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Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoch? was a renowned teacher of Tibetan Buddhism with students worldwide. Revered as a teacher by even the Dalai Lama, he was known especially as a master of Buddhist tantra, the powerful esoteric methods for attaining enlightenment swiftly. The teachings in this book are a singular record of his deep learning in that field. Originally delivered in California to a group of Western students, the teachings comment on a classic introduction to tantra by the nineteenth-century Mongolian lama Ch?j? ...
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Principles of Buddhist Tantra

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Overview


Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché was a renowned teacher of Tibetan Buddhism with students worldwide. Revered as a teacher by even the Dalai Lama, he was known especially as a master of Buddhist tantra, the powerful esoteric methods for attaining enlightenment swiftly. The teachings in this book are a singular record of his deep learning in that field. Originally delivered in California to a group of Western students, the teachings comment on a classic introduction to tantra by the nineteenth-century Mongolian lama Chöjé Ngawang Palden. The work, Illumination of the Tantric Tradition, is a staple even today of the curriculum for training young monastics. Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché explains the distinctive features of the four classes of tantra—action tantra, performance tantra, yoga tantra, and highest yoga tantra—by describing the way to progress through their paths and levels. He illuminates key issues in tantric practice that are still a matter for debate within the tradition. Finally, he gives a special treatment of the unique methods of Kalacakra tantra, which is regularly taught around the globe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861716883
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 921,255
  • File size: 2 MB

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Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche was born in the province of Amdo – eastern Tibet – in 1926, and at age six was recognized as the reincarnation of the former abbot of the Kirti Gompa. At the age of nine, He was ordained as a monk. Rinpoche received teachings from many high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Lama Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche is one of the holders of the tantra of Kalachakra lineage, having received that empowerment when he was 14 years old. At the age of 32 and having completed his monastic studies he was appointed as the Abbot of Kirti.

After escaping from Tíbet in 1959, Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche taught Tibetan orphans at the Tibetan Children's Village, Dharamsala, India. At the age of 45 he began a fifteen-year meditation retreat in a small stone hermitage above Dharamsala, "big enough for a bed, prostrations, and a stove". He spent seven years in meditation on Lam Rim, three years on "Seven Point Thought Transformation", and some generation and completion stage tantra. Two years were spent only on generation and completion stages and in the final 3 years, Rinpoche repeated all of the above. Rinpoche has given Kalachakra commentary to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and is a teacher of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said of Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoche, "He is a great Kadampa master who shows real Kadampa Tradition...so completely renounced. There's not one slightest worldy activity, not the slightest eight world dharmas, no self cherishing thought. Even talking, everything is as much as possible pleasing to sentient being's minds."

Rinpoche taught around the world in many countries included: Australia, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States. He passed away in 2006.
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Table of Contents

Translators' Introduction Illumination of the Tantric Tradition The Principles of the Grounds and Paths of the Four Great Secret Classes of Tantra 1

Introduction 13

Part 1 The Three Lower Tantras

1 Action Tantra 21

2 Performance Tantra 45

3 Yoga Tantra 61

4 Grounds and Paths 79

Part 2 Mainstream Highest Yoga Tantra

5 The Generation Stage 95

6 Trie Completion Stage 131

7 Physical Isolation 151

8 Verbal Isolation 175

9 Mental Isolation 195

10 Relative Illusory Body 221

11 Ultimate Clear Light 247

12 Learner's Union 261

13 Alternate Systems of Highest Yoga Tantra 273

14 Enhancing and Manifesting Results 285

15 Practitioners 301

16 Vows 315

17 The Generation Stage 317

18 The Vajra Body of the Completion Stage 333

19 The Six Branches of Practice of the Completion Stage 347

20 Manifesting Results 379

Appendix: Tables 387

Notes 393

Glossary 439 .

Bibliography 453

Index 467

About the Contributors 481

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