Commentaries on the Four-Session Guru Yoga

A Collection of Commentaries on the Four-Session Guru Yoga

Guru yoga is essential for the realization of mahamudra, and in the Karma Kagyu lineage, the primary guru yoga practiced is the Four-Session Guru Yoga by the Eighth Karmapa Mikyö Dorje. This volume presents newly rediscovered instructions for this practice by the Fifth Shamar Könchok Yenlak and the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje along with the more well-known commentaries by Karma Chakme, Karmay Khenchen Rinchen Dargye, and the Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyap Dorje. These texts give clear guidance that, when accompanied by instruction from a qualified master, will help practitioners develop the profound realization of devotion mahamudra.

Commentaries by the Fifth Shamar Könchok Yenlak, the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje, Karma Chakme, Karmay Khenchen Rinchen Dargye, and the Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyap Dorje.

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The Seven Points of Mind Training

The Seven Points of Mind Training

Though from beginningless samsara, all beings have assiduously chased after outer objects to procure happiness and remove suffering, these hopes remain unfulfilled. Knowing that one’s mind is the real source of all happiness and suffering, the Buddha taught countless means to tame one’s mind. With the Mind Training instructions, one uses any and all tribulations as means to gather the accumulations and remove obscurations. Merely adopting these mental attitudes allows one to use negativities for enrichment. They are pith instructions of the Mahayana.

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The Ganges Mahamudra

The Ganges Mahamudra

The glorious Naropa was an eminent scholar who had consummated his understanding of the oceans of inner and outer philosophical tenets. Still, with no concern for his body or life, he endured intense hardships in order to receive introduction to the naked nature of mind, free of obscurations, which is the basis for all of samsara and nirvana. This pleased his master, Jetsun Tilopa, who sang him a song of mahamudra, an introduction to the essence of mind itself. This song became known as The Ganges Mahamudra and should be cherished by all beings who wish to avoid suffering and obtain happiness.

This is the version of the root text referenced by Shamar Konchok Yenlak in his commentary on the text.

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The Practice of Chöd

The Practice of Chöd

The Practice of Chöd — Simple Veces from a Prophecy in a Dream features the most concise and, at the same time, the most popular sadhana of Chöd used for daily recitation in the Karma Kamtsang tradition. It was composed by Karma Chakme (who called himself Raga Asya) – a famous, prolific student of the 6th Shamarpa Chökyi Wangchuk – and, as the title suggests, it first appeared to him as a prophecy in a dream.

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Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art

Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art

Embodying Compassion in Buddhist Art: Image, Pilgrimage, Practice, organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center of Vassar College in 2015, was the first transcultural exhibition in America solely devoted to the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. The accompanying catalogue, written by Karen Lucic, traces the story of this important figure, who emerged from ancient India to become a venerated deity throughout Asia. As one who leads others to enlightenment, this bodhisattva exemplifies limitless compassion, a fundamental ideal in Mahayana Buddhism. The beautifully illustrated catalogue features over sixty Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese representations of Avalokiteshvara.

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On the Four Noble Truths

On the Four Noble Truths

Lama Yeshe Gyamtso gives an elegant presentation of the four noble truths, introducing several aspects of the Buddhist outlook, including the four seals, which are connected to the truth of suffering; the four mindfulnesses, which are the means through which you begin to abandon the cause of suffering; the four views, which are primarily views of cessation; and the four reliances, which are how to find a practical path. The teaching is both accessible to beginners and informative to long-standing practitioners.

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Taking Refuge

Taking Refuge

Taking Refuge is based on two teachings by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: “The Meaning of Refuge” given at Chicago Karma Thegsum Choling (KTC) in January 1981, translated by Ngödup Tsering Burkhar, and “A Teaching on Refuge” given at KTD Monastery in April 1990, translated by Chöjor Radha.

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The Very Secret and Swift Path

The Very Secret and Swift Path

མར་མི་དྭགས་གསུམ་བླ་སྒྲུབ་ཚོགས་མཆོད་བཅས་ཤིན་ཏུ་བསྡུས་པ་གསང་ཆེན་མྱུར་ལམ་ཞེས་བྱ་བ་བཞུགས་སོ། །
མར་མི་དྭགས་གསུམ་གྱི་བླ་སྒྲུབ་བྱང་ཆོག་བཞུགས་སོ། །
A Concise Guru Yoga and Ganachakra of Marpa, Milarepa, and Gampopa composed by Lama Tashi Norbu. Together with Inscription Ritual for the Guru Yoga of Marpa, Milarepa, and Gampopa composed by Kyodrak Khenpo Ghawang. With an appendix of additional prayers.

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Calling the Lama from Afar

Calling the Lama from Afar

Calling the Lama from Afar: A Supplication That Pierces the Heart with Devotion was composed by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye (1813-1899) as a supplication to the lamas of the non-sectarian (rimé) tradition of Dharma that arose in Tibet. The long poem speaks of seeing the positive qualities of those superior to us and of looking into our own faults. Since the text can evoke a special, deep feeling, it is recited by many faithful disciples living in the East and West.

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Freedom through Meditation

Freedom through Meditation

Uniquely attuned to our present world, the Karmapa gives clear and wise teachings on key issues of our times—the environment, social responsibility, and working with our emotional afflictions. He brings a fresh perspective on how to meditate and encourages us to take the path of compassion, engaging in actions that benefit others.

The Karmapa has brought forth a profound message in simple and accessible language with an authenticity that connects him to everyone he meets as he opens out the treasures of Buddhism for modern times.

The book is based on teachings His Holiness gave during his first historic visit to Canada in May and June 2017.

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