• Title: Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom
  • Author: Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
  • ISBN: 9781616060060
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • Modern Buddhism The Path of Compassion and Wisdom A dynamic and comprehensive presentation of Buddha s teachings including practical explanations on how to attain lasting happiness and freedom from problems for ourselves and others With clear and ac
    A dynamic and comprehensive presentation of Buddha s teachings, including practical explanations on how to attain lasting happiness and freedom from problems for ourselves and others With clear and accessible language, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso guides the reader from the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation and philosophy, through a powerful explanation of the true nature of reA dynamic and comprehensive presentation of Buddha s teachings, including practical explanations on how to attain lasting happiness and freedom from problems for ourselves and others With clear and accessible language, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso guides the reader from the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation and philosophy, through a powerful explanation of the true nature of reality, to reveal the preciousness of Tantra offering the paths to liberation and enlightenment to modern, busy people A brief history of Kadampa Buddhism shows how Buddha s timeless teachings have traveled from teacher to student over thousands of years, and how Buddhists in the West are now applying what was once available only to mystics and monks practical advice to solve our daily problems and accomplish the real meaning of our human life This inspiring handbook for daily practice is designed for those seeking solutions within Buddhism to the problems of everyday life, as well as to encourage people of all faiths to deepen their understanding and enjoyment of the spiritual paths.

    One Reply to “Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom”

    1. Barely managed to finish skimming it. A lot of people apperently found it immensely helpful but I found it pretentious and repetitive, as though he was trying to add length. Chapter two was just depressing, not that it made me depressed so much as annoyed to the point I needed to look at Huston Smith's World Religions to remind me why I like Buddhism and its happy compassionate nature, I mean you look at the Dalai Lama he's always smiling, but that chapter went on about suffering through life ad [...]

    2. The book is titled "Modern Buddhism" as according to the author "presentation of Dharmais designed especially for the people of the modern world". Book I covers "Sutra", 2 "Tantra" and 3 "Prayers for Daily Practice"My main issues with this book are:1. The author does cover some fundamental doctrines in Buddhism but it is not often explicitly stated so and to one new to Buddhism it is difficult to separate doctrine from the author's opinion. For example concepts like the three marks of existence [...]

    3. What I liked about this book was that it was free and on Buddhism. I think that's all that I liked about it. I was confused reading this the majority of the time. I couldn't even finish it. The fluidity of the book was like a hurricane. There was no water, all wind. I wish I could give some examples but since I really didn't like this book, it was hard for me to focus.Since I am somewhat new to Buddhism, I was looking for a book that gave me a clear sense of the principles. Many of the examples [...]

    4. I found parts of this book tedious and some parts very enlightening. When the book got deeper into the more, let's go with supernatural, beliefs l was unable to relate with what the author was trying to say. I don't honestly believe in reincarnation or samsara, but when l got into the sections about meditation and how to achieve enlightenment, l found this book to be pretty interesting. I know l need more inner peace and l am also desperately trying to shake off my very Western materialism and l [...]

    5. This is an introduction to Buddhism which outlines many of the philosophical ideas behind the religion. Whilst there is much repetition throughout the book, I think it would need to be re-read a number of times to really grasp the concepts.

    6. “Emptiness is the way things really are. It is the way things exist as opposed to the way they appear.”I did not like this book, and I will never read it again. I merely loved the style it was written in, and the way it describes the feelings we sink into and feel.

    7. This is the first book in a three volume overview of Buddhism that is available for free (or for the minimum Kindle book price on .) The book is written by a Tibetan Buddhist scholar-monk, and, therefore, emphasizes the Mahayana approach and specifically that of the Gelug school. (I’m a neophyte, but I don’t think this book goes into so much detail as to be controversial among Tibetan Mahayana Buddhists, but if you are thinking you’ll learn about, say, Zen or Theravadan Vipassana, not so m [...]

