The essential teachings on the bodhisattva path of wisdom and compassion, presented here in volume two of Ch_gyam Trungpa’s magnum opus, which offers a systematic overview of the entire path of Tibetan Buddhism.
The second volume presents the bodhisattva teachings of the mahayana. At this point, having trained and seen the benefits of looking within, the student begins to shift their focus outward to the broader world. Formal entry into the mahayana occurs with taking the bodhisattva vow. Mahayana practitioners dedicate themselves to the service of all sentient beings, aspiring to save them from sorrow and confusion, and vowing to bring them to perfect liberation. This stage of the path emphasizes the cultivation of wisdom through the view and experience of emptiness, or shunyata, in which all phenomena are seen to be unbounded, completely open, ungraspable, and profound. From the ground of shunyata, compassionate activity is said to arise naturally and spontaneously. In addition to mindfulness and awareness, the mahayanist practices lojong, or “mind training,” based on the cultivation of the paramitas, or “transcendent virtues”: generosity, discipline, patience, exertion, meditation, and prajna, or “knowledge.” As a component of lojong, tonglen, or “sending and taking,” is practiced in order to increase maitri, or loving-kindness.
The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma represents meditation master Ch_gyam Trungpa’s greatest contribution to Western Buddhism. This three-volume collection presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. This work will resonate with new students of Buddhism as well as the most senior students.
Topics covered in detail in this volume include:BodhichittaLoving-kindness, or maitriCompassion, or karunaSkillful means, or upayaBuddha nature and basic goodnessThe four limitless onesBodhisattva vowsEmptiness, or shunyataMadhyamaka Relative truth and ultimate truthPrajnaThe paramitasLojong trainingTonglen meditationThe ten bhumisDharmakaya, sambhogakaya, and nirmanakayaAnd more
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