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Books with English and Tibetan Texts

Great Glossaries in English and Tibetan

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Books with English and Tibetan Texts

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

$15.95

Excellent Path to Enlightenment (by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

In this book Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche explains a standard practice text composed by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) on the Vajrayana preliminaries: taking refuge, generating the thought of achieving enlightenment for the sake of all beings, performing the meditation and recitation of Vajrasattva to remove hindrances on the path to enlightenment, offering the mandala to accumulate merit and wisdom, and developing proper reliance on a spiritual teacher.

Clear, direct and personal, these instructions illuminate the heart of Vajrayana practice. Included here is the Tibetan text as well as the mantras and prayers commonly recited in conjunction with this practice.

$12.95

Four Ordinary Foundations of Buddhist Practice (Tib. tun mong gi ngon dro shi) (Thrangu Rinpoche, trans. by Ken and Katia Holmes)

During the fifth century of our era, a tremendous explosion of philosophical thought appeared on the earth. During this time, the Buddha began delivering a remarkable set of teachings. He taught that instead of relying on a god or on materialistic pursuits, one can attain true, permanent happiness by simply examining one's own mind.

When Tibet became a Buddhist nation beginning in the 8th century A.D., the great practitioners and learned scholars who came from India were faced with the problem of how to convey the Buddhist teachings to a large population of traders and farmers who for the most part were illiterate. The great Indian scholar Atisa brought the Four Foundations of Practice to Tibet in the 11th century. These four foundations are identical to the "four thoughts that turn the mind towards dharma" that were taught by the great meditator Gampopa. He elaborated on these, and these four thoughts have served to help thousands of students in Tibet to understand why they should begin dharma practice. Because these four thoughts are the basic reason for practicing dharma, they are said to be the four general foundations of Buddhist practice.

These foundations are general to all levels and all sects of Buddhism and can be contrasted to the four special foundations (Tib. Ngöndro) which are specific to Vajrayana Buddhism.

Includes beautiful reproductions of Tibetan calligraphic sayings, handwritten by Rinpoche, as chapter introductions. Also a short glossary, appendix of Tibetan terms, and index.

$12.00

Hermit of Go Cliffs: Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic (trans. Stearns)

"An inspiring collection of autobiographical songs of realization by one of the great hermit yogins of the 12th century, Godrakpa Sonam Gyaltsen. These pared-down verses reflect the refreshing, unmannered honesty and direct style characteristic of early Buddhist masters in Tibet. The lucid translation is enhanced by a learned introduction to Godrakpa's life and milieu, and a helpful set of notes to the songs' religious and historical allusions. An exceptional resource for studying the early yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism."--Janet Gyatso, Amherst College

Tibetan on one page with English translation on the facing page making the book useful to the student of the language and translators.

 $19.95

Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path (Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche)

Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche came to the United States in 1976 at the request of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa to establish the North American seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Under Rinpoche's guidance over twenty-five affiliated centers have formed, and the magnificent Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in Woodstock, New York was constructed.

In his first book, Dharma Paths, Rinpoche demonstrated his lucid teaching style, which delivers profound insights in language that is direct and inspiring. In this commentary on the Precious Garland, one of the masterworks of Gampopa, Rinpoche outlines in twenty-eight categories what practitioners of varying levels need to know in order to perfect their spiritual practice. He gives precise instructions on the correct view, meditation, and conduct, and offers frank answers to common questions concerning obstacles to Dharma practice. Contains the root text in Tibetan.

Gampopa (1070-1153), the father of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was the foremost student of the great yogi Milarepa. Among his many writings the two most influential are The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path.

$14.95

Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment (by Atisha, with commentary Sonam Rinchen, trans. Sonam)

Atisha, the 11th-century Indian Buddhist scholar and saint, came to Tibet at the invitation of the kind of Western Tibet, Lha Lama Yeshe Wo, and his nephew Janchub Wo. His coming initiated the period of the "second transmission" of Buddhism to Tibet, the revival which followed the persecution of Buddhism by the Tibetan king Langdarma in the 9th century, formative for the Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Atisha's most celebrated text, entitled Lamp for the Path of Enlightenment, was written for the Tibetan people at the request of Jangchub Wo. It sets forth the entire Buddhist path within the framework of three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner. Atisha's text thus became the source of the lamrim tradition, or graduated stages of the path to enlightenment, an approach to spiritual practice incorporated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Includes the root text translated into English, as well as the root text in Tibetan.

