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Approaching the Great Perfection: Simultaneous and Gradual Methods of Dzogchen Practice in the Longchen Nyingtig (by Sam van Schaik)

Dzogchen, the Great Perfection, is the highest meditative practice of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. This book looks at a seminal figure of this lineage, Jigme Lingpa, an 8th-century scholar and meditation master whose cycle of teachings, the Longchen Nyingtig, has been handed down through generations as a complete path to enlightenment.

Ten of Jigme Lingpa's texts are presented here, along with extensive analysis by van Schaik of a core tension within Buddhism: Does enlightenment develop gradually, or does it come all at once? Though these two positions are often portrayed by modern scholars as entrenched polemical views, van Schaik explains that both tendencies are present within each of the Tibetan Buddhist schools. He demonstrates how Jigme Lingpa is a great illustration of this balancing act, using the rhetoric of both sides to propel his students along the path of Dzogchen. Extensive bibliography, both Western and Tibetan sources.

"A clear and methodical study of Jigme Lingpa's Treasure and Great Perfection teachings. The book serves also as a lucid introduction to Nyingma philosophy and practice, as well as their relation to other trends in Buddhist thought and meditation." -- Janet Gyatso, Harvard University.

 $29.95

Beacon of Certainty Illuminating the View of Dzogchen/The Great Perfection (by Mipham, trans. John Pettit)

"With this outstanding study and translation of Mipham's Beacon of Certainty, John Pettit makes an especially valuable contribution to our knowledge of Buddhist philosophical thought in Tibet....The remarkable text translated here is traditionally renowned as one of Mipham's foremost essays on Madhyamika thought, one that is intimately related to the perspective of the Great Perfection (dzogchen) teachings of contemplation. Dr. Pettit's perceptive exploration of this work will be much appreciated by all serious readers in Buddhist Studies and the Philosophy of Religion." Matthew Kapstein, Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, University of Chicago.

 $32.95

Being Right Here: A Dzogchen Treasure Text of Nuden Dorje Entitled The Mirror of Clear Meaning (trans. by James Low)

This treasure text of Nuden Dorje renders a very clear and authentic account of the view and essential meditation of Dzogchen, the practice of non dual experience. The presentation is in the Men ngag style, a personal instruction distilling the author's own realization in a manner both beautiful and deeply meaningful. The commentary explains pivotal practices and addresses difficulties that arise in meditation. It provides both an expansion of the traditional concepts embodied in the text and an examination of how they can function in contemporary life. Snow Lion.

"Being Right Here is a must-read for anyone interested in awakening the enlightened nature of the mind." -- Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

 $14.95

Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of the Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmidt)

With unsurpassed honesty and humility, the highly influential meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche offers a glimpse into the remarkable reality of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as an in-depth portrait of the lost culture of old Tibet. This grand narrative stretches across generations, providing an inspiring glimpse into a realm of remarkable human achievement quite different from our familiar mundane world. Intimate in tone, these personal memoirs recount the influences and experiences that shaped one of the great spiritual teachers of our time. Blazing Splendor is of both spiritual and historical import.

"Compassion, wisdom, devotion and the innermost nature of mind--you will read about all of these in this book. These stories and memories imply that spiritual realization is really possible...." Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

$19.95

Dzogchen: Heart Essence of the Great Perfection (By H.H. the Dalai Lama)

These teachings on Dzogchen, the heart essence of the ancient Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, were given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Western students in Europe and North America. His Holiness offers the reader an unprecedented glimpse into one of Buddhism's most profound systems of meditation.

Paying tribute to the uniqueness of Dzogchen, His Holiness sets it within the wider spectrum of Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. He explains the essence of Dzogchen practice and addresses questions such as why Dzogchen is called "the pinnacle of all vehicles," what are its special features, and what are the crucial principles of the other Buddhist paths which a Dzogchen practitioner should know. This is a book of uncommon richness. Includes extensive English to Tibetan (Wylie) glossary of terms and bibliography.

