BooksBuddhistTantra i...

Tantra in Tibet – The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra-Volume I

Tantra in Tibet – The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra-Volume I
Description Read Full Description
Back of the Book Tantra in Tibet consists of three parts published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama: Essence of Tantra by H.H. the Dalai Lama reveals the highly practical and compassionate use of this science of spiritual development. Contents include: Tantra for Practice, Refuge, The Three Paths, Greatness of Mantra, Clear Light and Initiation. The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra— part I by Tsong-ka-pa, is one of the principal classic texts on tantra. It presents the main features ...
Back of the Book

Tantra in Tibet consists of three parts published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama: Essence of Tantra by H.H. the Dalai Lama reveals the highly practical and compassionate use of this science of spiritual development. Contents include: Tantra for Practice, Refuge, The Three Paths, Greatness of Mantra, Clear Light and Initiation.

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra— part I by Tsong-ka-pa, is one of the principal classic texts on tantra. It presents the main features common to all the Buddhist tantra systems as well as the differences between sutra and tantra. Contents include: Paths to Buddhahood, Vajra Vehicle, Deity Yoga and Method in the Four Tantras. A Supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins discusses the Meaning of Emptiness, Transformation, and the Purpose of the Four Tantras.

Editor’s Note

Homage to Vajradhara.

The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra by Tsong-ka-pa (1357—1419), founder of the Gelukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism, presents the main features of all the Buddhist tantra systems as well as the difference between sutra and tantra, the two divisions of Buddha’s word. In 1972 when I was in Dharamsala, northern India, on a Fulbright Fellowship, His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked me to translate The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra, the first section of which is the second part of this book. The first part is the Dalai Lama’s own commentary which he graciously consented to give in August 1974, upon my return to Dharamsala. His commentary, which was recorded, translated and edited, provides invaluable insight into tantra in general and Tsong-ka-pa’s work in particular. Presenting the rich Tibetan oral tradition, his words reveal the highly practical and compassionate use of this ancient science of spiritual development.

The third part of the book is a short supplement which I hope will clarify three key points of Tsong-ka-pa’s teaching. The supplement is drawn from the oral teachings of Kensur Lekden (1900—71), abbot of the Tantric College of Lower Lhasa, and Professor Geshe Gedun Lodro of the University of Hamburg as well as from general explanations of tantra found in each of the four orders of Tibetan Buddhism:

Nyingma
Long-chen, rap-jam’s Precious Treasury of the Supreme Vehicle and Treasury of Tenets; Kagyu

Pad-ma-kar-po’s General Presentation of the Tantra Sets, Captivating the Wise;

Sakya
So-nam-tse-mo’s General Presentation of the Tantra Sets;

Bu-tön’s General Presentation of the Tantra Sets— condensed, middling and extensive versions; Geluk

Lo-sang-chö-ki-gye-tsen’s Presentation of the General Teaching and the Four Tantra Sets; Long-dol Ngak-wang-lo-sang’ s Terminology in Secret Mantra, the Scriptural Division Knowledge Bearers; Pa-bong-ka-pa’s Miscellaneous Notes from Jo-nay Pandita’s Explanation of the Great Exposition of Secret Mantra.

The first two parts were orally re-translated into Tibetan for Lati Rinpochay, a philosophy master and tantric lama from the Dalai Lama’s monastery in Dharamsala, for the sake of correction and verification. Geshe Gedun Lodrö, a Tibetan scholar of scholars at present teaching at the University of Hamburg, provided invaluable information and interpretation for the translation of Tsong-ka-pa’s text. Barbara Frye, a student of Tibetan Buddhism for several years, provided crucial help in editing the Dalai Lama’s commentary.

A guide to Tsong-ka-pa’s text, following his own mode of division of the contents, is given in tabular form in an appendix. The eight chapter divisions and their titles in the Dalai Lama’s commentary and in Tsong-ka-pa’s text were added to facilitate understanding. The transliteration scheme for Sanskrit names and titles is aimed at easy pronunciation, using sh, sh, and ch rather than 1, s, and c. With the first occurrence of each Indian title, the Sanskrit Is given, if available. Often Tsong-ka-pa refers only to the title or the author of a work, whereas both are given in translation to obviate the need for checking back and forth.

