The World of Tibetan Buddhism (Paperback) - Foreword

An Overview of Its Philosophy and Practice

FOREWORD

The Gere Foundation is honored to continue its sponsorship of important books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama published by Wisdom Publications, the first two in the series being Opening the Eye of New Awareness and The Meaning of Life from a Buddhist Perspective.

In the present volume, The World of Tibetan Buddhism, beautifully translated and edited by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, His Holiness offers a clear and penetrating overview of Tibetan Buddhist practice from the Four Noble Truths to Highest Yoga Tantra with, as always, special emphasis on the practices of love, kindness, and universal responsibility. He asks us to be mindful and present in the moment, to be constantly vigilant in monitoring our attitudes, actions, and motivations, and to engage in a thorough-going research on our own mental functioning and examine the possibility of making some positive changes within ourselves. Not easy tasks! Few of us are capable of the monumental courage and iron determination required to achieve the enlightened state of Skyamuni, Nāgārjuna, Milarepa, or Tsongkhapa, or the other saints and heroes. But we can, with sustained practice, bring more clarity to our minds and feel the warmth of our opening hearts.

Recipient of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Peace, the Dalai Lama is universally respected as one of our greatest spiritual friends. He is the product of an unbroken lineage extending back 2,500 years to the historical Buddha. His forty-five years as a spiritual teacher and political leader are unique in our time. He has often said, “My religion is kindness.”

Since the Chinese invasion of independent Tibet in 1950 and his harrowing escape to India in 1959, His Holiness has worked tirelessly to free his people from a systematic genocide that has killed 1.2 million Tibetans—one fifth of the pre-invasion population. His Holiness’s unfaltering compassion for even those who continue to destroy his country is the mark of a true and reliable bodhisattva. This book is a wondrous opportunity for us all to make contact with such a man and his teachings.

The Gere Foundation is proud to be associated with His Holiness and his message of universal responsibility and peace, and pleased to support Wisdom Publications in its efforts to promote these ideals. May this book help bring happiness and the causes of future happiness to all beings.

Richard Gere
New York

 

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© Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, The World of Tibetan Buddhism (Wisdom Publications, 1995)

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