$24.95

Dzogchen Essentials: The Path that Clarifies Confusion (Compiled and ed. by Marcia Binder Schmidt)

Dzogchen Essentials offers an exciting, diverse selection of material, both new and traditional, for study and practice in the Dzogchen tradition. These teachings are principally about clarifying confusion, the mistaken ways we normally relate to our perceptions of environment, body, and senses. Rather than continue the habits of insisting on a solid reality, we are given skillful alternatives and practices and the method to integrate them with the view of the Great Perfection.

Dzogchen Essentials is for the dedicated Vajrayana student. Carrying on from The Dzogchen Primer, it contains a wide range of selections upholding the style of the simple meditator, including pieces by Padmasambhava, Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Sogyal Rinpoche, and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Additional sources and facilitator's guidelines enrich study groups and nurture the lone practitioner.

"Dzogchen, also known as The Great Perfection, is arguably the heart of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, and in this impressive collection Schmidt pulls together writings from historic and contemporary masters to facilitate study for serious, committed beginners and longtime practitioners. This sequential manual is designed to aid individuals as well as Sangha or workshop leaders, and offers facilitator guidelines, a glossary, author profiles, and a bibliography.... Not a collection of academic ruminations, this important work also stresses application." --Publishers Weekly.

$18.00

Dzogchen: The Self-Perfected State (by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu, ed. by Adriano Clemente; translated by John Shane)

A clear explanation of Dzogchen teachings and practice.

"As Chogyal Namkhai Norbu explains in this very readable book, our natural condition is self-perfected from the very beginning. What is necessary is that we reawaken and remain in our true nature. Through understanding and practice, we can rediscover the effortless knowledge of the Self-Perfected State that lies beyond our habitual anguish and confusion, and remain in this uninterrupted flow of contemplation, completely relaxed but fully present, through all activities. Rinpoche clearly explains the Dzogchen teachings and practices in a simple and non-intellectual manner." Snow Lion

$12.95

The Golden Letters: The Three Statements of Garab Dorje, the first teacher of Dzogchen, together with a commentary by Dza Patrul Rinpoche entitled "The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King (foreward by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, trans., introduction and commentaries by John Reynolds)

According to the Nyinmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, the teachings of Dzogchen, "the Great Perfection," were first expounded by the Buddhist master Garab Dorje in the country of Uddiyana. This tradition of Buddhist teaching, which directly introduces the practitioner to the nature of mind, was then transmitted to India and later to Tibet.

The essence of Garab Dorje's message is found in "The Three Statements that Strike the Essential Points." In the 19th century, the famous master Patrul Rinpoche wrote a brilliant commentary on these three statements together with the practices relating to them, entitled "The Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King." These important Dzogchen texts are here translated from the Tibetan. Notes, commentaries, a bibliography of selected books and articles in English, and glossary of Dzogchen terms are also included. See Table of Contents.

$18.95

Healing with Form, Energy and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen (Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche)

In the shamanic world-view of Tibetan Bon, the five elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space are accessed through the raw powers of nature and through non-physical beings associated with the natural world. In the Tibetan tantric view, the elements are recognized as five kinds of energy in the body and are balanced with yogic movements, breathing exercises, and visualizations. In the highest teachings, Dzogchen, the elements are understood to be the radiance of being and are accessed through pure awareness. Healing with Form, Energy and Light offers the reader healing meditations and yogic practices on each of these levels.

Tenzin Rinpoche's purpose in this book is to strengthen our connection to the sacred aspect of the natural world and to present a guide that explains why certain practices are necessary and in what situations practices are effective. This is a manual for replacing an anxious, narrow, uncomfortable identity with one that is expansive, peaceful and capable. And the world, too, is transformed from dead matter and blind processes into a sacred landscape filled with an infinite variety of living forces and beings.

"There is more detailed and at the same time easily understood and useful information about the body and meditative practice here than in any other book I have seen. spoken with an elegance that melts into your mind."--Anne C. Klein, Professor, Dept. of Religious Studies, Rice University

$16.95

Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage (by Nyoshul Khenpo, trans. by Richard Barron/Chokyi Nyima)

In this book one finds the spiritual history of the teachings of the Dzogchen tradition (natural great perfection). This is the only comprehensive history of the Nyingtik lineage, which forms the core of teachings known as Dzogchen in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It was written by the late Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche Jamyang Dorje, one of the most outstanding and knowledgeable exponents of Dzogchen. In this work, framed as a series of biographical accounts, Nyoshul Khenpo provides a wealth of information invaluable to spiritual practitioners, as well as historians studying the cultures of Central Asia.

