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Opening the Eye of New Awareness
Name: Opening the Eye of New Awareness
Author: tenzin gyatso
Pages: 145
Year: 1990
Language: English
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In lhe preface lo this book. wrilten lour years afler his exile from Tibel. lhe Dalai Lama says lhat he inlended 11 "'lor lhose who do nol have the leisure lo sludy lhe great texls. profound and lull ol 1mpac1. Opening the Eye of New Awareness is a succinct yel thorough presenlation of lhe doclrines of Buddhism as they were sludied and practised for a thousand years in Tibet. The Dalai Lama begins w11h a discussion of lhe need for religious practice and an explanalion of lhe proofs for the exislence of rebirlh. He explains ultimate and conventional truths: the trainings in ethics. meditalive slabilizalion and wisdom: lhe practice ol lhe palh in lhe Lesser. Perfection and Secret Mantra. or Tantra, Vehicles: and the nature of Buddhahood. He concludes with a brief h1slory of Tibelan Buddhism lhat clearly shows lhe conl1nuily between lale Indian Mahayana Buddhism and lhe Buddhism of Tibel, dispelling the idea thal Tibelan Buddhism is "Lamaism" and unrelated lo the central currents of Buddhisl lhought. Opening the Eye of New Awareness 1s the only lexl of lhe Dalai Lama outlining the enllre path lo be published in a Weslern language. II is an invaluable handbook lor lhe sludy of Buddhism both in colleges and by lhe individual. Front Cover Thousand armed Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. painted by Peter Iseli. 1978. Back cover photo courtesy of Jan Paul Kool. The Dala1 Lama was born 1n Amdo. Tibel, in 1935 and at the age of lwo and a half was recognized as the fourteenlh incarnation in the line of Dalai Lamas. Revered as the very embodiment of compassion. he was trained as a monk in Lhasa from the age of five. Ten years laler, during lhe lurbulenl days of slruggle against Chinese incursion. he assumed the responsib1hly of sp1nlual and temporal leadership of his people. Since his exile in 1959, Tenzin Gyatso. the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, has led his government in exile from the Indian Himalayan town of Dharamsata. Recognized as one of the greatest living Buddhist teachers, he has made extensive tours to every part of the globe not only to teach on all aspects of Buddhist philosophy and praclice but also lo work tirelessly for world peace. These efforts were rewarded in 1989 when His Holiness received the Nobel Peace Prize. (Continued on back flap) 0861710363 6.951$12.95


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Translators' Preface Opening the Eye of New Awareness (blo gsar mig 'byed), written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1963, is intended to provide an overview of Buddhist theory and practice for those readers, both in the Tibetan community and in the West, who lack the time or opportunity to study the tradi tional Indian and Tibetan texts. Composed in a straight forward and compact style, the work introduces the major doctrines of Indian Buddhism as it was studied and practiced in Tibet. The Dalai Lama's citation of sources and his syste matic presentation clearly establish the close connection between Tibetan Buddhism and late Indian Mahayana Bud dhism, a historical connection that he describes in the final chapter. Hence, as the Dalai Lama points out, Tibetan Bud dhism is not a "Lamaism" distinct from the main currents of Indian Buddhist thought. Since writing Opening the Eye of New Awareness, the Dalai Lama has visited North America, Europe, South East Asia, Australia, Russia, Mongolia, and Japan, giving lectures and participating in cultural exchanges. These visits have been char acterized by an ecumenical spirit, with the Dalai Lama emphasi zing the importance ofkindness and compassion for society. He has also spoken about Buddhist contributions to human culture.


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8 Preface Two lectures delivered in the U.S. have been included here, the first addressed to the Theosophical Society at Wheaton, Illinois in August, 1981, and the second to an assembly of meditators at the Zen Center in Green Gulch, California in October, 1979. Since the first demonstrates the Dalai Lama's altruistic social outlook and the second provides an overview ofTibetan structures of practice, these two talks provide a useful introduction to the translation of Opening the Eye of New Awareness. The first lecture was translated and edited by Jeffrey Hop kins, and the second, spoken in English, was edited by Elizabeth Napper. Opening tlze Eye of New Awareness was translated by Donald S. Lopez, Jr. withJeffrey Hopkins. The present translation is the second rendering of the Dalai Lama's text, the first having been published as The Opening of the Wisdom Eye (Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Publishing House, 1972). Translated by a team of Buddhist monks from Tibet, India, and Great Britain, The Opening of the Wisdom Eye is a general paraphrase of the Tibetan with long passages, absent in the original, interpolated into the text. It also docs not include the author's citations of Indian sources. For these reasons, a new translation has been made. A 1967 reprint of the original 1963 edition of the text, bshad blo <esar mid 'byed (l)haran1sala, India: Tibetan Cultural Printing Press), was used by the translators. We wish to thank Venerable Y cshi Thupten, fonner abbot of the Lo sel Ting College of Ore bung Monastic University, for clarifying many points in Opening the Eye o(New Aware ness. We also wish to thank Gareth Sparham for typing the manuscript, Elizabeth Napper for many editorial sugges tions, and Professor Richard B. Martin of the University of Virginia for bibliographic assistance. [)onald S. Lopez, Jr. Jeffrey Hopkins


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Hope for the Future A talk at the Theosophical Society, Wheaton, Illinois I will speak this evening on my usual topic that is, about the importance of kindness and compassion. When I speak about this, I regard myself not as a Buddhist, not as the Dalai Lama, not as a Tibetan, but rather as one human being. And, I hope that you in the audience will, at this moment, think of yourselves as human beings rather than as Americans, or Westerners, or n1embcrs of the Theosophical Society. These things are secondary. Iffron1 my side and from the listeners' side we interact as human beings, we will reach the basic level. lfl say, "I am a monk," or "I am a Buddhist," these arc, in comparison to my nature as a human being, ten1por ary. To be a human is basic. Once you are born as a human being, that cannot change until death. Other things edu cated or uneducated, rich or poor arc secondary. At the present time we face many problems. Some arc created essentially by ourselves based on divisions due to ideology, religion, race, economic status, or other factors. Therefore, the tirne has come when we should think on a deeper level, on the human level, and from that level we


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