King of the Empty Plain: The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo [NOOK Book]

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The core of this book is a complete translation of the most famous biography of the great adept Tangtong Gyalpo, King of the Empty Plain (1385-1464), whose impact on the religious, artistic, and technological history of Tibet is unrivaled.
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King of the Empty Plain: The Tibetan Iron-Bridge Builder Tangtong Gyalpo

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Overview

The core of this book is a complete translation of the most famous biography of the great adept Tangtong Gyalpo, King of the Empty Plain (1385-1464), whose impact on the religious, artistic, and technological history of Tibet is unrivaled.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Stearns, one of the most respected translators of classical Tibetan texts, beautifully brings to life the story of one of Tibet's most inspiring and loved personalities. This book is a must for anyone who is interested in Tibetan culture and history, as well as those who wish to see how the altruistic ideals of the bodhisattva path can be concretely applied in socioeconomic and humanitarian action."—Thupten Jinpa, translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama and author of Self, Reality, and Reason in Tibetan Philosophy

"This represents the culmination of many years of patient scholarship and contemplation of the problems of meaningful translation into English. . . . The author has selected a figure of enormous importance for the cultural context of Tibetan Buddhism. This is a book that will last."—E. Gene Smith,  executive director of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559398374
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/21/2015
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 700
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Cyrus Stearns has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for over thirty-five years. His main Tibetan teachers were Dezhung Rinpoche Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He received a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Washington and is the author of several books including Taking the Result As the Path and King of the Empty Plain. He is currently a fellow at the Tsadra Foundation and lives in the woods on Whidbey Island north of Seattle Washington.
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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
List of Illustrations     xiii
List of Plates     xix
Introduction
The Life and the Lifespan     1
King of the Empty Plain     14
Iron-Bridge Man     33
Madman of the Empty Valley     58
A Jewel Mirror in Which All Is Clear   Lochen Gyurme Dechen     81
Prologue     83
Hundreds of Thousands of Lifetimes     87
A Mental Emanation of Padmasambhava     95
Crazy Tsondru Is Insane     103
The White Light of Profound and Vast Instructions     133
Five Names of Suitable Meaning     149
Uddiyana, the Land of Dakinis     169
Appearances Are Like Dream and Illusion     191
A Situation in Which a Yogin Needs Iron     215
Fine Pathways of Precious Iron     243
A Relic of the Buddha Blazing with Light     277
Five-Peaked Mount Wutai     309
A Geomantic Focal-Point to Suppress the Mongol Armies     333
The Auspicious Stupa of Many Doors     363
To the Palace of the King of Kamata in India     391
A Yogin Departs into the Basic Space of Phenomena     421
Colophon     439
The FinalStory Concerning the Nirvana of the Great Adept   Kunga Sonam Drakpa Palsang     441
Notes     465
Bibliography
Sources in Tibetan Language     587
Sources in European Languages     607
Index     615
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