Includes detailed lineage charts, a few line drawings. Hardback.

" 'There could come a time in the future [Nyoshul Khenpo wrote] when holders of the lineage would profess to transmit the lineage without being able to recall even the names of its masters.' This is why the author considered this history to be 'as indispensable as our eyes or our life force,' providing all the grounds and inspiration ever needed for total conviction. He compared the life stories of the vidhydhara masters in this lineage to a fine chain of gold or a garland of rare gems.... With immense attention to detail, Nyoshul Khenpo maps out the 'ultimate lineage of direct transmission,' the heart of all the lines of transmission of Dzogpachenpo from the primordial buddha to the present day, showing the connection between masters and students in an unbroken line of succession. His work stands out because of its completeness, for it includes all of the distinct lineages, along with the lives of the students of the great masters, stories from the oral tradition and the different teaching styles. Anyone who matters is represented here, every link in the chain, including masters of our time.... It is a milestone, and I do not feel that it will ever be equaled." -- Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

$49.00

Naked Awareness: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (by Karma Chagme, commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, trans. by B. Alan Wallace)

In this classic 17th-century presentation of the union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Karma Chagme, one of the great patriarchs of both the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, begins with an overview of the spirit of awakening and the nature of actions and their ethical consequences. Then, drawing from his enormous erudition and profound experience, Karma Chagme gives exceptionally lucid instructions on the two phases of Dzogchen practice -- the Breakthrough and the Leap-Over -- followed by an accessible introduction to the practice of the transference of consciousness at the time of death.

The concluding chapters of this treatise present a detailed analysis of Mahamudra meditation in relation to Dzogchen practice. This tour de force of scholarly erudition and contemplative insight is made all the more accessible by the lively commentary of the contemporary Nyingma Lama Gyatrul Rinpoche. Although this book stands alone, it is the concluding section of a single body of oral teachings by Karma Chagme, the earlier section published under the title.

"...an unusually elegant synthesis of the leading Tibetan approaches to Buddhist meditation." -- Matthew Kapstein, Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, University of Chicago

$19.95

Natural Great Perfection: Dzogchen Teachings and Vajra Songs (by Nyoshul Khenpo, trans. and ed. by Lama Surya Das)

"Khenpo shows how to understand and how to practice the Dzogchen path. Following his autobiography, he explores with radiant clarity the key points of Buddhism, the inseparability of perfect compassion and the practice of Dzogchen, and the ultimate nature of the mind." Snow Lion

"This book is wonderful--a treasure house of liberating Dharma. Nyoshul Khenpo's heart-songs of wisdom illuminate our minds and inspire our practice."--Joseph Goldstein

$14.95

Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History (by Dudjom Rinpoche, Gyurme Dorje, trans. by Matthew Kapstein)

The first English translation of the master work of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism constitutes the most complete work of its type in the West. Two treatises form the present volume, namely the "Fundamentals of the Nyingma School" and the "History of the Nyingma School." Among the most widely read of all His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's works, these treatises were composed during the years immediately following his arrival in India as a refugee. His intention in writing them was to preserve the precise structure of the Nyingma philosophical view within its own historical and cultural context.

"Every once in a while there comes a work which, by its breadth of vision and attention to details, becomes the standard and classic in its field. [This] is such a work." -- Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

"A landmark in the history of English-language studies of Tibetan Buddhism." -- History of Religions

$90.00

Practice of Dzogchen (by Longchen Rabjampa, introduced, trans. and annotated by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche)

The Practice of Dzogchen is an anthology of writings on Dzogpa Chenpo (Dzogchen) by Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363), the most celebrated writer and adept of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. Dzogpa Chenpo is the innermost esoteric philosophy and meditation training, which until recent decades was only whispered into the ears of heart-disciples by the learned masters.

