BUDDHISM GEMS

Although I’ve never taken up spiritual residence in Buddhism, its teachings have graced my way through the years. As the Buddha said, “One who drinks deeply of the Dharma, with a clear and open mind, rests well.”

Swayambhunath. Photo by JT

Swayambhunath Stupa, Nepal. Photo by JT

The Dhammapada – Sayings of Buddha, from two special translations:
(1) Thomas Byrom’s version (Shambhala, 1993), and
(2) translated into Tibetan from the Pali by dGe-‘dun Chos-‘phel, then into English (Dharma, 1985)

Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara – a classic, from a translation by Richard Faulds and Danna Faulds. An English rendering of the title is “Entering the Path of Enlightenment.”

Shantideva’s Milarepa – I have long been fascinated by this extraordinary being who offered his teachings to the world through song – 100,000 songs, it is said! Can you imagine? 

Zen Gems: Return to the Origin – prized quotes from many sources. Zen philosophy has a unique knack for piercing delusion’s fog and cutting to the spiritual chase.

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