The Rain of Wisdom: The Essence of the Ocean of True Meaning

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The art of composing spontaneous songs that express spiritual understanding has existed in Tibet for centuries. Over a hundred of these profound songs are found in this collection of the works of the great teachers of the Kagy? lineage, known as the Practice Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Many readers are already familiar with the colorful life of the yogin Milarepa, an early figure in the Kagy? lineage, some of whose songs are included here. Songs by over thirty other Buddhist ...

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Overview

The art of composing spontaneous songs that express spiritual understanding has existed in Tibet for centuries. Over a hundred of these profound songs are found in this collection of the works of the great teachers of the Kagyü lineage, known as the Practice Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Many readers are already familiar with the colorful life of the yogin Milarepa, an early figure in the Kagyü lineage, some of whose songs are included here. Songs by over thirty other Buddhist teachers are also presented, from those of Tilopa, the father of the lineage, to those of the Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa, as well as several songs by Chögyam Trungpa, the noted teacher of Buddhism in America who directed the translation of The Rain of Wisdom.

The diversity of the songs mirrors the richness of Tibetan Buddhism and gives us clear portraits of some of its most eminent teachers. Their longing for truth, their heartfelt devotion, and their sense of humor are all reflected. These poems share a beauty and intensity that have made them famous in Tibetan literature. With its vivid imagery and deep insight, The Rain of Wisdom communicates a profound and timeless understanding.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590309018
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xxiii
Supplications and Offerings to the Kagyu Gurus 1
The Songs of Mikyo Dorje 16
The Songs of Wangchuk Dorje 27
The Songs of Choying Dorje 34
The Songs of Khacho Wangpo 45
The Song of Konchok Yenlak 49
The Songs of Chokyi Wangchuk 54
The Song of Yeshe Nyingpo 58
The Song of Chokyi Tontrup 60
The Song of Changchup Dorje 62
The Song of Dudul Dorje 64
The Song of Chokyi Jungne 67
The Song of Padma Nyinche 72
The Song of Thekchok Dorje 76
The Song of Lodro Thaye 81
The Songs of Trashi Oser 91
The Songs of Khakhyap Dorje 102
The Songs of Khyentse Oser 112
The Songs of Rangjung Rikpe Dorje 118
The Songs of Pengar Jampal Zangpo 123
The Song of Tilopa 126
The Grand Songs of Lord Marpa 129
The Songs of Jetsun Milarepa 165
The Song of Rechungpa 215
The Songs and Stories of Lord Gampopa 217
The Song of Rinchen Pal 243
The Songs and Story of Jetsun Lorepa 246
The Dharma Cairns of Kharak Gomchung 256
The Songs of Samten Palle 259
The Song of Ngotrup Gyaltsen 265
The Song of Gotsangpa 268
The Song of Guru Shang 272
The Song of Samten Palle 274
Lord Gampopa's Song of Response to the Three Men of Kham 275
Dedication 283
The Songs of Chogyam Trungpa 285
Colophon 290
Afterword 293
Pronunciation Guide 334
Notes 336
Glossary 340
Index 377
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