A key dzogchen text—available together with its Tibetan commentaries, including from the fifteenth Karmapa—from a preeminent translator. The aspiration prayer of samantabhadra, is at once an entreaty by the primordial buddha, one of the most famous and often-recited Dzogchen texts, Samantabhadra, that all sentient beings recognize the nature of their minds and thus become buddhas, and also a wake-up call by our own buddha nature itself.
This monumental text outlines the profound view of Dzogchen in a nutshell and, at the same time, provides clear instructions on how to discover the wisdom of a buddha in the very midst of afflictions. In this volume, karl brunnhölzl offers translations of three versions of the Aspiration Prayer and accompanies them with translations of the commentaries by Jigmé Lingpa, the Fifteenth Karmapa, and Tsültrim Sangpo.
This comprehensive, comprehensible book illuminates this profound text and greatly furthers our understanding of Dzogchen—and of our own nature. He offers further contextualization with his rich annotation and appendices, which include additional translation from Jigmé Lingpa, Longchenpa, and Patrul Rinpoche.
Finding Rest in Illusion: The Trilogy of Rest, Volume 3
Finding rest in illusion describes in detail the conduct of those who have stabilized their recognition of the nature of the mind and how to apply the Buddhist view when relating to ordinary appearances. A new translation of the tibetan master Longchenpa's famous work that systematically presents the path of yogic conduct according to the Dzogchen tradition.
Finding rest in illusion is the third volume of the Trilogy of Rest, Longchenpa’s classic exposition of the Buddhist path. Drawing extensively from classic buddhist works, the author uses well-known examples of illusion found throughout Mahāyāna literature to illustrate the illusory nature of both saṃsāra and nirvāṇa, thus revealing their ultimate nondual nature.
This is an invaluable manual for any genuine student of Buddhism who wishes to truly find rest through the path of the Great Perfection. The purpose of these teachings is to introduce us to our most basic nature—the clear and pristine awareness that is the nature of the mind. According to the traditional tibetan buddhist formula of view, what qualities a practitioner should possess and develop, where one should meditate, and action, namely, this volume follows Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind, and Finding Rest in Meditation, and specifically that of the teachings of the Great Perfection, meditation, which establishes the view of the Buddhist path generally, which outlines the main points of meditation, and what should be practiced.
The padmakara translation group has provided us with a clear and fluid new translation of the final volume of the trilogy, along with its autocommentary, Finding Rest in Illusion, The Chariot of Excellence, both intended to elucidate the appropriate action of a Buddhist practitioner.
The Emanated Scripture of Manjushri: Shabkar's Essential Meditation Instructions Tsadra
His nonsectarian approach is evident in his teachings on the nature of mind according to the Mahamudra tradition of Milarepa, his practical explanations of Saraha’s songs of realization, and the attainment of buddhahood without meditation, which draws on the teachings of the Great Perfection, Dzogchen.
It presents the essence of the entire graded path to enlightenment, using Tsongkhapa’s Great Graded Path Lam rim chen mo as its model. Shabkar’s style is direct and fresh; his realization infuses his instructions with an authenticity that will continue to inspire Buddhist practitioners for years to come.
In twenty-three pieces of advice, he explains the need to renounce the world, how to develop genuine compassion, and methods for achieving an undistracted mind that can unite meditation on emptiness with compassion. Instructions for traversing the entire Vajrayana path to enlightenment from one of Tibet's most famous wandering yogis.
Composed by shabkar at the cave of miracles close to Mount Kailash around 1815, this compendium of spiritual instructions is written in the form of questions and answers, alternating verse and prose, between Shabkar and his disciples.
Moonbeams of Mahamudra Tsadra
This historic contribution therefore offers the necessary tools to properly study and apply the Mahāmudrā teachings in a modern context. A new translation of tibet's most important manual for Mahāmudrā view and meditationThis classic Buddhist work, written in the sixteenth century, comprehensively presents the entire scope of the Tibetan Kagyu Mahāmudrā tradition.
Elizabeth M. These profound yet accessible instructions focus on becoming familiar with the nature of one’s mind as the primary means to realize ultimate reality and thus attain buddhahood. Dakpo tashi namgyal’s manual for the view and practice of Mahāmudrā is widely considered the single most important work on the subject, systematically introducing the view and associated meditation techniques in a progressive manner.
Moonbeams of mahāmudrā, along with the ninth karmapa wangchuk Dorje’s Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance, are to this day some of the most studied texts on Mahāmudrā in the Kagyu monasteries throughout Tibet and the Himalayas. Callahan, a renowned translator of classical Kagyu literature, has provided new translations of these two texts along with ancillary materials and annotations, making this a genuine resource for both scholars and students of Tibetan Buddhism.
Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind: Trilogy of Rest, Volume 1
A new translation of longchenpa's famous work that presents the entire scope of the Buddhist view combined with pith instructions pointing out the nature of one's mind. Longchenpa’s classic buddhist manual for attaining liberation teaches us how to familiarize ourselves with our most basic nature—the clear, pristine, and aware mind.
The work culminates with pointing out the result of practice as presented from the Dzogchen perspective, providing us with all the tools necessary to traverse the Tibetan Buddhist path of finding rest. The padmakara translation group has provided us with a clear and fluid new translation to Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind along with selections from its autocommentary, The Great Chariot, which will serve as a genuine aid to study and meditation.
Here, we find essential instructions on the need to turn away from materialism, how to find a qualified guide, how to develop boundless compassion for all beings, along with the view of tantra and associated meditation techniques. Written in the fourteenth century, this text is the first volume of Longchenpa’s Trilogy of Rest, a work of the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition.
This profound and comprehensive presentation of the Buddhist view and path combines the scholastic expository method with direct pith instructions designed for yogi practitioners. This first part of the trilogy of rest sets the foundation for the following two volumes: Finding Rest in Meditation, and Finding Rest in Illusion, which focuses on Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice, which focuses on post-meditation yogic conduct.
In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying
It will certainly be a dharma classic. Jack kornfield, author of a Path with Heart “This book makes me think enlightenment is possible. Russell Brand. By sharing with readers the meditation practices that sustain him, he shows us how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living. Praise for in love with the World “Vivid, compelling.
In this powerful and unusually candid account of the inner life of a Buddhist master, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche offers us the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience. This book is a rarity in spiritual literature: Reading the intimate story of this wise and devoted Buddhist monk directly infuses our own transformational journey with fresh meaning, luminosity, and life.
Tara brach, author of radical acceptance and True Refuge “In Love with the World is a magnificent story—moving and inspiring, profound and utterly human. His goal was to throw off his titles and roles in order to explore the deepest aspects of his being. But when he ran out of money, he began his life as an itinerant beggar in earnest.
Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning—and his journey took a startling turn. Then one night, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, telling no one, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with dirty fellow travelers or the screeching of a railway car.
A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it“One of the most inspiring books I have ever read.
Finding Rest in Meditation: Trilogy of Rest, Volume 2
Finding rest in meditation outlines the main points of meditation, what qualities a practitioner should possess and develop, namely, where one should meditate, and what should be practiced. It precedes the final volume, Finding Rest in Illusion, which focuses on post-meditation yogic conduct. This profound and comprehensive presentation of the Buddhist view and path combines the scholastic expository method with the direct pith instructions designed for advanced practitioners.
The padmakara translation group has provided us with a clear and fluid new translation of Finding Rest in Meditation along with its autocommentary, The Chariot of Surpassing Purity. According to the traditional format of view, which establishes the view of the Buddhist path generally, it is the sequel to Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind, meditation, and action, and specifically that of the teachings of the Great Perfection.
Based on the author’s personal experience, these instructions are designed to help stabilize and intensify direct insight into the nature of the mind through meditative practice. A new translation of the tibetan master Longchenpa's famous work that systematically presents the path of meditation according to the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition.
Finding rest in meditation is the second volume of the trilogy of Rest, Longchenpa’s classic exposition of the Buddhist path, the purpose of which is to introduce us to our most basic nature—the clear and pristine awareness that is the nature of the mind.
Fathoming the Mind: Inquiry and Insight in Dudjom Lingpa's Vajra Essence
Dudjom lingpa’s revelation consists of a fascinating dialogue that occurred during his pure vision of Samantabhadra, personification of primordial consciousness, manifesting as the youthful form of the Lake-born Vajra emanation of Padmasambhava, in dialogue with an entourage of bodhisattvas symbolizing various aspects of Dudjom Lingpa’s mind.
Alan wallace delivers the long-awaited followup to his Stilling the Mind: Shamatha Teachings from Dudjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence 2011. Fathoming the mind continues the commentary to Dudjom Lingpa’s Vajra Essence that appeared in Stilling the Mind, daringly contextualizing Buddhist teachings on the Great Perfection as a revolutionary challenge to many contemporary beliefs.
