Author: Geshe Palden DrakpaPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 93ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789380359922
Freeing Yourself from the Cycle is a compilation of Geshe Palden Drakpa’s four essays on Buddhist philosophy and practice. The first two essays are on Buddhist philosophy and the rest are on Buddhist practice.Dependent origination is the foundation of Buddhist philosophy and the theory is relevant to every aspect of existence, including that of our own. The essays on Buddhist philosophy also include an analysis of what creates sentient beings and the environments in which they live, and what protects sentient beings from different dangers.The remaining essays are on Buddhist practices of generating love and compassion for the benefit of others, engaging in virtuous practices for the benefit of all, and undertaking ritual practices such as offering prostrations and seeking audience of spiritual masters to cleanse oneself of the cognitive and afflictive obscurations.These explanatory essays are intended for those who are new to Buddhist philosophy and who may doubt the benefits one can gain from simple practices such as circumambulation, offering water and lighting lamps.
ContentsPrefaceTranslator’s NoteA Short Biography of Geshe Palden DrakpaA Lamp Illuminating the Difference between the Concept of ‘the Creator’ and the Concept of ‘the Protector’PrologueThe CreatorThe ProtectorConclusionAn Interpretation of the Wheel of Cyclic ExistencePrologueOrigin of the Wheel of Cyclic ExistenceDetails of the Wheel of Cyclic ExistenceRepresenting the Aspects of Cyclic ExistenceThe Innermost CircleThe Second Innermost CircleThe Third CircleGods and demigodsHumansHell beingsHungry ghostsAnimalsThe Outer CircleIgnoranceMental formationsConsciousnessName-and-formSense basesContactSensationCravingAttachmentExistenceBirthAgeing and deathThe Demon Holding the WheelDetails of the Part that Represents Passing Beyond Suffering, the PeaceThe Moon as representing passing beyond suffering or the truth of cessationThe meaning of the two versesSummaryLove and Compassion: the Foundation of the Ultimate PeacePrologueThe Nature of Great CompassionTypes of Great CompassionThe Causes Leading to Generation of Great CompassionThe Intensity of Great CompassionProving the Possibility of Generating Great CompassionMeditating on Great CompassionThe Stages of Making Generation of Great Compassion a HabitA Lamp Illuminating Engagement in Virtuous Practices and Abandonment of Non-virtuous ActionsPrologueIdentifying the Ten Non-virtuous Actions and the Ten Virtuous PracticesThe Results of Engaging in the Virtuous Practices and indulging in the Non- virtuous ActionsRipened resultsResults that correspond to their causeDominating resultsGaining Certainty in the Law of Cause and EffectConfession of the Non- virtuous Actions by Means of the Four PowerPreventing Anger and Practicing ForbearanceSummaryFulfilling the Wishes of the Learned: Answers to Questions on How to Perform Practices such as Offering Prostrations, Circumambulation and Making Offerings PrologueOffering ProstrationCircumambulationMANI-wheel (Prayer Wheel)Offering WaterOffering LampsOffering incenseSeeking AudienceConclusionDedicatory Prayers