    8. Another freebie from Kindle. I did not read this whole book. Being at the beginning of my studies of Buddhism and mindfulness, I can already tell that the Tibetan strand is not going to be for me. Don't get me wrong: I love me some Tibetans! I admire their great emphasis on compassion, and I love how prolific their teachers are with regard to writing, websites, Buddhist centers where one can take classes, etc. Great people. But, there is just too much religion in their interpretation. Too many s [...]

    9. this book makes the practicality and application of buddhism into life simple and clear. before reading this book, i thought buddhism was all about the time when you are on the cushion and meditating, but it is clear that we can bring the meditation into everything we experience with compassion, or wisdom. through putting these teachings into practice, it is clear that it is such a good way to make my life meaningful with joy and inspiration! i see a lot of reviews about the described suffering, [...]

    10. I'm seeing a lot of correlation on perception and awareness between this book and Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior. Interesting how whenever you read a couple books there seems to be an underlying correlation between them. Very philosophical.

    11. This book was my introduction to Buddhism…I was astonished by the powerful imagery conjured in my mind through the words of the author…this book began a journey for me, however, it served more as a catalyst for further enquiry and away from the dogmatic approach to Buddhism presented by the author, this does not diminish the fact that this book had a huge impact in the direction of my life.

    12. A great introduction to Buddhist beliefs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and found it very insightful. Although I didn't agree with all the ideas many did resonate with me and I will endeavour to use some of this wisdom is my own life.

    13. I would not recommend this book to whom is starting looking into Buddhism. Buddhism can be a soft, compassionate spiritual practise that helps in dealing with trauma and daily challenges in an open, loving way. In this book on the contrary, Buddhism is presented as a religion and faith that have to be followed with determination and commitment. In this sense, this is a book written for people who are already practising in order to obtain Nirvana. Also, it gets very deep into abstract concepts li [...]

    14. Okay, let me get this straight. My existence is an illusion (as apparently are the existences everyone else who read this book) and yet we reincarnate for many lifetimes until we finally understand that our existence is an illusion. Hmmm. In logic, if an assumption is incorrect, the conclusion will be incorrect. Garbage in, garbage out. The mechanical deconstruction of self into (non-existent, mind you) components of body and mind leaves out a few essentials, such a life and DNA. So I'm not (yet [...]

    15. Sigh. I wanted to like this book, but no. Very repetitive, and difficult for a secular person to appreciate what the underlying messages are - aka compassion and wisdom, rather than the fear of becoming a hellbeing and the inherent meaningless and emptiness of all things. I've been introduced to Buddhism before, and I don't believe that this interpretation is its' modern incarnation, as it were.

    16. A great summary of modern BuddhismThis is a very good summary of modern Buddhism from a Tibetan perspective. A very good and useful read. I'd recommended this as a basic introduction.

    17. A great introduction into Buddhism with a modern applicable ways to approach the practice of "emptiness." I like how the author approached the idea that everything in this world is a mere phenomenon so we should not invest our attention any deeper then the attention we put into the things we see in our dreams.

    18. It's hard to give a mediocre rating to a free book on Buddhism but three stars seems appropriate. I've had a passing interest in Buddhism for years and this book served as an acceptable refresher. As some other reviews have noted, Modern Buddhism spent an inordinate amount of time focusing on suffering and went into historical lore tangents that were hard to piece together into a cohesive story. Nonetheless, there are positive aspects to Gyatso's book.Buddhism seems to focus on inner peace and b [...]

    19. This complex book introduces the subject of Buddhism in a thorough and interesting manner. By 'complex' I mean the concepts that the author speaks about may be a little difficult to grasp for the beginner/novice learner to the subject, notably the ideas of 'emptiness' and 'enlightenment'. It is a very deep book.The notion of 'emptiness' is more pronounced towards the end of the book when Gyatso urges us to meditate on the 'emptiness of all phenomena'. He is saying that enlightenment will be achi [...]

