THE FIRST EXTENSIVE COMMENTARY TO BE GENERATED IN
ENGLISH ON A TEACHING DELIVERED BY MANJUSHRI TO
For generations, The Four Mindfulnesses—of guru, bodhimind, divine body
and emptiness—were taught only orally. The First Panchen Lama and Seventh
Dalai Lama provided written texts, on which both of them Gelek Rimpoche has
taught. The result is a rare combination that illuminates topics so central to
Born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1939, bestselling author and internationally
renowned Tibetan Lama Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche brings his traditional Buddhist
training into strong dialogue with science, psychology, medicine, metaphysics,
politics and the arts; he skillfully addresses the dilemma of living a spiritual
life in a material world. His collected works now include over 30 transcripts of
his teachings, numerous articles as well as the national bestseller Good Life,
Good Death (Riverhead Books, 2001) and The Tara Box: Rituals for Protection
and Healing from the Female Buddha (New World Library, 2004). Rimpoche is a
U.S. citizen and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1988, Rimpoche founded Jewel Heart, a Tibetan Buddhist Center with
chapters in the US, Europe and Asia. Jewel Heart offers a multi-layered program
for spiritual development, including weekly webcasts, annual retreats and
special events. The organization also supports senior lamas and the training
of young monks, a children’s school and orphanage, and Buddhist performing
arts tours. Sales from the Jewel Heart Store support Tibetan refugees and
monasteries in India and Nepal.
Gelek Rimpoche has consistently shown resiliency and flexibility of character
and sound understanding of selflessness. He can be an elegant lama in a
formal setting . . . a wise advisor in another setting . . . a loyal and creative
colleague in the endless work of seeing to the continuing usefulness of the
—Robert A.F. Thurman
Gelek Rimpoche’s mix of astute psychological insight, extraordinary intellect,
and great compassion—plus delightful wit—makes him a wonderful, wise
spiritual friend and guide.
Gelek Rimpoche constantly shows wisdom, gentleness, depth, rascality,
humor, spaciousness, and the spiritual side to everyday life.
In this new book, Khenchen Thrangu provides an exhaustive commentary on the longest and most comprehensive of the three classic treatises on Mahamudra composed by the sixteenth-century scholar Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa. Khenchen Thrangu's teachings encompass the entire path of Mahamudra, including the preliminaries, the main practice, removing obstacles, and attaining the result of buddhahood—with detailed instruction in tranquility and insight meditation. This is the only available volume that presents Khenchen Thrangu's detailed commentary on this entire text.
Delve into Tibet’s rich religious heritage with this compilation of Buddhist prayers, poems, and teachings from all the various schools. A perfect companion for meditation and contemplation, Jewels of Enlightenment represents over a millennium of wisdom from masters such as Milarepa, Gampopa, Machig Labdr�Jigmey Lingpa, Shabkar, Jamg�ongtrül, and more on how to live a meaningful life.
The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on mahamudra are known for their ability to lead to profound realization. Peaceful and infinitely adaptable, these teachings are as useful for today's busy world as they have been for centuries.
Written by the tutor to the seventeenth Karmapa, Essentials of Mahamudra is a commentary on Tashi Namgyal's famous Moonlight of Mahamudra - a text that the sixteenth Karmapa had identified as the most valuable for Westerners. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche recognized that Western meditators don't just need to know how to maintain our meditation practice - we need to know why we should do it. Unmatched in its directness, Essentials of Mahamudra addresses both these needs, rendering one of the most advanced forms of meditation more easily adaptable to our everyday lives.
From the Trade Paperback edition.