The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

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ISBN: 9780834840713
Release Date: 2017-03-28
Number of pages: 208
Author: Vicki Mackenzie
Publisher: Shambhala Publications

Download and read online The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi in PDF and EPUB A fascinating biography of Freda Bedi, an English woman who broke all the rules of gender, race, and religious background to become both a revolutionary in the fight for Indian independence and then a Buddhist icon. She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun—but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911–1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion—in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, spiritual seeker, scholar, professor, journalist, author, social worker, wife, and mother of four children. She counted among her friends, colleagues, and teachers Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many others. She was a woman of spiritual focus and compassion who was also not without contradictions. Vicki Mackenzie gives a nuanced view of Bedi and of the forces that shaped and motivated this complex and compelling figure.


The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

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ISBN: 9781611804256
Release Date: 2017
Number of pages: 208
Author: Vicki Mackenzie
Publisher: Shambhala Publications

Download and read online The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi in PDF and EPUB "A fascinating biography of Freda Bedi, an English woman who broke all the rules of gender, race, and religious background to become both a revolutionary in the fight for Indian independence and then a Buddhist icon. Freda Bedi (1911-1977) was one of the most remarkable and iconoclastic figures in Buddhism's movement to the West. Born in England, educated at Oxford, and married to a Sikh, she became a major force both in shaping modern-day Buddhism and Indian history. In her life she had many roles--political freedom fighter, spiritual seeker, scholar, professor, journalist, author, social worker, wife, and mother of four children (one of whom is a well-known actor). Vicki MacKenzie's lively biography captures what a trailblazer Bedi was in both the secular and spiritual realms. She studied meditation with Burmese meditation masters. She was the first English woman to be accepted by Gandhi into his elite band of Satyagrahi, delivering rousing speeches to thousands of Indians urging them to revolt, and then was imprisoned for subversion. She was asked by Nehru to help resettle Tibetan refugees, and she aided the Dalai Lama when he went into exile. Bedi established a school for young Tibetan lamas and also a nunnery, which still exists, to provide nuns equal religious opportunities. She was also the first woman, of any nationality, to receive the full Bikshuni ordination, making her the highest-ranking Tibetan Buddhist nun in India. MacKenzie, a well-known journalist in Britain, has forty years of experience writing about Buddhism in the West. For this book, she traced Bedi's footsteps and conducted many in-depth interviews with those who knew her, including friends, family, government officials, lamas, and nuns. She also drew heavily from Bedi's own writings, diaries, and recordings--all provided by Bedi's family--and the book includes many photographs"--


Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism

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ISBN: 1559398353
Release Date: 2007-12-25
Number of pages: 504
Author: John Powers
Publisher: Shambhala

Download and read online Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism in PDF and EPUB This is the most comprehensive and authoritative introduction to Tibetan Buddhism available to date, covering a wide range of topics, including history, doctrines, meditation, practices, schools, religious festivals, and major figures. The revised edition contains expanded discussions of recent Tibetan history and tantra and incorporates important new publications in the field. Beginning with a summary of the Indian origins of Tibetan Buddhism and how it eventually was brought to Tibet, it explores Tibetan Mahayana philosophy and tantric methods for personal transformation. The four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as Bön, are explored in depth from a nonsectarian point of view. This new and expanded edition is a systematic and wonderfully clear presentation of Tibetan Buddhist views and practices.


Milarepa

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ISBN: 9780834840737
Release Date: 2017-03-28
Number of pages: 304
Author: Chogyam Trungpa
Publisher: Shambhala Publications

Download and read online Milarepa in PDF and EPUB Renowned meditation master Chögyam Trungpa retells the stories and realization songs of Tibet's best-known and most-beloved religious figure--and reveals how they relate to our everyday lives. He went from being the worst kind of malevolent sorcerer to a devoted and ascetic Buddhist practitioner to a completely enlightened being all in a single lifetime. The story of Milarepa (1040–1123) is a tale of such extreme and powerful transformation that it might be thought not to have much direct application to our own less dramatic lives—but Chögyam Trungpa shows otherwise. This collection of his teachings on the life and songs of the great Tibetan Buddhist poet-saint reveals how Milarepa’s difficulties can be a source of guidance and inspiration for anyone. His struggles, his awakening, and the teachings from his remarkable songs provide precious wisdom for all us practitioners and show what devoted and diligent practice can achieve.


