Author: His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Publisher: The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Eleven Lessons in the Ancient Science of Bhakti-yoga Across five centuries and half the globe comes this compact guidebook of essential spiritual teachings. How to choose a guru, how to practice yoga, even where to live — you'll find it all in this invaluable work originally written in Sanskrit by Srila Rupa Gosvami, the greatest spiritual genius of medieval India. Now translated and illuminated by Rupa Gosvami's modern successor, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Nectar of Instruction is the key to enlightenment for all seekers on the path of spiritual perfection.
This book has been written primarily for secondary school content teachers--those who are preparing for teacher certification and the experienced who wish to learn how to help their students read content assignments with more understanding. The book uses introductory level information on reading instruction. There is also useful information for reading specialists who work with content teachers or helping secondary students with reading difficulties, and administrators who need to know about the reading needs of secondary school students in order to set appropriate policies. The aim of this book is to equip secondary school classroom teachers with the tools to teach more efficiently by helping their students understand material better. Teachers who can add improvement of reading skills to their toolkit will enhance their success in the classroom.
The Library Of Tibetan Classics is a special series being developed by The Institute of Tibetan Classics to make key classical Tibetan texts part of the global literary and intellectual heritage. Eventually comprising thirty-two large volumes, the collection will contain over two hundred distinct texts by more than a hundred of the best-known Tibetan authors. These texts have been selected in consultation with the preeminent lineage holders of all the schools and other senior Tibetan scholars to represent the Tibetan literary tradition as a whole. Peter Alan Roberts was born in Wales and lives in Hollywood, California. He obtained a B.A. in Sanskrit and Pali and a Ph.D. in Tibetan Studies from Oxford University. For more than thirty years he has been working as an interpreter for lamas and as a translator of Tibetan texts. He specializes in the literature of the Kagyii and Nyingma traditions with a focus on tantric practices, and he is the author of The Biographies of Rechungpa. Thupten Jinpa holds a Geshe Lharam degree from Ganden monastic university and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Cambridge University. The translator and editor of numerous books, he has been the principal English-language translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama for over two decades, and he is the author of Self Reality and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy. He lives in Montreal with his wife and two daughters.
The new standard work and definitive biography of Tsongkhapa, one of the principle founders of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism--the school of the Dalai Lamas. In this groundbreaking addition to the Lives of the Masters series, Thupten Jinpa, a scholar-practitioner and long-time translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, offers the most comprehensive portrait available of Jé Tsongkhapa (1357–1419), one of the greatest Buddhist teachers in history. A devout monastic, Tsongkhapa took on the difficult task of locating and studying all of the Indian Buddhist classics available in Tibet in his day. He went on to synthesize this knowledge into a holistic approach to the path of awakening. In an achievement of incredible magnitude, he integrated the pivotal yet disparate Mahayana teachings on emptiness while retaining the important role of critical reason and avoiding the extreme of negating the reality of the everyday world. Included in this volume is a discussion of Tsongkhapa’s early life and training; his emergence as a precociously intelligent Buddhist mind; the composition of his Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Great Exposition of Tantra, and many other important works; and his founding of the Lhasa Prayer Festival and Ganden Monastery. This is a necessary resource for anyone interested in Tsongkhapa’s transformative effect on the understanding and practice of Buddhism in Tibet in his time and his continued influence today.
"The Bible addresses our intellect and feelings by examples, just as our senses yield us, item by item, all the sensible knowledge we acquire. The Author adopted the. same method in his epistolary intercourse with his sons and daughters while they were at school and college, avoiding general propositions, and making every letter yield some specific mental or moral instruction pertaining to the moment, till, in a long course of years, the aggregate letters include topics as diversified as human conduct from youth to manhood. They were written with no expectation of publicity, and, in arranging them for the press, an attempt has been made, with, however, only partial success, to place in juxtaposition all communications pertaining to the same period of life;--an order which is somewhat impaired by the original division of the matter into Apologues and Breviats, and the obvious propriety of placing together each species of composition irrespective of its tenor. From the letters everything has been omitted not necessary to the main design. They discuss topics which in neither matter nor manner are drawn from other books, and, as they were designed to educate the intellect rather than to indoctrinate it, they may be useful for such an end, to the old as well as to the young; every new thought being an increase of knowledge"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
In the abundant pages of this issue of Nectar will be found a further and ongoing testament to the truths of all religious traditions and spiritual pathways — Vedanta, Sufism, Jainism, Judaism, and more. This particular issue introduces articles on less familiar pathways such as Quakerism, Baha’i, and Essene Christianity. And commingled with all these honorable religious perspectives is a rich admixture of innovative philosophy, from the perennial to the evolving to the freshly emerged, all awaiting sedulous study. Thus, another dole of Nectar has been gathered, brewed, and is bubbling forth and over, providing the discriminating reader, the serious student, and the practicing adept alike with rich and rare refection that is ripe for the taking. Let us begin by skimming some foam off of the top, quaffing the ambrosial nectar of nondual instruction from the minds of the sincerely seeking shishya and the willing preceptor.
This book is the autobiography of the great scholar and translator Vairochana, as told to a group of his students near the end of his life in the eighth century. Responsible for bringing seminal Buddhist teachings to Tibet from India, his deep understanding of the Dharma was what enabled him to translate the essence of enlightened mind, conveyed in the Sanskrit texts, with great accuracy.