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Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibet Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also shows how the Tibetan traditions are applicable to the problems and challenges of modern life in the West. In Indestructible Truth, Tibetan Buddhism is introduced not as an exotic religion, but rather as an expression of human spirituality that is having a profound impact on the modern world. In addition, it presents the point of view of meditation and the practice of the spiritual life, paying special attention to contemplative practice and meditation as taught in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools.


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Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibet Indestructible Truth is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published; at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. Indestructible Truth presents Tibetan Buddhism in its traditional form but also shows how the Tibetan traditions are applicable to the problems and challenges of modern life in the West. In Indestructible Truth, Tibetan Buddhism is introduced not as an exotic religion, but rather as an expression of human spirituality that is having a profound impact on the modern world. In addition, it presents the point of view of meditation and the practice of the spiritual life, paying special attention to contemplative practice and meditation as taught in the Kagyu and Nyingma schools.

30 review for Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brian Griffith

    This book is a full university course in Tibetan Buddhism--its roots, its heroes, its evolving schools, and its spiritual practice as the wayfarer experiences it. Ray is a patient, passionate teacher who takes time to clearly explain the pathways and peaks of Buddhist philosophy and practice. I'd definitely recommend it for any student of the subject. This book is a full university course in Tibetan Buddhism--its roots, its heroes, its evolving schools, and its spiritual practice as the wayfarer experiences it. Ray is a patient, passionate teacher who takes time to clearly explain the pathways and peaks of Buddhist philosophy and practice. I'd definitely recommend it for any student of the subject.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lorilee

    I found the first half of this book to be way deeper into the history of Tibetan Buddhist practice than I was ready to take on. That said, a student scholar might find it very useful! I, on the other hand, am a practitioner of meditation, a beginner of Tibetan Buddhist practice, at that, now having had a daily practice for only five years. After getting through the first half, having stuck with it, I noted there was a definite change in the second half's presentation, seeming goals for the reade I found the first half of this book to be way deeper into the history of Tibetan Buddhist practice than I was ready to take on. That said, a student scholar might find it very useful! I, on the other hand, am a practitioner of meditation, a beginner of Tibetan Buddhist practice, at that, now having had a daily practice for only five years. After getting through the first half, having stuck with it, I noted there was a definite change in the second half's presentation, seeming goals for the reader. The pieces began to fall together. I perked up! I began to notice that I was beginning to connect the subtle dots of practice I was experiencing on the cushion! As the chapters rolled by my consciousness, I began to become deeply connected to Reginald Ray's approach to explain the historical yet very practical aspects of the Tibetan practice I am taking on. It seemed to be taking me forever to read this book, indeed I've been reading it for the past six months, because I could only read it and absorb its contents in small doses! Yet, those doses began to stick, began to infect my thinking with a deeper understanding of life. I realized why I have slowly stepped from Christianity toward a deep, connected spiritual understanding of all of life, less based on beliefs and more based on compassionate action and practice in the world. My very thinking is now able to be affected by my meditation practice on a daily basis. I am noticing how present I am able (or not able to be) in the world at large and why that is likely so, then what to do about it. The wisdom and compassion I seek is within each of us, able to be touched, able to be brought out, able to be shared just as soon as we are able to remove the obscurations that assault its body-knowledge. One has to be ready for this book. It is not easy reading. It is deep in historical content as well as in the scope of its broader view of present-day life. When one takes it on, I suggest not rushing it but rather delighting in its message. That message is a gift that will last lifetimes. Thank you to Cortland Dahl for sparking in me a desire to read this book. I am finding its contents are life-changing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Very helpful translation of certain key concepts in Tibetan Buddhism. Especially useful for those without any background in Buddhism who find themselves working with a Tibetan teacher. This book is a wonderful foundation for a practitioner. My only quibble is that this book, like it's companion sometimes feels like a religious studies book on Buddhism other times like a Buddhist teaching. I don't have a problem with that, but at time the editorial choices reflect this tension. Putting the lineag Very helpful translation of certain key concepts in Tibetan Buddhism. Especially useful for those without any background in Buddhism who find themselves working with a Tibetan teacher. This book is a wonderful foundation for a practitioner. My only quibble is that this book, like it's companion sometimes feels like a religious studies book on Buddhism other times like a Buddhist teaching. I don't have a problem with that, but at time the editorial choices reflect this tension. Putting the lineage section first in this book is probably the biggest example. Many readers will want to skip that section and come back to it later.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Johnny Cordova

