ready to take a deeper training into the customs, Pujas, Sutras of Buddhism, one might need to seek out a teacher who can guide you deeper into these areas. Finding a teacher to enter into this deeper study requires certain conditions to be met. The Student needs to know what they need to do to prepare for this relationship, and the Student needs to know what the Teacher requires; this book helps one to understand what is needed to enter into this important step in ones Buddhist studies.” – Rex McCoy

Why I think you should read this book:
This book demystifies the sacred teacher-student relationship within traditional Vajrayana Buddhism. It prepares the student with the correct mindset towards the teacher. It is a must-read especially if you are serious in advancing your spiritual journey by following a teacher.

Book list for avid spiritual seekers

For avid spiritual seekers, this is a recommended list of books that give detailed and in-depth teachings on Tibetan Buddhism. These books are compulsory references for serious spiritual seekers. Some of the books come with an easy-to-understand commentary or explanation that modern readers can relate to.

  1. Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice

A comprehensive guide on the lineage and practice of Lama Tsongkhapa.

  1. The Six Perfections – An Oral Teaching

Learn about the six perfections that give rise to complete enlightenment.

  1. Heart of Wisdom: The Essential Wisdom Teachings of Buddha

A humanised account of the deep and profound Buddhist topic of emptiness.

  1. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

A pivotal text for the Gelug lineage that guides students to enlightenment in an orderly manner.

  1. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume One – Volume Three

A careful compilation of Buddhist values by Lama Tsongkhapa that is still being used by many Buddhist schools today.

  1. Wheel of Sharp Weapons

A vital text on spiritual training, based on cause and effect and aimed to strike down inner enemies.

  1. The Fulfillment of All Hopes – Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism

Devoting oneself to a spiritual teacher wholeheartedly is fundamental to gaining spiritual attainments in Tibetan Buddhism.

  1. Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Paths, with Pabongka’s Commentary, The Principal Teachings of Buddhism

A book by Lama Tsongkhapa that condenses the principal teachings of Buddhism into three principal paths.

  1. The Bodhisattva Vow

A concise text for advanced spiritual practitioners on how to take and maintain the Bodhisattva vow.

 

Book 9: Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice

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Author:
His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche

Description:
A masterpiece by His Eminence the 25th Tsem Rinpoche introducing Lama Tsongkhapa’s beneficial teachings and practice to spiritual seekers everywhere. This book contains a short biography of Tsongkhapa, a complete commentary of Tsongkhapa’s Guru Yoga as well as a clear and concise guide to commence the practice.

Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice offers potential practitioners the knowledge to understand the history and background of the great Mahasiddha Lama Tsongkhapa, his lineage and the benefits of his practice.

This practice is especially suited for lay people with contemporary lifestyles, who are busy and have many responsibilities, often juggling between work and family. The practice helps to clear illness, lighten depression, reduce loneliness and bring harmony, stability and peace to our homes. With the correct motivation, this practice is a wish-fulfilling jewel that can make our aspirations come true.

What people say about this book:
“Concise, powerful, a treasured companion. From afar I have learned from the great teacher Tsem Rinpoche via his YouTube videos. I recently discovered this guide to Tsongkhapa practice, and have now read it three times, and practiced many times. Just as his videos contain so many treasures, this book is genuinely a jewel. While short, concise and to the point, it is a full practice, commentary and history of the great sage Lama Tsongkhapa. It has helped illuminate my practice and empower my life. Many thanks to Tsem Rinpoche, a great modern teacher. I carry it with me in my day bag, so that I can spontaneously practice anywhere. I read it again when I need inspiration. I highly recommend this book to anyone.” – Derek

Why I think you should read this book:
This book is the perfect guide to commence your meditation practice centred on the wonderful and healing Guru Yoga of Lama Tsongkhapa any time and anywhere. It is a must-read, which can be revisited and re-read on a regular basis to deepen one’s understanding of Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice, meditations, lineage and benefits.

 

Book 10: The Six Perfections – An Oral Teaching

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Author:
Geshe Sonam Rinchen

Description:
The six perfections, namely generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, concentration, and wisdom are virtues to be practised by Bodhisattva aspirants. The Six Perfections describe the true qualities and nature of an enlightened being, which is to say our own true nature. If they do not seem to be our true nature, it is because the perfections are obscured by our delusion, anger, greed and fear.

The six perfections are to be practised with selflessness and non-attachment, for the benefit of others. Each of the six perfections supports the other five and the order in which the perfections are practised is also significant. Hence this book is a guide to practising the six perfections that give rise to complete enlightenment.

What people say about this book:
“It speaks to the heart and connects with the mind.” – Explorations

“It is one of the most important books I’ve read about Buddhism, and I’ve read a lot of them. I was pleasantly surprised at the ability of Geshe Sonam in explaining the six perfections and how they apply to daily life. Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Concentration, Wisdom and Effort are the six virtues which are most important for developing happiness and inner peace. This book is a must for the spiritual seeker, both experienced or beginner.” – A Reader

Why I think you should read this book:
This is the ultimate handbook on practising and accomplishing the Six Perfections. The comprehensive commentary and explanations contained within help the reader to discover for themselves the benefits of practising the perfections, and be guided to apply them in daily life in a simple, easy and accessible manner.

 

Book 11: Heart of Wisdom – The Essential Wisdom Teachings of Buddha

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Author:
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Description:
The Heart of Wisdom is a modern exposition of the deep and profound Heart Sutra. The Heart Sutra is the best known and most popular of the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures. It contains the essence of Buddha’s teachings on emptiness and the methods to develop the wisdom that understands this ultimate reality.

In this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains the Heart Sutra on both an explicit and implicit level. He connects the dots between reality, how the mind works and how both relate to the five Mahayana paths that lead to full enlightenment. He also explains how an initial understanding of emptiness can be used to overcome both internal obstacles such as our own emotions and external obstacles that impede our happiness.

