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Book Discussion: A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism (Practitioner's Journey)

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Book Discussion: A Beginner's Guide to Tibetan Buddhism (Practitioner's Journey)


Dear Dharma Drink Friends,

We're about to embark on another book adventure, this time on Tibetan Buddhism. Wouldn't it be great to have an instruction book for Dummies on this topic? Well well, that's what the author of this book Bruce Newman had wanted to call this book, Trantra for Dummies, but the author couldn't use the trademarked name...

Plan is to cover this book in Seven (7) book meetings but will depend on our pace of our discussions.

From the author: "This 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."

Ch 7 - Getting Started
Ch 8 - Getting It Wrong
Ch 9 - Systems and Stages of Practice

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  2. B&N
  3. Thrift
  4. Apple

NOTE: that we are here to read, exchange and help each other. We’re not here to expound. If you need deeper learning, please go visit a Buddhist teaching center. We will be adhering to the contents of the book. We will not have any inter-religious discussions. If you like to discuss any topics with anyone not pertaining to the book, we advise you to initiate a conversation with whomever on another zoom at another time, not during the book club discussion. Thank you for understanding.

Intro video to book club



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Tentative Schedule
1 - Intro thru Ch 2 - completed
2 - Ch 3 thru 4 - completed
3 - Ch 5 thru 6 - completed
4 - Ch 7 thru 9
5 - Ch 10 thru 12
6 - Ch 13 thru 15
7 - Ch 16 thru 18
8 - Ch 19

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