Fred von Allmen: Buddha thousand faces. Legends and teachings of enlightened, edition steinrich 2012 there are countless books about Buddhism from the various traditions, and an outsider is the diversity that he found only confused and do not know where he should start. Also we learn about life the ways and realized that share these teachings for millennia only rarely. You can find a lot about Buddha, but looking everyone else in vain when it comes to the representation of her life. This task has devoted the Swiss meditation teacher and author Fred von Allmen and has a thousand faces of Buddha”collected life histories of enlightened and masters of Buddhism and so represented, there is a reference to us and our time. The author reports on the lives and the teachings of Buddhist realized, their struggle for enlightenment and liberating insight. Of Buddha and his most famous pupils and students to the learned and enlightened of the Mahayana; by the Yoginis and lamas of Tibetan schools to the Thai forest monastery tradition monks and Burmese Vipassana masters; from Queens to vagabonds here, we gain insight in inspiring curriculum vitae as well as in the teachings of the various Buddhist traditions. In addition to the usual male proportion, there are pleasing many women here are taken with their life stories, of which we normally see or hear anything.
By Pajapati all we hear from the courageous and resolute leader of women who want to become a nun by Bo, the beautiful ways, and we hear Uppalavanna, and the low, Ambapali, the courtesan, achieve full liberation. We learn from the learned masters of great compassion: Asanga, Shantideva and Atisha. We meet Mandarava and Yeshe Tsogyal, the fascinating princesses dakinis, and the bold, fearless Ma chig Dowman. We can inspired by the radicalism, with the masters such as Patrul Rinpoche or Ajahn Mun the practice in their Implement life. And we hear of je Tsongkhapa, the influential scholar and innovator, and the highly educated Geshe Rabten, the monk and benevolent father have. And we meet the Indian master Munindra, which people from the West near the insight meditation brings.
“, as the author in the introduction. In addition to the life stories, also the teachings represents Valdez, who each share the champions and champion, as well as the tradition in which they are. And it highlights what caused these people to go such a sometimes arduous path. Here a recommendation of the author, how we can approach the book and how it can impact on us: who let the common sense and the reason behind it, unless due to the longing for romantic, unless due to the desire to feel part of a circle of elect, located on spiritual black ice. Who but, seals caught in purely rational thinking, before the limitless possibilities of our mind, bringing himself even to the richness and the depth of real spiritual practice. We should also not tempted us, to trivialize such models and our attention to setting, that they too had errors. Rather, we can take that step through them to discover our own beautiful and beneficial qualities, to recognize and enjoy us. In this sense this book will celebrate all the wonderful, inherent in us capabilities and are calling on us to strengthen these skills and bring to bloom.” Which is nothing further to add. Hardcover, 296 pages, ISBN 978-3-942085-26-7, euro 22,50, Traudel Reiss