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    IN PRAISE OF DHARMADHATU IN PRAISE OF DHARMADHATU
    by Nagarjuna, commentary by the Third Karmapa, translated and introduced by Karl Brunnhölzl

    Nagarjuna is famous in the West for his works on Madhyamaka, but his poetic «collection of praises»--headed by «In Praise of Dharmadhatu»--is largely unknown. This book explores the scope, contents, and significance of Nagarjuna's scriptural legacy in India and Tibet, primarily focusing on the title work. The translation of Nagarjuna's hymn to buddha nature--here called dharmadhatu--shows how buddha nature is temporarily obscured by adventitious stains in ordinary sentient beings, gradually uncovered through the path of bodhisattvas, and finally revealed in full bloom as buddhahood. These themes are explored at a deeper level through a Buddhist «history» of mind's luminous nature and a translation of the text's earliest and most extensive commentary by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339), supplemented by relevant excerpts from all other available commentaries.

    The book also provides an overview of the Third Karmapa's basic outlook, based on seven of his major texts. He is widely renowned as one of the major proponents of the shentong («other-empty») view. However, as this book demonstrates, this often problematic and misunderstood label needs to be replaced by a more nuanced approach which acknowledges the Karmapa's very finely-tuned synthesis of the two great traditions of Indian mahayana Buddhism, Madhyamaka and Yogacara. Based on these two, his distinct positions on buddha nature and the transformation of consciousness into enlightened wisdom also serve as the fundamental view for the entire vajrayana as it is understood and practiced in the Kagyu tradition to the present day.

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  • THE TREASURY OF KNOWLEDGE, Book Eight, Part Four: Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana THE TREASURY OF KNOWLEDGE, Book Eight, Part Four: Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana
    by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé, trans. by Sarah Harding

    Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge in ten volumes is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were presented in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice.

    This volume, Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana, deals with meditation, specifically tantric meditation. Esoteric Instructions is a collection of intimate records of personal teachings by masters, that simplify tantric meditations by providing pertinent examples and very personal and helpful hints to disciples based on the master's own experience. Although originally oral in nature, they have been codified and passed down through specific lineages from teacher to student.

    «This comprehensive masterpiece--which contains writings on the entire Buddhist canon--is one of the greatest works of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. It has brought immeasurable benefit to beings in the past and present and will continue to benefit far into the future. I am pleased that Book Eight, Part Four of the Treasury of Knowledge, Esoteric Instructions, is translated by Sarah Harding, whom I respect as an eminent and experienced translator. I highly encourage anyone interested in the study and practice of Dharma to study this text, as it holds great blessings.»--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, author of It's Up To You.

    «This volume of the Treasury of Knowledge presents the culmination of Jamgon Kongtrul's treatment of Buddhist meditation training, revealing the complete spectrum of the traditions of profound instructions known as the eight great practice lineages. Here Sarah Harding has produced a masterful translation of this pithy work, augmented it with historical overviews, and provided an introduction rich in insights and background material.

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  • INTRODUCTION TO EMPTINESS: As Taught in Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path INTRODUCTION TO EMPTINESS: As Taught in Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path
    by Guy Newland

    Readers are hard-pressed to find books that can help them understand the central concept in Mahayana Buddhism--the idea that ultimate reality is "emptiness." In clear language, Introduction to Emptiness explains that emptiness is not a mystical sort of "nothingness," but a specific truth that can and must be understood through calm and careful reflection.

    Newland's contemporary examples and vivid anecdotes will help readers understand this core concept as presented in one of the great classic texts of the Tibetan Tradition, Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.

    "Written with illumination from a terrific scholar."--Jeffrey Hopkins, Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and author of over thirty-five books on Tibetan Buddhism, including his latest work, A Truthful Heart

    "This magnificent, readable, and thoroughly engaging work is a modern classic in the making. It invites new practitioners and learned scholars alike to look afresh at the dazzling array of teachings from one of the greatest figures in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Je Tsongkhapa, writing to teach his own students the most profound meaning of all, the core of the path to liberation."--Anne Carolyn Klein, Professor, Rice University; author of Unbounded Wholeness and Meeting the Great Bliss Queen

    "Introduction to Emptiness is a marvelously clear, marvelously precise exposition of Tsong-kha-pa's understanding of emptiness and of the two truths as presented by Nagarjuna and Chandrakirti.... While the exposition is rich in technical detail and textual reference...it is absolutely accessible to the beginning student. It will be required reading in my Buddhist philosophy courses."--Jay L. Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Philosophy at Smith College, author of Ocean of Reasoning and Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way

    "Understanding emptiness is the key to the most important aspects of Buddhism--wisdom, compassion, tantra--but is difficult to teach. Guy Newland has drawn on long experience with college students to write a short but rich and pithy guide to emptiness that brims with common sense and apt examples. Anyone interested in Buddhism would benefit from reading it."--Daniel Cozort, Dickenson College, author of Buddhist Philosophy and Highest Yoga Tantra.

