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Ian Cushing

Hey Kamlo,Hey Everyone,

Fantastic idea to share books we have found helpful. Below are the two books I find extremely helpful.

“Liberation in the palm of your hand” by Pabongka Rinpoche. ISBN 0-86171-500-4, ISBN-13 978-0861-71500-8
Pabongka Rinpoche was one the twentieth century’s most charismatic and revered Tibetan lamas, and in Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand we can see why. In this famous twenty-four-day teaching on the lamrim, or stages of the path, Pabongka Rinpoche weaves together lively stories and quotations with frank observations and practical advice to move readers step by step along the journey to buddhahood. When his student Trijang Rinpoche first edited and published these teachings in Tibetan, an instant classic was born. The flavor and immediacy of the original Tibetan are preserved in Michael Richards’ fluid and lively translation, which is now substantially revised in this new edition. Goodreads.

“Practicing the Path” by Yangsi Rinpoche. ISBN 0-86171-346-X, ISBN 13:978-0-8671-1346-2
The Lamrim Chenmo, or Great Treatise on the Steps of the Path, by Je Tsongkhapa is a comprehensive overview of the process of individual enlightenment. Meditation on these steps has been a core practice of Tibetan Buddhists for centuries. The Lamrim Chenmo presents the Buddha’s teachings along a continuum of three spiritual attitudes: the person who worries about rebirth, the person who wants to escape rebirth, and finally the person who strives for buddhahood in order to relieve the suffering of all beings–this is the supreme aspiration of the bodhisattva. Given over two months to a group of Western Students in Dharamsala, India, Yangsi Rinpoche’s commentary revitalizes our understanding of Tsongkhapa’s work, giving readers renewed inspiration. Goodreads.