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Ringu Tulku

The Lazy Lama series of booklets offer a delightful introduction to basic Buddhist concepts. Entertaining and readable, they are also reliably informative. Author Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is a Tibetan lama who uniquely combines the authentic content of a traditional Buddhist training with a contemporary lightness of touch which greatly aids in the process of communicating it.

 

  • The Lazy Lama looks at Buddhist Meditation

  • The Lazy Lama looks at Refuge: Finding a Purpose and a Path

  • The Lazy Lama looks at Bodhichitta: Awakening Compassion and Wisdom

  • The Lazy Lama looks at Living without Fear and Anger

These booklets cost £2.99 each, plus £2.00 postage for one booklet; for more than one please add an additional £1.00 postage per booklet.

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Here are some excerpts and further details about the booklets.

The Lazy Lama looks at Buddhist Meditation
'We're not looking for good experiences in meditation, wonderful or strange experiences. Maybe we'll have them too; but it doesn't matter. What we are looking for is being able to relax, being able to let the thoughts and emotions come and then let them go without their taking over.'

The Lazy Lama looks at Refuge
'Discovering a purpose is maybe the most important thing we can do. Whatever we're doing, if we have a purpose, if we have a dream, then we can find a way. But if we have no purpose we don't know where we are or where we're going; we're lost. That's why, from the Buddhist point of view, this is the first and most important step.'

The Lazy Lama looks at Bodhichitta
Bodhichitta literally means 'mind of awakening'. It is the awakening of compassion and wisdom - the great compassionate wish for the wellbeing of all sentient beings, combined with the understanding of how that wish may be fulfilled. Ringu Tulku points out that bodhichitta is a natural extension of our innate wish to work for our own wellbeing - 'kindness to others is based on our kindness to ourselves' - and holds out hope for each one of us to awaken our bodhichitta, not by acquiring something new, but by realising our deepest, most natural way of being.

The Lazy Lama looks at Living without Fear and Anger
Ringu Tulku looks at two issues critical to our time - fear and anger - and shows us the invaluable contribution age-old Buddhist wisdom can make in dealing with these emotions. 'Anger and hatred are very much related to fear. In fact, I believe that fear is the basis of all negative emotions. Dealing with fear is not an easy thing to do. Some people think: "I am brave. I don't have any fear. I can do bungee-jumping!" But our fundamental fear is subtle and de+ep-seated, and it is on the basis of this fear that all kinds of negative emotions arise. There are many different meditations and practices to help us deal with our fear, but the basic thing we have to do is to learn how to face it.'

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