The Library of Wisdom and Compassion

A comprehensive guide for learning about Buddhism or refreshing your understanding of foundational teachings. Through this multi-volume book series and in-depth video teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Venerable Thubten Chodron share the Buddha’s teachings that they themselves practice. A definitive course on the complete path to full awakening.

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Realizing the Profound View

COMING SOON: Dec. 20, 2022! This 8th volume in The Library of Wisdom and Compassion series, the second of three focusing on emptiness, presents the analysis and meditations necessary to realize the ultimate nature of reality.

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Searching for the Self

Volume 7 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion explores emptiness and leads us to delve deeply into the topic of the ultimate nature of reality, presenting it from a variety of approaches.

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Courageous Compassion

The 6th book in the multi-volume collection and the 2nd devoted to compassion. Courageous Compassion shows us how to embody compassion and wisdom in our daily lives.

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In Praise of Great Compassion

Volume 5 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion takes us beyond our present situation and guides us toward opening our hearts and generating the intention to make our lives meaningful by benefiting others.

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Following in the Buddha’s Footsteps

Volume 4 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion delves into the core of Buddhist practice: the Three Jewels and the three higher trainings of ethical conduct, concentration and wisdom.

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Samsara, Nirvana, and Buddha Nature

Volume 3 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion addresses the unsatisfactory nature of samsara, what it means to renounce our present predicament, and how the mind is the basis for both the problems of samsara and the peace of nirvana.

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The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

Volume 2 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion describes the bedrock of Buddhist practice — essential topics that help us to stay focused on what is essential as we establish a flourishing Dharma practice.

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Approaching the Buddhist Path

Volume 1 of The Library of Wisdom and Compassion introduces material that sets the context for Buddhist practice: the universal human wish for happiness and the dynamic nature of the mind.

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