Books on Buddhism by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso… all the books below are available in hardback and paperback, and some are available on audio book and in MP3 format, MP3’s can be downloaded to play on your MP3 player/iPod now! If you follow any of the links to buy a book there are also prayers, music, posters and lots of other things that can be purchased.
An Introduction to Meditation on Tantra Mahamudra Tantra introduces a new world of meditation. It explains how we can use our imagination as a powerful tool in our spiritual practice.
Mahamudra is a Sanskrit word that means union of bliss and emptiness, the very essence of Buddhist Tantric meditation.
Mahamudra Tantra is a practical manual for gaining deep experience of meditation and discovering the peace and happiness that lies within.
It introduces the profound subject of Tantric meditation with extraordinary clarity, making these practices extremely accessible.
How to Solve Our Human Problems
In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely. Our negative states of mind, such as uncontrolled desire and anger, create endless problems for ourselves and others, and prevent us from fulfilling our deepest wishes.
“Reveals the enormous potential for peace and happiness that exists within our lives.” Kathleen Dowling Singh, PH.D, Psychologist and Author
“A profound illumination of our human experiences and our potential for deep inner freedom.” Arturo Sanchez-Lacay, Professor, Columbia University
“This insightful book offers peace of mind in these troubled times. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking happiness or greater meaning in their lives.” Thomas Mitchell, Professor and Author, Indiana University
The New Meditation Handbook
Meditations to make our life happy and meaningful.
This popular and practical best-selling manual, now revised to make it more accessible to the general reader, allows us to discover for ourselves the inner peace and lightness of mind that come from meditation.
The author explains twenty-one step-by-step meditations leading to increasingly peaceful and beneficial states of mind, and that together form the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment.
By practising these meditations, we can transform our daily lives, fulfil our spiritual potential, and find lasting happiness.
‘One can instantly sense its value … this book shines.’ – THE NEW HUMANITY
‘… potentially life-changing book.’ – ABOUT BUDDHISM.ORG
Introduction to Buddhism
An explanation of the buddhist way of life.
2,500 years after the passing of Buddha, his message continues to resonate and is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world.
This compelling introduction explains the essential principles of the Buddhist way of life such as rebirth, karma and ultimate truth, and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing qualities such as inner peace, love and patience.
Those developing an interest in Buddhism and meditation will find this book an ideal guide and companion.
‘A brilliantly clear and concise introduction to this vast subject. Very highly recommended.’ – YOGA & HEALTH MAGAZINE
‘This book succeeds admirably in presenting its subject with clarity and insight.’ – CHALICE
Transform Your Life
A blissful journey.
By following the practical advice given in this book we can transform our mind and our life, fulfil our human potential, and find everlasting peace and happiness.
“What is the real meaning of human life?”
“How to find the source of happiness”
“The actual methods to solve our daily problems”
“How to accomplish our ultimate goal”
‘A work of deep spiritual insight.’ – THE NAPRA REVIEW
‘A laudable and thought-provoking read.’ – MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Eight Steps to Happiness
The buddhist way of loving kindness.
This inspiring book reveals essential methods for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both self and others.
It gives a detailed and practical commentary to eight beautiful verses that comprise one of Buddhism’s best-loved and most enduring teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind. Composed by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this short poem shows how we can transform all life’s difficulties into valuable spiritual insights.
For centuries, these liberating meditation practices have brought lasting peace, inspiration and serenity to countless people in the East.
Now, in this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso shares the immeasurably rich insight of this ancient wisdom with all those seeking lasting happiness and greater meaning in their modern lives.
‘… induces calmness and compassion into one’s being.’- NEW HUMANITY JOURNAL
Transforming your life through love and compassion.
The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspired explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states.
Ancient meditative techniques that have been tried and tested for centuries are brought alive and made relevant to our everyday experiences.
Also included is a practical and uplifting explanation of how we can transform our day-to-day living – including even the most demanding and difficult conditions – into opportunities for personal and spiritual development. By pointing the way to an unchanging freedom and happiness, this immensely readable book challenges us to grow, and will have a remarkable impact on our life.
‘It could be read with profit by anyone whose religion demands the exercise of compassion.’ – FAITH AND FREEDOM
‘An inspiring book.’ – BUDDHIST STUDIES REVIEW
The New Heart of Wisdom
An explanation of the heart sutra.
