The Great Compassion

The Great Compassion
Author: Norm Phelps
Publsiher: Lantern Books
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2004
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 1590560698

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Buddhism ought to be an animal rights religion par excellence. It has long held that all life forms are sacred and considers kindness and compassion the highest virtues. Moreover, Buddhism explicitly includes animals in its moral universe. Buddhist rules of conduct--including the first precept, "Do not kill"--apply to our treatment of animals as well as to our treatment of other human beings. Consequently, we would expect Buddhism to oppose all forms of animal exploitation, and there is, in fact, wide agreement that most forms of animal exploitation are contrary to Buddhist teaching. Yet many Buddhists eat meat--although many do not--and monks, priests, and scholars sometimes defend meat-eating as consistent with Buddhist teaching. The Great Compassion studies the various strains of Buddhism and the sutras that command respect for all life. Norm Phelps, a longtime student of Buddhism and an acquaintance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, answers the central questions of whether Buddhism demands vegetarianism and whether the Buddha ate meat. He is not afraid to examine anti-animal statements in Buddhist lore--particularly the issues of whether Buddhists in non-historically Buddhist countries need to keep or to jettison the practices of their historical homelands.

In Praise of Great Compassion

In Praise of Great Compassion
Author: Dalai Lama,Thubten Chodron
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 475
Release: 2020-08-11
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781614296836

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Discover the Dalai Lama’s definitive teaching on compassion in this fifth volume of the Dalai Lama’s definitive Library of Wisdom and Compassion series. In Praise of Great Compassion, the fifth volume of the Library of Wisdom and Compassion, continues the Dalai Lama’s teachings on the path to awakening. While previous volumes focused on our present situation and taking responsibility for creating the causes of happiness, this volume concerns opening our hearts and generating the intention to make our lives meaningful by benefiting others. We are embedded in a universe with other living beings, all of whom have been kind to us in one way or another. More than any other time in human history, we depend on one another to stay alive and flourish. When we look closely, it becomes apparent that we have been the recipient of great kindness. Wanting to repay others’ kindness, we cultivate a positive attitude by contemplating the four immeasurables of love, compassion, empathic joy, and equanimity, and the altruistic intention of bodhicitta. We learn to challenge the self-centered attitude that leads to misery and replace it with a more realistic perspective enabling us to remain emotionally balanced in good and bad times. In this way, all circumstances become favorable to the path to awakening.

Wheel of Great Compassion

Wheel of Great Compassion
Author: Lorne Ladner
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2000-12
Genre: Religion
ISBN: UVA:X004474425

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The Wheel of Great Compassion is the first book to provide Western readers with a complete understanding of the prayer wheel--an ancient and mystical practice that has long been popular with Buddhists throughout Tibet and Mongolia for its ability to bless the environment, promote healing, increase compassion, and assist practitioners on their journeys to enlightenment. This book offers a clear description of prayer wheel practice, its meaning and benefits, and its role as an essential ritual and symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. It contains a general introduction to the prayer wheel, photographs and illustrations, six commentaries by Tibetan lamas (including Lama Zopa Rinpoche), and instructions for both prayer wheel construction and proper use.

Great Compassion Mantra Verses

Great Compassion Mantra Verses
Author: Hsüan Hua
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2000
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 0881395188

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Verses on the Eighty-Four Transformational beings that correspond to each line of the Great Compassion Mantra.

Great Commission Great Compassion

Great Commission  Great Compassion
Author: Paul Borthwick
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2015-11-09
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9780830844371

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Go and do. Jesus commands it, and the world needs it. Mission mobilizer Paul Borthwick shows how proclamation and demonstration of the gospel go hand in hand, bringing together the Great Commission of Matthew 28 and the Great Compassion of Matthew 25, while offering practical, holistic ways for us to live them out in every sphere of our lives.

Compassion

Compassion
Author: Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen
Publsiher: Wisdom Publications (MA)
Total Pages: 0
Release: 1997
Genre: Compassion
ISBN: 0861711254

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A venerable monk draws on two classic texts of his own Tibetian Buddhist tradition to motivate us toward greater compassion and caring.

The Compassion Book

The Compassion Book
Author: Pema Chodron
Publsiher: Shambhala Publications
Total Pages: 145
Release: 2017-03-21
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781611804201

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The revered Buddhist teacher and author of When Things Fall Apart presents the lojong teachings—pithy slogans for daily contemplation—and the ways in which they can enrich our lives Welcome compassion and fearlessness as your guide, and you’ll live wisely and effectively in good times and bad. But that’s easier said than done. In The Compassion Book, Pema Chödrön introduces a powerful, transformative method to nurture these qualities using a practice called lojong, which has been a primary focus of her teachings and personal practice for many years. For centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have relied on these teachings to awaken the deep goodness that lies within us. The lojong teachings include fifty-nine pithy slogans for daily contemplation, such as “Always maintain only a joyful mind,” “Don’t be swayed by external circumstances,” “Don’t try to be the fastest,” and “Be grateful to everyone.” This book presents each of these slogans and includes Pema’s clear, succinct guidance on how to understand them—and how they can enrich our lives. It also features a forty-five-minute downloadable audio program entitled “Opening the Heart,” in which Pema offers in-depth instruction on tonglen meditation, a powerful practice that anyone can undertake to awaken compassion for oneself and others.

Leaves of the Heaven Tree

Leaves of the Heaven Tree
Author: Padma-chos-ʼphel
Publsiher: Dharma Publishing
Total Pages: 524
Release: 1997
Genre: Religion
ISBN: UVA:X030120740

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A translation of Tibetan master Padma Chophel's 19th-century shorter version of the 11th-century Bodhisattvavadanakalpalata by Buddhist poet Ksemendra, which presents 108 Jatakas and Avadanas, teachings of the Buddha on karma and the Six Perfections. Illustrates which gestures and actions lead to freedom and which to suffering. Includes a guide to pronouncing the Sanskrit terms and names. Produced at the request and under the supervision of Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR