Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mirror of Wisdom: Teachings on Emptiness - Tsultim Gyeltsen

Mirror of Wisdom: Teachings on Emptiness - Tsultim Gyeltsen

In this book, Venerable Geshe Gyelsten does indeed help us establish a correct view of emptiness, the ultimate mode of being of all phenomena, which we have to do if we are ever to escape from our beginningless suffering and find the perfect peace and happiness we seek. Basing his explanation of emptiness on The Heart Sutra, the essence of the Buddha's perfection of wisdom teachings, and the emptiness section of a classic Tibetan thought transformation text, Namkha Pel's Mind Training Like the Rays of the Sun, Geshe-la compassionately helps us cut through our inability to see reality and sets us firmly on the path to liberation and enlightenment.

Geshe Tsultim Gyeltsen, a leading Tibetan lama, human rights activist and founder of a Buddhist center in Long Beach, California, passed away Feb. 13, 2009, at the age of 85 following a brief illness. Gyeltsen died at his home at the Thubten Dhargye Ling Buddhist center, which he founded in 1978, two decades after he fled the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

A member of the same Buddhist sect as the Dalai Lama, Gyeltsen was known for his traditional approach to Buddhist teaching, He was one of a dwindling number of Tibetan-born teachers who followed the Dalai Lama into exile 50 years ago. Geshe Gyelsten was one of the teachers who brought Buddhism to the West.


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