Dzogpa Chenpo employs a meditative technique which effortlessly uncovers the emotional and intellectual layers of the mind and instantly awakens its essential nature, which is buddha mind or Buddhahood itself.

"...authoritative, comprehensive and clear....This book fills a major gap."--Matthew Kapstein, Columbia University.

In its previous edition, this book was entitled Buddha Mind.

$34.95

Self-Liberation through Seeing with Naked Awareness: An Introduction to the Nature of One's Own Mind from The Profound Teaching of Self-Liberation in the Primordial State of the Peaceful and Wrathful Deities (A terma text of Guru Padmasambhava expounding the view of Dzogchen, rediscovered by Rigzin Karma Lingpa, trans. Reynolds)

A text belonging to the same cycle of teachings as The Tibetan Book of the Dead, this instruction on the method of "self-liberation" presents the essence of Dzogchen, "the Great Perfection," regarded in Tibet as the highest and most esoteric teaching of the Buddha.

Teaching the attainment of Buddhahood in a single lifetime, this text was written and concealed by Guru Padmasambhava in the eighth century and rediscovered six centuries later by Karma Lingpa. The commentary by the translator is based on the oral teachings of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche and Lama Tharchin Rinpoche.

"If you understand intrinsic awareness, all of your merits and sins will be liberated into their own condition.... If he practices, then even a cowherd can realize liberation."

"This important work should be of interest to most Buddhist readers." --Library Journal

"This test is perhaps the clearest, most comprehensive and accessible of medium-length writing on rigpa and as such is highly recommended." --Religious Studies Review

John Myrdhin Reynolds (Vajranatha) is a writer, teacher, translator, and scholar/practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. He was trained and ordained as a Tantric Yogin, or Ngagpa, in the Nyingmapa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He has taught widely in the United States and Europe. He is also the author of The Golden Letters.

$14.95

The Supreme Source: The Kunjed Gyalpo, Fundamental Tantra of the Dzogchen Semde (Chogyal Namkhai Norbu and Adriano Clemente, trans. by Andrew Lukianowicz)

In this book, the Dzogchen teaching is presented through one of its most ancient texts, the tantra Kunjed Gyalpo, or The All-Creating King -- a personification of the primordial state of enlightenment. This tantra is the fundamental scripture of the Semde, or "Nature of Mind" tradition of Dzogchen and is the most authoritative source for understanding the Dzogchen view. In the first part we find a detailed introduction to the historical origins, the lineages of transmission, and the basic principles of Dzogchen, particularly of the Semde tradition. The second part includes an oral commentary by Chogyal Namkhai Norbu which gives insight into the depths of these teachings from a practical point of view. In the third part, Adriano Clemente translates the main sections of the original tantra. The Supreme Source will be of great interest to all students of Tibetan Buddhism.

$19.95

Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (Dzogchen Ponlop, with forewords by the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa)

Seen as the culmination of all practice and study by the New Translation Schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the experience of Mahamudra, or great symbol, is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or great perfection, is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development.

Both lineages of meditation practice emphasize the ultimate state of awareness within and the clear and luminous nature of the mind. In this book, Dzogchen Ponlop, holder of the wisdom-lineages of both Dzogchen and Mahamudra, presents the view and practices of these two traditions with a pragmatic approach and informal style. He teaches that by applying ourselves to these practices, we can all experience our world more directly.

"I know of no more complete, practical, and accessible guide to the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. One of the most brilliant Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explains with striking clarity and richness the heart of the 'practice lineage,' as, step by step, he leads us through the Sutra, Mantra, and Essence Mahamudra, and the nine vehicles that culminate in the Great Perfection: Dzogpachenpo." -- Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan book of Living and Dying

$18.95

Wisdom Nectar: Dudjom's Rinpoche's Heart Advice (Trans. and introduced by Ron Garry)

Dudjom Rinpoche was one of the seminal figures in Tibetan Buddhism in the twentieth century, yet very few of his religious writings have been translated into English. This volume contains a generous selection of his inspiring teachings and writings, the core of which is a lengthy discussion of the entire path of Dzogchen, including key instructions on view, meditation, and conduct, along with direct advice on how to bring one's experiences onto the path.

