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Book Title: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism|
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The author of the book: John Powers
Edition: Snow Lion Publications
Date of issue: January 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9781559390262
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Ommmm, I want to immerse myself in the robed peace of the Tibetan monks. Here's a paraphrased excerpt from the Introduction of this book: A lotus is born in the muck and mud at the bottom of a swamp, but when it emerges on the surface of the water and opens its petals, a beautiful flower appears, unstained by the mud from which it arose.
Similarly, genuine compassion arises from the muck of the ordinary world, which is characterized by fighting, hatred, distrust, anxiety, and other negative emotions. These emotions tend to cause people to become self-centered and lead to suffering and negative thoughts and actions. But just as the world is the locus of negative emotions, it is also the place in which we can become buddhas, enlightened beings who have awakened from the sleep of ignorance and who perceive reality as it is, with absolute clarity and with profound compassion for suffering living beings.
Just as the lotus arises from the mud of the swamp, buddhas were formerly human beings, immersed in the negative thoughts and actions in which all ordinary beings engage: strife, wars, petty jealousies, and hatreds. Through meditative training, however, buddhas transcend such things, and, like the lotus, they rise above their murky origins and are unsullied by the mud and mire below. Like the lotus, there are still roots that connect with the mud at the bottom, for buddhas continue to act in the world for the benefit of others.
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