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Kadampa Desk Calendar 2018 - Symbols of Enlightenment

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This special calendar depicts twelve beautifully rendered images that symbolize the spiritual path to enlightenment, together with quotations taken from the book How to Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Through contemplating these images and quotations with faith we are inspired to begin, make progress on and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

The symbols on this practical, free-standing desk calendar are embellished with golden ink. The face-side includes each month at-a-glance together with an inspirational quote from the book. The reverse side includes space for your daily notes.


Please note that this 2018 edition is an A5 Standing Desk Calendar

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The new format Kadampa desk calendar for 2018 depicts twelve beautifully rendered images that symbolize the spiritual path to enlightenment, together with quotations taken from the book How to Transform Your Life by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. Through contemplating these images and quotations with faith, make every day count and be inspired to begin, make progress on and complete your own path to liberation and enlightenment.

Details

  • Free-standing desk calendar 21cm x 15cm x 8cm
  • Auspicious symbols embellished with golden ink
  • View one month per page
  • Front of each page includes a 'month-at-a-glance' section with an inspirational quote from How to Transform Your Life.
  • Reverse side provides space for your daily notes and plans
  • Additional pages include explanations of Kadampa Buddhism, the twelve symbols of enlightenment, and the special events highlighted in the calendar.

Symbolism

The symbolism of the eight auspicious symbols reveals how to begin, make progress on and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment.

The precious umbrella symbolizes the umbrella of the Buddhist community and teaches us that to make progress on the Buddhist path to enlightenment we should first come under the great umbrella of Buddhism by going for refuge to the Three Jewels – Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. The precious fish symbolize peace and harmony, indicating that having come under the umbrella of Buddhism we should always maintain harmony and joy. The precious vase symbolizes wealth and encourages us to take the precious jewels of wisdom and compassion from the treasure vase of Kadam Dharma. The precious lotus symbolizes purity, encouraging us to enjoy the purity of our mind and actions. The precious conch shell symbolizes the Dharma Jewel, encouraging us to listen to precious Dharma teachings and contemplate and meditate on their meaning. The precious indestructible knot symbolizes Buddha’s realization of omniscient wisdom and encourages us to apply great effort to attain enlightenment, and the precious victory banner symbolizes Buddha’s abandonment of delusions and mistaken appearance and encourages us to be victorious over the enemy of our delusions. The precious Dharma wheel encourages us to benefit others by turning the Wheel of Dharma, that is, by giving Dharma teachings. This is our final goal.

Just as peacocks are said to thrive on plants that are poisonous to other birds, sincere spiritual practitioners can make good use of whatever circumstances arise in their daily life. Through the mirror of Buddha’s teachings, Dharma, we can see our own faults and have the opportunity to overcome them. Like the sun dispelling clouds, we can develop the wisdom that can remove all delusions from our mind; and the hands in prayer holding a wishfulfilling jewel symbolize that by following the spiritual path we will eventually experience the completely pure mind of enlightenment.

If we use our human life to accomplish spiritual realizations, it becomes immensely meaningful. By using it in this way, we actualize our full potential and progress from the state of an ordinary, ignorant being to that of a fully enlightened being, the highest of all beings; and when we have done this we will have the power to benefit all living beings without exception. Thus, by using our human life for gaining spiritual realizations we can solve all our human problems and fulfil all our own and others’ wishes. What could be more meaningful than this?

Please note that this 2018 edition is an A5 Standing Desk Calendar

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ISBN / EAN 9781910368770
Internal code KC18
Details 28 pages, full color throughout, 12 illustrated Buddhist images with descriptions, printed on 280 gsm silk art paper with a matt laminated cover, generous space provided for notes. Contains dates of the international festivals of the New Kadampa Tradition of Buddhism.

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