Books by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

How to Transform Your Life

by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This book is a practical manual for daily life. It shows how we can develop and maintain inner peace, how we can reduce and stop our experience of problems, and how we can bring about positive changes in our life that will enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness. For those keen to learn about modern Kadampa Buddhism and how to apply its teachings to daily life, this is the book to start with - and to share with others.

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The New Meditation Handbook

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The New Meditation Handbook is a practical guide to meditation that teaches us how to make ourself and others happy by developing inner peace, and in this way make our lives more meaningful. The twenty-one Buddhist meditation practices presented in this book are actual methods to control our mind and experience lasting inner peace. This extremely practical guide is an indispensable handbook for those seeking happiness and meaning in their lives.

The New Eight Steps to Happiness

The Buddhist Way of Loving Kindness

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The New Eight Steps to Happiness is an immensely popular book which reveals powerful methods for developing universal love and compassion, the source of true happiness for both ourself and others. Based on the famous Eight Verses of Training the Mind by the great Bodhisattva, Langri Tangpa, this inspiring book shows with extraordinary clarity how to transform all life's difficulties into valuable spiritual insights that help us improve our relationships and develop greater patience, empathy and compassion in our daily life.

How to Solve Our Human Problems

by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

How to Solve Our Human Problems is a scientific exploration of the causes of our daily problems and difficulties, and the solutions to them. In this powerful book, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche begins by presenting Buddha's popular teaching on the Four Noble Truths, which offers a clear and simple solution to all our problems, guiding us to an oasis of peace within our hearts. He then focuses in particular on overcoming the problem of anger, learning how to develop and maintain patience when faced with even the most difficult circumstances.

Introduction to Buddhism

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Introduction to Buddhism is a powerful guide to the essential practices of Modern Buddhism by the contemporary Buddhist meditation master and scholar, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Beginning with Buddha’s life story, this concise guide explains the essential elements of the Buddhist way of life, such as understanding the mind, rebirth, karma and ultimate truth, and what it means to be a Buddhist. Meditation is explained clearly and simply as a tool for developing qualities such as inner peace, love and patience.

Modern Buddhism

The Path of Compassion and Wisdom

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Modern Buddhism is a book about Kadam Dharma, a special, practical presentation of Buddha's teachings that is perfectly suited to our modern world. Modern Buddhism is oriented for inspiring those seeking solutions within Buddhism to problems of everyday life, as well as for encouraging practitioners of all faiths to deepen their understanding and practice of the spiritual path.

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The Mirror of Dharma

With Additions

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Based on his deep experience gained from a lifetime spent in meditation, and inspired by the unsurpassed teachings of Je Tsongkhapa and the oral instructions of the Ganden Emanation Scripture, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche gives personal advice from his heart on how to make our human life meaningful, how to be happy all the time and to solve our daily problems of anger, uncontrolled desire, ignorance and so forth. 

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully

by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Living Meaningfully, Dying Joyfully provides inspiring guidelines for helping us to live a happy and meaningful life, come to terms with our own death in a positive way and help others who are dying.

This book helps us understand our mind, our life and what happens when we die. It explains how to use Buddha’s meditation methods to make our own and others' death a positive and peaceful experience.

How to Understand the Mind

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

How to Understand the Mind is an extraordinary book that offers a deep insight into our mind and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives.

It provides a clear explanation of the parts and types of mind as taught by Buddha, illuminating which minds bring suffering and how to abandon them and which minds bring happiness and how to cultivate them through meditation practice.

Heart Jewel

The Essential Practices of Kadampa Buddhism

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Heart Jewel provides an explanation of the daily meditation practice of Kadampa Buddhism called Heart Jewel, which comprises two special practices that are the special methods to overcome obstacles and difficulties on the spiritual path by developing compassion, wisdom and spiritual strength. Heart Jewel practice lies at the heart of Modern Kadampa Buddhism and is practiced every day by individuals and Kadampa centers around the world.

Universal Compassion

Inspiring Solutions for Difficult Times

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Universal Compassion provides practical instructions showing how to transform even the most difficult daily life experiences into opportunities for spiritual growth through developing and enhancing minds of universal love and compassion. The heart of Buddha’s teachings is unconditional love and compassion. In this inspiring explanation of the popular Buddhist poem Training the Mind in Seven Points, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche reveals powerful and far-reaching methods for us to develop these altruistic states.

Joyful Path of Good Fortune

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

In Joyful Path of Good Fortune we find a clear and comprehensive explanation of the entire path to enlightenment.

With this book, the author Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche offers us step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices that will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness.

With extraordinary clarity, he presents all Buddha’s teachings in the order in which they are to be practiced, enriching his explanation with stories and illuminating analogies.

Meaningful to Behold

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Bodhisattvas are friends of the world, who have such strong compassion that they are able to transform all their daily activities into ways of benefiting others. The path of the Bodhisattva was exquisitely explained in the universally loved poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, by the 8th century master Shantideva. Meaningful to Behold is a full commentary to this wonderful poem that reveals its full effectiveness, profundity and applicability to our modern lives. This practical handbook is essential for those wishing to follow a way of life characterized by greater empathy and compassion for others.

