Essentials of Mahamudra: Looking Directly at the Mind

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What would you see if you looked directly at your mind?

The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on mahamudra are known for their ability to lead to profound realization. Peaceful and infinitely adaptable, these teachings are as useful for today's busy world as they have been for centuries.

Written by the tutor to the seventeenth Karmapa, Essentials of Mahamudra is a commentary on Tashi Namgyal's famous Moonlight of Mahamudra - a text that the sixteenth ...

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Overview

What would you see if you looked directly at your mind?

The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on mahamudra are known for their ability to lead to profound realization. Peaceful and infinitely adaptable, these teachings are as useful for today's busy world as they have been for centuries.

Written by the tutor to the seventeenth Karmapa, Essentials of Mahamudra is a commentary on Tashi Namgyal's famous Moonlight of Mahamudra - a text that the sixteenth Karmapa had identified as the most valuable for Westerners. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche recognized that Western meditators don't just need to know how to maintain our meditation practice - we need to know why we should do it. Unmatched in its directness, Essentials of Mahamudra addresses both these needs, rendering one of the most advanced forms of meditation more easily adaptable to our everyday lives.

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Tricycle
"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche [is] one of the foremost mahamudra teachers. 'It [mahamudra meditation] is peaceful and gentle,' he writes in Essentials of Mahamudra. The book is based on Tashi Namgyal's 'Moonlight of Mahamudra,' a sixteenth-century text that lays out the rationale behind the mahamudra practices, along with detailed instructions, including how to continue practicing off the cushion. Essentials contains answers to students' questions—helpful to practitioners at any level."
Mandala
"Makes the practice of mahamudra, one of the most advanced forms of meditation, easily acessible to Westerners' everyday lives. A wonderful way of bringing us to the path."
Ashe Journal
"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is one of the few remaining living Tibetan Buddhist teachers who was born in a free Tibet. Between 1990 and 1995, he conducted five retreats at Big Bear Lake, California. His talks there have been edited into Essentials of Mahamudra. During these talks, Rinpoche presented a comprehensive introduction to the mahamudra path. Similar to the practice of Dzogchen, mahamudra is a direct and powerful practice. There are two central meditative practices: peaceful abiding, shamatha, and insight, vipashyana. This work discusses these two corrollary meditative approaches in great detail, moving back and forth between the two. As always, Rinpoche's instructions are beautifully [clear]."
Shambhala Sun
"A comprehensive overview. Invaluable."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861713714
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 7/10/2005
  • Edition number: 288
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a senior scholar within the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the author of many books and commentaries. He was born in Kham, Tibet, in 1933 and entered Thrangu Monastery at age seven. He serves as the main tutor to His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa and travels worldwide giving teachings and leading retreats. Based in Nepal and India, he is also abbot of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia and founder of Vajra Vidya Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Meditations shared by other traditions 13
2 The shared tradition of Shamata and Vipashyana 15
3 The shared tradition of Shamata meditation 31
4 The shared tradition of Vipashyana meditation 45
5 Eliminating doubts concerning Vipashyana meditation 63
Pt. II Mahamudra meditation 71
6 The origins of Mahamudra 73
7 The preparatory practices for Mahamudra 93
8 Mahamudra Shamata meditation 101
9 Mahamudra Vipashyana meditation 119
10 Eliminating doubts about Vipashyana 137
11 Mind as it is and coemergence 149
12 Eliminating flaws that may arise in Mahamudra 169
13 Maintaining Mahamudra in meditation and postmeditation 181
14 Eliminating obstacles to Mahamudra 209
15 The practice of utterly releasing 219
16 Bringing obstacles to the path 229
17 How realization dawns 239
18 How we should practice 251
Notes 257
Glossary 261
Table of Tibetan terms 265
Index 269
About the author 275
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