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Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism

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"Indestructible Truth" is one of the most thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist world view ever published--at the same time it is also one of the most accessible. The author presents complex and sophisticated teachings and practices in nontechnical language, using engaging stories and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points. "Indestructible Truth" presents Tib ...more
Hardcover, 495 pages
Published December 19th 2000 by Shambhala (first published July 23rd 2000)
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May 29, 2010 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful translation of certain key concepts in Tibetan Buddhism. Especially useful for those without any background in Buddhism who find themselves working with a Tibetan teacher. This book is a wonderful foundation for a practitioner. My only quibble is that this book, like it's companion sometimes feels like a religious studies book on Buddhism other times like a Buddhist teaching. I don't have a problem with that, but at time the editorial choices reflect this tension. Putting the lineag ...more
Jun 02, 2016 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual, history
A tremendous introduction to and overview of the history, worldview, philosophies, and practices of Tibetan Buddhism. I read it as a prelude to its second volume, Secret of the Vajra World. For some reason, I thought it was going to be dry. It is not. It is rich, detailed, and extremely well-presented. I’ve been meditating and reading books by Buddhist teachers for many years and feel that this book has taken my understanding of all Buddhism, not just Tibetan Buddhism, to another level. It sat o ...more
Oct 09, 2015 Lorilee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ellery Hamann
Recommended to Lorilee by: Cortland Dahl
I found the first half of this book to be way deeper into the history of Tibetan Buddhist practice than I was ready to take on. That said, a student scholar might find it very useful! I, on the other hand, am a practitioner of meditation, a beginner of Tibetan Buddhist practice, at that, now having had a daily practice for only five years. After getting through the first half, having stuck with it, I noted there was a definite change in the second half's presentation, seeming goals for the reade ...more
Oct 03, 2009 Elizabeth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1 (6)
Tibet: People and Place 7 (8)
Part One The Sacred Environment 15 (50)
The Cosmos and Its Inhabitants
17 (30)
Living in the Sacred Cosmos
47 (18)
Part Two Tibet's Story 65 (162)
The Indian Wellspring
67 (22)
Foundations: The Early Spreading
89 (14)
Nyingma: The Ancient School
103 (27)
The Later Spreading: Kadam and Sakya
130 (22)
The Later Spreading: Kagyu
152 (37)
Modern Traditions: Geluk
189 (18)
Modern Tra
Oct 18, 2014 Maozhou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great intro to the Hinayana and Mahayana from the Tibetan perspective and the lineage of Trungpa Rinpoche. Must reading.
Will Brown
Read with intention of connecting the dots. An insight journey through Tibetian Buddhism's history, schools of though, their philosophy and yet not academic or stale.

Reginald A. Ray shares the the people connection to the spreading/sharing of Tibetian Buddhism including the primary schools of thought
Paul Griffin
Aug 25, 2007 Paul Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The single best comprehensive work on Tibetan Buddhism. By a scholar and meditation master. Heartily recommended. (Especially for intellectuals, who need to get out of their heads.) This work makes religion sexy again. Can you image? All the people living life in peace?

Molly Stepanski
Oct 29, 2009 Molly Stepanski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This doesn't read like a textbook which I was expecting. It reads like his live teachings - so accessible and down to earth. A true window into Tibetan Buddhism without the cultural confusion.
May 13, 2014 Heather marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I am taking "The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism" with Prof. Reginald Ray through Naropa University online. This is the core text...and there's so much in it...I'm just beginning...
Aug 07, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you needed to know about Tibetan Buddhism. Read the second book Secret of the Vajra World to complete the journey.
May 15, 2010 Widhi is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to understand the Tibetan Buddhism culture. This book is good for a start.
Nov 06, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
A comprehensive primer on Tibetan Buddhism for the Western reader.
Feb 19, 2009 Duncan rated it it was amazing
A very good text book introduction to Tibetan Buddhism.
Anne Kadet
Jan 20, 2013 Anne Kadet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a whole week of readi meals plus a brownie!
Molly Carmody Judson
Opened my mind at a time when I really needed it.
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Jun 01, 2010 Brendan McAuliffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" Comprehensive " would be an understatement.
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“Truth makes little sense and has no real impact if it is merely a collection of abstract ideas. Truth that is living experience, on the other hand, is challenging, threatening, and transforming. The first kind of truth consists of information collected and added, from a safe distance, to our mental inventory. The second kind involves risking our familiar and coherent interpretation of the world -it is an act of surrender, of complete and embodied cognition that is seeing, feeling, intuiting, and comprehending all at once. Living truth leads us ever more deeply into the unknown territory of what our life is.” 7 likes
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