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The Great Path of Awakening: A Commentary on the Mahayana Teaching of the Seven Points of Mind Training Paperback – December 12, 1987

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Text: English, Tibetan (translation)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st edition (December 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877734208
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877734208
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. John T. Fleming on November 25, 1999
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The underlying text of this commentary is a deeply inspired canon on ethics. This work is as groundbreaking as the New Testament but is born from an eastern perspective. It is hard to understand that this text is so little known in the west. I would rate this, along with the Sermon on the Mount and the Tao and Kant's categorical imperative, as one of the definitive works on ethics and spirtual insight. Part of the commentary is colored by Buddhist beliefs which I personally substract from its general message (as I would with Christian dogma from the New Testament).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler P Gannon on January 16, 2013
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This text, and others like it, give in a very few words the most directly applicable Buddhist training that I have ever seen in a simple textual form. You can just read it, and do what it suggests, and it will accomplish the goal. Wonderful.

I would recommend starting with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche's "Training the Mind and Cultivating Loving-Kindness", which is his own commentary on the same root text, and feels a little more up-to-date. Once having read and been blown away by that, however, definitely get a copy of this text by another master, for comparison and further learning.

If you're going to be a Buddhist in the Mahayana tradition(s), you can't and shouldn't avoid this teaching, which was brought to Tibet by Atisha, one of the early masters from India. According to the story, Atisha was told by Tara herself that he should go to Tibet and give teachings, and this is what he taught.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Johnson on February 20, 2014
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I have read dozens of books on/about Buddhism. This is perhaps my favorite, along with Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Very different books, but both deeply effective.
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