The Dharma

That Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and Moon

By Kalu Rinpoche

Subjects: Buddhism
Paperback : 9780887061578, 236 pages, October 1986
Hardcover : 9780887061561, 236 pages, October 1986

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Table of contents


Introduction: Kalu Rinpoche

1. Kalu Rinpoche on Teaching in North America

2. The Four Noble Truths

3. The Four Dharmas of Gampopa

4. Bardo

5. Mandala

6. Vows

7. Women, Siddhi, Dharma

8. Mahāmudrā

Epilogue: The Eight Thoughts

Appendix I: The Five Skandhas, by Lama Norlha

Appendix II: Glossary of Technical Terms


The Dharma is the first major collection of teachings by Kalu Rinpoche, a great meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These discourses were presented in America with a Western audience in mind, and have been specially edited for this volume. The openness, simplicity, and depth of realization in his teachings have brought inspiration to many, and greater understanding of the wisdom Buddhism has to offer. The topics covered range from the most subtle psychology and metaphysics to everyday life and practice. Readers new to Buddhism will find lucid and profound explanations of the fundamental teachings; those already familiar with Buddhism will discover unexpected insights into the heart of the tradition.

Born in Eastern Tibet, Kalu Rinpoche was trained in monasteries and retreat centers. He spent many years of solitary retreat in remote mountains. Thereafter he was summoned back to the monastery to teach and guide practice. A few years before the Chinese occupation of Tibet, he left the country and eventually settled in India. Since then, he has travelled extensively, teaching and establishing centers in Asia, Europe, and North America where his tradition of meditative practice is maintained.