Free eBook

Do you want a free Buddhist meditation book?

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, a world-famous Buddhist master who has written 22 highly acclaimed books, wants to give away a free electronic version of his new book, Modern Buddhism ~ The Path of Compassion and Wisdom, to everyone in the world who wants one! (It is now the most downloaded Buddhist eBook).

The author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

If you are interested in practicing meditation, I think you will find something you like in this book. Just click on this link for your copy: Free Modern Buddhism eBook.

(If you are new to meditation, and are interested in simple easy getting-started instructions, you might like one of these articles.)

Geshe Kelsang says:

“Through reading and practicing the instructions given in this book, people can solve their daily problems and maintain a happy mind all the time.”

I cannot help but feel rather happy about this cosmic no-holds-barred act of giving Buddha’s teachings, especially as I think Modern Buddhism is a spiritual masterpiece. It contains every Buddhist meditation and is a wealth of practical advice for living a happy, positive, and meaningful life.

So what can I do to help give it away? I can help to spread the word amongst family, friends and others. I also feel I can join in helping this come about by the sheer mental act of wanting it enough! Aspiration is the source of joyful effort and of all good results.

I have been doing this special tailor-made visualization on giving Modern Buddhism to everyone for some time now. It only takes a minute or so. I base it on the meditation on giving that Geshe Kelsang explains in Modern Buddhism itself, in a fabulous section called “Training in Giving in Conjunction with the Practice of the Six Perfections” (search for it in Volume One of your brand new eBook!!)

“How do we meditate on giving? In Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Shantideva says:

… to accomplish the welfare of all living beings
I will transform my body into an enlightened wishfulfilling jewel.

We should regard our continuously residing body, our very subtle body, as the real wishfulfilling jewel; this is our Buddha nature through which the wishes of ourself and all other living beings will be fulfilled.”

If you prefer, you can visualize your regular body as the wishfulfilling jewel. (Just so you know, any words you are not familiar with are explained clearly in the book. For example, according to Buddha’s Tantric teachings given in Volume 2, our very subtle body or subtle energy wind is our actual body, as opposed to this gross meaty body with a limited shelf life. Our very subtle mind and body travel never-endingly from life to life and, once fully purified through the practice of meditation, will become the mind and body of an enlightened being.)

With love wishing everyone to be happy, we then believe that from this wishfulfilling jewel we emanate infinite rays of light which reach all living beings, giving them whatever they want. They experience the pure and everlasting happiness of enlightenment.

At this point, I imagine that at the end of each infinite ray of light is a copy of the Modern Buddhism, and that as soon as the living beings receive it they experience pure and lasting happiness. Then I make a dedication, such as the one by Geshe Kelsang below.

This meditation feels great! It creates enormous good karma (the mental potential for good fortune) and the cause to give spiritual teachings directly to everyone. And there is no reason you cannot adapt it to other things too.

This gift feels to me like one of Geshe Kelsang‘s auspicious deeds, in a whole lifetime spent in the service of others. He is starting by giving away the UK English version of Modern Buddhism eBook, but who knows where he may go with this next… And there are New Kadampa Tradition teachers he has trained in countries all over the world who are giving oral commentaries to this book to bring it even more alive. The idea of everyone in the world, whoever they are, and however much money they do or don’t possess, having access to this treasury of exquisite practical liberating advice in their own language sounds almost too good to be true! Almost.

If you like Buddhist meditation, do help spread the word by sharing the link to eModernBuddhism.com everywhere. The sooner people have the choice to download and read this book, the sooner Geshe Kelsang’s dedication can come true:

“May everyone who reads this book experience deep peace of mind, and accomplish the real meaning of human life.”

If you have had good experiences of this book or if you have any questions about it, please use the comments. (There are also more comments here, where the article first appeared.)

Here is a new article about the book, In praise of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s presentation of modern Buddhism.

Comments

  1. Andrea Ray says:

    This is the best book I have ever read, and the words are truly more valuable than any gem, and have changed my views of the world forever. Thank you Buddha Shakyamuni, may holy Dharma flourish in this world.

  2. steve says:

    Im slightly confused … It says its free yet clicking all the links to download prompts you pay a fee? on one of the sites, B&N you have to enter your credit card details?
    Is the ebook free or are other profiting from its publication?

  3. P.SANTHOSH KUMAR says:

    Dear Sir
    I want to know the full depth of Buddhism but I have no computers and other sources so please send me the hard copies of Buddhism English books for my address.
    P.SANTHOSH KUMAR, 172/D GOVINDA GOUNDER THOTTAM, K.N. RAO BACK SIDE, PERAMANUR, SALEM-636007. TAMILNADU. INDIA.
    Thanks in Advance

  4. “Modern Buddhism is like the Tardis – bigger on the inside. It’s got the whole path to enlightenment in one book.” Gen Chonden

  5. Geshe Kelsang is inspiring his readers to not settle for just “feeling good” but to aspire to a higher ideal: “feeling goodness.”

    Geshe Kelsang wrote a beautiful prayer to Buddha which includes the words “Please nourish me with your goodness that I in turn may nourish all beings with an unceasing banquet of delight.”

    With the meditations on love and compassion provided in this book, I’m getting a taste of what “feeling goodness” means, and what it would mean to become a source of happiness for others.

    Thank you, Geshe Kelsang, for writing such a wonderful book.

  6. Gen Mancini says:

    This is so precious to have Dharma be available to everyone in the world. How kind of Venerable Geshe-la to do this for us.
    Being a Kadampa has changed my life and made it meaningful.
    May we all be inspired :))

  7. Chogma says:

    I have this book in the paper version and now also on my phone so I can read it and be reminded of the meditations wherever I am. It’s great because you can search for quotes and find them in an instant – it’s like having a realisation of quick wisdom!

  8. Modern Buddhism is a condensation of Buddha’s teachings ~ clear, succinct and beautifully written. It’s an amazing book.
    It’s hard to believe it’s being given away for th benefit of others. Yet here, for free, th Path of Compassion and Wisdom is given in 3 essential parts. Sutra, Tantra and Prayers for Daily Practice.

    I’ve been enjoying studying th hard-copy for awhile (Training in Giving in Conjunction with th Practice of th Six Perfections is on p87 in th book, BTW); but it’s not as easy to pop in your pocket as th electronic version😉

  9. I own the hardback version and was wondering what the e-version would be like. It is nicely formatted and easy to navigate – I have the Kindle version on my phone. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn more about Buddhism or anyone looking for practical advice to help understand how our mind works and how we can begin to actively create happiness for ourself. You definitely don’t have to be Buddhist to benefit from reading this book.

    My hardback version is over 200 pages, not including the lengthy appendices. Also, anyone wanting to know the real meaning of Tantra, not what you find out on Google, should definitely read this book.

  10. Eileen says:

    The Buddhist meditations and instructions provided by Geshe Kelsang definitely work. They will only lead to peace and happiness for yourself and others. I know this from my own experience over many years – when I actually have put the work in I have had only good results! Even a tiny bit of practice can bring great results.

    In the vast array of books and other reading material we can get our hands on today, this book is one that is truly meaningful and worth reading!

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