Buddhist Books and CDs in the Kadampa Tradition

Below is a list of Buddhist books and CD"s that are used to form the basis of the teachings here at Compassion Kadampa Buddhist Centre:

Advanced Book:

Clear Light of Bliss

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Within all of us lies a source of infinite bliss, clarity of wisdom, and compassion for others. In this unique and highly praised book, based on Buddha’s Tantric teachings, the contemporary Buddhist Master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, presents authentic methods for discovering this inner wealth for ourselves.
Advanced Book:

The New Guide to Dakini Land

    • The New Guide to Dakini Land

The New Guide to Dakini Land is a revised version of Venerable Geshe Kelsang’s original book Guide to Dakini Land.

Advanced Book:

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

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This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Dorjechang Trijang Rinpoche. It explains clearly and concisely the entire spiritual path from the initial preliminary practices to the final completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra that enable us to attain full enlightenment in this life.

Beginners Book:

Books for Children

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The Buddhism for Children series invites children to make a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement to help them realize their full potential.

Beginners Book:

How to Solve Our Human Problems

    • How to Solve Our Human Problems

In this busy world, our experiences of happiness are fleeting and short-lived, while inner peace eludes us completely.

Beginners Book:

How To Transform Your Life

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This book shows how we can discover the real meaning of our human life by fulfilling our human potential and finding everlasting peace and happiness. A perfect manual for inner transformation.

Beginners Book:

Introduction to Buddhism

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An introductory book on basic buddhist principles, who Buddha was and meditation. This book is a great first book for new comers to buddhism who want a complete overview of it from a practical point of view.

Beginners Book:

Modern Buddhism

    • Modern Buddhism

An inspiring handbook of daily practice that is perfectly suited for those seeking solutions within Buddhism, as well as for encouraging practitioners of all faiths to deepen their understanding and practice of the spiritual path.

Beginners Book:

The New Eight Steps to Happiness

    • the new 8 steps to happiness

An in-depth and practical explanation of one of Buddhism's best-loved teachings, Eight Verses of Training the Mind, by the great Tibetan Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa.

Beginners Book:

Three Principle Aspects of the Path

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These profound verses encapsulate the whole path to enlightenment. Learn about them in our weekly classes

Intermediate Book:

Great Treasury of Merit

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Great Treasury of Merit provides a full explanation of how to practise Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Lama Chöpa), one of the most important meditation practices of Kadampa Buddhism. A work of unparalleled profundity and clarity, this book contains a wealth of accessible and practical instructions on Lamrim, Lojong and Tantric Mahamudra, the very essence of Buddha’s teachings.
An indispensable handbook for all those who wish to accomplish the swift path to enlightenment.
Intermediate Book:

Heart Jewel

    • Heart Jewel

The book Heart Jewel is an explanation of how to overcome obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by developing compassion, wisdom and spiritual strength.

Intermediate Book:

How to Understand the Mind

    • how to understand the mind

This remarkable book offers us deep insight into our mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

Intermediate Book:

Joyful Path of Good Fortune

Joyful Path of Good Fortune is a book that explans all of Buddhas teachings. It is a real jewel through which the joyful path can be found and practiced.

Intermediate Book:

Meaningful to Behold

    • Meaningful to Behold

With this commentary, the full effectiveness and profundity of this wonderful poem are revealed in full and made applicable for our time. This practical handbook is essential for those wishing to follow a way of life characterised by greater empathy and compassion for others.

Intermediate Book:

The Bodhisattva Vow

    • Bodhisattva Vow

Guidelines on how to live a more compassionate way of life by becoming a Bodhisattva, which leads to ultimate happiness for ourselves and others.

Intermediate Book:

The New Heart of Wisdom

    • New Heart of Wisdom

This completely new presentation by the author of Modern Buddhism offers truly liberating insights and advice for the contemporary reader.

Intermediate Book:

Universal Compassion

    • universal compassion

The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Geshe Kelsang reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states.

Meditation CD:

Living Meditation Series

    • living meditation

Guided by an experienced meditator, these nine meditations provide a comprehensive introduction for beginners.

Prayer Book:

A Pure Life

    • a pure life booklet tharpa prayers

The practice of taking and keeping the eight Mahayana precepts is a special practice of moral discipline that is performed with bodhichitta, the compassionate wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. 

Prayer Book:

Heart Jewel

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This short prayer booklet includes two practices revealed by the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri.

By engaging in the special Guru yoga practised in conjunction with Je Tsongkhapa we can purify negativity, accumulate merit and receive blessings, and attain a very special wisdom. By engaging in the special method for relying upon the Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourable conditions so that we can nurture and increase our spiritual realizations.

These two practices are the very essence of Kadampa Buddhism. If we practise them regularly and sincerely, we will reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realizations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of full enlightenment.

Prayer Book:

Liberation from Sorrow

    • liberation from sorrow

Prayers and requests to the twenty-one Taras

Prayer Book:

Melodious Drum

    • Melodious Drum

Prayers to Dorje Shugden and his retinues.

Prayer Book:

Offering to the Spiritual Guide

    • Offering to the Spiritual Guide

Offering to the Spiritual Guide, or Lama Chopa in Tibetan, is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa in conjunction with Highest Yoga Tantra.

Prayer Book:

Quick Path to Great Bliss

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Highest Yoga Tantra practice (requires Vajarayogini Empowerment - for details of when this is next taking place visit kadampafestivals.org)

Prayer Book:

The Bodhisattva's Confession of Moral Downfalls

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Because of the negative actions that we have created in the past under the influence of deluded minds we now experience suffering and problems, as well as difficulties in developing faith and conviction in spiritual practice and in making progress on the path to enlightenment.

Prayer Book:

Wishfulfilling Jewel

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The Guru Yoga of Je Tsongkhapa combined with the condensed sadhana of his Dharma Protector. 

These two practices are the very essence of the New Kadampa Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism.  If we practice them regularly and sincerely, we will reap a rich harvest of pure Dharma realisations, and eventually come to experience the supreme joy of enlightenment.

This sadhana includes two practices revealed by Wisdom Buddha Manjushri through which we can purify negativity, accumulate merit, and receive blessings so that we can naturally accomplish all the realisations of the stages of the path and attain a very special Dharma wisdom. Secondly, we can overcome obstacles to our practice and create favourabe conditions so we can nuture and increase our Dharma realisations. 

Prayer Book:

Yoga of Buddha Amitayus

    • Yoga of Buddha Amitayus

The greatest obstacles to the fulfilment of our wish to experience pure happiness are death and ignorance. In these prayers we make requests to Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Long Life.