Mahamudra; The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation|
by Takpo Tashi Namgyal, Chogyam Trungpa, Lobsand P. Lhalungpa
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email@example.com from USA , 01/19/98, rating=10:
Mahamudra: The Quintessence Of Mind and Meditation, translated by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa, is an essential study for students of the mastery of awareness. Written by one of the greatest of Tibetan sages and teachers, this is the book that first opened my eyes to the depth and profundity of Tibetan Buddhist seeing into the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment. After soaring with don Juan's nagualist teachings for half a dozen years and believing my meditative awareness had gone as far as it could, meditating on the four yogas of the Mahamudra provided the next vehicle for transcendental journeys beyond the realms of conventional awareness. The exploration of consciousness through the four yogas of the mahamudra is without parallel and sublimely transcendental.
firstname.lastname@example.org from Palatine, IL , 01/14/98, rating=10:
The classic text on Mahamudra
This 16th century work by Tagpo Tashi Namgyal is the classic text on Mahamudra. It is divided into two major sections. The first section describes the common methods of meditating on tranquility and insight, and the second explains in great detail the special methods of Mahamudra. This text is not only useful as a practical handbook of meditation but also as a reference for understanding the various views on Mahamudra taught by generations of masters in India and Tibet. The translation by Lobsang Lhalungpa is clear and very readable, but the encylopaedic nature of the book makes it easy to get lost in the details. Someone with no background in Mahamudra would be better off starting with a more basic introduction such as "The Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance" by the Ninth Karmapa Wang-ch'ug Dorge (translated by Alex Berzin). But anyone interested in studying or practicing Mahamudra in more depth would find this masterful work by Tagpo Tashi Namgyal to be a great treasure.
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