Also included in this book in their entirety are the oral instructions, tantric songs, and songs of realization from His Holiness's Collected Works, along with a generous selection of the aspiration and supplication prayers. The "Word List" is a glossary of terms, listing the English, the Wylie transliteration, and the words in the Tibetan script.

"As the representative of the great vajra master Padmasambhava, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche was himself a great scholar and realized meditation master. In general all of his writings and rediscovered treasures are completely authentic and sublime. In particular his direct spiritual advice from the heart, such as the teachings found in the pages of this book, serve as profound reminders to awaken and seriously pursue the path to fully enlightened Buddhahood."--Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro, members of the Light of Berotsana Translation Group

"This book reveals the timeless essence of holy Dharma. Every word rings true. This masterpiece will certainly inspire many generations to come."--Tulku Thubten Rinpoche, Spiritual Advisor, Dharmata Foundation

Wisdom Nectar is part of The Tsadra Foundation Series.

$29.95

Wish-Fulfilling Jewel: The Practice of Guru Yoga According to the Longchen Nyingthig Tradition (Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche, trans. Konchog Tenzin)

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, devotion to the spiritual master and complete confidence in him are considered to be indispensable in the attainment of enlightenment. Based on the teachings of the great 18th-century saint and visionary Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, the instructions of Dilgo Khyentse in this book focus on the devotional practices of Guru Yoga, "merging with the Mind of the Guru."

$15.00

You Are the Eyes of the World (by Longchenpa, trans Kennard Lipman and Merrill Peterson; intro by Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche)

Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so experiences are merely the dance of awareness. Often one forms attachments to, or feels enslaved by, these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of one's experiences fades if penetrated to the heart of reality--the light of the natural mind within everyone. You Are the Eyes of the World presents a method for discovering awareness everywhere, all the time. This book does not discuss how to turn the ordinary life off, and it does not describe how to create beautiful spiritual experiences; it shows rather how to live within the source of all life, the unified field where experience takes place.

Longchenpa (1308-1363) was one of the most celebrated adepts of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.

$18.95
BOOKS ABOUT MAHAMUDRA

Becoming the Compassion Buddha: Tantric Mahamudra for Everyday Life (Lama Yeshe, ed. Robina Courtin)

This work is a complete meditation retreat, written by one of the pioneers of Buddhism in the West. Lama Yeshe guides readers through the tantric practice of Avalokiteshvara/Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, basing his instructions on a text written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at age nineteen. Lama Yeshe gives special emphasis to mahamudra, the emptiness of one's own mind, and demystifies these esoteric techniques, clearly showing them for what they are: highly developed psychology.

 $14.95

Clarifying the Natural State: A Principle Guidance Manual for Mahamudra (Dakpo Tashi Namgyal)

A practical manual for both teacher and student alike, Clarifying the Natural State covers the path from mindfulness to complete enlightenment, simply and methodically. Presenting the profound and ultimate instructions of Mahamudra, it embodies the realization of India and Tibet's greatest masters.

"The words of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal are unique. Adorned with plenty of pithy advice out of his personal experience, practitioners are greatly benefited by his instructions on how to remove hindrances and progress further. His methods for practicing Mahamudra are preeminent. This book is indispensable as it focuses exclusively on practice." Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

"Elevate your experience and remain wide open like the sky. Expand your mindfulness and remain pervasive like the earth. Steady your attention and remain unshakable like a mountain. Brighten your awareness and remain shining like a flame. Clear your thought, free wakefulness and remain lucid like a crystal." Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, 16th Century.

$18.00

Eighth Situpa on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer (trans. Lama Sherab Dorje, introduction by Thrangu Rinpoche)

Here, in one compact volume, are all the stages of instruction on the path of mahamudra. Included are concise and complete formal instructions on the ground, path, and fruition of this penetrating practice. This vast and profound commentary originates with the Eighth Situpa, a remarkable scholar and practitioner who is considered the most accomplished of all the Situ emanations.

