THE TIBETAN TREASURE LITERATURE: Revelation, Tradition, and Accomplishment in Visionary Buddhism by Andreas Doctor
The Treasure tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism is richly permeated with wonder and controversy. This unique, mysterious tradition embraces revelation as the primary path to spiritual awakening. Over the course of Tibetan history, revelations-known as Treasures-have been discovered hidden in nature or have emerged directly from the great minds of the Nyingma School, creating a profound and lasting effect on Tibetan religious society and culture.
THE NYINGMA SCHOOL OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM: Its Fundamentals and History by Dudjom Rinpoche (Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje), translated, edited, and annotated by Matthew Kapstein and Gyurme Dorje
Written by a great modern Nyingma master, Dudjom Rinpoche's The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism covers in detail and depth both the fundamental teachings and the history of Tibetan Buddhism's oldest school. This, the first English translation of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's masterwork, constitutes the most complete work of its type in the West. It is an absolute treasure for students of the tradition, it is also an indispensable reference for anyone with an interest in Buddhism. The book includes chronologies and glossaries that elucidate Buddhist doctrine, and it provides fascinating insights into the Buddhist history of Tibet.
Two treatises form the present volume, namely the Fundamentals of the Nyingma School and the History of the Nyingma School. Among the most widely read of all His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's works, these treatises were composed during the years immediately following his arrival in India as a refugee. His intention in writing them was to preserve the precise structure of the Nyingma philosophical view within its own historical and cultural context.
This is the first time this text has been available in a trade edition. Beautifully presented, this single-volume edition represents a truly wonderful gift, and features illustrations in black and white and in color, plus maps, bibliographic information, and useful annotations.
"H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987), the supreme head of the Nyingma Order, was unquestionably one of the most extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. He also was a greatly accomplished scholar, whose numerous writings contributed substantially to the preservation of the Nyingma heritage. This foundational work comprises two "volumes"--texts and the reference materials. Volume One includes two treatises, the first covering the fundamental teachings of the Nyingma Order and the representing the most comprehensive history available for this oldest branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Volume Two, consisting of the reference materials, makes up the rest of this enormous compilation, which includes numerous photographs, line drawings, and maps--an outstanding achievement."--Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies Interactive
TREASURY OF PRECIOUS QUALITIES: A Commentary on the Root Text of Jigme Lingpa by Longchen Yeshe Dorje, Kangyur Rinpoche, translated by The Padmakara Translation Group, forewords by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche
This well known original text presents in elegant verse the entire Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school. Despite the separation in time between the lives of the author Jimge Lingpa (1730-1798), and the great Longchenpa (14th century), who is considered to be the brightest luminary of the Nyingma school, the two are closely linked. Jigme Lingpa was a terton (discoverer of treasure teachings) who encountered Longchenpa in a series of visions.
THE RISE OF ESOTERIC BUDDHISM IN TIBET by Eva M. Dargyay
This study is based on several Tibetan sources never presented in any modern language. The main concern of this study is to exhibit and analyze the traditions of the Old School of Tibetan Buddhism, i.e. the rnyig-ma-pa. For the first time there is shown that the history of the Old School goes far beyond the eminent tantric master Padmasambhava; some sources hint at a non-Indian origin of some tantric cycles. The whole tradition of the Old School is divided into two lineages; one of the Pronouncements and the other of the Concealed Treasures. Each lineage is discussed in detail- more than twenty biographies of the famous masters of the Old School are rendered. The author's commentary on these facts and events aims at giving an impression of the spiritual life within the Old School and links the result of this study with the hitherto existing knowledge of esoteric Buddhism. This study exhibits a great deal of so far unknown facts and events that are indispensable for understanding thought and history of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet.
NOW THAT I COME TO DIE: Developing Equanimity, Love, Compassion and Joy by Longchenpa, introduction by Tarthang Tulku
Longchenpa (1308-1364), one of the most renowned Nyingma masters, here gives his parting injunctions and presents the essentials of Buddhism in a poetic teaching. The first work in this collection, "Now that I Come to Die," contains Longchenpa's heartfelt advice to his closest disciples on how to make the teachings a path of transformation. The two other works focus on the powerful practices of the Four Immeasurables: Love, Joy, Compassion, and Equanimity. The commentary, never before published in book form, shows how systematic practice of these "catalysts of being" can upend the usual routines of our daily existence and lead us beyond the limits we have learned to take for granted. Worldliness is done with; this life's show is over!
This new volume also includes the master's own commentary on chapter 7 of Kindly Bent to Ease Us Volume 1, which presents The Four Immeasurable Qualities of Equanimity, Love, Compassion, and Joy, the inner resources for strength, serenity, and well-being.
GEMS OF WISDOM FROM THE SEVENTH DALAI LAMA by Glenn Mullin
This book presents a translation of this important text and also provides a brief commentary, which elucidates the quintessential meanings embedded in the 7th Dalai Lama's verses.
A collection of spontaneous short verses that employ earthy metaphors to illustrate key points in the enlightenment tradition. His language is simple and direct, capturing the profound spirituality of his vision while avoiding any form of religiousity. Here we find all the teachings of the Buddha brought into the context of their implications for individual transformation or "training of the mind."
THE DOOR OF LIBERATION: Essential Teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition by Geshe Wangyal
The Door of Liberation contains seven fundamental Buddhist texts that the great teacher Geshe Wangval considered essential to his Western students. These range from early scriptural sources of the Buddha to an explicit guide to meditations and visualizations of Tibetan Buddhist practice. Rich in source material, this book is indispensable to anyone interested in opening the door to the highest realms of freedom, wisdom, and compassion.
BUDDHIST INSIGHT, Essays by Alex Wayman by Alex Wayman
The present volume selects twenty-four of Prof. Wayman's published research papers around the topic of Buddhist Insight, and includes only strong, well developed papers consistent with the topic. Students of Buddhism and general Indian religion will find here a rich offering of genuine research with the best of sources and Wayman's own thoughtful presentations and original organizations of the information. The essays have been edited by a former student of Wayman's, Prof. George R. Elder of Hunter College, New York.
The papers are ranged under the headings, I. Buddhist Practice, II. Buddhist Doctrine, III. Interpretative Studies of Buddhism, IV. Texts of the Asanga School, V. Hindu and Buddhist Studies.
CONCEPT OF THE BUDDHA, Its evolution from early Buddhism to the trikaya theory by Guang Xing
This book presents an analysis of one of the fundamental Mahayana Buddhist teachings, namely the three bodies of the Buddha (the Trikaya Theory), which is considered the foundation of Mahayana philosophy. Uthor examines how and why from the historical human buddha the philosophical concept of three bodies was formed, particularly the Sambhogakaya, which is the Buddha to be worshipped by all Mayahanists. This work is an outstanding research text for students and scholars of Mayahana Buddhism and anyone interested in Buddhist philosophy.
MATERIALS FOR THE STUDY OF ARYADEVA, DHARMAPALA AND CHANDRAKIRTI by Tom J.F. Tillemans
This scholarly study and translation of two pivotal chapters from Aryadeva's Chatuhshatka includes commentaries from Chandrakirti and Dharmapala along with introduction, translation, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese texts and notes. Has an exhaustive critique of heretical views of opponents to early Madhyamika through commentaries from the Prasangika-Madhyamika perspective of Chandrakirti, and by Dharmapala, an Idealist. Includes primary text material and an impressive bibliography.