This companion volume stems from an oral commentary that B. Alan wallace gave to the next section of the Vajra Essence, on the cultivation of contemplative insight, or vipashyana, that fathoms the nature of existence as a whole. Bestselling author B. This book includes introductory essays and an afterword, darwin, which explore how the insights discussed here might contribute to yet a new “contemplative revolution, ” one that would be as far-reaching in its implications as the scientific revolutions triggered by the discoveries of Galileo, and Einstein.
In continuing to reflect on dudjom Lingpa’s writings and their relevance to the modern world, Wallace was inspired to elaborate extensively on his original commentary.
Atiyoga: The Eighteen Tantras
By the twelfth century, those who held to the teachings from his time became called the Ancient Ones or Nyingma, more than three hundred years after the life of Vairochana, while those who held to the new teachings from India were called Modern Ones or Sarma. It was in this environment that nyima dorje, a minor cleric from gNyi-ba, did the work of putting together an edition of the Tantras of the five early and thirteen later translations that includes two full sets of eighteen Tantras.
In the centuries following these translations the dynasty that ruled Tibet crumbled, and after a long period of darkness the love of learning was rekindled by newly arriving teachings from India. Nyima dorje’s edition of the five early and thirteen later Translations was canonized into the Hundred Thousand Tantras of the Ancient Ones Nyingma Gyubum, which is where these Tantras are found today.
In the classification system that divides the great perfection literature into three sections: The mind section, the Eighteen Tantras belong in the mind section, the space section, and the upadeśa instruction section, and are considered to be core reading in this area. This book has 597 pages. In the eighth century of our era, the Tibetan translator Vairochana went to India and returned to Tibet with the Tantras of the Great Perfection.
This is then supplemented with the quartet of the Cutting through Samsara at the Root cycle, which contains within it summary versions of the eighteen Tantras. The tantras of the thirteen later Translations are in The Unborn Tantra that is Equal to a Precious Jewel. The tantras of the five early Translations are in The Filthless Tantra that is Equal to the Sun and Moon.
A Compendium of the Mahayana: Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha and Its Indian and Tibetan Commentaries Tsadra
The introduction gives an overview of the text and its Indian and Tibetan commentaries, and explains in detail two crucial elements of the Yogācāra view: the ālaya-consciousness and the afflicted mind kliṣṭamanas. Volume 2 presents translations of the commentary by Asvabhāva and an anonymous Indian commentary on the first chapter of the text.
It discusses in detail the nature and operation of the eight kinds of consciousness, dependent origination, the often-misunderstood notion of “mind only” cittamātra, the cultivation of the path and its fruition in terms of the four wisdoms, and the three bodies kāyas of a buddha. Volume 1 presents the translation of the Mahāyānasaṃgraha along with a commentary by Vasubandhu.
. The first complete english translation of Asanga's Mahayanasamgraha, the most important and comprehensive Indian Yogacara text, and all its available Indian commentaries. Winner of the Khyentse Foundation Prize for Outstanding Translation. The mahāyānasaṃgraha, published here with its indian and Tibetan commentaries in three volumes, presents virtually everything anybody might want to know about the Yogācāra School of mahāyāna Buddhism.
These translations are supplemented in the endnotes by excerpts from Tibetan commentaries and related passages in other Indian and Chinese Yogācāra works. Volume 3 includes appendices with excerpts from other Indian and Chinese Yogācāra texts and supplementary materials on major Yogācāra topics in the Mahāyānasaṃgraha.
Penetrating Wisdom: The Aspiration of Samantabhadra
This dzogchen prayer explores the different manifestations of rigpa, our basic awareness in daily life, and constitutes a set of instructions for refining the path of practice. Taken from material from a series of talks in Germany and the United States, Rinpoche's always-lively commentary, Penetrating Wisdom includes the text of the prayer, and lucid answers to questions posed by his students.
This book is a commentary on an ancient, well-known Tibetan Buddhist prayer of aspiration that expounds on the Dzogchen path to enlightenment. A description of the Tibetan Buddhist Dzogchen path of awakening, with instructions and guidance for following it. With deep compassion, and arresting metaphors, sharp observations, the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explicates "The Aspiration of Samantabhadra" for both new and experienced practitioners.
Containing key fundamentals about the vajrayana path--the guru-student relationship, recognizing basic awareness, the role of faith in Vajrayana Buddhism, and the notion of reality that is beyond mental concepts--this book is a clear and accessible explication of a complex system of philosophy and meditation techniques that are central to Tibetan Buddhism.
While the author is a traditionally trained master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, he has won great appreciation in the West for his humor, familiarity with Western culture, and his unique talent for using examples that are drawn directly from Western metropolitan lifestyles. He has lived and taught in Europe and North America for many years.