Firstly just to draw your attention to the change of venue in Oxford on the evening of Friday eighth of November.
The public talk James is giving will now be held in Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall – the same venue as for the Saturday and Sunday.
Secondly the book: Finding Freedom
…. you may have noticed some publicity…some of which is included below… around the latest book ‘Finding Freedom’ which will be published and widely available from 3rd August…however, pre-payment to the publisher has benefits! (see bottom of post.)
‘Finding Freedom’ includes texts from the Theravadin, Mahayana and Dzogchen Buddhist traditions, introduced and translated by James Low. The book consist of profound introductions and revised translations of classical and some more recent works, most of which had been first translated under the supervision of Chimed Rigdzin Rinpoche.
These texts, which were very important to him, are of immense value for our practice, e.g. to deal with everyday difficulties, to recognise and include the cause-and-effect principle in our path, to recognise emotions and their cause and to cut off the illusory ego, or, in the final section, to experience and realise emptiness in its diversity through the wide all-inclusive view of Dzogchen. All texts are a deep inspiration and this collection shows the great richness of Buddhist teaching’.
|The book contains The Dhammapada by Buddha Shakyamuni, the Sharp Weapon Wheel by Dharmarakshita, and four Dzogchen texts by Tulku Tsulo, Gonpo Wangyal, Ayu Khandro and the famous Kunzang Mönlam – The Evocation of Samantabhadra. All texts were translated from Tibetan by James Low with the guidance of C R Lama and have been revised for this book. Each section is accompanied by a comprehensive introduction that touches the depth and heart of Buddha‘s teaching and points to the end of sorrow for all beings and the attainment of lasting freedom.|
|From the book cover:
‘This book offers three approaches to awakening. The first section, Fighting the Good Fight, is concerned with how we can commit ourselves to the mindful activity of renouncing our familiar and often comforting limiting habits. Here the orientation is towards leaving our familiar ego-home and going on a journey to seek something which seems only to be available elsewhere.The second section, Mistaken Identities, points to how we can develop the honesty and courage to face our lives as they manifest, resolving our limiting habits and releasing ourselves from misleading identities. Here the orientation is towards recognising how our self-centredness has harmed others and made us blind to our interdependency.
The third section, Sweet Simplicity, is concerned with how we can relax and release ourselves from all limiting habits and thus effortlessly abide in our limitless intrinsic freedom. Here the orientation is towards awakening to the actuality of our mind as it is.
These three sections are quite different in tone, yet are harmonious and compatible in their underlying message of freedom. The Buddha offered all he was to help us, and if we offer ourselves fully to the path we will awaken with the same smile he offers us.’
When James first taught in Macclesfield in 2003 he explained in the View of Dzogchen the place of Dzogchen within the dharma, and how, although initially it might seem a bit oppositional to other dharma views, it can in fact be practised in harmony.
The book is available until August 3 at a discount which would cover the postage from Germany by airmail, or more than cover it by surface mail.The particular beauties of ordering in this way are that the book will be published and sent on Chökor Düchen (the celebration of Buddha Shakyamuni’s first teaching) on August 3…and also that your purchase will be supporting a small dharma publishing house deeply connected with the dharma transmission.
Purchasing details here
Probably most of you are more tech-savvy than me, but Paypal money transfer or Transferwise (where Andreas has set up a special free transfer) are much better bets than an International transfer from a U.K. bank…I tried this out.
Andreas notes: Paypal is about 1,10 € cost for 30 € transfer. About
Whereas the U.K. transaction fee is about £9.50, and there’s a charge to the recipient from their bank…so 30€ shrinks to 24.50€! It will also require an address for Wandel Verlag –