Book of Kadam: The Core Texts

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The Kadam school of Tibetan Buddhism emerged in the eleventh century from the teachings of the Indian master Atisa and his principal Tibetan student, Dromtonpa. Although it no longer exists as an independent school, Kadam's teachings were incorporated into the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are still prized today for their unique practical application of the bodhisattva's altruistic ideal in everyday life. One of the most cherished teachings stemming from Atisa and Dromtonpa is the collection of ...

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Overview

The Kadam school of Tibetan Buddhism emerged in the eleventh century from the teachings of the Indian master Atisa and his principal Tibetan student, Dromtonpa. Although it no longer exists as an independent school, Kadam's teachings were incorporated into the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism and are still prized today for their unique practical application of the bodhisattva's altruistic ideal in everyday life. One of the most cherished teachings stemming from Atisa and Dromtonpa is the collection of esoteric oral transmissions enshrined in The Book of Kadam. This volume includes the core texts of the Book of Kadam, notably the twenty-three-chapter dialogue between Atisa and Dromtonpa that is woven around Atisa's Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland, as well as complementary texts that illuminate the history and practices of the Kadam tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
"When completed, The Library of Tibetan Classics will be a comprehensive reference library of the most important Tibetan classics embracing the entire spectrum of Tibetan thought and artistic traditions. Such a series will make Tibet's classical thought truly a world heritage, an intellectual and spiritual resource open to all."
Leonard van der Kuijp
"This series edited by Thupten Jinpa and published by Wisdom Publications is a landmark in the study of Tibetan culture in general and Tibetan Buddhism in particular. Each volume contains a lucid introduction and outstanding translations that, while aimed at the general public, will benefit those in the field of Tibetan Studies immensely as well."
Janice D. Willis
"Erudite in all respects, this series is at the same time accessible and engagingly translated. As such, it belongs in all college and university libraries as well as in good public libraries. The Library of Tibetan Classics is on its way to becoming a truly extraordinary spiritual and literary accomplishment."
Eastern Horizon
"This volume brings key classical Tibetan texts to the Western world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861714414
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Series: Library of Tibetan Classics Series , #2
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Thupten Jinpa Langri was educated in the classical Tibetan monastic academia and received the highest academic degree of Geshe Lharam (equivalent to a doctorate in divinity). Jinpa also holds a BA in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from the University of Cambridge, England. Since 1985, he has been the principal translator to the Dalai Lama, accompanying him to the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama, including The World of Tibetan Buddhism, Essence of the Heart Sutra, and the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium.

Jinpa has published scholarly articles on various aspects of Tibetan culture, Buddhism, and philosophy, and books such as Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Poems of Awakening and Insight (co-authored) and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought. He serves on the advisory board of numerous educational and cultural organizations in North America, Europe, and India. He is currently the president and the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to translating key Tibetan classics into contemporary languages. He also currently chairs the Mind and Life Institute.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Technical Note 33

Pt. 1 The Father Teachings

I Tree of Faith: A Self-Exhortation Dromtonpa (1005-64) 37

II Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland Atisa Dipamkara (982-1054) Dipamkara, Atisa (982-1054) 61

III The Jewel Garland of Dialogues 65

Title, Homage, and Preamble 65

1 Making Prostrations to the Distinguished Objects of Veneration 74

2 How Instructions on the Four Divinities Were Conferred 80

3 How to Choose the Three Sacred Scriptural Baskets 95

4 How to Strive by Engaging in Activity 110

5 How to Guard the Doors of the Senses and Hold Your Mind 114

6 How All Blame Lies in a Single Point 121

7 How to Relinquish the Objects of Abandonment and Engage in the Virtues 127

8 The Riches of the Noble Ones and the Khakkhara Staff 137

9 Songs of Perfect Purity 147

10 Cultivating through Honor and the Perfect Mode of Seeing 161

11 How to Nurture Sublime Beings and Their Deeds 169

12 How to Hoist Your Robes to Cross the Mires of Desire 186

13 How the Heritage of the Pure Way of Life Was Requested 261

14 Meditating on Perfect Equanimity of Excitation and Mental Laxity through Severing the Root of Suffering 267

15 How to Train the Mind within the Expanse of Appearance, Emptiness, and Empty Echoes 279

16 How He Engaged in the Hidden Conduct and So On 289

17 Not Forsaking the Pledges and the Excellence of the Perfect Spiritual Tradition 313

18 How to Help Guard Others' Minds 322

19 Constantly Working for Others' Welfare 332

20 Practicing the Profound Teaching without Defaming Other Teachings 339

21 Dedication and Purifying Negative Karma 347

22 Subsuming [All Higher Qualities] into Seven Riches and Bequeathing Them 368

23 The TwoExaminations 381

Colophon 390

IV Elucidation of the Heart-Drop Practice Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen (1223-1305) 395

Pt. 2 The Son Teachings

V The Spiritual Mentor's Birth as the Brahman Youth Ujjvala 455

VI The Spiritual Mentor's Birth as Prince Asanga in Kausambhi 477

VII The Spiritual Mentor's Birth as the Youth Sanghavardana in Magadha's Lotus Region 499

VIII The Spiritual Mentor's Birth as Prince Saranadatra in the Town of Sukhavat 507

Pt. 3 Supplementary Texts

IX Summary Points of The Book of Kadam Gendiin Gyatso, Second Dalai Lama (1476-1542) 521

X Heart-Instructions of The Book of Kadam Yongzin Yeshe Gyaltsen (1713-93) 529

XI Sayings of the Kadam Masters Chegom Sherap Dorje (ca. twelfth century) 559

Table of Tibetan Transliteration 611

Notes 619

Glossary 665

Bibliography 681

Index 693

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