In this clear and detailed commentary to the Essence of Wisdom or Heart Sutra, one of the most popular Mahayana Buddhist texts, the author skilfully explains the dream-like nature of all things, the relationship between our mind and our world, and the extent to which we create our own reality.
Through studying, contemplating and meditating on this Sutra we can gain a perfect understanding of the nature of reality, overcome hindrances and difficulties in our daily life and finally overcome the obstacles preventing our attaining the perfect happiness of enlightenment.
‘For the serious student of Buddhism, a better book would be hard to come across.’ – THE MIDDLE WAY
Joyful Path of Good Fortune
The complete buddhist path to enlightenment.
We all have the potential for self-transformation, and a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfil this potential we need to know what to do along every stage of our spiritual journey.
With this book, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness.
With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practised, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies.
Following these practical instructions, we will come to experience for ourselves the joy that arises from making progress on a clear and structured path that leads to full enlightenment.
This is a perfect guidebook to the Buddhist path.
‘This book is invaluable.’ – WORLD RELIGIONS
Understanding the Mind
An explanation of the nature and functions of the mind.
This comprehensive explanation, based on Buddha’s teachings and the experiences of accomplished meditators, offers a deep insight into the nature and functions of the mind.
The first part describes different types of mind in detail, revealing the depth and profundity of Buddhist understanding of human psychology, and how this can be used to improve our lives. The second part is a practical guide to devbeloping and maintaining a light, positive mind – showing how to recognize and abandon states of mind that harm us, and to replace them with peaceful and beneficial ones. The inspiring discovery we make from this is that we can attain a lasting state of joy, independent of external conditions.
The Bodhisattva Vow
The essential practices of mahayana buddhism.
A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world who, motivated by compassion, spontaneously seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings.
In this welcome guide to compassionate living, Geshe Kelsang explains in detail how to take and keep the Bodhisattva vows, how to purify downfalls, and how to practise the Bodhisattva’s deeds of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom.
With this handbook as our companion, we can enter the Bodhisattva’s way of life and progress along the path to full enlightenment.
‘A perfect transmission of the ancient wisdom of Buddha to the modern world.’ – EAST WEST JOURNAL
Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
How to enjoy a life of great meaning and altruism.
This famous and universally loved poem for daily living has inspired many generations of Buddhists and non-Buddhists since it was first composed in the 8th century by the famous Indian Buddhist master Shantideva.
This new translation, made under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, conveys the great lucidity and poetic beauty of the original, while preserving its full impact and spiritual insight.
Reading these verses slowly, while contemplating their meaning, has a profoundly liberating effect on the mind. The poem invokes special positive states of mind, moves us from suffering and conflict to happiness and peace, and gradually introduces us to the entire Mahayana Buddhist path to enlightenment.
Meaningful to Behold
The bodhisattva’s way of life.
Many people have the compassionate wish to benefit others, but few understand how to accomplish this successfully in daily life.
Bodhisattvas are friends of the world, who have such strong compassion that they are able to transform all their daily activities into ways of benefiting others.
The path of the Bodhisattva was exquisitely explained in the universally loved poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by the the 8th century master Shantideva. With this commentary, the full effectiveness and profundity of this wonderful poem are revealed in full and made applicable for our time.
This practical handbook is essential for those wishing to follow a Bodhisattva’s way of life.
‘An indispensable Buddhist work – no serious student of Buddhism can afford to be without it.’ – JOHN BLOFELD
Ocean of Nectar
Wisdom and compassion in mahayana buddhism.
This is the first complete explanation in English of Chandrakirti’s Guide to the Middle Way, a classic Mahayana scripture, which to this day is regarded as the principal presentation of Buddha’s profound view of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality.
With a new translation and verse-by-verse commentary, the author reveals this profound meaning with utmost clarity, and guides us along the stages of the Bodhisattva path to full enlightenment.
This book is an indispensable guide for the serious practitioner of Mahayana Buddhism. ‘This important work handsomely repays the close reading required to fully savor the text.’ – THE MIDDLE WAY
The essential practices of Kadampa Buddhism.
Kadampa Buddhism is becoming increasingly popular as a clear and practical spiritual path for the contemporary practitioner.
Originating with the special presentation of Mahayana Buddhism by the great Buddhist masters Atisha and Je Tsongkhapa, Kadampa Buddhism makes the path to enlightenment accessible to the modern world and explains clearly how to transform our lives into the spiritual path.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a meditation master of this living tradition, explains two essential spiritual practices.
