The Ninth Karmapa's Ocean of Definitive Meaning [NOOK Book]

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The Ocean of Definitive Meaning by the Ninth Karmapa (1556-1603) is the most profound and famous text on Mahamudra ever written and is of vital importance in the living Kagyu tradition. It offers a detailed, uniquely comprehensive presentation of instruction on both the view and the practice. In the teachings contained in this book, Thrangu Rinpoche has distilled the essence of the Ninth Karmapa's massive text into manageable proportions and ...

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Overview

The Ocean of Definitive Meaning by the Ninth Karmapa (1556-1603) is the most profound and famous text on Mahamudra ever written and is of vital importance in the living Kagyu tradition. It offers a detailed, uniquely comprehensive presentation of instruction on both the view and the practice. In the teachings contained in this book, Thrangu Rinpoche has distilled the essence of the Ninth Karmapa's massive text into manageable proportions and has given pointed guidance on the implementation of its instruction.

According to Thrangu Rinpoche, Mahamudra practice is especially appropriate for Westerners and contemporary practitioners because it can be realized in the context of virtually any lifestyle. Mahamudra dissolves the artificial separation between phenomena and emptiness, revealing the radiant display of mind.

The Ninth Karmapa's text has traditionally been available only to advanced students. However, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche has kindly consented to the publication of these core teachings on the text, which he gave in the context of a retreat he led in 2001 in the mountains of British Columbia for 140 Western students.

His compelling presentation provides teachers and students with a systematic approach to some of the highest practices in the Kagyu tradition. Thrangu Rinpoche's extraordinary wisdom and insight make this new commentary a peerless jewel in the canons of spiritual literature.

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"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche has a unique ability to bring forth the central issues of a text and make them available to a contemporary audience."—H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa

"Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is among the wisest and most compassionate Buddhist masters alive today."—Pema Chödrön, author of Taking the Leap

"Thrangu Rinpoche's presentation makes accessible a classic text about the artificial separation between phenomena and emptiness."—Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559397339
  • Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 152
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is an eminent teacher of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the personal tutor of His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa and many of the highest tulkus of the Kagyu order. He is affiliated with about forty centers world-wide, among them centers in Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Austin, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Halifax, and is author of many valuable texts, including Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 First One Tames the Mind with the Practice of Tranquility 23
2 Grasping the Mind That Has Not Been Grasped 33
3 Stabilizing the Mind after It Has Been Grasped 41
4 Bringing Progress to the Mind That Has Been Stabilized 51
5 The Practice of Insight, Which Eradicates the Kleshas 59
6 More on the First Insight Technique, Looking at the Mind within Stillness 67
7 Looking Carefully at the Experience of Not Finding Anything 73
8 Within Stillness, Looking, Scrutinizing, Identifying Awareness/Emptiness 85
9 Looking at the Mind within the Occurrence of Thought 91
10 Looking at the Mind within Appearances 99
11 The Actual Meditation on the Relationship between Appearances and Mind 109
12 Pointing Out That Emptiness Is Spontaneous Presence 119
13 Pointing Out That Spontaneous Presence Is Self-Liberation 125
14 Bringing Gradual Improvement to the Practice 133
Notes 139
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