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  • ARYADEVA'S FOUR HUNDRED STANZAS ON THE MIDDLE WAY: With Commentary by Gyel-tsap ARYADEVA'S FOUR HUNDRED STANZAS ON THE MIDDLE WAY: With Commentary by Gyel-tsap
    by Aryadeva and Gyel-tsap, trans. by Ruth Sonam; additional commentary by Geshe Sonam Rinchen

    Aryadeva's Four Hundred Stanzas is a foundational work of Mahayana Buddhist philosophy, and Gyel-tsap's commentary is arguably one of the most important written about it. There are no other English translations of the Four Hundred Stanzas with this commentary in print. Mahayana practitioners, Aryadeva says, must eliminate both obstructions to liberation and obstructions to the perfect knowledge of all phenomena. This requires a powerful understanding of selflessness, and an accumulation of merit resulting from the kind of love, compassion, and altruistic intention cultivated by bodhisattvas. The first half of Aryadeva's work focuses on developing merit, and the second explains that all phenomena are empty of intrinsic existence. Gyel-tsap's commentary on Aryadeva's text takes the form of a lively dialogue. Geshe Sonam Rinchen provides additional commentary.

    Geshe Sonam Rinchen studied at Sera Je Monastery and in 1980 received the Lharampa Geshe degree. He is currently resident scholar at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India. Ruth Sonam began studying with Geshe Sonam Rinchen in 1978 and has worked as his interpreter since 1983.

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  • THE BOOK OF KADAM: The Core Texts, Attributed to Atisa Dipamkara (982–1054) and Dromtönpa (1005–1064) THE BOOK OF KADAM: The Core Texts, Attributed to Atisa Dipamkara (982–1054) and Dromtönpa (1005–1064)
    trans. by Thupten Jinpa

    From the Dalai Lama's principal translator comes this essential collection of teachings from Buddhism's Kadam school, which emerged from the teachings of the Indian master Atisha and his principal student, Dromtönpa. Kadam is revered for its practical application of the bodhisattva's altruistic ideal in daily life. This book presents the Book of Kadam's core texts, including the 23-chapter Jewel Garland of Dialogues, Dromtonpa's Self-Exhortation, four chapters from Dromtonpa's birth stories, two brief verse summaries of the Book of Kadam, sayings of the Kadam masters, and other essential writings. The teachings of the Kadam school play an important role all four of the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Geluk school.

    Thupten Jinpa holds a Geshe Lharam degree as well as a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He has been the principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for nearly two decades and has translated and edited numerous books by the Dalai Lama.

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  • GOLDEN GARLAND OF ELOQUENCE Vol. 1 GOLDEN GARLAND OF ELOQUENCE Vol. 1
    by Tsong Kha Pa, Gareth Sparham

    Golden Garland of Eloquence (Legs bshad gser phreng) is the famous Perfection of Wisdom (prajnaparamita) commentary written by the influential Tibetan writer Tsong kha pa (1356-1419). It is Tsong kha pa's first major work, written before his better known works on Madhyamaka. It is greatly respected and much studied by all schools of Buddhism in Tibet.The Golden Garland supplements the two main Indian Perfection of Wisdom commentaries, Arya Vimuktisena's Vrtti and Haribhadra's Aloka, on which it is based. It explains the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras and earlier commentaries in detail, glossing difficult words and going into detailed explanations of difficult points. It introduces the reader to some twenty works by the most important Indian Perfection of Wisdom writers, and to the earlier Tibetan traditions of Ngok and Dolpopa, and the traditions of Buton and Nyaon. This translation makes available, for the first time in English, an example of the rich Tibetan Perfection of Wisdom commentarial tradition and will be of interest to both scholars and informed general readers alike.

    This is the first of four volumes.

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  • PRECIOUS GARLAND OF THE SUPREME PATH PRECIOUS GARLAND OF THE SUPREME PATH
    by Gampopa

    It is through the kindness of the master, Lord Marpa, and his disciples that there could be a Dakpo Kagyu Lineage and moreover that what we call Kagyu Monlam could even happen, so we should remember their lives and examples. It was especially Gampopa who upheld this lineage by being a fine exemplar of monasticism and who turned the wheel of dharma in a vast way. He said to his students of future generations, "I ask all the people of the future who are devoted to me but they cannot meet me to please read the works I have written, such as A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path and the Ornament of Liberation. It will be no different from meeting me personally." Therefore it is imperative that from then on, those who are part of the Dakpo Kagyu should grasp these treatises and and take them as their practice. Now that the twenty-fifth Kagyu Monlam has arrived, the Gyalwang Karmapa has made the special request that this text be published in a tri-lingua Tibetan, English, and Chinese edition. We hope and wish this makes it easy to practice through listening, contemplation, and meditation.

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  • STAIRWAY TO NIRVANA: A Study of the Twenty Samghas Based on the Works of Tsong kha pa STAIRWAY TO NIRVANA: A Study of the Twenty Samghas Based on the Works of Tsong kha pa
    by James B. Apple

    James B. Apple examines one of the formative subjects in traditional Buddhist studies, the Twenty Varieties of the Samgha. The Samgha (community) is one of the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Samgha) universally revered by all Buddhists. While the Samgha is generally understood as the community of Buddhist ordained monks and nuns, along with lay adherents, the Twenty Varieties of the Samgha concerns an exemplary community of the twenty types of Noble Beings (arya-pudgala) who embody the Buddha’s teachings. Focusing on the interpretation of the Samgha given by the fourteenth-century Tibetan scholar Tsong kha pa, Apple provides a comprehensive typology and analysis of the stages through which Noble Beings pass in their progress toward enlightenment through multiple lifetimes in various cosmological realms. He explains the cosmographic formations and complex structures of Buddhist spiritual cultivation, illustrating how Tibetan and Indian Buddhists conceptualize all possible states on the path to enlightenment.

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  • THE WISE HEART: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology THE WISE HEART: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
    by Jack Kornfield

    You have within you unlimited capacities for love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom—and here is how to awaken them. In The Wise Heart, one of the leading spiritual teachers of our time offers the most accessible and illuminating guide to Buddhism's transformational psychology ever published in the West.

    Trained as a monk in Thailand, Burma, and India, Jack Kornfield experienced at first hand the life-changing power of Buddhist teachings: the emphasis on the nobility and sacredness of the human spirit, the fine-grained analysis of emotion and thought, the precise techniques for healing, training, and transforming the mind and heart. In contrast to the medical orientation of most Western psychology and psychiatry, here is a vision of radiant human dignity, and a practical path for realizing it in our own lives.

    The Wise Heart is the fruit of a life's work that includes such classics as A Path with Heart and After the Ecstasy, the Laundry. Filled with stories from Kornfield's Buddhist psychotherapy practice and portraits of remarkable teachers, it also includes a moving account of his own recovery from a violence-filled childhood. For meditators and mental health professionals, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, The Wise Heart offers an extraordinary journey from the roots of consciousness to the highest expression of human possibility.

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  • TREASURES OF THE SAKYA LINEAGE: Teachings from the Masters TREASURES OF THE SAKYA LINEAGE: Teachings from the Masters
    by Migmar Tseten, fore. by HH Sakya Trizin, intro. by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

    Here is one of the first in-depth looks into the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism available in English. With a foreword by the head of the lineage, H. H. Sakya Trizin, and a rich collection of teachings by key figures, this book provides students of Tibetan Buddhism with an overview of the philosophy, major lineage figures, and crucial teachings of this school.

    The Sakya school has a number of meditation communities throughout North America, with monasteries in Seattle and in Shrewsbury, Mass., as well as major groups in Seattle; San Francisco; Silver Spring, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Barre, Mass. Because there is so little literature from this tradition available to Western students, this book will be a great resource for scholars, students, and practitioners of all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

    This volume contains essays from the key teachers of the Sakya school, both contemporary and historical, including H. H. Sakya Trizin, Khenpo Appey, Sakya Pandita, Peter Della Santina, Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen, Chogye Trinchen, Choegyal Phagpa, and Migmar Tseten.

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