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A Beginner's Guide is a ground-level, practice-oriented presentation of Tibetan Buddhism—personal and very accessible. The book begins with the awakening of students' interest in spirituality and the initial encounter with Tibetan Buddhism, then leads us through all the steps necessary for successful practice in the West. Included is succinct counsel on finding an appropriate teacher, receiving empowerments, becoming active in a center, and launching and sustaining a Vajrayana practice. Special emphasis is placed on the potential pitfalls, and the marvelous benefits, of the guru-disciple relationship.
Drawing on thirty years of study under the direction of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, Bruce Newman addresses obstacles, doubts, and confusion that arise on the path and presents methods to overcome them. Softcover.