What people say about this book:
“Excellent commentary to two concepts central to Mahayana Buddhism: love and compassion.” – Garydtee

“An amazing book that helps us to better understand the nature of reality and our daily existence. Helps bring clarity to our interactions with the world around us and all of the living beings in it. One of my favorites!” – Elizabeth Jones

“The bullets for this book say things like: Are things as solid and real as they appear? Realize the truth behind appearances. Discover the dream-like nature of our world. Cultivate the wisdom that liberates the mind. I couldn’t resist reading the book after this, and I was not even slightly let down – the author delivers answers. It requires careful reading, but is well worth the effort – showing how we are the architects of our own reality on every single level. Quantum physicists would love this book. So would anyone who is really seeking to understand the relationship between our mind and our world.” – Trudy Jim

Why I think you should read this book:
This book clears any doubts that you may have on the subject of emptiness and the origin of reality. It provides answers instead of creating more questions, and it is an absolute must-read to study and gain a clearer understanding of the Buddhist path. Studying this book deepens one’s conviction in the Buddhist faith. Hence it is a suitable text for practitioners from all traditions.

 

Book 12: Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

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Author:
Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche

Description:
A pivotal text within the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand presents the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, also known as the Lam Rim. The book is a translated version of the original Tibetan text. Trijang Rinpoche, the tutor to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, recorded and edited his notes from Pabongka Rinpoche’s famous 24-day teaching given in 1921. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand weaves together lively stories and quotations with frank observations and practical advice to guide readers step by step along the journey to Buddhahood.

This book has become a fundamental resource in classes at Buddhist centres the world over, especially since the teachings within it come from a great lineage of enlightened masters, and has been checked and debated by many masters since its completion by Trijang Rinpoche. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand is a text that alleviates depression or unhappiness. Through the teachings, you can develop the altruistic motivation for the benefit of others. It teaches correct view, effort, equality, respect, gratitude and forgiveness. Most importantly, this book provides the map to enlightenment.

What people say about this book:
“A comprehensive, accessible, straightforward guide on how to meditate on each step of the path.” – Tricycle

“I feel this guide has given me a friend whom I may consult and appreciate through the years.” – The Reader’s Review

“The richest and most enjoyable volume from the Lam Rim tradition published to date.” – Golden Drum

Why I think you should read this book:
This is the one book you must read to deepen your spiritual knowledge. It is the absolute text that will bring you to a higher state of mind, collect tremendous merits, correct erroneous thoughts on reality and bestow great accomplishments. The benefits of this text are countless. It is concise yet comprehensive, and encompasses all aspects of Buddhism as a path to ultimate liberation. This is the ultimate book for advanced practitioners as well as beginners in the study and practice of Buddhism.

 

Book 13: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Volume One – Volume Three (Lam Rim Chen Mo)

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Author:
Lama Tsongkhapa

Description:
The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is revered as one of the most important sacred scriptures of the world. The author, Lama Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419), completed this masterpiece in 1402. Since then it has become one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Buddhism. Tsongkhapa took great pains to base his penetrating insights on classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings from masters of the Kadampa tradition. In this way, the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist traditions.

  • Volume One covers all practices that are prerequisite for developing the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta).
  • Volume Two explains how to train in the six perfections in order to develop the heart of compassion indispensable for any student who wants to put the Dharma into practice.
  • Volume Three contains a presentation of the two most important topics to be found in the Great Treatise: meditative serenity (shamatha) and supramundane insight into the nature of reality (vipasyana).

What people say about this book:
“One of the greatest religious or secular works in the library of our human heritage.” – Robert A. F. Thurman

“A must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the principles of Buddhism as well as an effective manual for spiritual self-improvement.” – Bookwatch Review

Why I think you should read this book:
A three-volume book consisting of Buddha’s 84,000 teachings transmitted directly by the second Buddha, the Great Lama Tsongkhapa. An essential read to deepen your understanding for higher learning of Buddhist principles and applying them in day-to-day practice. This book is suitable for both monastic and lay practitioners of all traditions.

 

Book 14: Wheel of Sharp Weapons

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Author:
Dharmaraksita

Description:
The Wheel of Sharp Weapons is considered one of the most important and influential texts in the large corpus of Mahayana literature. It deals with the training of the mind on the spiritual path. It was composed by the great Indian Yogi Dharmaraksita. From among his numerous disciples, Dharmaraksita transmitted these teachings to Atisha (982 – 1054) and from there it passed down through an unbroken lineage of great masters. The commentary to the Wheel of Sharp Weapons was given by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey.

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons lends two perspectives to our spiritual training. One perspective is that of cause and effect, better known as karma; it characterises how selfish motivations lead to the ripening of unhappiness in the future. The other perspective is using the Wheel of Sharp Weapons as a device to strike down our inner enemy. In a nutshell, in practising the Bodhisattva path, one must become similar to a peacock as mentioned in the text. The peacock is able to rake adverse conditions and transform them into springboards for inner transformation on the path to enlightenment.

What people say about this book:
“This is a great read. Straight forward and direct. I enjoyed it immensely. Maybe if I persist in studying it I will understand it one day.” – Rick

“This book is a must read for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of karma. It is not easy reading, but beautifully written.” – Sandi

Why I think you should read this book:
Reading a text like the Wheel of Sharp Weapons will give you the sense that all the problems created in this life is the result of our self-cherishing mind that possesses strong grasping of the self over others. It gives you a good sense on what and which area to work on so that you will not fall into the same conundrum over again, both in this life and in future lives. A good book for aspirants seeking higher spiritual training as well as for the self-help enthusiast who needs a comprehensive guide to understanding the causes for suffering and the basis for self-improvement.

 

Book 15: The Fulfillment of All Hopes – Guru Devotion in Tibetan Buddhism

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Author:
Lama Tsongkhapa

Description:
In Tibetan Buddhism tradition, it is of the utmost importance to have a spiritual teacher. Devoting oneself to a spiritual teacher is fundamental to the highest form of spiritual practice in Tibetan Buddhism. Yet guru devotion is largely misunderstood. Guru devotion requires the student to develop total conviction that the guru is a Buddha — a prerequisite for receiving further tantric initiation. Only a guru can show the way as he himself has already gained these achievements. If the student doubts the guru’s competence and ability to guide, it will nullify the spiritual practices and the student will not be able to make any tangible progress.

