By Bruce Newman
This can be a ground-level, practice-oriented presentation of Tibetan Buddhism—personal and intensely available. The e-book starts with the awakening of scholars' curiosity in spirituality and the preliminary come upon with Tibetan Buddhism, then leads us via all of the steps valuable for profitable perform within the West. incorporated is succinct advice on discovering a suitable instructor, receiving empowerments, changing into lively in a middle, and launching and maintaining a Vajrayana perform. specified emphasis is put on the capability pitfalls, and the awesome merits, of the guru-disciple relationship.
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You can find out more about these different lineages through reading or by talking to older students. Since I've studied mostly within the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, this book will represent my feeble attem pt to transmit a little of their wisdom. If you find' any contradiction with what you’ve studied in other traditions, I may be wrong, or you may have discovered an interesting fork in the road. With respect to titles, we must start with the most ubiquitous, that of lama itself. Lam a is the Tibetan translation of the Sanskrit term guru.
Perhaps there's not much we can do about it. But until this kind of connection ripens for you, I will offer some advice about finding a teacher. I don’t believe we can be too naive or fatalistic about this. Perhaps you are destined to meet your guru, but there are a lot of teachers you can learn from in the meantime, and this learning can only hasten your eventual reunion. Many, many Tibetan lamas are coming to the West these days. They represent a bewildering number of lineages and bear an equally bewil dering number of titles.
It is as if the older lama were superimposed on the child and som e how still accessible to his followers. 1 once read a very profound meditation manual by the Third Khamtrul Rinpoche. " One can also read accounts of the amazing qualities and miraculous abilities of the various Karmapas: There are two books about his various 24 A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism incarnations translated into English. There is now even a website that shares the various miracles by the young Karmapa in Tibet!