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Stallion on a Frozen Lake: Love Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama

Stallion on a Frozen Lake: Love Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama
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About the Book:The Sixth Dalai Lama, Rigdzin Tsangyang Gyatso, born in 1683, was a rebel in his own times. His death has remained a mystery and we are unsure of whether it took place in 1706 or 1746. A much loved poet and tantric master he lived beyond his contemporaries' concept of identity. Shrouded in legend, he turned out to be a unique sort of holy man. He seems to have officially given back the ascetic pledge he took and lived in the Potala dressed as a layman. He wore rings and blue silk,...
About the Book:

The Sixth Dalai Lama, Rigdzin Tsangyang Gyatso, born in 1683, was a rebel in his own times. His death has remained a mystery and we are unsure of whether it took place in 1706 or 1746. A much loved poet and tantric master he lived beyond his contemporaries' concept of identity. Shrouded in legend, he turned out to be a unique sort of holy man. He seems to have officially given back the ascetic pledge he took and lived in the Potala dressed as a layman. He wore rings and blue silk, instead of the red and yellow attire of the monks. Whatever the truth may be, the diverse powers that make up the Sixth Dalai Lama are intensely indefinable. They confuse normal concepts of identity, and they make his poetry very alive to the touch.

His poems reflect not only his meditative lineage but the mystery and mercurial passion of sexual love as well. The songs are modeled on anonymous folk songs, sung in a lilting manner. They treat love problems in uncomplicated images and natural, passionate language. They are creations, which remind the reader of some of the greatest romantic poets. These songs were sung in the streets of Tibet until banned by the occupying Chinese authorities.

About the Author:

Coleman Barks has also translated and published other esoteric poets like Lalla and Rumi, whose works are to be found included in this present series.

CONTENTS

The Sixth Dalai Lama1
Stallion on a Frozen Lake9
"This young man Slyly manages"11
"Even the stars can be measured,"12
"Lassoes can catch the wild horses"13
"The carved horse on the ferryboat"14
"I have planted prayerflags"15
"The ink of lovesongs"16
"The pressed was that legalizes documents"17
"The branch of blossoming hollyhocks"18
"If the one I love gives up everything"19
"I listen intently"20
"In meditation, the face of my teacher"21
"If I could meditate as deeply"22
"Your stallion trots on the slippery ice,"23
"In Lhasa, the crowds thicken,"24
"The old dog at the gate"25
"It was snowing at nightfall"26
"Lover waiting in my bed"27
"White crane!"28
"A peacock from Bengal,"29
"The willow loves the sparrow,"30
"Devil thorns at my back,"31
"The swan wants to stay longer,"32
"Late frost on the blossoms,"33
"What appears in Spring"34
"The moon tonight is full,"35
"The batterning wings of this eagle!"36
"My childhood fried,"37
"At night, I'm so in love"38
"Wanting this landlord's daughter"39
"Your body smells so sweet,"40
"If I could live with the one"41
"Yesterday's new-green shoots"42
"The full moon lifts"43
"Back when I was lucky,"44
"She shone her whole smiling face"45
"Intrigued, and wanting her,"46
"Doing what my darling wants"47
"I'm young, so"48
"I was a solitary hunter,"49
"When I had the priceless jewel,"50
"One who loved me"51
"I often see my lover in dreams,"52
"If my lover lives forever,"53
"Is this girl human,"54
"The moon goes away, marking"55
"Rirab Lhunpo, golden Sumeru, mountain"56
"On the third day, the moon appears"57
"Oracle of the Tenth Stage,"58
"The bird has come that brings wentness"59
"Animals of all kinds can be tamed"60
"My lover and I, we meet in complete"61
"We've had our short walk together,"62
"The glowing pink clouds"63
"While I live in the monastery palace,"64
"The fierce Lord of Death, Yama,"65
"She puts on her hat and leaves,"66
"The arrow hit the target, cut through,"67
"People are talking about me,"68
"Parrot, would you quit talking,"69
"Pure snow-water from the holy mountain,"70
"I have never slept"71
" I know her body's softness,"72
Item Code: IDG299 Author: Translated by Coleman Barks Cover: Paperback Edition: 2004 Publisher: Pilgrims Publishing ISBN: 8177691465 Language: English Size: 6"X4" Pages: 75
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