Geshe Sonam Rinchen's lucid and engaging commentary draws out Atisha's meaning for today's practitioners with warmth and wit, bringing the light of this age-old wisdom into the modern world.

$14.95

Maitreya's Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata (Thrangu Rinpoche)

This text is very brief and direct in its presentation and is included within the class of oral instructions. It is a work which clearly portrays the character of nothing less than non-conceptual original wisdom, the point of utmost profundity within the Mahayana. With regard to meditation, there are the particular traditions, views and practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, the basis of which are the teachings of the Buddha and the commentaries or shastras on those by the great masters. In order to achieve the high view of Mahmudra or Dzogchen, we need to cut our doubts, hinderances and aberrations, which is accomplished by listening to and contemplating the Mahayana dharma.

Realizing dharmata or the nature of mind is what is to be known, and this we understand through hearing and thinking about it. Nevertheless, due to the obstruction of conventional appearances we are not able to realize this. If we can realize this profound nature, then we will naturally separate from confusion and conventional appearances. Thus, this text -- Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata -- is devoted to identifying exactly what is conventionally true and what is ultimately true. So this text is extremely important for all those who wish to practice the meditations of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

Includes an outline of the root text (in English), the root text by Maitreya in Tibetan with translation on facing pages. Also, an introduction entitled "Mipham Rinpoche's General Introduction to Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata"; appendices that include charts of the six realms of samsara, the Five Paths, the Bodhisattva levels, and transformation of consciousness into wisdom; glossary of terms; an index; and a bibliography of the five works of Maitreya.

"The clarity, simplicity, and profoundness of Rinpoche's teaching will bring benefit to many people who are learning and practicing the sacred teachings of Lord Buddha." --H.E. The 12th Tai Situpa

$18.95

Medicine Buddha Teachings (Thrangu Rinpoche, ed., introduced and annotated by Lama Tashi Namgyal)

In this rare gem of a book we learn more than just the details of this particular Medicine Buddha practice: Rinpoche has kindly included many basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general. Anyone engaged in any Vajrayana practice will find this teaching extremely useful.

This work is a most thorough presentation of this subject. Medicine Buddha Teachings include the following chapters in Part One: "A Practice That Is Extremely Effective in the Removal of Sickness"; "The Great King of medicine Is Active in Pacifying the Suffering of Beings"; "The Visualization Uncovers the Inherent Purity of Phenomena"; "On the Origin of Auspiciousness in the Substances and Symbols."

Part Two contains the Medicine Buddha Sadhana in Tibetan and English.

Part Three includes the Medicine Buddha Sutra, and a section entitled "Mudras, or Ritual Gestures, Help to Clarify the Visualization." Part Four: "The Twelve Great Aspirations of the Medicine Buddha." Finally, in the appendix we find the Medicine Buddha Sadhana in landscape layout so that one can use this more easily in a daily practice.

 $16.95

Opening the Door to Certainty: Tibetan Text and English Translation (Bokar Rinpoche)

A condensed version of the Ninth Karmapa's work, The Ocean of Certainty, Bokar Rinpoche has written this as an introduction to meditation practice. It introduces one to the direct understanding of the absolute nature of the mind--Mahamudra. Although it is not a substitute for a living teacher nor a guide to the path of Mahamudra, this book may, however, serve as a friendly companion on the journey: recalling meditators to the various aspects of the path, showing them each particular point, and inviting them to progress and deepen understanding. Book contains English on one side with Tibetan text on the facing page.

"The purpose of Mahamudra is not to bring us something new but to introduce us to that which we already have. Mahamudra meditation allows us to internally grow accustomed to what we have discovered within ourselves through practice following the instructions we have received; it enables us to continuously remain within this awareness." Bokar Rinpoche.

