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Developing Balanced Sensitivity:
Practical Buddhist Exercises
for Daily Life
(Revised Second Edition)

First edition published as Berzin, Alexander. Developing Balanced Sensitivity: Practical Buddhist Exercises for Daily Life. Ithaca, Snow Lion, 1998.

Order the first edition of this book directly from Snow Lion Publications.


Major Tibetan, Sanskrit and Pali Sources Consulted

Akya Yongdzin (A-kya Yongs-'dzin dByangs-can dga'-ba'i blo-gros). Blo-rigs-kyi sdom-tshig blang-dor gsal-ba'i me-long (A Compendium of Ways of Knowing: A Mirror to Clarify What Is to Be Adopted and What Is to Be Discarded).

Anuruddha. Abhidhammattha Sangaha (An All-inclusive Text of Points of Special Topics of Knowledge).

Asanga. Abhidharmasamuccaya (Chos mngon-pa kun-las btus-pa; An Anthology of Special Topics of Knowledge).

Buddhaghosa. Visuddhimagga (The Path of Purification).

Chandrakirti (Candrakirti). Madhyamakavatara (dBu-ma-la 'jug-pa; A Supplement to [Nagarjuna's "Root Verses on] the Middle Way").

Chekawa (mChad-kha-ba Ye-shes rdo-rje). Blo-sbyong don-bdun-ma (A Cleansing of Attitudes in Seven Points).

Jetsunpa (rJe-btsun Chos-kyi rgyal-mtshan). Rigs-kyi spyi-don (The General Meaning of Family-traits) from bsTan-bcos mngon-par rtogs-pa'i rgyan 'grel-ba-dang bcas-pa'i rnam-bshad rnam-pa gnyis-kyi dka'-ba'i gnad gsal-bar byed-pa'i legs-bshad skal-bzang klu-dbang-gi rol-mtsho (An Ocean of Play of the Fortunate Naga King: An Explanation Clarifying the Difficult Points of the Second Topic of [Maitreya's] "The Treatise: A Filigree of Realizations" [ Abhisamayalamkara shastra] and Its Commentary [by Haribhadra]).

Third Karmapa (Kar-ma-pa Rang-byung rdo-rje). De-bzhin gshegs-pa'i snying-po bstan-pa'i bstan-bcos (A Treatise Indicating the Essential Factors Allowing for Authentic Progress).

Eighth Karmapa (Kar-ma-pa Mi-bskyod rdo-rje). dBu-ma gzhan-stong smra-ba'i srol legs-par phye-ba'i sgron-me (A Lamp for Opening up the Tradition of Other-Voidness Madhyamaka).

Ninth Karmapa (Kar-ma-pa dBang-phyug rdo-rje). Phyag-chen ma-rig mun-sel (Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance).

Kaydrub Norzang-gyatso (mKhas-grub Nor-bzang rgya-mtsho). Phyi-nang-gzhan-gsum gsal-bar byed-pa dri-med 'od-kyi rgyan (An Adornment for the Stainless Light, Clarifying the External, Internal and Alternative [Kalachakras]).

Kongtrul ('Jam-mgon Kong-sprul Blo-gros mtha'-yas). De-bzhin gshegs-pa'i snying-po bstan-pa'i bstan-bcos-kyi rnam-'grel rang-byung dgongs-gsal (Clarifying the Intentions of [the Third Karmapa] Rangchung [dorjey]: A Commentary on "A Treatise Indicating the Essential Factors Allowing for Authentic Progress").

Longchenpa (Klong-chen Rab-'byams-pa Dri-med 'od-zer). Chos-bzhi rin-chen 'phreng-ba (The Four-themed Precious Garland).

Maitreya (Maitreya, Byams-pa). Mahayanottaratantra shastra (Theg-pa chen-po rgyud bla-ma bstan-bcos; The Furthest Everlasting Continuum: A Mahayana Treatise).

Mipam ('Ju Mi-pham 'Jam-dbyangs rnam-rgyal rgya-mtsho). bDe-gshegs snying-po'i stong-thun chen-mo seng-ge'i nga-ro (The Lion's Roar: A Great [Collection of] Thousands of Points Concerning the Essential Factors Allowing for Blissful Progress).

Pabongka (Pha-bong-kha Byams-pa bstan-'dzin 'phrin-las rgya-mtsho). rNam-grol lag-bcangs (A Personal Gift for Being Utterly Freed).