    A tremendous introduction to and overview of the history, worldview, philosophies, and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. I read it as a prelude to its second volume, Secret of the Vajra World. For some reason, I thought it was going to be dry. It is not. It is rich, detailed, and extremely well-presented. I’ve been meditating and reading books by Buddhist teachers for many years and feel that this book has taken my understanding of all Buddhism, not just Tibetan Buddhism, to another level. It sat o A tremendous introduction to and overview of the history, worldview, philosophies, and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. I read it as a prelude to its second volume, Secret of the Vajra World. For some reason, I thought it was going to be dry. It is not. It is rich, detailed, and extremely well-presented. I’ve been meditating and reading books by Buddhist teachers for many years and feel that this book has taken my understanding of all Buddhism, not just Tibetan Buddhism, to another level. It sat on my bookshelf for several years before I finally cracked it open. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Definitely take notes while reading. Little heavy on specifics for me but it doesn’t take away from the experience.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    from the library Table of Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 (6) Tibet: People and Place 7 (8) Part One The Sacred Environment 15 (50) The Cosmos and Its Inhabitants 17 (30) Living in the Sacred Cosmos 47 (18) Part Two Tibet's Story 65 (162) The Indian Wellspring 67 (22) Foundations: The Early Spreading 89 (14) Nyingma: The Ancient School 103 (27) The Later Spreading: Kadam and Sakya 130 (22) The Later Spreading: Kagyu 152 (37) Modern Traditions: Geluk 189 (18) Modern Tra from the library Table of Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 (6) Tibet: People and Place 7 (8) Part One The Sacred Environment 15 (50) The Cosmos and Its Inhabitants 17 (30) Living in the Sacred Cosmos 47 (18) Part Two Tibet's Story 65 (162) The Indian Wellspring 67 (22) Foundations: The Early Spreading 89 (14) Nyingma: The Ancient School 103 (27) The Later Spreading: Kadam and Sakya 130 (22) The Later Spreading: Kagyu 152 (37) Modern Traditions: Geluk 189 (18) Modern Traditions: The Ri-me (Nonsectarian) Movement 207 (20) Part Three Core Teachings 227 (134) Hinayana: The View 241 (39) Hinayana: The Practice and Result 280 (31) Mahayana: The View 311 (20) Mahayana: The Practice and Result 331 (30) Part Four: Buddhist Philosophy: The Three Turnings of the Wheel of Dharma 361 (88) The First Turning: Abhidharma 367 (25) The Second Turning: Madhyamaka 392 (27) The Third Turning: Buddha-Nature 419 (30) Conclusion 449 (6) Chronology of Tibetan Buddhist History 455 (6) Notes 461 (10) Bibliography 471 (6) Credits 477 (2) Index 479

  7. 5 out of 5

    Will Brown

    Read with intention of connecting the dots. An insight journey through Tibetian Buddhism's history, schools of though, their philosophy and yet not academic or stale. Reginald A. Ray shares the the people connection to the spreading/sharing of Tibetian Buddhism including the primary schools of thought Read with intention of connecting the dots. An insight journey through Tibetian Buddhism's history, schools of though, their philosophy and yet not academic or stale. Reginald A. Ray shares the the people connection to the spreading/sharing of Tibetian Buddhism including the primary schools of thought

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul Griffin

    The single best comprehensive work on Tibetan Buddhism. By a scholar and meditation master. Heartily recommended. (Especially for intellectuals, who need to get out of their heads.) This work makes religion sexy again. Can you image? All the people living life in peace?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Molly Carmody Judson

    Opened my mind at a time when I really needed it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I am taking "The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism" with Prof. Reginald Ray through Naropa University online. This is the core text...and there's so much in it...I'm just beginning... I am taking "The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism" with Prof. Reginald Ray through Naropa University online. This is the core text...and there's so much in it...I'm just beginning...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    " Comprehensive " would be an understatement. " Comprehensive " would be an understatement.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Everything you needed to know about Tibetan Buddhism. Read the second book Secret of the Vajra World to complete the journey.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maozhou

    This is a great intro to the Hinayana and Mahayana from the Tibetan perspective and the lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche. Must reading.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Molly Stepanski

    This doesn't read like a textbook which I was expecting. It reads like his live teachings - so accessible and down to earth. A true window into Tibetan Buddhism without the cultural confusion. This doesn't read like a textbook which I was expecting. It reads like his live teachings - so accessible and down to earth. A true window into Tibetan Buddhism without the cultural confusion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Widhi

    I am trying to understand the Tibetan Buddhism culture. This book is good for a start.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anne Kadet

    Like a whole week of readi meals plus a brownie!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Duncan

    A very good text book introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Roscoe Brooks

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lourdes Cambridge

  20. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  21. 4 out of 5

    Juli Goetz

  22. 4 out of 5

    Blaine

  23. 5 out of 5

    Raaz Yen

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mindaugas Foksa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hugh Tullner III

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tsering Dongtse

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Dean

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Librarygnome

  30. 5 out of 5

    erikblagsvedt

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