Ashvagosha’s 50 Verses of Guru Devotion is the most comprehensive summary of devoting oneself to the guru by means of action. The specific commentaries are given in Lama Tsongkhapa’s The Fulfillment of All Hopes, accompanied by the original Tibetan text. Since the 50 Verses of Guru Devotion outlines how disciples should act with their guru, it is customarily taught before a tantric initiation is given. Once a guru-disciple relationship has been established, disciples are taught guru devotion and the common path of renunciation, bodhicitta and the correct view of emptiness.

What people say about this book:
“A book for all truth-seekers!” – EAST-WEST

“How to relate to teachers in the most beneficial way is still a major problem for those new to Tibetan Buddhism, yet is essential for progress on the path. This is a welcome clarification.” – The Middle Way

Why I think you should read this book:
Do you find it difficult to understand the concept of Guru Devotion? Many do. Yet, it is the singular, most pivotal element of practice that determines the achievement of spiritual attainments. This is the book that reminds you of your guru’s kindness in teaching Dharma, and that he confers initiations and transmits teachings of unbroken lineages that come from the Buddha himself. Without the guru, you will not understand the Dharma, and hence will be unable to gain any spiritual attainments. It is only logical because if you do not respect the state of Buddhahood he represents, how can you hope to attain it?

 

Book 16: Tsongkhapa’s Three Principal Paths, with Pabongka’s Commentary, The Principal Teachings of Buddhism

pic17 Principal teachings of Buddhism

Author:
Lama Tsongkhapa

Description:
Tsongkhapa’s masterpiece appears here with a commentary by the illustrious Pabongka Rinpoche (1878 – 1941), generally regarded as the foremost Tibetan teacher of Buddhism of the last century. This work has been translated by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, one of the last Buddhist masters of old Tibet. The three principal paths are renunciation, the wish for enlightenment (or bodhicitta) and the correct view of emptiness.

When the mind is filled with these three thoughts when practising Buddhism, the practitioner will see a true transformation in their life. This book serves to guide spiritual aspirants to develop renunciation towards worldly affairs and develop an altruistic mind that aspires to become a Buddha for the sake of every living being. When the mind is imbued with the correct view, it will be able to serve as the antidote out of the cycle of life.

What people say about this book:
“This is a highly accessible exposition of the three principal paths of Buddhism, being renunciation, the wish to achieve enlightenment for all sentient beings and the correct view (the wisdom realising emptiness). Based on a poem written by one of the most precious masters of Tibetan Buddhism Lama Tsong-Kha-Pa, the commentary is relatively brief yet lacks nothing in detail. The small size of the book makes it both a wonderful reference work and perfect travelling companion. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism.” – Amazon Customer

“A comprehensive, weighty look at Buddhism from the master who taught the first Dalai Lama.” – Cyndee

Why I think you should read this book:
Generally speaking, people during our time are educated, sensitive, caring, generous and living in abundance. Yet, the availability of so much material wants does not make people happier. Despite the self-help books on the shelves regarding emotional well-being, many still feel confused, lack self-confidence and wallow in self-blaming. The Three Principal Paths teaches us the correct motivation and perspective to develop our minds and achieve sustainable happiness.

 

Book 17: The Bodhisattva Vow

pic18 Bodhisattva Vows

Author:
Geshe Sonam Rinchen

Description:
Bodhisattvas, the great beings of Buddhism, are those who have generated bodhicitta, resolving to gain enlightenment in order to bring about lasting happiness for all living beings. This requires engaging in the marvellous activities of Bodhisattvas. In order to engage in these activities and live the life of an authentic Bodhisattva, one takes the Bodhisattva vow.

The Bodhisattva Vow and the short text known as the Twenty Verses on the Bodhisattva Vow by the Indian master Chandragomin discuss some of the most important details regarding the vow, such as from whom it should be taken, how one should prepare for receiving it, what constitutes transgressions of the vow and how they should be purified.

What people say about this book:
“Tells the reader in a clear and accessible manner about the first steps one should take in order to enter the Bodhisattva practice…Highly recommended.” – Tibet Journal

Why I think you should read this book:
When you study and practise according to the teachings of any lineage, you must always develop the strong motivation of concern for the well-being of all sentient beings. The Bodhisattva vow is the heart of this Mahayana practice that leads you to generate the noble wish to gain enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. Definitely a book that eager practitioners should not miss to study.
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  1. Marek on Jan 9, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    bones of the master by George Crane

  2. Marek on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Buddhist Goddesses of India by Miranda Shaw

  3. Marek on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Gods of Northern Buddhism by Alice Getty

  4. Marek on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His_Dark_Materials
    perhaps made more of an impact in Anglophonic countries such as UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand than elsewhere, however, you, dear websurfer can read and write English – so go ahead – you have nothing to lose other than having your curiosity TEMPORARILY satisfied – noone should never have their curiosity completely satisfied

  5. Marek on Jan 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Scepticism Inc by Bo Fowler

  6. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 1:22 am

    books by Robert Beer and Keith Dowman, as is Gods of Northern Buddhism

  7. Marek on Jan 4, 2017 at 12:32 am

    Way of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Jampa Thaye, The Splendor of an Autumn Moon by Je Tsongkhapa, Enlightened Beings by Janice D Willis

  8. Marek on Jan 3, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    also recommend Complete Idiot’s guide to understanding Buddhism, Buddhism for Dummies, The Buddhist Handbook by John Snelling, many books by Donald S Lopez, The Life of The Buddha by Tenzin Chogyel, Buddhism plain and simple by Steve Hagen, Old Path White Clouds by Thich Nhat Hanh (made me cry) – another good source would be to ask at local (non denomintaional) schools what books they suggest on Buddhism when their pupils/students are studying about world religions, local libraries, Universities and of course many Temples/Buddhist Centres often have libraries, also – many Buddhists have been known to sponsor free Buddhist texts for distribution at Temples – lovely

  9. Wan Wai Meng on Nov 24, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Thank you Stella for introducing us to all these books, these are essential topics for us to learn for our spiritual growth.

  10. Alice Tay on Aug 11, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you Rinpoche and Stella sharing this recommendation of books that must read.

    There are 2 books that I like the most, Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice and Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment. In Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice, we can know the guru and lineage, the brief biography of Lama Tsongkhapa and most importantly it contains Lama Tsongkhapa’s practice. I have read this book in English version and Chinese version too. Sometimes, I will refer to this book to clear my doubts especially in the part of Lama Tsognkhapa’s practice.