$15.95

Origin of the Tara Tantra (Jo Nang Taranatha, trans. David Templeman)

The Origin of Tara Tantra by Taranatha, one of the most accomplished scholars of the unorthodox Jo-nan sect, strings together from various fragmentary sources a mine of legends and episodes on the origin and diffusion of Tara's tantra.

Translated by Templeman, this work is supplemented with voluminous notes, an excellent appendix and a comprehensive bibliography for the serious readers. It also contains the Tibetan text. Similar in style to the author's bkar.babs.bdun.ldan (1600), this work heralded Taranatha's major historic work History of Buddhism in India written four years later in 1608.

The Origin of Tara Tantra, though dependent on legends and largely anecdotal, has nevertheless about it a strong feeling of historic time and provides an important and accurate account of the lineages of the Siddhas (adepts) who worshipped Tara and passed on the Upadesas, revelations and Tantra besides giving a background to the masters of the Tibetan Siddhas who grew from India's rich tantric soil.

$8.95

Praise to the Lotus Born: A Verse Garland of Waves of Devotion (Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche, trans. and introduced by Toy-Fung Tung and Marie-Louise Friquegnon)

In 1972, a 21-year old Nyingmapa Buddhist monk was recovering from tuberculosis in a clinic in Switzerland. Turning his mind to Guru Padmasambhava, known to Tibetans as the second Buddha, he wrote these poems in a mere three days. Praise to the Lotus Born is a verse biography of Padmasambhava who, along with Khenchen Shantarakshita and King Trisong Detsen, founded Tibetan Buddhism. Scholars, kings and queens sweep through these pages against a backdrop of philosophy, ritual, myth, and magic. With the poems are notes containing Khentrul's lively commentaries which captivate and enlighten the reader. Tibetan text with facing English translation.

These poems of praise express the author's wonderment at the power, beauty, wisdom and compassion of the buddhas and other great beings. The verses bring readers closer to liberation because the poems themselves are blessings that inspire devotion and meritorious action. On a deeper level, they reveal that these enlightened beings are actually reflections of our higher, unobscured minds.

His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism from 1961 to 1987, praised the poems, saying that they would stand as a "stone monument to Orgyen Padmasambhava."

$20.00

Tara, The Feminine Divine (Bokar Rinpoche)

Tara, the most famous female deity in Tibetan Buddhism, is a personification of the Prajnaparamita and a mother dedicated to protecting her followers. From nomads to scholars, Tibetans are profoundly devoted to her. Bokar Rinpoche presents the various aspects of Tara and the origin of her tantra, and he relates contemporary examples of her benevolent activity.

Then he provides an explanation of her praise (the famous "Praise to the Twenty-One Taras": first the complete Tibetan text with English translation on facing pages, then four-line stanzas in Tibetan with commentary).

Finally, there is a chapter entitled "Buddhism and Women": herein, descriptions of remarkable women in Indian Buddhism (Gelongma Palmo, Mandarava, Niguma, and Sukhasiddhi), remarkable women in Tibetan Buddhism (the two spouses of Songtsen Gampo, Yeshe Tsogyal, and Machik Lapdron), and lastly, Bokar Rinpoche's personal encounters with remarkable women (Ugyen Tsomo, Drikung Khandro, and Ani Yesang).

This book would be useful for practitioners of Tara, as well as those interested in Eastern philosophy, general subjects in Tibetan Buddhism, Women's Studies, or cultural anthropology.

 $18.95

Uttaratantra: A Treatise on Buddha-Essence (Maitreya, Thrangu Rinpoche)

The Uttaratantra elucidates the Third Turning of the Buddha's Teachings on Buddha essence--the inherent qualities and potential for Buddhahood present in all beings.The elucidation of this potential--emptiness and luminosity inseparable--is the bridge between the sutra and tantric paths, the view of Vajrayana and the ground of Mahamudra. Thus it is an essential text for all practitioners of the Buddhadharma.