    20. I couldn't get through it. On the surface, the teachings of avoiding material attachment and cultivating your soul were nice. I've studied Buddhism and it has some worthy lessons. But the whole talk of "you will never feel pain again if you do this" and "to never put your values in something that won't survive the ravages of time" didn't sit well with me.They used an example of a car. If my car gets dinged or scratched, I won't cry about it. I agree with this book on that. But if I my car breaks [...]

    21. ***Disclaimer*** I didn't finish it.The general message of this book seems to be, "you're doomed to all kinds of supernatural unpleasantries after death if you don't follow the one true way, and will be blessed with enlightenment and wisdom after death if you do". I would imagine after finishing the whole thing, one would have to double-check to make sure Buddhism wasn't an Abrahamic religion.Pick up Mindfulness in Plain English instead if you want relevant, non-dogmatic, and actionable spiritua [...]

    22. The teachings presented in this book are methodsScientists to improve our nature and qualitiesThrough the development of the mind. In the lastYears, our knowledge of modern technologies hasConsiderably increased and, as a result, we haveWitnessed remarkable material progress. But nevertheless,The happiness of the human being has not increasedSame way. Today there are no fewer sufferings nor lessMisfortunes in the world, it could even be said that nowWe have more problems and there are more dange [...]

    23. This book does seem to have sparked a change in me, I've always been aware of all the subjects discussed and Buddhism seems like a positive lifestyle to me but not until now have I started to feel a benefit simply by reading on a subject. I am surprised to feel this way because at the time the book felt a bit mystical and like speaking to a stubborn person. The text seemed to labour the same points but somehow gently developed my understanding of the logic it was trying to communicate. It also h [...]

    24. This is probably the simplest, most straight-forward approach to the philosophy of Buddhism that I have found. If you are truly curious about the popular religion and would like to read about it as written by a Buddhist, this may be the book to read.Simply written, this book shows the steps one might follow to achieve Nirvana, along with philosophical "proofs" explaining some of the more accessible tenants of this religion.This is not however a Do-it-yourself book on becoming a Buddhist. To beco [...]

    25. This is a summary of Buddhism, the first of 3 volumes. It's simply stated and I got a slightly different understanding of the religion. The writer goes through the basic tenants, specifically the six perfections and the practice of emptiness. Emptiness is difficult from a western perspective, and I realized as I read that I associate the word "empty" with loneliness and sadness. However the concept of flow, or oneness, or Tillich's "ground of all being," is much easier for me to grasp. I think I [...]

    26. Free ebook sent to me by Atisha Meditation Center in Lausanne, months ago. This is the first English book that i read, the language is very simple. I understand almost everything, what a surprise!This book discusses the theory of Buddhist thought, practice, topics for meditation to attain enlightenment, inner and perpetual peace.17.11.14I am started to read it a second time in german because the times are very hard and I need interior peace. I find it's very helpful and it's give me the peace th [...]

    27. This is a good overview and practical manual for learning to walk the Buddhist path. It's similar to Words of My Perfect Teacher, but this has more actual examples of meditations to use in daily practice.(It is Volume 1 of 3, all of which were free on at the time I got my copy.) If you are even a little interested in Buddhism in general, and/or Tibetan Buddhism in particular (esp. as it has evolved in our time and in the "West"), this is an excellent place to start. It covers several levels, wh [...]

    28. There's not much to say that hasn't been said about this book here on . I'll only add that all of the reviews, from the 1-star takedowns to the 5-star praises, are appropriate. There are parts of this book that seem preachy, parts that are informative and helpful and educational, and parts that will make all but the most dedicated Buddhist practitioner-turned-metaphysicist go cross-eyed. I rarely -- maybe once every few years -- stop reading a book I begin. I finished this one, but only after re [...]

    29. Badly written manual by the leader of a cult who pesents himself as a living buddha, encouraging his followers to entrust their enlightenment to him for all their future lifetimes (and never to leave - in which case they will incur incredibly bad karma.)All the usual cult stuff applies : sex scandals, high degree of emotional and financial manipulation, ostracization of anyone who questions cult leader etc etc.

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