    For Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand , it is a very comprehensive teachings given by Pabongka Rinpoche with the practical advice to guide readers step by step along the journey to Buddhahood. Same as Tsongkhapa – A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice, I have this book in English and Chinese version which I think it is good for me to have these 2 versions for my better understanding. Furthermore, I am grateful that Kechara House held the dharma class and refer to this Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand as the core teaching. This is a good opportunity for us to learn and understand easily the teaching in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand .

  11. yikming on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Stella, Thanks for the compilation of the recommended books. Gonna be a chase list.
    Cheers,
    yikming

  12. Pastor KH Ng on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Dear Stella,

    Thank for the concise compilation of 17 books. These books will definitely enhance our understanding of Buddhism and especially the practices of Mahayana Tibetan Buddhism and the practices of the Gelug School in particular.

    I read some of the book and my favourites must be “Compassions Conquer All”, “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” and “Introduction to Buddhism”. The last gave a framework of Buddhism and particularly Lama Tsongkhapa’s path; “Liberation…” of course is the great Lamrim text that is our “bible” which gave detailed dharma and practices while “Compassion…” is precisely Rinpoche’s instructions to students to practice mind transformation, which is our main practice.

    I am eager to read those that I have not; some I have acquired but not read.

    Thank You again and Thank You Rinpoche!

  13. Valentina Suhendra on Aug 8, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Dear Stella

    Thank you for writing this book recommendation. I can definitely see that I have read some of the books you recommended and I agree with you that they are great books that help me a lot in increasing my understanding of Dharma.

    Therefore I trust the remaining recommendations are also great books :). Thank you again Stella

    Valentina

  14. Echeah on Aug 8, 2016 at 2:01 am

    Thanks Stella for the great write-up. They are all definitely must-reads.
    Book 12: Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment by Pabongka Rinpoche and Trijang Rinpoche, i.e. the Lamrim, is one that all serious dharma students should have, not only to read but study, contemplate and apply. In it, we learn the actual path to enlightenment.

  15. Fong on Aug 6, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you for the synopsis and reviews of these books. There are just so very many books to read and don’t know where to start. It helps us to narrow down the list to decide which read first.

    Thank you for compiling this list to help us.

  16. samfoonheei on Aug 6, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you Stella for sharing the wonderful collection of books for us to read and understand better about Buddhism. There is so many books for us to choose.The description of each book is clearly explain, made it easy for us to choose.I have not got any of those books yet but will try to get it .All these books reminds us of our guru’s kindness in teaching Dharma to us.
    Thanks again.

  17. Carmen Koo on Aug 5, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Dear Stella,

    Thank you for the recommendations on the books that are a must read for spiritual seekers and aspirants.

    Your list is concise, and your summary, captivating, to draw the attention of the reader to pick these books up.

    I have not finished reading any of these books, but what i’ve managed to read so far, they’re definitely enlightening and gives you much more extension and depths to your thoughts, and guides you to change the way you are.

    For example, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment, also known as the Lamrim, is considered the bible for Buddhists. Following it and practising it, it guides you to enlightenment. Lama Tsongkhapa first wrote the Lamrim Chenmo, which he summarised from various teachings, and then Pabongka Rinpoche gave a discourse on the Lamrim over 24 days. It was said that thousands of people attended the teachings, yet, everyone heard his teachings so clearly, without the help of what we use today – microphones. So the Lamrim is a guided path, comprising of the entire doctrine of teachings, in a book, made for us to read, understand, practice and transform! It is more precious than gold!

    For those who want, some of the books above can be bought online from:

    http://www.vajrasecrets.com

    Carmen

  18. Yin Lin on Aug 5, 2016 at 12:42 am

    A compact list of books that depict the essence of buddism. For those who wish to gain an insight into or even enhance their understanding of buddhism, this is definitely a good place to set out on the journey.

  19. Corinne on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    hi Stella. This is a great article that comes in handy like a compass to many others, like an e-bookstore. I am amazed at the list of books that are available. Great compilation!

    • Stella Cheang on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Corinne. These books are suitable for both novice and avid Buddhist practitioners, please feel free to share with others.

  20. Lin Mun on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks Stella for your recommendation and providing us a review on the contents of each book.

    I am grateful to all the high lamas for writing so many Buddhism books that are suitable for everyone. With the availability of the books, may more people read, learn and transform themselves.

  21. Jill Yam on Aug 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    So many books to enhance our knowledge and we learn new things everyday.
    I love the book ‘The Living Buddha Within’. It is easy to understand as Rinpoche explain clearly how karma and reincarnation works. We may not have found our true nature but there’s really a living Buddha within us. It’s for us to discover it.
    The next important book to read is of course the Lamrim which H.H. Pabongka Rinpoche gave these precious 24 days teachings which is also the guide to Enlightenment.
    Some of the other books I have read and now I need to get hold of those that I don’t have.

    Thank you Stella for introducing the above must read books to us.

    Jill Yam

  22. Uncle Eddie on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Many grateful thanks to His Eminence, The 25th Tsem Rinpoche and his wonderful devoted group of deep caring pastors for sharing this useful Name-list of relative books for us to make references or in case of need for our spiritual knowledge of learning and seeking. Yes we greatly appreciate our Guru, Rinpoche for his sincere concern and compassionate caring for our spiritual needs. Rinpoche like all great masters embody what he teaches and preaches! He invites us to learn from his insight expertized teachings and experiences, and encourages us to evolve our own journey of learning in personal growth. Like his well-meant advice always hinted to us: “The Journey is the Destination, the Time is to embark on it – There are no short-cuts on the Path……. No weekend, week long, or short courses to happiness and enlightenment. The Journey is the Destination, and the time to embark on it is the “ever-unfolding present” with its Leadership”. Rinpoche has vigorously advised us to begin this journey with him, being one with great spiritual and religious experiences, and one who had “gone through ‘hell and back’ to help us fulfill our destiny fearlessly with great determination together! OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA.