Includes useful appendices: a glossary of technical terms (English, Tibetan phonetics, and Wylie transliterated orthography); a glossary of transliterated Tibetan names and terms (English and Wylie); a bibliography of works cited (mostly Tibetan works), and a copy of the text in Tibetan by the Eighth Situpa (reprint of original text, small print but readable).

The Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (author of the root text) was a central figure in both the Kagyu and Nyingtik traditions of Tibet. He was a highly renowned practitioner of mahamudra and secret mantra.

"Lama Sherab Dorje offers us an accurate and highly readable translation of this masterwork of Kagyu Buddhism ...a text that deserves to be studied in depth."--Matthew Kapstein

See the commentary on this book: Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer (Tai Situ Rinpoche, trans. Fuchs)

$15.95

Garland of Mahamudra Practices: A Translation of Kunga Rinchen's Clarifying the Jewel Rosary of the Profound Fivefold Path (trans. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen Rinpoche)

Mahamudra, or the Great Seal, refers to a path to enlightenment taught by the Buddha and transmitted through the spiritual lineage of Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. Gampopa, a disciple of Milarepa who lived in the 11th century, brought together these teachings of the Buddha into one five-fold path consisting of an enlightened motivation, deity yoga, guru yoga, mahamudra and proper dedication. His main disciple, Pakmo Drupa, gave this approach the name "The Profound Five-fold Path of Mahamudra."

Jigten Sumgon, the successor of Pakmo Drupa, founded the Drikung Kagyu order and taught Mahamudra extensively. the 15th successor of jigten Sumgon, Kunga Rinchen, known for the directness and clarity of his teachings, composed the text translated here, Clarifying the Jewel Rosary of the Profound Five-Fold Path.

This text is a manual of practical instructions for students who are, or are thinking about, practicing the path of Mahamudra.

"A translation of an important work of Tibetan Buddhism ...a clear and concise summary of the Vajrayana path as understood in the Kagyu tradition."--Reginald Ray

$16.95

Naked Awareness: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (by Karma Chagme, commentary by Gyatrul Rinpoche, trans. by B. Alan Wallace)

In this classic 17th-century presentation of the union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, Karma Chagme, one of the great patriarchs of both the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, begins with an overview of the spirit of awakening and the nature of actions and their ethical consequences. Then, drawing from his enormous erudition and profound experience, Karma Chagme gives exceptionally lucid instructions on the two phases of Dzogchen practice -- the Breakthrough and the Leap-Over -- followed by an accessible introduction to the practice of the transference of consciousness at the time of death.

The concluding chapters of this treatise present a detailed analysis of Mahamudra meditation in relation to Dzogchen practice. This tour de force of scholarly erudition and contemplative insight is made all the more accessible by the lively commentary of the contemporary Nyingma Lama Gyatrul Rinpoche. Although this book stands alone, it is the concluding section of a single body of oral teachings by Karma Chagme, the earlier section published under the title.

"...an unusually elegant synthesis of the leading Tibetan approaches to Buddhist meditation." -- Matthew Kapstein, Professor of Tibetan Buddhism, University of Chicago

$19.95

Practice of Mahamudra (Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, ed. by Ani K. Trinlay Chodron)

Mahamudra represents the highest level of teaching within Tibetan Buddhism. Its study and practice leads to the realization of the very nature of reality itself--there is not a single phenomenon which is not subsumed within the realizations of Mahamudra. In 1994, H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche (head of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism) toured the USA and gave detailed instructions in Mahamudra methods based on the ancient traditions of Tibet and India. He carefully explained each of the five stages of Mahamudra and taught many meditation practices. His Holiness also gave precise instructions on meditative posture and breathing and responded with helpful answers to student's questions using the teachings of Tilopa and Gampopa to illustrate various points. This book is a record o His Holiness' teachings on Mahamudra, and is the clearest presentation of Mahamudra meditation practice available.

Includes a brief biography of H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, as well as list of suggested further readings for the Western student.

$12.95

Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer (Tai Situ Rinpoche, trans. Fuchs)

The Mahamudra prayer by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, is a short yet thorough and profound text which presents all the essential points of Mahamudra teaching in terms of view, practice and fruition. It is a classic that, especially in the tradition of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, has been and is widely used whenever a disciple is given a first introduction into Mahamudra.

