By Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen, Khenmo Trinlay Chodron

ISBN-10: 1559393424

ISBN-13: 9781559393423

Buddhist teachings offer a variety of equipment for bringing higher that means and happiness into our lives and into our relations with others. In A whole advisor to the Buddhist Path, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche finds those tools in direct, vivid, down-to-earth language. on the center of this paintings lies The Jewel Treasury of Advice, a textual content composed by means of Drikung Bhande Dharmaradza (1704–1754), the reincarnation of Drikung Dharmakirti. Khenchen Rinpoche translates those historical teachings with compassion, humor, and a prepared know-how for his or her relevance in modern Western lifestyles. those that in actual fact are looking to examine and perform the Buddha's teachings will locate this an critical advisor.

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Why abandon meaningless dress? If you wear neat and clean robes with discipline, you can be an ornament, an example to inspire devotion. If it happens that a monk or nun acts badly, this brings great negative karma for themselves and for others. Those who say negative things about them will create negative karma, and those who wear robes will create negative karma, too, because the two are interdependent. So, as I said, wearing robes is not magic. It is not something to create expectations. Rather, it creates the respon­ sibility to purify negative thoughts and actions, to develop the good qualities of inner wisdom and compassion, and to free ourselves from samsara.

Gatherings” ) of practitioners: The ► ► ► ► stu d y bhikshu (monk) bhikshuni (nun) upasaka (layman) upasika (laywoman) O f these four, the first two constitute the monastic or ordained community, and the second two are called the householders. The moral trainings for householders are the five precepts: ► not taking life, especially that of human beings ► not stealing from others ► not telling lies, particularly spiritual lies ► not engaging in sexual misconduct ► not using intoxicants like alcohol or drugs Those who are lay practitioners must keep these disciplines.

It’s exciting when we like something and are overjoyed or when we dislike something so much that we get upset and depressed— even suicidal. This emotional dis­ play makes life dramatic, and we come to regard an even disposition as boring. But in the long run, to experience genuine peace and joy, it is best to control our emotions. We should not overreact to small things. This supports good Dharma practice as well as a peaceful family and society. Reacting too much, either positively or negatively, makes an individual unsta­ ble and reveals how fragile the mind is.

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