In addition to the theoretical transmission is the meditative approach to this text, the lineage of which has continued through the Kagyu tradition, received first by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, and continuing unbroken to the present day. That is what is transmitted here through the great wisdom and compassion of Khabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the supreme abbot, scholar and highly realized master of the Kagyu lineage." --Venerable Lama Karma Shedrup

Includes the Uttaratantra root text in Tibetan with English translation on facing pages, glossary of terms; an index; and a bibliography of the five works of Maitreya.

$28.00

Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea: Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta (Khunu Rinpoche, foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama)

Revered by many as the very embodiment of altruism, the late Khunu Rinpoche devoted his life to the development of bodhicitta--the aspiration to achieve enlightenment for the sake of all living beings. Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sky is a collection o Khunu Rinpoche's inspirational verse -- presented here in both English and the original Tibetan.

"Whenever I think of [Khunu Rinpoche], I always say to myself, 'This is what St. Francis of Assisi must have been like." -- Sogyal Rinpoche

"Khunu Rinpoche, through his loving presence and great kindness, was one of the most profound influences on me. This book is a wonderful, inspiring evocation of him and of the path of loving kindness." -- Sharon Salzberg

Born in the Indo-Tibetan borderlands at the end of the 19th century, Khunu Rinpoche Tenzin Gyaltsen was revered by Tibetan Buddhists of all spiritual traditions because his life embodied the spiritual practice of compassion. Among his many students was H.H. the Dalai Lama. 

$16.95

Wish-Fulfilling Wheel: The Practice of White Tara (Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche)

Practiced by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, White Tara has been the main deity practice of many well-known Buddhist scholars and siddhas in both India and Tibet, foremost among whom were Nagarjuna and Atisha. White Tara's special function is to promote long life, both for the practitioner and for others. Ultimately, she is the very nature of the dharmakaya, and her practice is a means for attaining realization and accomplishing liberation.

In this book, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche has given a complete and detailed guide to the practice of White Tara based on the commentary of the great 19th-century master, Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. Presenting the various stages of the practice in a warm and straightforward style, he makes this profound practice accessible through a wealth of detailed explanations, poignant anecdotes, and down-to-earth examples. Rinpoche makes it very clear that, if done with sincerity and devotion, this practice "...can lead to the experience of perfect awakening."

Includes many line drawings, photos (of mudras), and an appendix with the Daily Practice of White Tara in English translation, phonetics, and the original text in Tibetan. 

$18.95

 Great Glossaries in English and Tibetan
Many books offer glossaries. These are a few that you might find particularly helpful.

Dharma that Illuminates All Beings Impartially Like the Light of the Sun and the Moon (Kalu Rinpoche)

The Dharma is the first major collection of teachings by Kalu Rinpoche, a great meditation master in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. These discourses were presented in America with a Western audience in mind, and have been specially edited for this volume. The openness, simplicity, and depth of realization in his teachings have brought inspiration to many, and greater understanding of the wisdom Buddhism has to offer. The topics covered range from the most subtle psychology and metaphysics to everyday life and practice. Readers new to Buddhism will find lucid and profound explanations of the fundamental teachings; those already familiar with Buddhism will discover unexpected insights into the heart of the tradition.

Includes detailed glossary and index.

$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 transliteration) glossary of terms and bibliography.

$24.95

Gently Whispered: Oral Teachings (Kalu Rinpoche; compiled, edited and annotated by Elizabeth Selandia)

In their directness, depth, and humor, this collection of oral teachings is accessible to all interested in the path to liberation. As the teachings are imbued with the spiritual qualities of a great meditation master, this volume will be of inestimable value to advanced practitioners of all traditions as well.

Includes black and white photos, a few line drawings, the open letter from Rinpoche's heart sons to all his disciples upon his passing in 1989, the Chenrezig sadhana/practice with commentary adapted from Rinpoche's teachings, a very useful glossary of vajrayana terminology, and a multi-page bibliography and detailed index.

