Tsongkhapa's A Lamp to light up the 5 Stages (1419) is a accomplished presentation of the top yoga classification of Buddhist tantra, in particular the main practices - the so-called 5 levels (pancakrama) - of the complicated section of Guhyasamaja tantra. starting with a radical exam of the Indian resources, Tsongkhapa attracts relatively from the writings of Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Candrakirti, and Naropa to enhance a definitive realizing of the Vajrayana of completion level. while within the new release level, meditators visualize the Buddha within the type of the deity living in a mandala palace, within the finishing touch degree mentioned within the current quantity, meditators go beyond usual realization and actualize the nation of a buddha themselves. between different issues, Tsongkhapa's paintings covers the delicate human body structure of channels and winds besides the method of demise, the bardo, and rebirth. This definitive assertion on Guhyasamaja tantra profoundly affected the process Buddhist perform in Tibet.
By Reginald A. Ray
Indestructible fact is without doubt one of the such a lot thorough introductions to the Tibetan Buddhist global view ever released; even as it's also probably the most available. the writer offers complicated and complex teachings and practices in nontechnical language, utilizing attractive tales and private anecdotes to demonstrate his issues. Indestructible fact offers Tibetan Buddhism in its conventional shape but additionally indicates how the Tibetan traditions are acceptable to the issues and demanding situations of recent existence within the West.
In Indestructible fact, Tibetan Buddhism is brought no longer as an unique faith, yet particularly as an expression of human spirituality that's having a profound impression at the sleek global. furthermore, it offers the perspective of meditation and the perform of the religious lifestyles, paying detailed recognition to contemplative perform and meditation as taught within the Kagyu and Nyingma faculties.
By Cortland Dahl
Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom includes 4 of the main adored Tibetan Buddhist commentaries at the practices of visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption. those 3 components shape the middle of improvement level meditation, some of the most vital practices of Buddhist Tantra. The authors of those undying classics—Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita—have all profoundly formed Tibetan Buddhism with their immense scholarship and deep non secular attention. In those eloquent and encouraging writings, they clarify the elemental philosophy of the advance level, displaying not just its profound insights into the character of truth, but in addition the best way to make this view a dwelling adventure during the perform of meditation.
The 4 works the following translated for the 1st time are: "Ladder to Akanistha" by means of Jigme Lingpa, "Clarifying the tough issues within the improvement level" via Patrul Rinpoche, "The 4 Stakes That Bind the Life-Force" via Patrul Rinpoche, and "Husks of harmony" by means of Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub.
An essential guidebook during the trip of existence and loss of life, Mind past Death weaves a synthesis of knowledge amazing in its scope. With hot informality and profound realizing of the Western brain, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche makes the mysterious Tibetan teachings at the bardos—the periods of existence, loss of life, and beyond—completely to be had to the trendy reader.
Drawing on a wide ranging variety of fabric, Mind past Death exhibits us how the bardos can be utilized to overcome dying. operating with the bardos potential taking carry of existence and studying the right way to reside with fearless abandon. Exploring all six bardos—not simply the 3 bardos of death—Mind past Death demonstrates that the key to an outstanding trip via and past loss of life lies in how we are living. jogging skillfully throughout the bardos of dream meditation and lifestyle, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche takes us deep into the mysterious dying durations, introducing us to their spectacular mindscape. This journey de strength provides us the information to remodel dying, the best quandary, into the main strong chance for enlightenment. With either nuts-and-bolts meditation innovations and fabulous illumination, Mind past Death bargains a transparent map and a robust motor vehicle that may accurately shipping the reader in the course of the difficult transitions of this lifestyles and the perilous bardos past loss of life.
By Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, quantity 3 opens with concise bardo teachings in addition to directions on reaping rewards humans within the bardo kingdom. The ebook maintains with directions and suggestion for the practitioner, together with retaining oneself from strength threats with loving kindness and compassion, purifying obscurations via invoking knowledge deities, studying the indicators that come up in the course of perform, spotting whilst your perform will get astray and removing the reasons, using the right way to enhance one's perform, and bringing the 5 psychological afflictions (desire, anger, lack of expertise, jealousy, and delight) to the trail.
By Ellen Pearlman
The 1st e-book to discover the importance and symbolism of the sacred and secular ritual dances of Tibetan Buddhism.
• Lavishly illustrated with colour and infrequent ancient images depicting the dances, costumes, and masks.
• appears at either sacred (cham) and people (achi lhamo) varieties and their function within the improvement, perform, and tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
From the time Buddhism entered the legendary land of the snows, Tibetans have expressed their non secular devotion and celebrated their tradition with dance. purely because the diaspora of the Tibetan humans have outsiders witnessed those performances, and once they do, not anyone explains why those dances exist and what they truly suggest. Ellen Pearlman, who studied with Lobsang Samten, the ritual dance grasp of the Dalai Lama's Namgyal monastery in India, got down to realize the that means at the back of those practices. She stumbled on the tale of the indigenous shamanistic Bon faith being outmoded via Buddhism--a tale jam-packed with harmful and illicit liaisons, extraordinary visions, mystery teachings, betrayals, and unrevealed yogic practices.
Pearlman examines the 4 lineages that constructed sacred cham--the mystery ritual dances of Tibet's Buddhist monks--and achi lhamo storytelling people dance and opera. She describes the psychological and actual strategy of getting ready for those dances, the which means of the iconography of the costumes and mask, the spectrum of accompanying song, and the particular dance steps as recorded in a choreography e-book courting again to the 5th Dalai Lama in 1647. appealing colour images from the Tibetan Institute of appearing Arts and Pearlman's personal photos of traveling monastic troupes supplement the infrequent historical black-and-white pictures from the collections of Sir Charles Bell, leader of the British challenge in Tibet throughout the lifetime of the 13th Dalai Lama.
The statement translated in those pages is uncommon and infrequent. but when the statement is a rarity, its topic matter—the seven-line invocation of Padmasambhava—is one of many best-known prayers within the Tibetan Buddhist global.
The total value of the Seven-Line Prayer is probably top liked in terms of a tradition referred to as guru-yoga, or "union with the character of the guru." the aim of guru-yoga is to purify and deepen the student's dating together with his or her instructor. It is brought as one of many initial practices, and it is still crucial—in truth, its significance increases—as one progresses during the extra complicated degrees of the tantric direction. The cultivation of devotion to the guru and the mixing of one's brain along with his or her enlightened brain is, within the phrases of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, "the most important and priceless of all practices and is in itself the most desirable and quickest manner to arrive the objective of enlightenment."
Regarding the beginning of this remark, Mipham refers within the colophon to an occasion that caused the abrupt visual appeal in his brain of the hidden that means of the prayer. it truly is fascinating to notice that the language Mipham makes use of means that the statement itself isn't a normal composition yet might be a treasure educating, in particular a "mind-treasure" or gongter.