Books by Shamar Rinpoche

Shamar Rinpoche wrote three books which represent the foundational teachings for Bodhi Path centers. In these manuals, Rinpoche lays out a complete path of Buddhist practice that can lead practitioners to full realization of their true potential.

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Boundless Awakening: The Heart of Buddhist Meditation, 2nd Edition (2020)

by Shamar Rinpoche

Boundless Awakening is a pocket-sized book on meditation written by Shamar Rinpoche. The book is a concise yet profound guide for meditation practice, both beginners and advanced. This is a book to share widely; it is completely accessible and vastly profound.

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The Path to Awakening: How Buddhism’s Seven Points of Mind Training Can Lead You to a Life of Enlightenment and Happiness (2014)

by Shamar Rinpoche
edited and translated by Lara Braitstein

In The Path to Awakening, Shamar Rinpoche gives a detailed commentary on Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s Seven Points of Mind Training, a text that has been used for transformative practice in Tibetan Buddhism for close to a thousand years.

Clear, accessible, and profound, this book is filled with practical wisdom, philosophy, and meditation instructions. Mind training is a comprehensive practice that contains the entire path and does not depend on a person’s background. Put into practice diligently, it is enough to lead you all the way to awakening.

Boundless Wisdom: A Mahāmudrā Practice Manual (2018)

by Shamar Rinpoche
edited and translated by Tina Draszczyk

Boundless Wisdom offers precise guidelines for meditation. In it, Shamar Rinpoche extracts the meditation-oriented teachings from Moonlight of Mahamudra, a comprehensive treatise on the practice of Kagyu Mahamudra composed by Dagpo Tashi Namgyal, a renowned sixteenth-century master of the Kagyu tradition. Shamar Rinpoche produced this book in order to compile a written manual for his students, which incorporates teachings and transmissions that he gave on the source text in the 1990s. He provided new explanations for the final manuscript and continued refining it up until close to his death in 2014.

Introductory Teachings

For people who are new to Buddhism, these teachings provide a good starting place. As part of your introduction, we recommend consulting a qualified Buddhist teacher.

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Calming Our Minds is the First Step

by Shamar Rinpoche

“Today, I will give you instructions about mind nature that will be helpful for your meditation. And, I will give you reasons for doing the shamatha or calm-abiding meditation practice . . .”

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Introduction to Meditation

by Karma Trinlay Rinpoche

A brief introduction into why we meditate, and an overview of the physical and mental posture for calm-abiding meditation practice.

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Foundations of Buddhism

by Karma Trinlay Rinpoche

The first of a five-part seminar offering an introduction to the Buddhist path. Suited for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike, this program provides a foundation for the path of practice and study offered by Bodhi Path Buddhist centers.


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