The first is a special meditation practice in conjunction with Je Tsongkhapa, through which we can receive blessings and gain the realizations of the path to enlightenment.
The second is meditation on the Buddha of Wisdom in the aspect of a Dharma Protector, whereby we gain the necessary internal strength to overcome all obstacles to our spiritual practice.
Living Meaningfully Dying Joyfully
The profound practice of transference of consciousness.
We are alive, therefore we will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth of our existence, yet very few of us have really come to terms with this fact.
This inspiring book helps us to live a happy and meaningful life, to prepare for death and to help others who are dying. In this way, instead of something to be feared or denied, death can become a positive experience.
Guide to Dakini Land
The highest yoga tantra practice of Buddha Vajrayogini.
Guide to Dakini Land is the first complete explanation in English of the Tantric practice of Vajrayogini, the female Buddha of wisdom.
Geshe Kelsang provides detailed instructions on the eleven yogas of generation stage, which are special methods for transforming all our daily activities into a blissful spiritual path; and he also explains with great clarity the essential completion stage practices of Vajrayogini, which lead to full enlightenment.
Included are all the sadhanas of Vajrayogini, advice on how to do a Tantric retreat, and a wealth of additional material that will be indispensable to anyone wishing to rely upon Buddha Vajrayogini. ‘A joy to read. . . Geshe Kelsang has truly brought a blessing into our lives’ – TIBET JOURNAL
Essence of Vajrayana
The highest yoga tantra practice of Heruka body Mandala.
Essence of Vajrayana is the first complete explanation in English of the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Heruka body mandala. Buddha Heruka is a manifestation of all the Buddhas’ enlightened compassion, and by relying upon him we can swiftly attain a pure selfless joy and bring true happiness to others.
In Part One Geshe Kelsang explains with great clarity and precision how we can practise the sublime meditations of Heruka body mandala, and thereby gradually transform our ordinary world and experiences into the transcendental reality of a Buddha.
Then, in Part Two, he provides definitive instructions on the completion stage practices that lead to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment in this one lifetime.
This is a treasury of practical instructions for those seriously interested in following the Tantric path.
Tantric Grounds & Paths
How to enter, progress on, and complete the Vajrayana path.
The mysteries of Tantra have engrossed countless meditators for centuries. Since the time of Buddha, these secrets have been passed down from accomplished master to disciple largely by word of mouth.
Now drawing from his own experience and the works of Je Tsongkhapa and other great Tibetan Yogis, Geshe Kelsang clearly sets out all the stages of the four classes of Tantra, giving a full explanation of generation and completion stages. Tantra is revealed as the gateway to a blissful new world.
The book represents a significant milestone in revealing these profound mysteries to the contemporary world.
Clear Light of Bliss
The practice of Mahamudra in Vajrayana Buddhism.
Within all of us lies a source of infinite bliss and compassion for others. The special methods explained within Tantric Buddhism enable us to discover this bliss for ourselves.
The contemporary Tantric master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, explains step-by-step how we can generate a deeply peaceful and concentrated mind by harnessing the subtle energy system within our own body. With this blissful awareness we can uncover our true nature, destroy ignorance and suffering at its root, and swiftly become a source of inspiration and benefit for others.
This is an essential handbook for the Tantric meditator.
‘A source of great happiness and immeasurable benefit to the beings of this world.’ – KYABJE LING RINPOCHE
By developing and maintaining compassion and wisdom in daily life, we can transform our lives, improve our relationships with others and look behind appearances to see the way things really are. In this way we can find lasting happiness and accomplish the real meaning of our human life. With compassion and wisdom, like the two wings of a bird, we can quickly reach the enlightened world of a Buddha.
Modern Buddhism reveals how all aspects of Buddhism – from the most basic to the most profound – can be applied practically to solve our daily problems and experience deeper inner peace and happiness.
This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Dorjechang Trijang Rinpoche. It explains clearly and concisely the entire spiritual path from the initial preliminary practices to the fi nal completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra that enable us to attain full enlightenment in this life.
Following the root text of Mahamudra, The Main Path of the Conquerors by the First Panchen Lama, this remarkable book provides extremely clear and easy to understand explanations and insights based on the author’s experiences during many years of retreat.
Main subjects covered:
• Having identified our own mind, meditating on tranquil abiding
• Having realized emptiness, meditating on superior seeing
• Meditating on the central channel, the yoga of the central channel
• Meditating on the indestructible drop, the yoga of the drop
• Meditating on the indestructible wind, the yoga of wind