Mahamudra is the first English translation of a major Tibetan Buddhist presentation of the theory and practice of meditation - a manual detailing the various stages and practices for training the advanced student. The original Tibetan text of nearly 800 pages was composed by Takpo Tashi Namgyal (1512-1587), a great lama and a scholar of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
His text is so vast and thorough in scope that it is still the primary source used by living Tibetan meditation masters in instructing their disciples. The many levels of meditation covered include the following: the differentiation insight the meditation; meditation on the two kinds of selflessness; preparation for mahamudra meditation; the various methods of mahamudra practice; methods for removing obstacles to meditation; how one achieves realization; and the four yogas of mahamudra.
The first major text representing the meditational methods of both mahayana and vajrayana Buddhism to appear in English, Mahamudra is an invaluable guide for advanced students, scholars, and Buddhist practitioners.
About the Author:
Lobsang P. Lhalungpa was born in Lhasa, Tibet, and has passed through the disciplines of the major branches of Tibetan Buddhism under many of its greatest living masters. His life has drawn him into all aspects of the effort to maintain and communicate the Tibetan tradition. He is also the translator of The Life of Milarepa (E.P. Dutton, 1977) and author of Tibet - The Sacred Realm (Aperture, Inc., 1983).
Excerpts from reviews:
"Now, from the hands of one of Tibet's most gifted living translators, we have a great treasure, a large and profound work of incalculable value. Readers to whom meditation is not very much more than a pleasant beneficial pastime, might be exposition. Those for whom correct meditation practice is of enormous importance should, at all costs, possess themselves of a copy. To them it will prove a life-long and utterly reliable guide... Just as the Avatamsaka Sutra seems to be the very apex of Buddhist teaching in Sutra form, so may this book be the very apex of books available to us in the form of guides to meditation. I am astounded by the learned translator's skill in putting this book before us in words so clear and easy for Buddhists to comprehend that, as first sight, we may be deluded into supposing the whole great matter to be relatively simple!''
- John Blogeld
- Chogyam Trungpa
Foreword by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche
PART I: PRELIMINARY EXPOSITION
Chapter One: Exposition Engendering Confidence
Index of Quotations
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Complete Collection of Books on Meditation
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