Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions (PagePerfect NOOK Book) [NOOK Book]

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Straight from the Heart brings together an inspiring collection of Buddhist teachings, songs of realization, meditation instructions, and enlightened poetry—all chosen for their power to speak directly to the student. Drawn from Indian Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism as well as from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, some will impress with their beautiful poetry and powerful imagery, others with their profound power of instruction. Still others share personal advice for life that seems to come directly from ...
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Overview

Straight from the Heart brings together an inspiring collection of Buddhist teachings, songs of realization, meditation instructions, and enlightened poetry—all chosen for their power to speak directly to the student. Drawn from Indian Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism as well as from all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism, some will impress with their beautiful poetry and powerful imagery, others with their profound power of instruction. Still others share personal advice for life that seems to come directly from the mouth of the author, and some serve as immediate and profound practice instructions. Several are just delightfully unconventional, even outrageous, letting in fresh air on petrified views or musty traditions. Most of them are simply unknown precious gems, which deserve a wider audience. Each of the works is preceded by a brief introduction and a short biography of its author. Many of these are legendary accounts of supernatural feats, edifying examples for students on the same spiritual path meant to expand their limited outlook with “mind-blowing” stories. Miraculous deeds, magnificent songs, and pithy instructions distinguish this collection assembled by the Buddhist scholar and translator Karl Brunnhölzl, whose years of work among dharma texts and his skill as a translator yield a rich mine of teachings all chosen for their ability to speak directly to the heart.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559398626
  • Publisher: Snow Lion Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/25/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 460
  • Sales rank: 1,281,873
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Karl Brunnhölzl, MD, was trained as a physician and also studied Tibetology. He received his systematic training in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Since 1989 he has been a translator and interpreter from Tibetan and English. He is presently involved with the Nitartha Institute as a teacher and translator.

Karl Brunnhölzl, MD, was trained as a physician and also studied Tibetology. He received his systematic training in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. Since 1989 he has been a translator and interpreter from Tibetan and English. He is presently involved with the Nitartha Institute as a teacher and translator.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
In Praise of Prajnaparamita by Rahulabhadra with a Commentary by Rongdon Sheja Kunrig     1
Three Praises by Nagarjuna     9
A Summary of the Stages of Meditating on the Ultimate Bodhicitta by Asvaghosa     23
A Presentation of the Three Natures and Nonconceptual Wisdom by Asanga     31
Instruction on the Three Natures by Vasubandhu     43
Nine Stanzas on Prajnaparamita and Their Autocommentary by Kambala     55
From The Prayer Requested by Namke Nyingbo by Padmasambhava     63
The Great Stanzas on Prajnaparamita by Aryadeva     65
Two Texts by Atisa     75
Pith Instructions on Mahamudra by Tilopa with a Commentary by the Fifth Shamarpa, Goncho Yenla     93
The Entrance into the Prajna of Madhyamaka by Candrakirti     119
On Maitripa and His Cycle of Twenty-five Works on Mental Nonengagement, Including Sahajavajras Commentary on the Ten Stanzas on True Reality     125
Vajrayudhas Praise to Manjusri with a Commentary by Jamyang Kyentse Wangbo     191
Padampa Sangye's Meetings with Milarepa and the Nun Dudsi Gyi     203
Gampopa's Song When He Reached Enlightenment     217
Three Songs by Rechungba     219
The Song about the Few by Baromba Tarma Wangchug     231
The GreatElimination of Obstacles by Kyobpa Jigden Sumgon     237
Two Songs by Tragba Gyaltsen     241
Two Texts by Sakya Pandita     277
A Song on Impermanence by the Omniscient Longchen Rabjam     283
Songs for and by the Mahasiddha Tangtong Gyalbo     285
Supplication to the Tagbo Kagyu by Pengar Jambel Sangbo with a Commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche     301
The Lamp That Illuminates the Four Dharmas by the Fourth Shamarpa, Chokyi Tragba Yeshe Balsangbo     321
A Song to the Guru by Sakya Chogden     331
Lord Milarepa's Instructions to Master Gampopa with a Commentary by the Eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje     335
A Pronouncement of Realization: A Song on View, Meditation, Conduct, and Fruition by the Sixth Shamarpa, Chokyi Wangchug     343
The Song of Supplicating Machig Labdron by Karma Chagme     383
A Song on the View by Janggya Rolpe Dorje with a Commentary by Ju Mipham Rinpoche     391
A Song on the View by the Thirteenth Karmapa, Dudul Dorje     429
Two Poems by Patrul Rinpoche     441
Pointing Out Instructions by Kunkyen Dashi Oser     447
Pich Instructions on Mahamudra by Ju Mipham Rinpoche     451
Instruction to Practice the Divine Dharma with Pith by Gendun Chopel     453
The Four Great and Eight Lesser Kagyu Schools      459
Glossary: English-Sanskrit-Tibetan     461
Bibliography     465
Notes     475
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