Awakening the Buddha Within - Eight Steps to Enlightenment Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World


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The story of a seeker, a man who traveled the world to Tibet in his twenties to search for answers to life's questions.


PREFACE

Many people have asked me in recent years to explain Buddhism from the ground up, and to speak about what timeless Tibetan wisdom has to contribute to us today. People want to know about the spiritual path and practical steps to enlightenment from an American perspective as well as how to meditate and find peace of mind.

PART ONE - Discovering Ancient Wisdom in a Modern World

The religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology. Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things natural and spiritual as a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description…. If there is any religion that could cope with modern scientific needs it would be Buddhism.

—- ALBERT EINSTEIN


The coming of Buddhism to the West may well prove to be the most important event of the Twentieth Century.

—- ARNOLD TOYNBEE, HISTORIAN


WHAT IS REAL, WHAT IS LIFE, WHAT IS TRUTH?

When I first met Lama Yeshe, I had a thousand and one questions about the meaning of life. I was twenty.
What is the meaning of life? What is my purpose? Where did we all come from? Is there a God? Where is He, She, It? Is God with me? Is God nature?

“How,” Lama Yeshe asked, “can you help others if you cannot help yourself?

At the beginning of The Divine Comedy, Dante, who was just turning thirty-five, wrote, “Midway upon the journey of our life, I found myself in a dark wood where the right way was lost. Ah! How hard a thing it is to tell what this wild and rough and difficult wood was….”

Gandhi once said, “I claim to be a passionate seeker after truth, which is but another name for God.”

Men and women on such a path traditionally have been known as “seekers.”
do you understand what you are seeking?
André Gide once wrote, “Believe those who are seeking truth. Doubt those who find it.”

ON THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT