COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Vol. 5 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Volume Five focuses on the lineages of great teachers who have transmitted the Tibetan Buddhist teachings and on the practice of devotion to the spiritual teacher. It includes inspirational commentaries by Chogyam Trungpa on the lives of famous masters such as Padmasambhava, Naropa, Milarepa, Marpa, and Tilopa, as well an excerpt from The Sadhana of Mahamudra, a tantic text that Chogyam Trungpa received as a terma in 1968. Among the selected writings are "Explanation of the Vajra Guru Mantra," an article never before published, which deals with the mantra that invokes Guru Rinpoche; seminar talks available in book form for the first time; and previously unpublished articles on Milarepa. Included: Crazy Wisdom, Illusion's Game, Life of Marpa (Excerpts), Rain of Wisdom, (Excerpts).
COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Vol. 6 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Volume Six contains advanced teachings on the nature of mind and tanric experiences. Chogyam Trungpa's commentary on the Tibetan Book of the Dead explains what this classic text teaches about human psychology. Transcending Madness presents a unique view of the Tibetan concept of bardo. Orderly Chaos explains the inner meaning of the mandala. Secret Beyond Thought presents teachings on the five chakras and the four karmas. Glimpses of Space consits of two seminars: "The Feminine Principle" and "Evam". In the article "Femininity", the author presents a playful look at the role of feminine energy in Buddhist teachings. "The Bardo", based on teachings given in England in the 1960s, has not been available in published form for many years.
COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Vol. 7 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
Volume Seven features the work of Chogyam Trungpa as a poet, playwright, and visual artist and his teachings on art and the creative process, which are among the most innovative and provocative aspects of his activities in the West. While it includes material in which Trungpa Rinpoche shares his knowledge of the symbolism and iconography of traditional Buddhist arts (in Visual Dharma, this richly varied volume primarily focuses on his own, often radical creative expressions. The Art of Calligraphy is a wonderful showcase for his calligraphy, and Dharma Arts brings together his ideas on art, the artistic process, and 'sthetics. Tibetan poetics, filmmaking, theater, and art and education are among the topics of the selected writings.
COLLECTED WORKS OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA, Vol. 8 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
This volume covers matters of culture, state, and society. Many of these writings are concerned with the Shambhala teachings, Chogyam Trungpa's vision of an enlightened society - which he emphasized from 1976 on. Also included are discussions of politics and political consciousness, warriorship, and the martial arts.
KAGYU LINEAGE AND THE ACTIVITY OF THE KARMAPAS by Bardor Tulku Rinpoche
This text is a concise and in-depth teaching on one of the four main Buddhist traditions of Tibet, the Kagyu Lineage. It presents the story of the great figures of this tradition - from Tilopa in ancient India down to the present Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. Along with this history are clear explanations of the nature of lineage and the place of the Kagyu tradition in Buddhist history. As the story unfolds, we get a glimpse of the extraordinary enlightened beings who have preserved and transmitted the teachings and realization of the Buddha in an unbroken way into our present time.
Of particular interest will be Bardor Tulku Rinpoche's stories and explanations about the 17 Karmapas, who are considered embodiments of the profound and compassionate activities of the Buddha.
RELATIVE WORLD: Ultimate Mind by Tai Situ Rinpoche
The wisdom of Mahayana Buddhism reveals ways to experience and utilize the powers of the universe. The Buddha taught about ten aspects of knowledge-normal worldly activities through which the ordinary person could achieve understanding and realization. In Relative World, Ultimate Mind, Tai Situpa describes these activities, which encompass medicine, psychology, astrology and the creative arts, and explains how they can become an essential part of anyone's spiritual path. Using examples from Buddhist teachings as well as everyday life, the author show how the first nine aspects of knowledge cover all avenues of 'right livelihood', leading to the tenth and most advanced aspect of knowledge, inner truth.
This teaching is about the inconceivable qualities of the Kagyu tradition and, in particular, about His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa. [...] excerpt from page 1. The Seventeenth Karmapa was recognized on the basis of a letter written by the Sixteenth Karmapa, which was given to His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche. What follows is some historical information that is relevant to this subject. The root gurus of the Sixteenth Karmapa were the Eleventh Situ Rinpoche and the Second Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. Because of the very close relationship between His Holiness and these two teachers, but particularly with Jamgon Rinpoche, many people thought that His Holiness would entrust the letter of recognition to Jamgon Rinpoche. However we did not realize, as His Holiness did, that Jamgon Rinpoche was not going to live that long. He gave the letter to Situ Rinpoche, and on the basis of it, His Holiness has been recognized. There is certainly no mistake in the recognition of His Holiness. [...] excerpt form pages 9-10.
VAJRA VIDYA LIBRARY: Karma Kagyu Texts under the direction of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
The 17th Karmapa asked Thrangu Rinpoche to publish all the standard texts used by the Karma Kagyu shedras. We're honored to carry the following texts -- all in Tibetan!
Western students of Tibetan Buddhism find it very difficult to obtain Tibetan texts printed in Asia. This is why Snow Lion Publications is very happy to be able to offer these texts for sale in the West by special arrangement with the Vajra Vidya Library.
Root Texts on Logic & Right Perception (Pramanasamuccaya, Pramanavarttika)