This Precious Life

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ISBN: 9781590301746
Release Date: 2005-01
Number of pages: 208
Author: Khandro Rinpoche
Publisher: Shambhala Publications

Download and read online This Precious Life in PDF and EPUB Using the traditional Tibetan Buddhist framework of the Four Reminders - the preciousness of human birth, the truth of impermanence, the reality of suffering, and the inescapability of karma - Khandro Rinpoche explains why and how we could all better use this short life to pursue a spiritual path and make the world a better place. The book includes contemplative exercises that encourage us to appreciate the tremendous potential of the human body and mind.


Cave In The Snow

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ISBN: 9781408828120
Release Date: 2011-11-07
Number of pages: 256
Author: Vicki Mackenzie
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Download and read online Cave In The Snow in PDF and EPUB The story of Tenzin Palmo, an Englishwoman, the daughter of a fishmonger from London's East End, who spent 12 years alone in a cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas and became a world-renowned spiritual leader and champion of the right of women to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Diane Perry grew up in London's East End. At the age of 18 however, she read a book on Buddhism and realised that this might fill a long-sensed void in her life. In 1963, at the age of 20, she went to India, where she eventually entered a monastery. Being the only woman amongst hundreds of monks, she began her battle against the prejudice that has excluded women from enlightenment for thousands of years. In 1976 she secluded herself in a remote cave 13,000 feet up in the Himalayas, where she stayed for 12 years between the ages of 33 and 45. In this mountain hideaway she faced unimaginable cold, wild animals, floods, snow and rockfalls, grew her own food and slept in a traditional wooden meditation box, three feet square - she never lay down. In 1988 she emerged from the cave with a determination to build a convent in northern India to revive the Togdenma lineage, a long-forgotten female spiritual elite.


Interconnected

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ISBN: 9781614294122
Release Date: 2017-02-28
Number of pages: 264
Author: Ogyen Trinley Dorje Karmapa
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Download and read online Interconnected in PDF and EPUB Plucked from a humble nomad family to become the leader of one of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the young Seventeenth Karmapa draws on timeless values to create an urgent ethic for today’s global community. We have always been, and will always be, interconnected—through family, community, and shared humanity. As our planet changes and our world grows smaller, it is vital we not only recognize our connections to one another and to the earth but also begin actively working together as interdependent individuals to create a truly global society. The Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is uniquely positioned to guide us in this process. Drawing on years of intensive Buddhist training and a passionate commitment to social issues, he teaches how we can move from a merely intellectual understanding to a fully lived experience of connection. By first seeing, then feeling, and finally living these connections, we can become more effective agents of social and ethical change. The Karmapa shows us how gaining emotional awareness of our connectedness can fundamentally reshape the human race. He then guides us to action, showing step by step how we can change the way we use the earth’s resources and can continue to better our society. In clear language, the Karmapa draws connections between such seemingly far-flung issues as consumer culture, loneliness, animal protection, and self-reliance. In the process, he helps us move beyond theory to practical and positive social and ethical change.


Who Killed Osho

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ISBN: 9789386410023
Release Date: 2017-03-15
Number of pages: 236
Author: Abhay Vaidya
Publisher: Om Books International

Download and read online Who Killed Osho in PDF and EPUB Did Osho truly die a natural death? Or were there other forces at play? 27 years after Osho's death, investigative journalist Abhay Vaidya reveals shocking details of the case that he tracked for nearly three decades. Osho's death on 19th January, 1990 triggered intense factional fights and intrigue among his closest followers for the control of the funds, intellectual properties and other lucrative assets of the Movement. Who Killed Osho? not only captures the history of the Movement but is also the definitive account to date of Osho’s death and that of his soulmate, Nirvano. Throwing fresh light on the controversial circumstances of their deaths, this book makes a case for investigations into the affairs of the Osho trusts as they exist today.