"It is therefore possible that you can bring great benefit to all sentient beings through your prayers and good actions. You can be of direct benefit by having contact with beings in the animal realms, especially those that have close contact with the human realms, and you can help these beings progress to a higher rebirth.... And of course, by doing... virtuous actions you increase your own positive karmic accumulation which helps assure you of future precious human existences." --Kalu Rinpoche

$16.95

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

Luminous Mind: The Way of the Buddha (Kalu Rinpoche)

Comparing Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche with Milarepa, the greatest meditation master Tibet has ever known, His Holiness the Dalai Lama extols the author of Luminous Mind as a "beacon of inspiration" for spiritual practitioners of all traditions. Noting that "there have been few like him before or since," His Holiness urges us to delve into this remarkable anthology of the late Kalu Rinpoche's essential instructions so that we may encounter "the full range of Buddhist practice from the basic analysis of the nature of the mind up to its ultimate refinement in the teachings of Mahamudra."

Drawn from both his lucid writings and his eloquent oral presentations, this unprecedented book lays bare the full grandeur of Kalu Rinpoche's legacy. At the same time, the gentle words and playful stories of this master of meditation are filled with a depth of clarity and warmth that could only arise from a profound realization of both wisdom and compassion.

Includes a very useful glossary of terms in English, Tibetan (Wylie transliteration), and Sanskrit; a glossary of proper names; detailed index.

$19.95

Maitreya's Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata (Thrangu Rinpoche)

This text is very brief and direct in its presentation and is included within the class of oral instructions. It is a work which clearly portrays the character of nothing less than non-conceptual original wisdom, the point of utmost profundity within the Mahayana. With regard to meditation, there are the particular traditions, views and practices of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, the basis of which are the teachings of the Buddha and the commentaries or shastras on those by the great masters. In order to achieve the high view of Mahmudra or Dzogchen, we need to cut our doubts, hinderances and aberrations, which is accomplished by listening to and contemplating the Mahayana dharma.

Realizing dharmata or the nature of mind is what is to be known, and this we understand through hearing and thinking about it. Nevertheless, due to the obstruction of conventional appearances we are not able to realize this. If we can realize this profound nature, then we will naturally separate from confusion and conventional appearances. Thus, this text -- Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata -- is devoted to identifying exactly what is conventionally true and what is ultimately true. So this text is extremely important for all those who wish to practice the meditations of Mahamudra and Dzogchen.

Includes an outline of the root text (in English), the root text by Maitreya in Tibetan with translation on facing pages. Also, an introduction entitled "Mipham Rinpoche's General Introduction to Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata"; appendices that include charts of the six realms of samsara, the Five Paths, the Bodhisattva levels, and transformation of consciousness into wisdom; glossary of terms; an index; and a bibliography of the five works of Maitreya.

"The clarity, simplicity, and profoundness of Rinpoche's teaching will bring benefit to many people who are learning and practicing the sacred teachings of Lord Buddha." --H.E. The 12th Tai Situpa

$18.95

Rain of Wisdom: Vajra Songs of the Great Kagyu Masters (Chogyam Trungpa, trans. Nalanda Translation Committee)

The tradition of composing spontaneous songs that express spiritual understanding has existed in Tibet for centuries. Over one hundred of these profound and inspiring songs are found in this collection of the work of some of the greatest teachers of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. With their vivid imagery and deep insight, the songs in this book communicate in a very direct way profound and timeless insight. The Rain of Wisdom is read aloud in its entirety by Tibetan Buddhists every year on the New Year.  Listed here because it contains a 35-page glossary of Buddhist terminology which includes the Tibetan for many of the most important terms encountered in reading Vajrayana texts.

$39.95

Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary Entitled A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro's Six Dharmas Commonly Referred to as The Three Inspirations (by Tsongkapa, trans., ed. and introduced by Glenn H. Mullen)

Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered reference to the six yogas of Naropa, a preeminent yogic system. The six practices -- inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga -- gradually came to pervade thousands of monasteries, nunneries, and hermitages throughout Central Asia over the past five and a half centuries.

Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a prolific writer and one of Tibet's great yogis and philosophers. His discussion of the six yogas is regarded as one of the finest on the subject to come out of Tibet. Mullen's study of the history, substance, and philosophical legacy of the yogas, together with his translation of Tsongkhapa's treatise, provides an invaluable guide to this tradition.

