Ngondro for Our Current Day

Ngondro for Our Current Day

The 17th Gyalwang Karmapa compiled a condensed ngondro text especially for those who wish to complete their preliminary practices in the context of busy work lives. It was published earlier as a seperate ebook: Brief Recitations for the Four Preliminary Practices.

In this succinct teaching presented in 2006 by the Gyalwang Karmapa in Bodhgaya, India, he guides students through the details of the visualizations of Refuge, Vajrasattva purification, and Mandala offerings — often punctuated with his good humor. The commentary does not include the practice of Guru Yoga, which according to the Gyalwang Karmapa’s advice should be done only with blessing and instructions of one’s own guru.

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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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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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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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