  23. sonny tan on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Thank you Stella for presenting to us this amazing collection on Buddhism, it must have taken you quite a while to do extensive research and culminating in a very informative insight into basic life of Lord Buddha, Lama Tsongkhappa and many other illustrious teachers of the past and present as well as our own guru His Eminence Tsem Tulku Rinpoche teachings. A priceless treasure if I may add.
    It is indeed delightful to notice some of the more prominent books that many would love to be owner of such as ‘Liberation in the Palm of your Hands’ by Pabongka Rinpoche and ‘A Simple Guide to a Powerful Practice’ by Rinpoche. I would love to purchase all as these are gems too invaluable to miss owning.
    Last week at our dharma class the subject was ‘The Eight Verses of Mind Transformation’ Pastor Han Nee emphasize the importance of owning this book ‘Compassion Conquers All’ by Rinpoche and I find it very penetrative and I am looking forward to add this to my collection.

  24. Sofi on Aug 4, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Thank you Stella for sharing the list of “books that are a must read”. I have read a few books on the list but will need to spend sometime to start on the others. I liked “The Living Buddha Within” as it was interesting short stories and I had given many to people I have met as its light and a good introduction to Buddhism through Rinpoche. Another which we definite must read is “The Lamrim”, the 24 days teachings by H.H Pabongka Rinpoche and written by H.H. Trijang Rinpoche. Hmm the picture and title “Dangerous Friend” caught my eyes and I look forward to reading the book to prepare myself for the correct way to be our Guru.
    May the books bless every reader with the holy words within and may we have the merits to digest and understand the words and meanings. _()_

  25. Karen on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    I like The Wheel of Sharp Weapons. It’s the mirror to our life, it demonstrates how we are the creator of all our of sufferings and problems or happiness. Without understanding the basic knowledge of how karma is formed and how our actions related to it. In The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, we can understand how our specific actions can lead to specific results, and we can learn the reasons for our experiences and what we need to do if we want the unhappiness and dissatisfaction to stop.

    For example in one of the verses, it says when one suffers from great hunger, thirst and shelter, this hardship is created by one cheating others or stealing from others food, shelter, etc. Whatever actions we committed and made others suffered, we have to bear the same sufferings in the future. This makes a lot of sense and logical.

    Below is the talk from Tsem Rinpoche about The Wheel of Sharp Weapons few years ago:

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/the-wheel-of-sharp-weapons.html

  26. William Chua on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Very concise summary of the books that will widen our knowledge in Buddhism. Thank you Stella.

    The book which I have read “Compassion Conquers All” explains a lot on the eight verses of Mind transformation where we put others above ourselves even though they are our enemies. This is practice which will slowly scrape off our ego. VEry good read and even better when practices.

    The book I am looking forward to read is the Wheel of Sharp weapons. It will definitely enlighten me on whatever we do has effects on on us. It is the law of cause and effect; karma. And we cannot escape from karma.

  27. Wylfred Ng on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    谢谢Stella 的分享。

    在十七本书中, 我读过且最喜欢的就是第九本:《宗喀巴大师–强大力量的简易修行》 与及第十二本:《菩提道次第–掌中解脱》

    《宗喀巴大师–强大力量的简易修行》 所说的就是十四世纪一代大师, 也是藏传佛教格鲁传承的祖师, 宗喀巴大师的生平及宗喀巴大师上师瑜伽法的解释。

    这本书清楚及简单说明了宗喀巴大师上师瑜伽法的重要性, 也清楚解释了七支文的意义及观想。 在很多主尊仪轨里都包含了七支文, 所以这本书的内容不只是单单是宗喀巴大师上师瑜伽法而已, 它也让我们更容易了解其他仪轨。

    《菩提道次第–掌中解脱》 是帕绷喀仁波切根据宗喀巴大师的菩提道次第广论浓缩成二十四天教授, 然后有赤江仁波切集结而成。 我很喜欢这本书是因为这本书简单易明, 也是佛陀讲法的精华所在。

    其他书如果有机会的话也会请购来阅读。

    谢谢

  28. Sock Wan on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    Thank you Stella for sharing with us the ‘Must-read’ book. Even though the books are written by different authors, the teachings are essentially the same, they are all teachings from Buddha Shakyamuni.

    If you are looking for just one book that covers all 84000 teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, the book “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand” will be the best book to get. You will be able to learn why do we need an altar, what is karma, the role of the teacher, etc. With better understanding of the “whys” you will be able to practice with faith and see the progress.

  29. Carsden on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Reading is really a great way to expand one’s knowledge. I have not read any of these books before, but after reading the synopsis of each books, I will definitely grab one (maybe more) home.

    Thank you Stella for this great article!

  30. jerry_sito on Aug 3, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    感谢stella对于这17本书的分享,

    高僧大德们总是透过不同的方式来弘扬佛法,无论是庄严的,轻松的,善巧的,或是以透过声音,或透过文字,都是这些高僧大德们希望我们能够在不同的管道中得闻佛法,并学习佛法运用到我们生活当中。

    在这17本书中,对我印象最深的就是由尊贵的第廿五世詹杜固仁波切的教诲编辑而成的《宗喀巴大师》,我记得我刚接触克切拉时,他们告诉我说要每一年重复读这一本书,将会有不同的理解,或是因为我们常常在忙碌的都市生活中打转,对于一些仪轨,观想或开示我们都会变得模糊甚至完全忘记,而重复读这一本书能够提醒与勾起我们的佛法印记,帮助我们在修持的道路上继续成长,而这一部本书也非常详细地解释了关于宗喀巴大师的修持法的益处,方法,观想等等,是对于我们非常重要的一部书。

    谢谢
    Jerry Sito

  31. Paul Yap on Aug 3, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Lots of wonderful Dharma books to read, by understanding more dharma knowledge we can benefit oneself, family and friends this life and many lifes time to come.

  32. Joy on Aug 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    These are some of my all time favourites!
    – Compassion Conquers All
    – Food of the Bodhisattvas
    – Dangerous Friend
    – Wheel of Sharp Weapons
    – Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment
    and everything else here which I am dying to read one day.

    I remembered when I first started and one of the first Buddhism books I read in Rinpoche’s library was Introduction to Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso… I thought at that time… wow finally a clear, straightforward, concise book of Tibetan Buddhism that really helped me understood the spiritual in which I was about to embark.

    Anyway, thanks to our dear Dharma sister Stella Cheang… who has done a fab job in reviewing each of these books… now you can have a synopsis before venturing into any of them which is indeed all precious nectar of enlightened wisdom.