Includes a glossary of Sanskrit and Tibetan names and terms, as well as bibliography with the subdivisions of "Tibetan Texts Cited in the Introduction" and "Texts Quoted by Lama Tsongkhapa."

$18.95

Sky Dancer: The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal (Keith Dowman)

Yeshe Tsogyal, consort of Guru Padmasambhava, is one of the most famous of the enlightened women of Tibet. Few works deal with the spiritual practices and evolution of female aspirants, and for this reason, Sky Dancer is virtually unique in the biographical literature of Tibet. Women are shown in an eminent position, and a path of practice is presented for initiates to emulate. Tsogyal's experiences and her detailed instructions to her disciples are inspirational for today's practitioners.

Includes two main sections: "The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyal" and "Commentary." In the later one finds chapters on the path of the inner tantra, women and the dakini, the Nyingma lineages, and useful historical background. Also included are an index of Tibetan words (Wylie transliteration), an index of texts, an index to place names, and an index to men, buddhas, gods, and demons.

$18.95

Tibetan Sadhana Vocabulary: Translated Words of Seven Buddhist Sadhanas (by Dr. Cathy Kielsmeier)

Would you like to understand the Tibetan words in your Buddhist Sadhana?

This book is a guide for beginning to develop a sadhana vocabulary, an easier task than you might think. Based on a count of all the words in seven well known peaceful sadhanas, you will find that only 150 words are found in many of them - that's a manageable number to learn! If you want to learn the words in all seven sadhanas, there are only about 600 more. Or, you can quickly select out words from your favorite sadhana, even just the words in its visualization section. Remembering these words will be easy, as you will use them every time you practice. To facilitate efficient learning, words from the Chenrezik, Medicine Buddha, Green Tara, and Ngondro's Refuge, Vajrasattva, Mandala, or Guru Yoga sadhanas were counted as either frequently used, less used, or rarely used. Also included is a very useful Tibetan-English index, English-Tibetan index, and appendices (the Tibetan alphabet, finding the root letter, prefixes etc, organization of the Tibetan dictionary, and a list of verbs and tenses from the sadhanas).

Using this book you can quickly and easily:
- Improve your sadhana visualizations by learning the descriptive words recited;
- Have full control over designing a basic vocabulary list to meet your own individual goals;
- Focus on learning words from any of the seven sadhanas that you select;
- Develop a basic canonical vocabulary efficiently prior to, or during, a long retreat;
- Select out those words most frequently used, less used, or rarely used in these sadhanas;
- Look forward to an improved practice due to better comprehension of the vocabulary used.

$24.00

Two Truths in the Madhyamika Philosophy of the Gelukpa Order of Tibetan Buddhism (Guy Newland) Hardback.

If Bodhisattvas see no real sentient beings, no real suffering, how is it they are moved by great compassion?

Much of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy is a quest to answer this question by articulating a middle way: a view of existence sturdy enough to sustain a coherent ethical system without betraying Buddha's vision of emptiness (sunyata). Buddhist perspectives on ethics and emptiness center on the distinction between two truths--the conventional and the ultimate. Newland's work lays out the Madhyamika philosophy of two truths as seen through the eyes of Tibetan scholar-yogis of the Gelukpa order. Linking the classical Buddhist philosophy of Nagarjuna with the living tradition of monastic courtyard debate, Gelukpa authors explain the two truths without resorting to mysterious trans-rational paradoxes. Newland exposes their extraordinary efforts to explain emptiness and conventional reality, and thus to build a Madhyamika system that is both ethically salutary and rationally coherent.

Includes an extensive glossary (English-Tibetan (Wylie)-Sanskrit) and bibliography (thorough "Other Works" section).

"An exceptional job...the book is remarkable for the clarity and skill that Newland shows in analyzing the complex relationship between the two truths." --Karen Lang

$29.95

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

Uttaratantra: A Treatise on Buddha-Essence (Maitreya, Thrangu Rinpoche)

The Uttaratantra elucidates the Third Turning of the Buddha's Teachings on Buddha essence--the inherent qualities and potential for Buddhahood present in all beings.The elucidation of this potential--emptiness and luminosity inseparable--is the bridge between the sutra and tantric paths, the view of Vajrayana and the ground of Mahamudra. Thus it is an essential text for all practitioners of the Buddhadharma.

