BOOKS TO EXPLORE AND INSPIRE

It is always a good time to learn more about ourselves. Our sister organization, Dharma Publishing offers a wide range of publications based on the teaching of our founder, Tarthang Tulku, and from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the 1,400 year old tradition that offers an authentic path to a more rewarding life and ultimately to Enlightenment.

Through special arrangement with Dharma Publishing, friends of Ratna Ling can purchase books curated from Dharma Publishing at a 35% discount. Below you will find a selection of Dharma Publishing books we think you will enjoy.

To get your 35% discount you must enter our discount code, Ratnaling35  when you check out of the Dharma Publishing store,

GESTURE OF BALANCE

This guide to awareness, self-healing, and meditation provides comfort and inspiration through essays and practices including the awakening of compassion within, opening the heart and healing through positive energy. Nurtured in heart-felt meditation, these simple practices guide us to rich experience and a life where we find both balance and accomplishment.

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OPENNESS MIND

We are introduced to visualization, meditation, breathing, and dream yoga techniques to support us in our daily activities. Opportunities are presented to reflect on experience, to better understand emotions and the self-image. Beginning with openness and deepened through meditation, we progress toward awakening our mind and calling forth our most positive energies– no longer separated from the possibility of enlightenment.

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HIDDEN MIND OF FREEDOM

In this book we practice learning from experience and gaining confidence by using our inner resources. The reader is introduced to meditation and self-observation practices that balance emotions, deepen concentration and expand awareness. Practices using the power of breath lead to steadying thoughts and creating calm. This generates greater patience which allows love and compassion to flow freely, enhancing every aspect of modern life.

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THE VOICE OF THE BUDDHA

The beauty of the development of compassion and wisdom is expressed it art and poetic language in 2 volume collection of the Buddha’s account of his life, enlightenment, and first teachings. Also known as the Lalitavistara Sutra, each chapter includes carefully reproduced traditional Tibetan art, which deepens understanding and adds to the simple enjoyment of perusing these lovely books. This selection is a good choice for anyone who loves beautiful books, is interested in Buddhism or who enjoys reading to explore their own spiritual path.

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TIBETAN MEDITATION

This is a go-to book for practitioners of Tibetan meditation, or anyone who wants to deepen their meditation practice. It contains practical exercises to prepare mind and body for meditation and guides the practitioner in ways to let go of fear and anxiety, be more honest and compassionate, and become more focused and relaxed. The exercises and techniques include postures, breathing practices, visualization, mantra, and dream yoga.

“Meditation is something you do for yourself — for your own balance and health”. Tarthang Tulku

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KUM NYE

Also known as Tibetan Yoga, this book is a complete guide to health and well-being. Kum Nye is essentially meditation in motion and is a great choice for those who are interested in personal development through both movement and meditation. The system guides the practitioner in methods that relieve stress, promote relaxation and aide in deepening meditation. Kum Nye consists of breathing, massage, postures, and movement exercises that release blockages and allows energy to flow through body and mind, restoring a feeling of wholeness.

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THE JOY OF BEING

More than 40 physical, sensory, and mental exercises that introduce us to new dimensions of enjoyment and pleasure. Once we experience the intense, energized state generated by Kum Nye practice, we know it can lead us home to the heart of our being. “Kum Nye: It is a practice that gives you the direct experience, and it is the experience that enables you to transform the quality of your life.” Thartang Tulku

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CALM AND CLEAR

This classic meditation text is the perfect gift for anyone who has, or is developing, a meditation practice. Topics include: how to meditate on impermanence, the nature of suffering, qualities that relieve obscurations, and the path to enlightenment. Includes an introduction to Shamata and Vipasyana meditation practices. Provides insight into the causes of suffering and uses concentration and observation as tools for deepening meditation.

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LEAVES OF THE HEAVEN TREE

Subtitle: The Great Compassion of the Buddha. The focus is on karma and the importance of developing wisdom and compassion. The theme is the practice of the Six Perfections: giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, meditation, and wisdom. This book also provides an understanding of the historical context of the Buddha and his disciples. The beautiful illustrations consist of a rare series of 22 thankas — Tibetan Buddhist paintings depicting a Buddhist deity, scene, or mandala.

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MARVELOUS COMPANION

This book contains 34 accounts of Buddha’s previous lives. Known as Jakatas, this collection gives us an opportunity to reflect upon our moral choices and the reality of karma. The insights into the reality of karma help us develop the discipline we need to acknowledge and change destructive patterns of behavior. These teachings illuminate the understanding of karma, the strength of virtue, and the enlightening power of compassion

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SKILLFUL MEANS

Skillful means, patterns for success, helps us find greater satisfaction in work and life. Work can be an effective spiritual exercise — a practice in mindfulness — achieved by focusing one’s attention on the present moment and results in relaxing the body and mind to reduce stress. Skillful means shows us how the discipline of work develops awareness, strengthens concentration, and stimulates energy. This perspective on our work ethic empowers us with ways to bring new meaning into our daily lives.

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HUNTER AND THE QUAIL

A story about cooperation. A hunter came to the fields and captured many quail in a net each day. Following a wise quail’s advice, the trapped birds learned that by cooperating, they could lift up the net and escape. The birds who refrained from arguing and worked together lived safely and in peace.

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THE RABBIT WHO OVERCAME FEAR

A story about wise action. Startled from sleep by a loud noise and shaking, a young rabbit fears it is an earthquake and runs. His panic spreads, endangering all who run after him in fear. A wise lion saves them and teaches them how to cope more wisely with fear.

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THE MAGIC OF PATIENCE

A gentle buffalo, tormented by a mischievous monkey, refrains from driving the monkey away. All the other animals avoid the monkey, but the buffalo remains his friend. The buffalo demonstrates the strength of patience and awakens the monkey’s natural goodness.

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PRECIOUS LIFE

A hunter pursuing a deer falls from his horse and is trapped in a deep ravine. Seeing the hunter’s plight, the deer risks his own life to carry him to safety. Astounded, the hunter respects the deer’s wish that all forest creatures be safe from his arrows and resolves to become their protector.

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A WISE APE TEACHES KINDNESS

A story about kindness. A wise ape rescues an ungrateful farmer and teaches him the power of kindness.

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A TREASURY OF WISE ACTION

The 22 Jataka stories in this paperback volume demonstrate the benefits of positive thought and action. Eight of the stories were passed down through the generations using the storytelling traditions of India.

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