  33. Andrew on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Very insightful indeed

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Dear Andrew,
      Thank you for your comment. Stella and the team did a great job. Perhaps you can share with us by leaving a comment after you have read any of the books. Happy reading!

  34. Rei Xiao on Aug 3, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for sharing. where can I borrow these books for reading?

    • Stella Cheang on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Hi Rei,

      Thank you for your comment. Almost all of the books are available online e.g. Amazon.com and Vajrasecrets.com, you may find the titles you are looking for there. We do have a collection of selected books at our temple located at Kechara House, Sunwaymas PJ. Some of the books are available for loan.

      No. 7, Jalan PJU 1/3G,
      Sunwaymas Commercial Centre,
      47301 Petaling Jaya,
      Selangor, MALAYSIA.

      Tel: +603 7803 3908
      Fax: +603 7803 3108
      Email: care@kechara.com

      Opening Hours
      Monday – Wednesday: 1pm – 10pm
      Thursday & Friday: 1pm – 6pm
      Saturday: Closed
      Sunday: 9am to 1pm

      http://www.kechara.com/kechara-house/contact/

      sincerely,
      Stella

    • Pastor Shin Tan on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Dear Rei,
      Besides what Stella mentioned, some of these books are also available at public libraries. You can try to enquire/search at a library near you. However, I do recommend purchasing the books as they are valuable references, especially “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand – A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment”.

      You can always give away these books to your friends who need them after you are done reading them.

      Happy reading!

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    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 1***

    According to His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden is a fully enlightened Buddha who appears in the form of a worldly god so that beings in this era can access his blessings quicker and more powerfully.

    Dorje Shugden is also known as the Protector of our time because, apart from guiding Buddhist practitioners on their path to Enlightenment, he also attends to our daily challenges and obstacles. Dorje Shugden does this not because he is a fulfiller of samsaric wishes but because in his omniscience, Dorje Shugden recognises that the human mind becomes distracted from Dharma practice by mundane problems. Hence alleviating our worries and fulfilling our wishes is just a means by which Dorje Shugden helps practitioners achieve the higher objective, i.e. a flourishing Dharma practice.

    The problems that people of our time encounter are common everywhere we go and they include:

    1) Financial problems
    2) Illnesses and diseases
    3) Natural disasters and epidemics
    4) Stres and depression
    5) Violent crimes and wars
    6) Loss of purpose and direction

    How Dorje Shugden Helps…
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-1
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:38 AM
    ***The Advantages of Propitiating Dorje Shugden: Part 2***

    The Dharma Protector’s role is to ensure that practitioners have uninhibited access to the teachings, the clarity to understand the principles and meanings, and suitable conditions to apply what they have learned. And so, for the practitioner, the Dharma Protector functions to avert inner and outer obstacles the practitioner may encounter, and where necessary, provide conditions and resources for the practitioner’s Dharma journey to be smooth and unobstructed.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-advantages-of-propitiating-dorje-shugden-part-2
  • Joy Kam
    Sunday, Feb 26. 2017 12:36 AM
    Take a little bit of Dorje Shugden knowledge with you wherever you go. Download these teachings in the language that suits you best. English, Chinese, Tibetan, or even Italian, Nepali, Korean and Mongolian – we have it all here, for you, for free.

    >>> Dorje Shugden Images & More <<<
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/category/media/downloads

  • Lin Mun
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 08:31 PM
    Mumu is so cute on the treadmill. Rinpoche is very creative in getting Mumu to exercise. When we want the best for our pet, we will think out of the box to help. Thank you Rinpoche for sharing the knowledge and video.

    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/videos/mumu-on-the-treadmill.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:42 PM
    Scary to know what exactly happened to Angel during her waking from sleep.Watched the video, wondering its sleep paralysis or the unseen beings pressing on her. This weird phenomenon as explained by Rinpoche is that she was karmically connected with the unseen beings.I do believe the unseen beings do exists after all, I am glad Angel is back to her own self , its over now.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/till-i-see-blood.html#comment-736240
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 07:40 PM
    Sleep paralysis whether is science or paranormal.From what i read and hear to me its more paranormal as i do believe in unseen beings do exist after all. Sleep paralysis is more likely to be caused by paranormal distinct existence. I have not experience one before but at least i know now what i can do if it happen to me after reading this post.There are many other methods to protect ourselves just in case,like reciting our powerful mantra of Dorje Shugden( OM BENZA WIKI BITANA SOHA ) .
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing this article.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/sleep-paralysis-medical-or-paranormal.html#comment-736360
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 05:06 PM
    Interesting read from Tsemrinpoche.com

    Energy Channels
    This vital life force or chi, is composed of two kinds of forces, yin and yang, and flows along a sophisticated network of energy pathways, or highways, circuiting the body. Over 2000 years ago ancient cultures knew of the existence of these energy channels. They were called ‘sen’ in Thailand, ‘nadis’ in India, ‘meridians’, ‘channels’ or ‘vessels’ in China and Japan, and ‘channels’ in Tibet. In India, where many eastern healing arts developed, there were said to be 72,000 nadis or energy pathways. Disease is believed to be a blockage in the energy flow of these channels. A range of healing traditions, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage and yoga, are founded on the principle of the existence of energy channels or pathways, known as meridians, or nadis, running around the body in an expansive network.

    read more: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/science-finally-proves-meridians-exist.html
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 03:33 PM
    (REPLY FOR BEN)
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?

    Pujas are more comprehensive as they involve rituals and prayers. In other words, prayers are part of a puja. Each puja is done based on scriptural texts and methods passed down by the lineage masters, which invokes the blessings of Buddhas/ meditational deities. Apart from recitation of mantras and meditation, ritual cakes (tormas) and other offerings are also done for pujas.

