Books

Support your practice with dharma books

In addition to a library of books that can be checked out, the following books can be purchased at the center.


A Concise Lojong Manual by Könchok Yenlak, the Fifth Shamarpa, translated by Pamela Gayle White, 2010. New USA edition: 2014. – $7

“Written by the 5th Shamar Rinpoché, Könchok Yenlak (1526–83), this condensed presentation of the lojong (“mind training”) maxims and explanations is a practical companion book for more extensive commentaries. The original Tibetan text and its English translation are included, as well as a brief biographical sketch of Shamar Könchok Yenlak. This United States edition has been issued with the kind permission of the original publisher, the Marpa Kagyu Dharma Preservation Center in Kathmandu, Nepal.” – Bird of Paradise Press.


Creating a Transparent Democracy by Shamar Rinpoche, 2011. – $10

“Throughout history, wise thinkers have set out to achieve the peace and welfare of society through supremely practical and common-sense methods of governance. Present generations must strive to fulfill the ideals of their illustrious forefathers. It is the responsibility of each individual to maintain high standards and carry great cultures forward to meet today’s challenges.” – Shamar Rinpoche.

 


The King of Prayers: A Commentary by Shamar Rinpoche, 2011, New USA edition 2015. Both editions are available at the center. – $10, $5

“In December, 2009, in Bodh Gayā, Künzig Shamar Rinpoche gave a teaching on the Noble King of Prayers of Excellent Conduct, also know as the Samantabhadra Wishing Prayer. The teaching by Shamar Rinpoche was transcribed and published as a first edition in 2011 by Shanti Path Publications of Kathmandu, Nepal. Bird of Paradise Press is happy to announce the republication of this transcription in a book which also includes the Tibetan text and an English-language translation of the prayer. ” – Bird of Paradise Press.


Boundless Awakening: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation by Shamar Rinpoche, 2013. – $7

Boundless Awakening: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation is a pocket-sized book on meditation. The book is excellent for people interested in meditation, both beginners and advanced. A primary benefit experienced by the practitioner of meditation is the immediate improvement in the conditions of daily life. The practice of meditation leads to a mind that is more peaceful, more tranquil and more at ease. Because the mind is more relaxed, events that usually disturb us seem to take on less importance, and we stop taking them in such a serious way. Likewise, through meditation the mind gradually learns to be independent of external conditions and circumstances. This mind that is unaffected by outer conditions is then able to discover its own stability and tranquility. A stable mind, one that is not disturbed, leads to the experience of less suffering in our lives.” – Bird of Paradise Press.


The Path to Awakening by Shamar Rinpoche, edited and translated by Lara Braitstein. – $16

“Shamar Rinpoche gives his own detailed commentary on Dorjé’s Seven Points of Mind Training, a text that has been used as a basis for transformative practice in Tibetan Buddhism for close to a thousand years. This book is filled with practical wisdom, philosophy, and meditation instructions. The Mind Training practice is clearly written, easy to learn, handy, and includes all the profound meditation instructions.” – Bodhi Path


A Golden Swan in Turbulent Waters: The Life and Times of the 10th Karma Choying Dorje by Shamar Rinpoche, 2012. – $30

“… tells the story of how the Tenth Karmapa (1604–1674) lived through dramatic changes in Tibet, including the rise to political supremacy of the Fifth Dalai Lama and the Gelug sect following a Mongol invasion. Regarded as a remarkable bodhisattva and artist, the Karmapa has largely escaped the close attention of modern scholars. In this book, Shamar Rinpoche, the Fourteenth Shamarpa, introduces the Tenth Karmapa through his translations of the Karmapa’s autobiographical writings and an eighteenth-century biography. As a direct lineage-descendant from the Sixth Shamarpa—the Karmapa’s guru—Shamar Rinpoche shares his unique knowledge and experience through extensive annotations and a historical overview of Tibet from the thirteenth through seventeenth centuries. The text is complemented by maps and color illustrations depicting places where the Karmapa lived and his prolific artistic work, with some object images being published for the first time.” – Bird of Paradise Press.


