The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation

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“James Coleman has written a lucid, concise and insightful exploration of the 3 primary waves of Buddhism. If you wish to get a sense of some of the key tenets and distinctions of each lineage, this brilliantly written book, draws on key texts that beautifully express both the distinctions and coherence found within all Buddhist traditions. A must read for anyone wishing to understand Buddhist teachings more fully.”—Mark Coleman, author of Awake in the Wild


The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation gives a clear presentation of the three turnings of the wheel of the Buddha’s teachings. James William Coleman draws on textual references in the sutras, his experience in both the Zen and Vajrayana traditions, and his western academic training to lay out in modern language and with sensitivity to a modern audience this easy to read and approachable overview of Buddhist path and practice.” —Lama Drupgyu Tenzin, Vice President of the Tsadra Foundation


“I am delighted with this marvelous guidebook on the profound topic of the three turnings. The book skillfully conveys this area of vast knowledge in a manner that is succinct, comprehensive, and engaging. Coleman’s voice has the authority and depth of a scholar and the accessibility and friendliness of a fellow traveler on the path of Buddhist practice. This work provides a wonderful introduction to Buddhism.”—Rose Taylor Goldfield, author of Training the Wisdom Body


Freedom, Emptiness, and Awakened Nature

James Coleman

Explore the three great teachings of the Buddha with this plain-English primer:

The First Turning of the Wheel: Insight into the nature of suffering—and the way out of it—from the four noble truths and the eightfold path
The Second Turning of the Wheel: Teachings on emptiness from the Heart Sutra and the Diamond Sutra
The Third Turning of the Wheel: Guidance for practitioners and teachings on awakened Buddha nature

In clear language, James William Coleman guides us through the ancient sutras that preserve the Buddha’s message, illuminating their meaning for today’s world and tying the Buddha’s wisdom together for us. The book concludes with chapters from two great teachers, Reb Anderson from the Zen tradition and Lama Palden from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, on how to use meditation to bring the Buddha’s wisdom into our daily lives.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 176 pages, 9.00 x 11.75 inches
  • $16.95
  • ISBN 9781614293583
  • ebook
  • 176 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614293750
about the author
The Buddha’s Dream of Liberation

James Coleman has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently a professor of sociology at the California Polytechnic State University. He is one of the founders of the White Heron Sangha in San Luis Obispo, California. For more information or to contact the author see

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