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Being Human and a Buddha Too

Longchenpa's Seven Trainings for a Sunlit Sky

Published by Wisdom Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

In writing that sparkles and inspires, Anne Klein (Lama Rigzin Drolma) shows us how to liberate our buddha nature to be both human and a buddha too.

This first volume in the House of Adzom series centers on Longchenpa’s seven trainings in bodhicitta, our awakened mind, the ultimate purpose of our practice and training. Anne Klein’s original composition masterfully weaves in Adzom Paylo Rinpoche’s commentary and Jigme Lingpa’s five pith practices and commentary on the trainings, in keeping with Longchenpa’s skillful integration of sutra, tantra, and Dzogchen, to resolve our most challenging questions about what awakening involves and how it relates to the truth of our human situation right now. As foundational teachings for Dzogchen practitioners, the seven trainings are framed as contemplations on impermanence, the adventitiousness of happiness and its short duration, the multiple causes of death, the meaninglessness of our worldly activities, reliance on the Buddha’s good qualities, the teacher’s pith instructions, and, ultimately, nonconceptual meditation on bliss and emptiness, clarity and emptiness, and reality itself.

About The Author

Anne C. Klein is a professor and former chair of the religion department at Rice University. She is also a lama in the Nyingma tradition and a founding director and resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for contemplative study and practice in Houston. Her publications include Path to the Middle; Unbounded Wholeness, coauthored with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche; Knowledge and Liberation; and most recently a translation of Khetsun Rinpoche’s Strand of Jewels.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications (August 15, 2023)
  • Length: 280 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781614297772

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Raves and Reviews

“The best of Indian, Tibetan, and Western traditions are strung together in this book—a garland of clear jewels that cannot help but reflect the open sky.”

– —Laurie Patton, professor of religion and president, Middlebury College, author of Bringing the Gods to Mind and House Crossing: Poems, and translator of The Bhagavad Gita

Being Human and Buddha Too contains a lifetime of meditation on our deeply human capacity for contemplation, reflections on our brokenness and wholeness, and insights into the vastness and intimacy of our lives."

– —David Germano, professor of  Tibetan Buddhist studies and executive director of the Contemplative Sciences Center  at the University of Virginia

“Thorough, informative, and written like a narrative from a lifelong friend—Klein weaves theory and storytelling together in a graceful and exciting way. A wonderful collection of ancient voices from India to Tibet, gathered here in the pages to further dissipate the devious myth of separateness.”

– —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“Rarely have I seen such a lucid and compelling account of the seeming paradox of being at the same time human, with all its failings, and a buddha, a fully enlightened being. This is a must for anyone who is interested in Tibetan Buddhism, especially in the key insights of Dzogchen teaching.”

– —Thupten Jinpa, PhD, author and translator of Essential Mind Training and Mind Training: The Great Collection, founder of the  Institute of Tibetan Classics, cofounder and chair of the Compassion Institute

Being Human and a Buddha Too gives us a wondrous glimpse into the deepest of all Buddhist teachings, demonstrating that each of us—no matter how flawed—can find the path back to wholeness . . . it is not an overstatement to say that Anne Klein’s work might wake you up!”

– —Willa Blythe Baker, founder and spiritual director of the Natural Dharma Fellowship, author of The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom

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