The Third Karmapa shows how to recognize our ultimate potential as a buddha. The short root texts is further explained by Khentin Tai Situpa, Pema Donyo Nyingje Wangpo, the twelfth incarnation of the Tai Situpa lineage, which is one of the most important lineages of the Kagyu tradition. His deep understanding of Western culture, especially of the Western psychological perspective, allows him to expound the Dharma with a clarity and directness that is truly inspiring.

"Mahamudra is the ultimate nature of mind--the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer is both an aspiration that all sentient beings realize the mind's true nature, as well as a clear, concise, and complete explanation of how we can do so. In this book, the brilliant master Tai Situ Rinpoche explains the Mahamudra Prayer to the modern audience directly in English, in a way that is both profound and easy for everyone to understand. Such teachings are priceless, and all who aspire to realize the luminous clarity that is the basic nature of mind would benefit greatly from reading this book." --Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche

"H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche's commentary brilliantly brings to life the ancient wisdom of the Mahamudra lineage with precision, clarity, and directness. All levels of meditation practitioners will greatly benefit from reading this wonderful book." --Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche

"I am sincerely grateful for Rosemarie Fuchs for her great assistance in translating and editing this teaching and to Snow Lion Publications for making this teaching available to benefit many beings." --Thrangu Rinpoche

A commentary on the Eighth Situpa on the Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer.

$14.95

Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen: A Commentary on the Quintessence of Spiritual Practice, The Direct Instructions of the Great Compassionate One by Karma Chagmey Rinpoche (Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, foreword by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

In simple and direct language, the Union of Mahamudra & Dzogchen is Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche's teachings on a complete path to enlightenment in eight songs by the 17th-century yogi and poet Karma Chagmey. Includes extensive glossary of terms.

"This advice spoken through personal experience embodies the quintessence of the Dharma." H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

$18.00

Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (Dzogchen Ponlop, with forewords by the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa)

Seen as the culmination of all practice and study by the New Translation Schools of Tibetan Buddhism, the experience of Mahamudra, or great symbol, is an overwhelming sense of extraordinary clarity, totally open and nondualistic. Dzogchen, or great perfection, is the ultimate teaching according to the Nyingma tradition and also represents the pinnacle of spiritual development.

Both lineages of meditation practice emphasize the ultimate state of awareness within and the clear and luminous nature of the mind. In this book, Dzogchen Ponlop, holder of the wisdom-lineages of both Dzogchen and Mahamudra, presents the view and practices of these two traditions with a pragmatic approach and informal style. He teaches that by applying ourselves to these practices, we can all experience our world more directly.

"I know of no more complete, practical, and accessible guide to the paths of Mahamudra and Dzogchen. One of the most brilliant Tibetan Buddhist teachers of his generation, Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche explains with striking clarity and richness the heart of the 'practice lineage,' as, step by step, he leads us through the Sutra, Mantra, and Essence Mahamudra, and the nine vehicles that culminate in the Great Perfection: Dzogpachenpo." -- Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan book of Living and Dying

$18.95

DVDs

The Profound Path of Mahamudra. By H.E. Tai Situ Rinpoche

This double DVD set features teachings given by Tai Situ Rinpoche at Sherab Ling in Baijnath, India on March 15, 2003 during the week of his 50th Birthday celebration. Mahamudra is the principle meditation of the Kagyu Lineage. Briefly, it involves looking directly into the mind to understand the true nature of reality. Rinpoche gives Mahamudra meditation instruction, including a 28-minute guided session.

Mahamudra meditation is particularly appropriate for modern students because this meditation does not require taking monastic ordination or doing extensive retreats. Through Mahamudra practice, the 84 mahasiddhas attained enlightenment while practicing their everyday occupations, such as being a cobbler, king, arrow maker, sweeper, and sesame seed grinder.

2 DVDs, 172 min., English with Mandarin option. Overseas customers: these DVDs are in NTSC format and will not work on PAL DVD players.

$56.00

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