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"This book will reward those who study it carefully with a deep and wide understanding of the way these traditions have mapped their respective visions of the path to enlightenment."
(Bhikkhu Bodhi, translator of In the Buddha’s Words)

"I highly recommend this volume for everyone seeking a more global understanding of the many traditions of Buddhism, all inspired by the one Teacher, Buddha Shakyamuni." (B. Alan Wallace, author of The Attention Revolution)

"His Holiness and Thubten Chodron, with exception care and attention, have created a book that is at once compelling and wise." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living)

"The spirit of respect and harmony expressed in this excellent book is inspiring."
(Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness)

"A precious gift to all who love the Dharma." (Tulku Thondup, coauthor of Boundless Healing)

"Providing us an opportunity for deep contemplation, Buddhism opens us to the wholeness envisioned by the Buddha for all." (Larry Rosenberg, author of Breath by Breath)

About the Author

The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. A beacon of inspiration for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists, he has persistently reached out across religious lines and to political leaders and scientists in dialogues advancing peace and understanding. For sixty years, he was the political leader of the Tibetan people, and in 1989 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to secure a peaceful resolution to the Chinese occupation of his homeland.

Venerable Thubten Chodron, born 1950, has been a Buddhist nun since 1977. A native of Los Angeles and a graduate of UCLA, she is the founder and abbess of Sravasti Abbey in eastern Washington State. She is a popular speaker for her practical explanations of how to apply Buddhist teachings in daily life, and she is the author of several bestselling books, including Buddhism for Beginners. She lives in Newport, WA.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications; First Edition edition (November 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614291276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614291275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In its essence, Buddhism is not a religion but rather an incredibly exhaustive collection of knowledge about the human condition and advice on how to renounce the unpleasant, suffering aspects of it to become happy - happiness being synonymous with freedom, that is liberation from causes and conditions (both karmic and self-inflicted) that cause suffering. Unlike religions and cults, Buddhism does not have a God - the Buddha was simply a man who obtained insight into human suffering and was moved, through intense compassion, to empower his fellow humans to follow his steps. Over a couple of millennia, his words have percolated through myriads of philosophical treatises, cultural filters and traditions, styles of ordination and meditation/tantric practices. This impressive book looks at the fundamental principles characterizing the 3 key Buddhist traditions (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana); placing them side by side it demonstrates how they approach the same key points (sunyataa, dukkha, niroddha, impermanence etc) from slightly different angles. The amazing amount of scholarship and meditation mastery that underpin it cannot be overstated. There is, for example, what seems an almost effortless synthesis of the three main vinayas; there is spirited analysis of insights that fuel the key Mahayana schools (eg, Yogacara, Madhyamaka, Saarvastivada etc); discussions of classical works by Dharmakirti, Vasubandhu's Abhidarmakosa... for anyone even remotely interested in Buddhist ontology and psychology this book is a treasure trove that provides a link between the tradition and the contemporary world.Read more ›
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A great look at two different Buddhist traditions - what they have in common, where they differ, and how they both grew from the same root teachings.
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In a time when diversity and inclusiveness are so important, Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions illuminates for us Dharma student/practitioners, many of us practicing within one tradition, the variety and nuance of Buddhist thought and dispels myths that were never helpful. The book is scholarly yet very accessible and concisely probes many topics in such a way that it also can serve as a meditation manual, enabling the practitioner to bring in helpful interpretations that were previously unfamiliar. Written by two very inspiring teachers of our time, it is a joy to read and think about.
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“Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions” masterfully presents the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha by juxtaposing the fundamental elements and standard language of the Pali and Tibetan traditions “from soup to nuts.” For certain key topics (ethics, meditative practice, bodhicitta, buddha nature) the Chinese, and related traditions’, views and vocabulary are also summarized and included in the comparison. By carefully delineating differences in formal structure, practice emphasis, terms, and concepts of “path” that have developed in various traditions, the authors illuminate the core teachings that unite us as Buddhists, and clarify the points of divergence. Concise explanations of potentially contentious topics gives one an appreciation of the same underlying intent of the teachings, despite the differing presentations and emphases. This is an authoritative work, unencumbered by any sectarian agenda. No view, group or teacher is elevated or demeaned. It will serve as a marvelous introduction to Buddhism, as well as being a heartwarming summary to refresh and encourage current practitioners of any tradition to see all Buddhists, indeed all sentient beings, as family.
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The one star given on this book has to do more with the Dalai Lamas views on Shugden practitioners than on the content of this book. Look up Shugden and you will understand why the Dalai Lama and most Buddhists don,t take them seriously. Decide for yourself.
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Very clear and concise exposition of the differences and commonalities among the various traditions in Buddhism. Some of the statements outlining the Buddha's centeral teachings alone are worth the price of this book. Highly recommended.
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A must have read for students and those - well, anyone - attracted to Buddhism and the philosophy. Venerable Chodron, the author of several books on Buddhism, clearly has a talent for helping the reader understand the 'one garden, many paths' approach to the subject. As a novice Buddhist, I found this book to be a wonderful clarification of the different traditions of Buddhism.
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Ven. Thubten Chodron work here a master piece. This book was beyond my expectations. Best of her work so far. A must have for the Buddhist practioner.
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