The full Sanskrit and Tibetan titles are to be found in the bibliography, which is arranged alphabetically according to the English titles of sutras and tantras and according to the authors of other works. The Sanskrit and Tibetan originals of key terms have been given in a glossary at the end.

Contents

1. Essence of Tantra by Tenzin Gyatso 13
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dali Lama
Tantra for Practice 15
Refuge 29
Hinayana and Mahayana 37
Vajrayana 47
Clear Light 54
Greatness of Mantra 60
Clarification 67
Initiation 77
II. The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra by Tsong-ka-pa 81
Reasons for Faith 83
Paths of Buddhahood 91
Vajra Vehicle 105
Deity Yoga 117
Method in the Four Tantras 129
One Goal 139
Identifying the Four Tantras 151
Preparation for Mantra 165
III. Supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins 173
Emptiness 173
Transformation 189
Purpose of the Four Tantras 201
Quintessential Points 210
Appendix 217
Glossary 220
Bibliography 225
Notes 238
Index 244
Item Code: NAC654 Author: Tsong-ka-pa Cover: Paperback Edition: 1987 Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd. ISBN: 8120803760 Size: 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch Pages: 252 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 350 gms
Price: $21.50
Shipping Free
Viewed 8577 times since 26th Apr, 2015
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Items Related to Tantra in Tibet – The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra-Volume I (Buddhist | Books)

Kalacakra Tantra (Kalachakra Tantra)
The Subsequent Tantra (From the Four Tantras of Tibetan Medicine)
Yoga Tantra: Theory and Praxis- In the light of the Hevajra Tantra, A Metaphysical Perspective
Overview of Buddhist Tantra: General Presentation of the Classes of Tantra, Captivating the Minds of the Fortunate Ones
The Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature (A Commentary on The Uttara Tantra Sastra of Asanga)
The Goddess within and Beyond the Three Cities (Sakta Tantra and the Paradox of Power in Nepala Mandala)
Studies In Tara Tantra (An Introduction to the Dasamahavidyas and an Exclusive and Exhaustive work on Tara)
Buddhist Tantra and Buddhist Art
The Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature
श्रीगुहयासमाज तंत्रम (Guhyasamaj Tantra)
हेवज्र तन्त्रम - संस्कृत मूल एवम हिन्दी अनुवाद (The Hevajra Tantra)
Principles of Buddhist Tantra (A Discourse on Cittavisuddhi-prakarana of Aryadeva)
Tibetan Mandalas (Vajravali and Tantra Samuccaya)
Cultural Horizons of India - Studies in Tantra and Buddhism, Art and Archaeology, Language and Literature (Set of 7 Volumes)
The Buddhist Tantras: Light on Indo-Tibetan Esotericism
Testimonials
I am very happy with your service, and have now added a web page recommending you for those interested in Vedic astrology books: https://www.learnastrologyfree.com/vedicbooks.htm Many blessings to you.
Hank, USA
As usual I love your merchandise!!!
Anthea, USA
You have a fine selection of books on Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.
Walter, USA
I am so very grateful for the many outstanding and interesting books you have on offer.
Hans-Krishna, Canada
Appreciate your interest in selling the Vedantic books, including some rare books. Thanks for your service.
Dr. Swaminathan, USA
I received my order today, very happy with the purchase and thank you very much for the lord shiva greetings card.
Rajamani, USA
I have a couple of your statues in your work is really beautiful! Your selection of books and really everything else is just outstanding! Namaste, and many blessings.
Kimberly
Thank you once again for serving life.
Gil, USa
Beautiful work on the Ganesha statue I ordered. Prompt delivery. I would order from them again and recommend them.
Jeff Susman
Awesome books collection. lots of knowledge available on this website
Pankaj, USA