The Peaceful Path to Liberation
Collected Teachings: Volume 1
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Forthcoming in early 2023
This collection is drawn from teachings given by Lama Yeshe in the 1970s and 1980s, when he and Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled the world, teaching extensively. Lama Yeshe consistently encouraged students to recognize and develop their limitless potential, and his dynamic teaching style means that these teachings are as relevant and accessible today as when first taught.
In Part 1 of this book, Lama Yeshe advises how we can transform our lives by developing warm-heartedness and “knowledge-wisdom,” while maintaining a relaxed attitude to our practice. He discusses the principal aspects of the path to enlightenment and gives general advice on relationships, educating children and a range of other issues. The teachings in Part 1 are edited by Nicholas Ribush and include new material. The complete discourses are published here for the first time.
Part 2 features three discourses given by Lama Yeshe at the sixteenth Kopan meditation course, Nepal, in 1983. These were Lama’s last public teachings before his health suddenly deteriorated and he had to leave Kopan to receive medical care. Tragically, Lama passed away in March 1984, so these three teachings have a special significance. In these final teachings at Kopan, Lama offers essential advice to students on how to integrate Dharma when they return to the West. He gives an overview of refuge, the five lay precepts and bodhisattva vows, and teaches on bodhicitta, advising students to hold others dear and benefit them as much as possible. The teachings in Part 2 are edited by Uldis Balodis.
What I’m saying is that you should have perfect determination, knowing that understanding knowledge-wisdom is the only solution to problems, the only source of happiness and joy. That is what we call Dharma. Understanding wisdom is Dharma. Dharma is not this robe. And actual Dharma has nothing whatsoever to do with the culture of a particular country: it is not the culture of Western people; it is not the culture of Eastern people. Culture is the point of view of the ordinary people, the unwise majority who spend their whole time grasping at sense pleasures with attachment. Dharma wisdom has nothing whatsoever to do with the point of view of the foolish common people. Perhaps you could say that your understanding knowledge-wisdom is your own culture.