Cultivating a Compassionate Heart: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig

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Shambhala, Mar 13, 2006 - Religion - 155 pages
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Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara / Kuan Yin) is not only Tibet’s patron deity, he also is the embodiment of the compassion of all the Buddhas and as such is deemed the best possible contemplative gateway to the cultivation of compassion. In this book, which has received high praise from monastics and lay Buddhist scholars alike, the American-born nun Ven. Thubten Chodron lucidly and engagingly elucidates the Tibetan Buddhist yoga of Chenrezig. Her explanations are based not only on scriptural but also oral teachings, which makes them eminently authoritative and practical. Essentially, Cultivating a Compassionate Heart is a knowledgeable, highly practical, and fairly extensive commentary on the Chenrezig sadhana. The book starts with the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig visualization and the preliminary prayers found in most sadhanas and the long mantra of Chenrezig. Only then does the author proceed to explaining the various concepts that make up the theoretical underpinnings of this extraordinary practice.

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This book contains the text of a particular Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice -- visualizing and meditating on Chenrezig, "the embodiment of all the infinite Buddhas' compassionate wisdom ... Read full review

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Chenrezig is one of the less-familiar names of the Great Compassionate Buddha also known as Kuan-Yin, Kannon, and Avalokiteshvara. This "yoga" is not a routine of stretches and postures, but a system ... Read full review

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Getting Started
Purifying Negativities and Accumulating Positive Potential
Request Prayer
The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
Purifying and Receiving Inspiration
Meditating on Emptiness
Appearing as Chenrezig
Clear Appearance and Divine Identity
Mantra Recitation
Working with Our Stuff
More Meditations
Concluding the Sadhana and Practicing in Daily Life
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About the author (2006)

American Buddhist nun Thubten Chodron lives in Seattle & travels worldwide, teaching & leading meditation retreats. She is the author of Open Heart, Clear Mind.

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