Being Human and a Buddha Too

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“In fluid and engaging language, Being Human and a Buddha Too brings to the wider international audience a beautiful gem from the Tibetan tradition. Based on Longchenpa’s Sevenfold Mind Training, enriched by Adzom Rinpoche’s commentary, Anne Klein maps out a clear path to our natural state of wholeness. Rarely have I seen such a lucid and compelling account of the seeming paradox of being at the same time human, with all its failings, and a buddha, a fully enlightened being. This is a must for anyone who is interested in Tibetan Buddhism, especially in the key insights of Dzogchen teaching.” —Thupten Jinpa, PhD, author and translator of Essential Mind Training and Mind Training: The Great Collection, founder, Institute of Tibetan Classics, cofounder and chair, Compassion Institute

“Anne Klein, one of this generation’s most accomplished Buddhist scholar-practitioners and Tibetan translators, has done it again. If you are looking for a deep and accessible entry into the path of nonduality in the Buddhist tradition, this is it. Being Human and a Buddha Too gives us a wondrous glimpse into the deepest of all Buddhist teachings, demonstrating that each of us—no matter how flawed—can find the path back to wholeness. Her articulation of the Dzogchen view, emerging from decades of deep study and practice, is simply stunning. Readers, be forewarned . . . it is not an overstatement to say that Anne Klein’s work might wake you up!”—Willa Blythe Baker, founder and spiritual director of Natural Dharma Fellowship, author of The Wakeful Body: Somatic Mindfulness as a Path to Freedom


Longchenpa’s Sevenfold Mind Training for a Sunlit Sky

Anne C. Klein

In writing that sparkles and inspires, Anne Klein (Lama Rigzin Drolma) shows us how to liberate our buddha nature to be both human and a buddha too.

This first volume in the House of Adzom series centers on Longchenpa’s seven trainings in bodhicitta, our awakened mind, the ultimate purpose of our practice and training. Anne Klein’s original composition masterfully weaves in Adzom Paylo Rinpoche’s commentary and Jigme Lingpa’s five pith practices and commentary on the trainings, in keeping with Longchenpa’s skillful integration of sutra, tantra, and Dzogchen, to resolve our most challenging questions about what awakening involves and how it relates to the truth of our human situation right now. As foundational teachings for Dzogchen practitioners, the seven trainings are framed as contemplations on impermanence, the adventitiousness of happiness and its short duration, the multiple causes of death, the meaninglessness of our worldly activities, reliance on the Buddha’s good qualities, the teacher’s pith instructions, and ultimately nonconceptual meditation on bliss and emptiness, clarity and emptiness, and reality itself.


book information
  • Paperback
  • 258 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9781614297581
  • ebook
  • 258 pages
  • $14.99
  • ISBN 9781614297772
about the author
Being Human and a Buddha Too

Anne C. Klein is a professor and former chair of the religion department at Rice University. She is also a lama in the Nyingma tradition and a founding director and resident teacher of Dawn Mountain, a center for contemplative study and practice in Houston. Her publications include Path to the Middle, Unbounded Wholeness (coauthored with Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche), Knowledge and Liberation, Strand of Jewels, and Being Human and a Buddha Too (Wisdom, 2023).

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