Mahamudra Tantra

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Mahamudra Tantra is a clear and simple manual for practising Mahamudra Tantra – the quick and profound method for uncovering the deepest levels of peace and happiness within our own mind. Mahamudra is the union of great bliss and emptiness – the most subtle mind that experiences great bliss and realizes ultimate truth, the way things actually exist. From his practical experience, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoce explains how to prepare our mind for Mahamudra meditation, how to remove obstacles to successful practice, and how we can experience progressively subtler states of mind.

The Bodhisattva Vow

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This powerful handbook offers practical guidelines on how to live a more compassionate way of life by becoming a Bodhisattva, which leads to ultimate happiness for ourselves and others. A Bodhisattva is a friend of the world who, motivated by compassion, seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings. In this guide to compassionate living, Geshe Kelsang explains in detail how to take and keep the Bodhisattva vow, how to purify negative minds, and how to practise the Bodhisattva’s actions of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom.

The New Heart of Wisdom

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The New Heart of Wisdom is an extraordinary book that reveals the direct and hidden meanings of Buddha's Perfection of Wisdom Sutras in a way that we can apply them to our modern life. As soon as we start reading we feel as if we are transported back to 567 BC listening to Buddha himself as he delivers the Sutra on Massed Vultures Mountain. Then reading Venerable Geshe-la's commentary to the Sutra we are brought immediately to the present day and see clearly how the profound meaning of this Sutra can be applied to solving the problems of modern life and to transforming our daily life into the path to liberation and enlightenment.

Ocean of Nectar

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Ocean of Nectar by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche is the first complete explanation in English of the renowned Indian Buddhist Master, Chandrakirti’s Guide to the Middle Way, a precious Mahayana scripture, which to this day is regarded as the principal presentation of Buddha’s profound view of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality. With a definitive translation and verse-by-verse commentary, the author reveals this profound meaning to the modern world with utmost clarity, and guides us along the stages of the Bodhisattva path to full enlightenment.

Tantric Grounds and Paths

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Tantric Grounds and Paths is a definitive manual for completing the spiritual path through the practice of Highest Yoga Tantra.

Actual Tantra, also known as 'Secret Mantra' or 'Vajrayana', is a special method taught by Buddha to purify our world, our self, our enjoyments and our activities. With sincere practice of Highest Yoga Tantra it is possible to attain enlightenment within one life.

The New Guide to Dakini Land

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

The New Guide to Dakini Land is a comprehensive guide to the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini, the female Buddha of wisdom.

It provides a detailed and practical explanation of the two stages of Vajrayogini practice - generation stage and completion stage - and shows how we can integrate these practices into our daily life, thereby transforming every moment of our life into the path to enlightenment. It is a unique guide to becoming a Tantric enlightened being in the modern world.

Great Treasury of Merit

How to Rely Upon a Spiritual Guide

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Great Treasury of Merit is an extraordinary book that contains clear instructions on how to rely on a Spiritual Guide, the foundation for all spiritual attainments. It provides a complete explanation of how to practice Offering to the Spiritual Guide (Lama Chöpa), one of the most important meditation practices of Kadampa Buddhism. A work of unparalleled profundity and clarity, this book contains a wealth of accessible and practical instructions on Lamrim, Lojong and Mahamudra, the very essence of Buddha’s teachings. An indispensable handbook for all those who wish to accomplish the swift path to enlightenment.

Essence of Vajrayana

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Essence of Vajrayana is a truly unique book that takes us to the very heart of modern Kadampa Buddhism. With this book, the author Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche explains with clarity and precision how we can practice the sublime meditations of Heruka Body Mandala, and thereby gradually transform our ordinary world and experiences into those of a Buddha, a fully enlightened being. Based on his own experiences in meditation, he gives definitive instructions on the completion stage practices that can lead directly to the supreme bliss of full enlightenment in this one lifetime.

Clear Light of Bliss

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Clear Light of Bliss is an in-depth exploration of profound Tantric methods for generating a deeply peaceful mind by harnessing our body’s subtle energies.

Within all of us lies a source of infinite bliss, clarity of wisdom, and compassion for others. In this unique and highly praised book, based on Buddha’s Tantric teachings, the contemporary Buddhist Master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, presents authentic methods for discovering this inner wealth for ourselves.

The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra

By Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

This precious book reveals the uncommon practice of Tantric Mahamudra of the Ganden Oral Lineage, which the author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, received directly from his Spiritual Guide, Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche. It explains clearly and concisely the entire spiritual path from the initial preliminary practices to the final completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra that enable us to attain full enlightenment in this life. Following the root text of Mahamudra, The Main Path of the Conquerors by the First Panchen Lama, this remarkable book provides extremely clear and easy to understand explanations and insights based on the author’s experiences during many years of retreat.

Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

By Shantideva, 8th Century Buddhist Master

Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is a famous and universally loved poem for daily living that has inspired many generations of Buddhists and non-Buddhists. It reveals with poetic beauty and deep spiritual insight how to enter, make progress on, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

Composed in the 8th century by the famous Indian Buddhist master Shantideva, this new translation, made under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, conveys the great lucidity and poetic beauty of the original, while preserving its full impact and spiritual insight.

To explore the full effectiveness and profundity of this wonderful poem be sure to read Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche's detailed commentary, Meaningful to Behold.

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