By Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche
From 2005 to 2007, instructor Dzigar Kongtrül Rinpoche gave periods on Buddhist student Shantideva’s The manner of the Boddhisattva at a famous retreat middle in Northern California. His commentaries printed this type of deep knowing that practitioner Marcia Binder Schmidt determined to assemble them for different scholars of Buddhism as an autonomous paintings. This e-book is the result.
Beginning with an summary of the whole direction of Buddhism, Kongtrül Rinpoche is going directly to research various features of Shantideva’s textual content, continually pertaining to the lessons to person event. He explores extensive the learning of the 4 immeasurables—equanimity, loving kindness, compassion, and sympathetic joy—and discusses the significance of wholehearted engagement within the method. His recommendation for establishing and protecting a non secular perform is either sensible and inspiring.
Although the ebook includes 3 years of teachings, it is still remarkably compact, reflecting Kongtrül Rinpoche’s attribute directness and emphasis on implementation. within the phrases of the editor, “Dharma perform should be greater than mere concept. Dharma has to be expert in, built-in into our lives, and embraced through wisdom.” Uncommon Happiness contains the assistance to suffer that education with the fitting perspective of readability and dedication.
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