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When the Iron Bird Flies

When the Iron Bird Flies

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An introduction to Buddhism via Tibetan schools initially designed for younger Western readers. Written in the early 1990's, contracted to Crossroads-Herder NYC but not published. Gives an overview of the main theory and method of the three main levels of the buddhist tradition known as the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Of particular interest for those unfamiliar with the tradition might be the introduction of the Six Realms which give a graphic, intuitive, provocative and perhaps different explanation/description of the various states of mind experienced by all of us both over the course of a life and from moment to moment.

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An introduction to Buddhism via Tibetan schools initially designed for younger Western readers. Written in the early 1990's, contracted to Crossroads-Herder NYC but not published. Gives an overview of the main theory and method of the three main levels of the buddhist tradition known as the Hinayana, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Of particular interest for those unfamiliar with the tradition might be the introduction of the Six Realms which give a graphic, intuitive, provocative and perhaps different explanation/description of the various states of mind experienced by all of us both over the course of a life and from moment to moment.

Also, having downloaded many good books and texts from Scribd I wanted to give something back, in this case it just happens to be something I wrote myself.

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Published by: expat09 on Sep 15, 2009
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WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIESTABLE OF CONTENTS, FOREWORDS ETC.
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WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES"When the iron bird flies, and horses run on wheels,The Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the World,And the Dharma will come to the land of the Red Man."
Prophecy by Lord Padmasambhava,the teacher who introduced tantric Buddhism to Tibet from India.( Eighth century C.E. )Copyright ©Ashley S.C. Howes.All Rights Reserved.Contact:
ashley.kos@gmail.com
 
 
WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIESTABLE OF CONTENTS, FOREWORDS ETC.
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Dedication:To all sentient beings, my mothers and fathers since beginningless time;especially to those of them who have more recently manifested asteachers, parents, wife, son and friends.
 
WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIESTABLE OF CONTENTS, FOREWORDS ETC.
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TABLE OF CONTENTSDedicationPrefaceIntroduction to Buddhism and the Author’s Approach
 
CHAPTER ONE THE ULTIMATE REVOLUTIONARY......................................13CHAPTER TWO ENLIGHTENMENT AND IGNORANCE, THE BASICBATTLEGROUND.............................................................................................25CHAPTER THREE ANIMAL TALES.................................................................31
INTERLUDE: THE BIRTH OF OUR WORLD.....................................................................................34
CHAPTER FOUR INTRODUCING THE SIX REALMS OF SAMSARICEXISTENCE.......................................................................................................37CHAPTER FIVE THE HELL REALM.................................................................41CHAPTER SIX THE HUNGRY GHOST REALM...............................................43CHAPTER SEVEN THE ANIMAL REALM........................................................45CHAPTER EIGHT THE HUMAN REALM..........................................................49CHAPTER NINE THE JEALOUS GOD REALM...............................................53CHAPTER TEN THE REALM OF THE GODS..................................................56
INTERLUDE: THE BODHISATTVA BUFFALO .................................................................................60
CHAPTER ELEVEN KARMA AND REBIRTH...................................................64CHAPTER TWELVE THE THREE MARKS OF EXISTENCE ..........................71
INTERLUDE: THE BODHISATTVA AND THE STARVING TIGRESS .........................................76
CHAPTER THIRTEEN THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS.......................................79

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