    You can read more about pujas here:

    – Powerful Pujas
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/the-power-of-prayers.html

    – What are pujas about… do take a good read…
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/what-are-pujas-about-do-take-a-good-read.html

    You may also want to read about “Dorje Shugden’s Puja and Its Benefits”, which explains the components of a puja, as well as the benefits.
    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/dorje-shugdens-puja-and-its-benefits

    I hope the above info will help in answering your question.
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:24 PM
    Fully enlightened beings can manifest in whatever form they so choose in order to benefit sentient beings. Buddhas can manifest in the form of a Lama, a spiritual friend and even in the form of sound, which are called mantras. In essence mantras are the holy energies of the Buddhas in the form of sound. Reciting mantras of the Buddhas, meditational deities (Yidams) and Dharma Protectors therefore invokes their blessings to bring about a beneficial impact in our lives.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/dorje-shugdens-mantra
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:37 PM
    Very touching……. i do enjoyed watching those videos.
    So courage of John Byrne the homeless man to jump into the ice cold water to safe his pet rabbit.What he did was indeed incredible .His love and compassion for his pet rabbit and dog is an example,inspiration to us .
    Even though he is homeless yet he care and love his pet rabbit and dog so much giving food by begging.
    The man Gary Kearney who threw the pet rabbit was sentenced to four months detention.It show that the law do not tolerate cruelty to animals. A lesson to learn from here is to love.care and compassion to all sentient beings whatever happen to them.Never abused them.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing and i have shared with my friends too.
    http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/the-rabbit-in-the-river.html
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:12 AM
    **The Three Bodies of a Buddha**

    The primary manifestation of a fully enlightened being is called the Dharmakaya. “Dharma” means phenomenon, while “kaya” means body. Therefore, Dharmakaya refers to the primordial or true nature of phenomena which is beyond conceptual and dualistic thought. This manifestation is essentially the mind of a fully enlightened being, beyond appearance and sensory perception. This mind knows no limits or boundaries… more: http://www.dorjeshugden.org/blog/the-three-bodies-of-a-buddha
  • Joy Kam
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 02:10 AM
    ***Yangdup Wealth Puja 2017*** blog post is out.

    Find out why is the Yangdup Puja performed? How does wealth play a role in Buddhism? Isn’t Buddhism about letting go of one’s worldly attachments? Check out the fabulous pictures and videos here >>> http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/kechara-13-depts/yangdup-wealth-puja-2017.html
  • Ben
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:56 AM
    For Pastor Shin – Are pujas more effective than prayers?
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  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:29 AM
    By understanding Dorje Shugden’s enlightened nature, we realise that relying on him cannot lead us anywhere except for Enlightenment. Reciting any praise of Dorje Shugden on a daily basis reminds us of his attainments, and the type of being we are propitiating. It also serves as a reminder of the qualities we can attain as a result of relying on him, that his practice will help us to attain common and uncommon siddhis.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/praise-of-dorje-shugdens-origins
  • Pastor Shin
    Saturday, Feb 25. 2017 01:28 AM
    Incense has been used as a traditional substance for offering since the birth of Buddhism. The first recorded instance of incense being used occurs in the story of Magadha Sangmo, whose impact can be seen across the ancient Buddhist world. The daughter of Suddatta, a layman and the Buddha’s primary patron, she herself was an ardent student of Buddha Shakyamuni. After marrying, she longed to see her Guru, the Buddha and offer dana. Climbing to the roof of her in-law’s house, she offered incense and a verse of invocation. The omniscient Buddha heard her prayers and arrived with his entire entourage, descending from the sky on a lion to fulfil her request.