A Path of Wisdom by Jigme Rinpoche – $20

“A Path of Wisdom offers a simple yet direct view of the Buddhist path according to the Kagyu tradition of Ti- betan Buddhism. Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike will find in this book helpful tips and advice that can be applied in everyday life situations. far from the eso- teric jargons of Tibetan Buddhism, here is a practical approach to living with clarity which enables an indivi- dual to develop understanding and insight about the self and others. Lama Jigme Rinpoche explains that the key lies in the study and understanding of the essential points taught by the Buddha and the importance of tho- roughly integrating those meanings in our daily lives and practice.” – Bodhi Path.


Working with Emotions by Jigme Rinpoche – $20

Members of the Bodhi Path Buddhist Center of Martha’s Vineyard have published a compilation of teachings by Lama Jigme Rinpoche called Working With The Emotions. It is a simple but comprehensive book that offers insight into the process of recognizing emotions and learning how to free oneself from their effects.

“This is a well-written book that describes how this ancient discipline works to conquer emotional distress and quiet the mind. Lama Jigme Rinpoche’s teachings are clear and easy to read. He makes gentle use of repetition, reinforcing the teachings without redundancy.”  – The Martha’s Vineyard Times


The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, revised edition, 2006. – $20

“Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara) is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment, and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience. This text has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries, first in India, and later in Tibet. Presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse, it outlines the path of the Bodhisattvas—those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment and vow to work for the liberation of all beings and to attain buddhahood for their sake.

This version, translated from the Tibetan, is a revision by the translators of the 1997 edition. Included are a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a new translator’s preface, a thorough introduction, a note on the translation, and three appendices of commentary by the Nyingma master Kunzang Pelden.” – Amazon web site.


The Buddha Meets Socrates: A Philosopher’s Journal by Harrison J. Pemberton, 2013. – $10

“The Buddha Meets Socrates: A Philosopher’s Journal is a first-person account of teaching and learning. In 2004, Harrison J. Pemberton embarked on a journey to teach Western philosophy to a group of young Buddhist monks in India. One scholar in particular was poised to study: His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. Together these great thinkers generated a dialogue of teaching and learning, looking at the work of Western philosophers and comparing it to Buddhist philosophy, questioning how the Buddha and Socrates might meet. The Buddha Meets Socrates chronicles this process of inquiry and exchange.” – Bird of Paradise Press.


Bodhi Path Practice Texts

Chenrezig Practice Text and Commentary by Shamar Rinpoche. Translated under the guidance of Shamar Rinpoché by Pamela Gayle White. – $15

Includes The Practice Text Extending Throughout Space for the Benefit of Beings by Tangtong Gyalpo and The Commentary Continual Rain for the Benefit of Beings by Khakhyab Dorjé, the 15th Karmapa. Practice text is presented in Tibetan, English Transliteration and in English. Commentary is presented in English.

From the Introduction:

“The meditation-recitation of four-armed Chenrezig given here is a particularly effective practice method for human beings. Its lineage originates with the 15th century Tibetan mahasiddha Tangtong Gyalpo, who was Chenrezig himself in human form. It belongs to the “gom-loung” class, meaning that we may engage in the practice without having first received an empowerment. Though it is quite accessible and easy to follow, this concise form of the Chenrezig meditation-recitation can ultimately lead to the same deep realization and results as far more elaborate Chenrezig practices.”


Wisdom, Merit and Purification Through the Thirty-five Buddhas Ngondro Text. Compiled by Shamar Rinpoche with translation by Pamela Gayle White. – $15

From the Introduction by Shamar Rinpoche:

“Buddha Shakyamuni gave the 35 Buddhas Sutra as the most effective and expedient method for purifying negativities and accumulating merit. The practice was very widespread in Buddhist India, especially during the time when the Mahayana and Vajrayana the paths of the Bodhisattva were flourishing there. Many Buddhists tantric yogis, scholars, monks and nuns, householder practitioners chose this sutra among all the available Mahayana sutras and tantras as their preliminary practice or daily practice. Indeed, the great Tibetan master Marpa Lhodrakpa and a number of his peers chose it as their preliminary practice before focusing on the advanced practices of the Vajrayana.”


Other materials

Deep Advice DVD, Jingme Rinpoche. – $20

Chenrezig DVD by Sabchu Rinpoche. – $15