The Six Yogas of Naropa

Overview

Tsongkhapa's commentary entitled A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro's Six Dharmas is commonly referred to as The Three Inspirations. Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered references to the Six Yogas of Naropa, a preeminent yogic technology system. The six practices?inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga?gradually came to pervade thousands of ...
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Overview

Tsongkhapa's commentary entitled A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro's Six Dharmas is commonly referred to as The Three Inspirations. Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered references to the Six Yogas of Naropa, a preeminent yogic technology system. The six practices—inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga—gradually came to pervade thousands of monasteries, nunneries, and hermitages throughout Central Asia over the past five and a half centuries.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Another example of Mullin's brilliance as a translator and interpreter of Tibetan tantricism."—Tibet Journal

"A veritable feast containing teachings that for centuries have been kept secret but that give one a clear sense of the enormous possibilities on the spiritual path."—Quest Magazine

"Glenn's study of the history, substance, and philosophical legacy of the Six Yogas of Naropa together with his translations of Tsongkhapa's treatise provides an invaluable guide to this tradition."—Buddhism Now

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559392341
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 569,124
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Je Tsong-kha-pa (1357–1419), founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, was one of Tibet's greatest philosophers and a prolific writer. His most famous work, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, is a classic of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 19
Tsongkhapa and the Lineage of the Six Yogas 19
The Buddhist Tantric Tradition in India 24
Naropa 26
The Legacy of the Six Yogas 29
The Six Yogas, Three Bardo States, and Nine Blendings 33
Lama Tsongkhapa's A Book of Three Inspirations 44
Section One of Tsongkhapa's Text 47
The Preliminary Trainings Associated with the General Mahayana 47
The General Tantric Preliminaries 49
The Tantric Preliminaries Unique to the Six Yogas System 51
The Generation Stage Yogas 52
Introduction to the Nature of the Mind 55
Introduction to the Nature of the Body 58
The Physical Exercises and Meditations upon the Empty Shell Body 60
Section Two of Tsongkhapa's Text 62
The Inner Heat Yoga 63
Karmamudra 69
The Illusory Body Yoga 73
The Bardo Yoga 78
The Clear Light Yoga 81
The Consciousness Transference Yoga 85
The Forceful Projection Yoga 87
Concluding Notes 89
The Six Yogas of Naropa in English Translation 90
The Seventh Dalai Lama's Prayer to the Six Yogas Lineage 95
Some Historical Lineage Considerations 99
A Parting Perspective on Tsongkhapa the Great 103
A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro's Six Dharmas
Prologue 109
I The preliminary meditations, which build the foundations of this path 111
A The preliminaries that are general meditations derived from the common Mahayana teachings 111
1 Why it is necessary for training in this tradition to be preceded by training in the practices of the common Mahayana 111
2 The actual stages of training the mind in that path 113
B The preliminaries that belong exclusively to the highest yoga tantra tradition 116
1 The general Vajrayana preliminaries 116
a Why it is necessary to receive the complete empowerments 116
b Why it is necessary to observe the tantric precepts 118
2 The preliminaries emphasized in this Naropa system 119
II Having established the preliminaries, how to train in the actual tantric meditations 121
A The meditations of the generation stage yogas 121
B The meditations of the completion stage yogas 126
1 The nature of the basis 126
a The nature of the mind 126
b The nature of the body 131
2 The explanation of the stages of traversing the path 133
a The meditations upon the physical exercises, together with the meditation upon the body as empty 133
i The meditations on the physical exercises 133
ii The meditations on the body as an empty shell 136
b The stages of meditating upon the actual path 137
i The manner of structuring the path 137
ii The stages of being guided on the path 141
III The manner of actualizing the results 221
Epilogue 223
Appendix I Vajrasattva Meditation and Mantra Recitation 227
Appendix II Establishing Blessing Powers by Meditating upon Guru Yoga 233
Glossary: Sanskrit and Tibetan Names and Terms 239
Notes 247
Bibliography 269
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