This book contains seven fundamental Buddhist texts considered essential to Western students by Geshe Wangyal, who first brought Tibetan Buddhism to America. Ranging from early scriptural sources to meditation and visualization guides of Tibetan Buddhist practice, this is indispensible reading for those interested in opening the door to the highest realms of freedom, wisdom, and compassion.
"A truly fine introduction to Tibetan Buddhism as a way of life and thought... The venerable geshe selects a mosaic of teachings that provides useful keys to liberation for the contemporary reader."
– Robert A.F. Thurman, Columbia University
"Strongly recommended as an introduction to one of the world's great religions."
– NAPRA ReVIEW
"The scholar-adept Geshe Wangyal was the first to bring Tibetan Buddhism to America. He had extraordinary love and humor as well as ferocity. He taught untiringly... To live with him was to live with emptiness."
– Jeffrey Hopkins, Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
"This book is a gem for students of Vajrayana, but even non-Buddhists can benefit from studying the wisdom of some of the greatest masters of the Buddhist tradition."
– The Quest
"This excellent book is an authentic Buddhist manual for all kinds of readers--beginners as well as advanced... very smooth and readable translations..."