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Becoming Vajrasattva: The Tantric Path of Purification Paperback – June 15, 2004
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"One of the great teachers of our time." (Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying)
"Many years ago I heard a Dharma talk by Lama Yeshe. I was very impressed with his ability to communicate deep truths in very ordinary language, with a hilarious sense of humor that helped deliver such wisdom. But he died, so my attention eventually went elsewhere. Recently, I discovered his books--some very technical Tantra; some down-to-earth wisdom. Lama Yeshe's same gift was present in both modes. Although, my many years of Dharma training is in Theravadin Buddhism, especially the practice of vipassana meditation, I found his teaching once again to be of great value--so direct, so clear. Granted, some of his technical Tantra seemed to me, at first, of limited relevance to my interests. But upon closer reading, and in his hands, these teachings proved equally valuable. Lama Yeshe has given us a body of teaching of immense signifciance for practitioners of all schools of Buddhadharma." (Larry Rosenberg, senior teacher and founder of Cambridge Insight Meditation Center; Senior and guiding teacher, Insight Meditation Society, and author of Living in the Light of Death and Breath by Breath)
"[FOUR STARS] Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), one of the best loved and most highly accomplished lamas teaching Westerners, has gifted us with a number of very important books based on his talks to students. Among his superb publications, all released by Wisdom Publications, are Introduction to Tantra, The Bliss of Inner Fire, and Becoming Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra for Everyday Life. Becoming Vajrasattva has the same direct quality as Lama Yeshe's other works, allowing the reader to sense and enjoy some of the immediacy of receiving oral instructions from a highly realized teacher. As the founder of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), with over 100 centers around the world, he has created a lasting legacy. This book is the first full-length treatment of the Vajrasattva meditation/visualization practice, which is considered very important by all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. We are very generously given a close-up view of how the meditation is to be done, including its associated rituals, and also of the minutiae of an actual Vajrasattva retreat. Lama Yeshe's accompanying instructional talks are, as always, precious and enormously clarifying and encouraging." (Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive)
About the Author
Nicholas Ribush is the founding director since 1996 of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, dedicated to preserving the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. He graduated from Melbourne University Medical School in 1964 and first encountered Buddhism at Kopan Monastery in 1972. He was an ordained monk from 1974 to 1986. He helped establish Wisdom Publications with Lama Yeshe in 1976, established Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre in New Delhi in 1977, and Kurukulla Center in Boston in 1989. Ribush was a member of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) board of directors from 1983 until 2002. He lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a worldwide network of Buddhist centers, monasteries, and affiliated projects, including Wisdom Publications. Rinpoche was born in 1946 in the village of Thami in the Solo Khumbu region of Nepal near Mount Everest. His books include Transforming Problems into Happiness, How to Be Happy, and Ultimate Healing. He lives in Aptos, California.
Top Customer Reviews
The teacher of the text is in the Gelug tradition. I am a Kagyu, so that colors what I say. The author is very formal and rigorous. He makes much of what I perceive as minor matters (don't move your meditation cushion, keep it in the same place throughout your retreat). So I filter out some of what he says as not essential.
I was practicing Vajrasattva when I bought this book and I wanted something to keep the practice fresh. This provided it.
If you are practicing Vajrasattva, this book will be very helpful. There are also some things in this book that could be helpful to other practitioners.
Purification practice is essential for students of Tibetan Buddhism, and one of the most important tantric practices for this is that of Vajrasattva. This book contains excellent teachings on this very important practice. (It will probably not be very useful to those who have not received empowerment into this practice, or who are not practicising tantra). The emphasis of the book is actually on Heruka Vajrasattva, but I believe it can be of benefit to anyone practising Vajrasattva.
Readers who enjoy this book should also pick up a copy of Lama Yeshe's "Introduction to Tantra", which is phenomenal.
With that being said, receiving the empowerment will drastically improve the benefits associated with this particular sadhana.
If you are interested in taking a proactive role in your spiritual and mundane well being I highly suggest the practice of Vajrasattva to burn up and eliminate negative karma that causes us to suffer spiritually and materially.
All of use have done wrong things in this life and in the past incarnations, this is a wonderful and powerful practice to be able to handle our negative karmic debt in a responsible way.
Vajrasattva is like catholic confession on steroids! I recommend everyone Buddhist or not (I am not) to practice karmic purification as a way to help avoid unnecessary suffering in our lives.
Lama Yeshe's style is clear and always easy to follow.
Whether you are a beginner or advance practitioner, you can always find the right book among those of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this Author and do not like Simon and Schuster as they will not permit Text to Speech, their prices
are generally higher as well.
Lama Yeshe never ceases to amaze me with his ability to engage, provoke, and teach.Published 10 months ago by Marl E.
To completely understand, this book is a must to get the foundation of Tantra. Highly recommend it to all practitioners.Published on May 14, 2014 by Steve