First Panchen Lama (Pan-chen Blo-bzang chos-kyi rgyal-mtshan). dGe-ldan bka'-brgyud rin-po-che'i phyag-chen rtsa-ba rgyal-ba'i gzhung-lam (A Root Text for the Precious Gelug/Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra: The Main Road of the Triumphant Ones).

Shakya Chogden (gSer-mdog Pan-chen Shakya mchog-ldan). Shing-rta'i srol-chen gnyis-las 'byung-ba'i dbu-ma chen-po'i lugs-gnyis rnam-par dbye-ba (Differentiating the Two Traditions of the Great Mahamadhyamaka Derived from the Two Great Forerunners).

Shantideva (Shantideva). Bodhisattvacaryavatara (Byang-chub sems-pa'i spyod-pa-la 'jug-pa; Engaging in a Bodhisattva's Deeds).

Tsongkhapa (Tsong-kha-pa Blo-bzang grags-pa). Lam-rim chen-mo (A Grand Presentation of the Graded Stages of the Path).

Vasubandhu. Abhidharmakosha (Chos mngon-pa'i mdzod; A Treasure House of Special Topics of Knowledge).

________. Abhidharmakosha bhashya (Chos-mngon-pa'i mdzod-kyi rang-'grel; An Auto-commentary on "A Treasure House of Special Topics of Knowledge").

Recommended Reading

Akya Yongdzin. A Compendium of Ways of Knowing, with commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey (Alexander Berzin and Sharpa Tulku, trans. and eds.). Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 1977.

Berzin, Alexander. Fünf Weisheiten: im Aryatara Institut e. V., München (1993). Munich: Aryatara Institut, 1994.

_______. Taking the Kalachakra Initiation. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1997.

Buddhaghosa. The Path of Purification, 2 vols. (Bhikkhu Nyanamoli, trans.). Berkeley: Shambhala, 1976.

Chodron, Thubten. Open Heart, Clear Mind. Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1990.

The Dalai Lama. Kindness, Clarity, and Insight (Jeffrey Hopkins and Elizabeth Napper, trans. and eds.). Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1984.

_______. The World of Tibetan Buddhism: An Overview of Its Philosophy and Practice (Geshe Thupten Jinpa, trans. and ed.). Boston: Wisdom, 1995.

The Dalai Lama and Berzin, Alexander. The Gelug/Kagyü Tradition of Mahamudra (Alexander Berzin, trans. and ed.). Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1997.

Deshung Rinpoche. The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception (Jared Rhoton, trans.). Boston: Wisdom, 1995.

Dhargyey, Geshe Ngawang. An Anthology of Well-spoken Advice, vol. 1 (Alexander Berzin and Sharpa Tulku, trans. and eds.). Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 1984.

Jamgon Kongtrul. The Great Path of Awakening: A Commentary on the Mahayana Teaching "Seven Points for Training the Mind" (Ken McLeod, trans.). Boston: Shambhala, 1987.

Karmapa IX. Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance, with commentary by Beru Khyentse Rinpoche (Alexander Berzin, trans. and ed.). Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 1978.

Lati Rinpochay. Mind in Tibetan Buddhism (Elizabeth Napper, trans. and ed.). Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1980.

La Vallée Poussin, Louis de (trans.). L'Abhidharmakosha de Vasubandhu, 6 vols. Brussels: Institut Belge des Hautes Études Chinoises, 1971.

Loden, Geshe Acharya Thubten. The Fundamental Potential for Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism. Melbourne: Tushita, 1996.

Longchenpa. Dzog-chen: The Four-themed Precious Garland, with commentary by Dudjom Rinpoche and Beru Khyentse Rinpoche (Alexander Berzin and Matthew Kapstein, trans.). Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, 1979.

McDonald, Kathleen. How to Meditate: A Practical Guide. London: Wisdom, 1984.

Newland, Guy. Compassion: A Tibetan Analysis. London: Wisdom, 1984.

Pabongka Rinpoche. Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand (Michael Richards, trans.). Boston: Wisdom, 1991.

Rabten, Geshe. Mind and Its Functions (Stephen Batchelor, trans.). Mt. Pèlerin: Tharpa Choeling, 1978.

Rahula, Walpola (trans.). Le Compendium de la super-doctrine (philosophie) (Abhidharmasamuccaya) d'Asanga. Paris: École francaise d'extrême-orient, 1971.

Shantideva. A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. (Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace, trans.). Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1997.

Thrangu Rinpoche. The Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature, A Commentary on the Uttara Tantra Shastra of Asanga (Ken and Katia Holmes, trans.). Delhi: Sri Satguru, 1994.