In addition to the theoretical transmission is the meditative approach to this text, the lineage of which has continued through the Kagyu tradition, received first by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, and continuing unbroken to the present day. That is what is transmitted here through the great wisdom and compassion of Khabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, the supreme abbot, scholar and highly realized master of the Kagyu lineage." --Venerable Lama Karma Shedrup

Includes the Uttaratantra root text in Tibetan with English translation on facing pages, glossary of terms; an index; and a bibliography of the five works of Maitreya.

$28.00

Words of My Perfect Teacher (Patrul Rinpoche, trans. Padmakara Translation Group; forewords by the Dalai Lama and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche)

For more than a century, The Words of My Perfect Teacher has served as a guide to the spiritual practices common to all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the classic commentary on the preliminary practices of the Longchen Nyingthig cycle of teachings -- the great spiritual treasure of the Nyingmapa school, the oldest of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. The author, Patrul Rinpoche, makes his subject accessible through a wealth of stories, quotations, and references to everyday life. His sense of poetry and irony, and his warm, colloquial style infuse the texts with the atmosphere and vitality of an oral teaching.

This second, revised edition is the result of a detailed and painstaking comparison of the original Tibetan text with the English translation by the Padmakara Translation group. The new edition also includes translations of a postface written a century ago by the first Jamgon Kontrul Rinpoche, and a new preface by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Extensive notes, glossary of English and Tibetan (Wylie transliteration) terms with definitions, short bibliography, index, and many beautiful line drawings.

See also Guide to The Words of My Perfect Teacher (Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang)

$25.00

Tibetan Language Institute Translation Workbooks and Flashcards
These workbooks and flashcards have both the Tibetan texts with an English translation. Very helpful for learning to translate.

Dharma Vocabulary Flashcards

These flashcards contain the essential vocabulary for studying the Dharma in Tibetan, as well as the vocabulary used in all the teachings, practice texts, and philosophical works. Contains 371 words, beautifully and legibly printed. Each card has a word in Tibetan on one side, with its spelling, pronunciation and English equivalent on the reverse.

Share these cards with your Tibetan friends who are learning English... fun for you and for them as you both acquire important and meaningful vocabulary. These are the companion flashcards to the 37 Practices Workbook and Glossary. See also the 37 Practices Package. A TLI publication.

$40.00

Jewel Ornament of Liberation Chapter 1, "The Cause" Workbook

The entire Tibetan text from the chapter explaining Buddha Nature, laid out for ease of translation and note taking, with just four lines of Tibetan per page. An excellent companion to the JOL Intro Workbook. See also the JOL Package. A TLI publication.  

 $15.00

Summary of the Jewel Ornament of Liberation Workbook

A brief summary of the JOL as taught by the great scholar and yogi Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Often referred to as “the lama manual.” English facing Tibetan. An excellent companion to the JOL Intro Workbook. See also the JOL Package. A TLI publication.

 $10.00

37 Practices Translation Workbook

Contains the entire Tibetan text, with English translation on facing pages. Formatted for ease of translation and note taking, with only four lines of Tibetan per page. An excellent resource for developing translation skills. Two excellent aids to reading this text in Tibetan: 37 Practices Glossary and Dharma Flashcards.  See also the Reader Translator Package I: The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva.

$15.00

Tibetan Flash Cards - Level I and II

These Flash Cards are being used by students all over the world to learn basic Tibetan vocabulary. They contain all of the carefully chosen vocabulary words from both the Level I and II manuals (over 250 words). Featuring the Tibetan word on one side of the card with its spelling, pronunciation, and English equivalent on the other side, they are a highly effective way to learn vocabulary. Fun and easy to use! See also Level I Beginners' Package.

 $40.00

Coming soon: Sadhana Flashcards: Companion flashcards to the Tibetan Sadhana Vocabulary    

Coming soon: Heart Sutra Glossary and Heart Sutra Package.  Companions to the Heart Sutra Translation Workbook.

   

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