Not for Happiness

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ISBN: 9780834828049
Release Date: 2012-10-16
Number of pages: 240
Author: Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
Publisher: Shambhala Publications

Download and read online Not for Happiness in PDF and EPUB Do you practise meditation because you want to feel good? Or to help you relax and be "happy"? Then frankly, according to Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, you are far better off having a full-body massage than trying to practise the Dharma. Genuine spiritual practice, not least the Ngöndro preliminaries, will not bring the kind of comfort and ease most worldly people crave. Quite the opposite, in fact. But if your ultimate goal is enlightenment, Ngöndro practice is a must, and Not for Happiness your perfect guide, as it contains everything an aspiring practitioner needs to get started, including advice about: • developing "renunciation mind" • discipline, meditation and wisdom • using your imagination in visualization practice • why you need a guru


The Art of Awakening

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ISBN: 161180387X
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Number of pages: 416
Author: Konchog Lhadrepa
Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated

Download and read online The Art of Awakening in PDF and EPUB Previously published in Tibetan under title: The path of liberation: the Tsering Art School manual for the basic gradual stages of study of deity drawing: New Delhi: Shechen Publications, 2005.


Blazing Splendor

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ISBN: 9789627341567
Release Date: 2005
Number of pages: 432
Author: Erik Pema Kunsang
Publisher: Rangjung Yeshe Publications

Download and read online Blazing Splendor in PDF and EPUB With unsurpassed honesty and humility, the highly influential meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche offers a glimpse into the remarkable reality of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as an in depth portrait of the lost culture of old Tibet. This grand narrative stretches across generations, providing an inspiring glimpse into a realm of remarkable human achievement quite different from our familiar, mundane world. Intimate in tone, these personal memoirs recount the influences and experiences that shaped one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. Blazing Splendor is of both spiritual and historical importance.


Civilized shamans

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ISBN: UVA:X002280535
Release Date: 1993
Number of pages: 725
Author: Geoffrey Samuel
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press

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The Miraculous 16th Karmapa

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ISBN: 8878341339
Release Date: 2013
Number of pages: 440
Author: Norma Levine
Publisher: Shang Shung Publications

Download and read online The Miraculous 16th Karmapa in PDF and EPUB Norma Levine has travelled to Tibet, India, Europe and North America to record the stories of this memorable man and the impact he had on the people who met him. This book gives us a rare and intimate insight into the personality of the man who was the 16th Karmapa.


Why Buddhism

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ISBN: 9781741154276
Release Date: 2001-04-01
Number of pages: 336
Author: Vicki Mackenzie
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Download and read online Why Buddhism in PDF and EPUB Why Buddhism? is a series of interviews through which Vicki McKenzie (author of Cave in the Snow) explores the reason for Buddhism's growing appeal in western society. Through personal examples, this book will reveal what Buddhism means to a wide range of people in the UK, Australia and US. The interviews are inspiring and informative, covering the process each person went through in becoming involved in Buddhism, as well as the effect it has had on their lives and any difficulties they've encountered. The subjects interviewed in Why Buddhism? range from the famous, like composer Phillip Glass, actor Tracy Mann, and author/teacher Robert Thurman, to the heroic, such as the nun who brings Buddhist teachings to hardened criminals in jail, the extraordinary - like the Buddhist diamond merchant, and the ordinary made remarkable - like the woman Queensland woman dying a good Buddhist death. Popular rather than scholarly in tone, Why Buddhism? should appeal to those of us who are keen to know more about a religion that is much talked about but little understood.


Reborn in the West

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ISBN: 9781569248041
Release Date: 1996-03
Number of pages: 214
Author: Vicki Mackenzie
Publisher: Basic Books

Download and read online Reborn in the West in PDF and EPUB Acclaimed journalist and author Vicki Mackenzie asserts that Buddhism's special message for Westerners is being conveyed through the reincarnation of Tibetan lamas in Europe and North America. She explores the implication of reincarnation in the West and its implications for western science, religions, and the nature of consciousness.