Author: Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin NorbuTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Julia WilsonPublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2016Language: EnglishPages: 219ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789383441730
Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu's Excellent Vessel of Ambrosia is a commentary on the much-loved Tibetan Buddhist classic The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas composed by the fourteenth century scholar and meditation master Thokme Sangpo. In this elegant and lucid commentary, Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu provides us with practical guidelines to cultivate the stages of the Buddhist path—from the fundamental contemplations to advanced mind training exercises and meditation. The guidelines are derived from the author's personal experience, with reference to the sutras and tantras as well as Indian commentaries and those of Tibetan Buddhist masters of all major traditions. Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu shows us how to recognize the great potential of our ephemeral human life, how to identify and rely on an authentic teacher, how to cultivate disenchantment with cyclic existence, and how to rouse the altruistic mind of enlightenment and develop insight into the nature of reality. He also offers profound advice on how to effectively deal with destructive emotions—such as attachment, hatred, envy, and miserliness—and how to transform adverse conditions into the spiritual path. His guidelines are relevant for the neophyte and seasoned practitioner, as well as others who may have an interest in developing the mind and gaining a deeper understanding of reality.
ContentsIntroduction ONE PRELUDE RELATING THE TITLE OF THE ROOT TEXT THE HOMAGE VERSES THE AUTHOR'S PROMISE TO COMPOSE THE TEXT TWO MAIN BODY PART I: THE WAY OF ENGAGING IN THE PRELIMINARY PRACTICES Verse 1: The Difficulty of Obtaining a Life of Leisure and Endowment Verse 2: Leaving One's Homeland Verse 3: Relying on Seclusion Verse 4: Recollection of Impermanence Verse 5: Giving Up Bad Companions Verse 6: Relying on Good Companions Verse 7: Taking RefugePART II: THE PATHS OF THE THREE TYPES OF INDIVIDUALS The Path of the Individual of the Small Scope Verse 8: The Path of the Individual of the Small Scope The Path of the Individual of the Middle Scope Verse 9: Nonattached to Samsaric Pleasures and Seeking Liberation The Path of the Individual of the Great Scope Verse 10: The Attitude: Generating the Mind of Supreme Enlightenment Verse 11: Meditation on Equalizing and Exchanging Oneself for Others Verse 12: Taking Not Finding What You Wish for onto the Path Verse 13: Taking Suffering onto the Path Verse 14: Taking Defamation onto the Path Verse 15: Taking Degradation onto the Path Verse 16: Taking Ingratitude onto the Path Verse 17: Taking Disparagement onto the Path Verse 18: Taking Decline onto the Path Verse 19: Taking Prosperity onto the Path Verse 20: Taking an Object of Hatred onto the Path Verse 21: Taking an Object of Attachment onto the Path Verse 22: The Cultivation of Nonconceptuality Free of Elaboration during Meditative EquipoiseVerse 23: The Abandonment of Clinging to an Object of Attachment as Truly Existent in the Postmeditative Period Verse 24: The Abandonment of Attachment to an Object of Hatred as Truly Existent in the Postmeditative PeriodPART I: TRAINING IN THE PRECEPTS OF THE MIND OF ENLIGHTENMENT Verse 25: Training in Transcendent Generosity Verse 26: Training in Transcendent Ethical Discipline Verse 27: Training in Transcendent Patience Verse 28: Training in Transcendent Enthusiastic Effort Verse 29: Training in Transcendent Concentration Verse 30: The Way of Training in Transcendent Wisdom Verse 31: The Abandonment of Your Own Faults Having Examined Them Yourself Verse 32: The Abandonment of Speaking of the Faults of Other Bodhisattvas Verse 33: The Abandonment of Attachment to the Household of the Benefactor Verse 34: The Abandonment of Speaking Harsh Words Verse 35: Training in the Way of Eliminating the Afflictive Emotions Verse 36: Training in Benefiting Others Conjoined with Mindfulness and Introspection Verse 37: The Dedication of Virtue to Perfect Enlightenment PART II: THE SUMMARY The Author's Purpose for Composing this Text The Author's Demonstration of the Authenticity of the Practices The Author's Expression of Humility and Apology The Author's Dedication of the Virtue of Composing this Work to Great Enlightenment The Author Pens His Name Associated with the Four Complete AttributesEndnotesRoot TextExtended OutlineBibliographyIndex