    http://www.dorjeshugden.org/practice/incense-offering-prayers-to-dorje-shugden

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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
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February 9,2017-My Mumu boy and Oser girl are just relaxing together..super cute
Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
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Click on the picture to enlarge and see what Suzy from Hawaii commented on the Dorje Shugden issue after much research. She is very candid and honest. Refreshing. Original is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-4lIwxph4
This is a good one to read
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This is a good one to read
Mumu is silly and cute and funny
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Mumu is silly and cute and funny
Mumu\'s hair is messy and he looks funny
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Mumu's hair is messy and he looks funny
I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. 
I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. 
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I am in the process of creating beautiful Dorje Shugden and Kechara Forest Retreat watches at this time. So we can take precious protector and Kechara Forest Retreat wherever we go and be blessed everytime we see what time it is. I am perfecting the designs with a great team and will update when done but these are just some samples that arrived. Feast your eyes! Tsem Rinpoche
                        Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini\'s path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html  Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
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Pick the practice, devotion and precepts of Vajra Yogini's path over everything and anything in samsara. Samsara has nothing of value and nothing lasting to offer. You are born in suffering, live in suffering, die in suffering and enter bardo and future lives expecting more sufferings. This is not a negative way of looking at things but the truth. If the truth is negative, so it is the truth. Devote oneself to the guru, dharma work, dharma practice and bringing dharma to others compassionately. Choose to practice Vajra Yogini now with the preliminaries. You can start right now: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/inspiration-worthy-words/starting-on-vajra-yogini-now.html Much care, Tsem Rinpoche
Message to Tibetans in English
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Message to Tibetans in English
Message to the Tibetans
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Message to the Tibetans
Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
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Left to right: Kensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche, Sharpa Choeje Jetsun Lobsang Nyima, Kyabje Zemey Rinpoche, Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, 101st Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal. Great lamas of Gaden Shartse Monastery
A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
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A beautiful Indian rendition of Gyenze Dorje Shugden manifesting in wealth form
This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
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This is my thoughts and determination to share with you. Please open and read. Thank you for your time. Tsem Rinpoche
Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
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Nepalese King Birendra receives His Holiness Panchen Rinpoche in Nepal
Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
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Guess what Zava Damdin Rinpoche did in Mongolia recently with 7,800 people??? Very interesting and it is a must read:  http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=116206
This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
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This huge Buddha in Korea is magnificent
The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
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The very first oracle of Dorje Shugden in trance statue. I have commissioned this.
Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
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Such a old and ancient thangka painting of Dorje Shugden. He has been around in Tibet practiced for hundreds of years.
One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
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One of the "Four Exalted Brothers" Avalokiteshvara statues, Phagpa Wati of Kyirong, which is now with H.H. the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala.
Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
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Kyabje Zemey, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche and Kyabje Pabongka Choktrul Rinpoche
My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
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My Oser girl and Mumu boy are so adorable
Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
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Wow this meditator in his cave in front of a painting of Yamantaka draped with a white khata of respect. He sits among bones to remind him of impermanence and our future. The bones inspire him strongly to let go of all attachments in this life and focus on dharma, meditation and liberation and he is doing so. Very beautiful and inspirational. Tsem Rinpoche
Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
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Tenzing Norgay found this in Nepal. Guess what it is?
Sir Edmund Hillary
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Sir Edmund Hillary
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha\'s teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
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Halloween is my favorite holiday. Wild natural plants and flowers are my favorite offering. Buddha's teachings on meditation and Yidam practice bring the ultimate results and happiness. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I\'ve seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
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Previous lives do resemble current lives especially if they are a recognized incarnation. If notice how similar the previous and current Trijang Rinpoche looks. The eyes, bone structure, expression, long neck, thin and overall look. Beautiful. I've seen this phenomena over and over in many Rinpoche incarnations. Especially when you compare them with pictures of previous and current lives at around the same ages. Something powerfully karmic about this. Tsem Rinpoche
It\'s nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
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It's nice to have monks visitors and resident monks in Kechara
                         Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
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Taken in Lake Champlain in Canada. A huge water monster...neat...
Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
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Beautiful! His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang has always been good friends with His Holiness Karmapa. No wonder H.H. Karmapa never spoke against Dorje Shugden. Two reasons perhaps: One is he knows the qualities of Trijang Rinpoche who is a attained being. And Karmapa himself has clairvoyance to perceive the true nature of Dorje Shugden directly. I love to see great beings like this manifesting closeness. When I see, I just want to prostrate to them and thank them for sharing such good examples to someone like me. Praise to the ego-less mind! Tsem Rinpoche
Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
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Serkong Dorje Chang on the left and his son Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche on the right.
High lamas in France September 2016
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High lamas in France September 2016
༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden:   http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
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༧གོང་ས་ཆེན་པོ་སྐུ་འཕྲེང་བཅུ་བཞི་པ་མཆོག་དང་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན། - Interesting relationship between 14th Dalai Lama and Dorje Shugden: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109757
Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
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Dalai Lama Says We Can Practise Dorje Shugden Finally! Read more on this development--- http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=109777
More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
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More time spent in dharma work is more karma collected to be happy and more time spent in non-dharma works is more karma collected to be unhappy.~Tsem Rinpoche
All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass,
 Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, 
 By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements,
 By seeing the good results, one\'s path becomes more clear, 
 The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, 
 This would eliminate the samsara within our minds.
 ~Tsem Rinpoche
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All Dorje Shugden prophesizes will come to pass, Those who generate refuge and merits will trust, By trusting one will see the good results of his pronouncements, By seeing the good results, one's path becomes more clear, The path of practice, purification and siddhic results, This would eliminate the samsara within our minds. ~Tsem Rinpoche
Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Large Dorje Shugden statue built by the 5th Dalai Lama and housed in Trode Khangsar. Sock Wand and Mdm Chuah took this picture in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
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Our own Kecharian Mdm. Chua with the oracle of Dorje Shugden Gen Tenzin Tsultrim in Lhasa, Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Trode Khangsar-the Chapel to Dorje Shugden built 400 years ago by the Great 5th Dalai Lama-Tibet 2016
Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
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Our very own Kecharian Mdm Chua standing in front of holy Gaden Monastery, Tibet 2016
                         This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
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This is the oracle of Dorje Shugden in Lhasa, Tibet. His name is Gen Tenzin Tsultrim of Sera Monastery in Tibet.
Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
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Ms. Sock Wan, Oracle of Dorje Shugden in Tibet Gen Tenzin Tsultrim, Mdm Chuah and Mr. Tashi in Tibet 2016
Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
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Mahasiddha Kyabje Gangchen Rinpoche, H.H. Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Ven. Rabten Choktrul Rinpoche 2016
His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
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His Eminence Mahasiddha Gangchen Rinpoche and the official oracle of Dorje Shugden Panglung Kuten Choji lah in Italy together September 2016
My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
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My thoughts on Malaysia. Thank you. Tsem Rinpoche
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
5 months ago
Beautiful thangka of Vajra Yogini. Look at the details where she appears in visions and also takes people to Kechara.
Left to right:

His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
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Left to right: His Holiness the Gaden Throne holder Jetsun Lungrik Namgyal, His Holiness Kyabje Zong Rinpoche (very young) and His Eminence Tsem Rinpoche in Gaden Shartse Prayer Hall during prayers.
 It\'s nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
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It's nice when families support the spiritual journeys of their children. This is one beautiful family of Pastor Niral of Kechara
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
6 months ago
Jog Falls a power place of Vajra Yogini and Heruka: http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=108652
Don\'t wait for the perfect group. Don\'t wait for the perfect person. Don\'t wait for the perfect situation. Don\'t expect yourself to be perfect. Don\'t even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It\'s between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
6 months ago
Don't wait for the perfect group. Don't wait for the perfect person. Don't wait for the perfect situation. Don't expect yourself to be perfect. Don't even look for perfection at least in our realm as it does not exist or time will run out. Just get going and keep doing good. It's between you and yourself. Tsem Rinpoche
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    Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche on Samaya
    ཁྱེད་ཀྱི་བཀའ་སློབ་དོན་སྙིང་དེ།།གང་གི་རྣ་བར་བདུད་རྩི་མོད།།འོན་ཀྱང་འགའ་ཡི་རྣ་ལམ་དུ།། བྲག་ཆ་བཞིན་དུ་འགྱུར་སྲིད་མོད།། ཚང་མས་ཚར་རེ་གཟིགས་རོགས།། Kyabje Denma Gonsa Rinpoche telling people that it is important to have guru samaya. It use to be that way in the great monasteries. We should not create problems and schisms. If we want to practice a protector, then do so, if not it's okay, but don't make trouble. One should just practice the Buddha Dharma well. To do good practice. If you have faith in Dorje Shugden and trust all the way, he will definitely help you. But most important is to practice the dharma. This is his advice in short here. It's good to let more Tibetans hear this holy speech and appeal by this very senior Rinpoche. TR
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    His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Propitiating Protectors & Oracles
    This was on FB and I came across it. His Holiness said in Tibetan institutions there is a lot of propitiating protector/oracles and this is not what Buddhism is about. So they are putting Nechung/Tema oracles within the video to say what is he talking about when he does it himself. This is confusing is the message to his people. TR
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