The Buddha from Dolpo, Revised and Expanded: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen

The Buddha from Dolpo, Revised and Expanded: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen

by Cyrus Stearns
     
 

The Buddha from Dolpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Dolpopa specialized in the Kalacakra, or Wheel of Time—a vast system of tantric teachings said to be from the legendary land of Shambhala. He emphasized two contrasting definitions of… See more details below

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The Buddha from Dolpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Dolpopa specialized in the Kalacakra, or Wheel of Time—a vast system of tantric teachings said to be from the legendary land of Shambhala. He emphasized two contrasting definitions of the Buddhist theory of emptiness. The view of an emptiness of other, known in Tibetan as shentong, is Dolpopa's enduring legacy. The fate of his Jonang tradition, which was censored by the central Tibetan government in the seventeenth century but still survives, is also examined. This book contains the only English translations of three of his crucial works. They are preceded by a detailed discussion of Dolpopa's life and his revolutionary ideas. 8 color plates and 16 b&w illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

E. Gene Smith
This revised edition of Cyrus Stearns's The Buddha from Dolpo is a must read for all interested in the intellectual history of Tibet. New translations of some of the key works of Dolpopa open philosophical and cosmological ideas of one of the great thinkers of the Tibetan tradition. This is a marvellous piece of scholarship.
Matthew T. Kapstein
Cyrus Strearns' The Buddha from Dolpo is among the major contributions to the history of Tibetan Buddhism in recent years. This new, expanded edition amplifies and extends Stearns' innovative inquiry into the life and works of the remarkable fourteenth-century teacher Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, master of the Kalacakra, founder of the zhentong philosophical tradition, and architect without peer. The Buddha from Dolpo is essential reading for all serious students of the Dharma in the Land of Snows.
Michael R. Sheehy
The Buddha from Dolpo is the most significant contribution to the study of the life and revelations of one of the most enigmatic personalities in Tibetan intellectual history, the Jonang master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Narrating Dolpopa's life story and evolution of thought, Cyrus Stearns lucidly describes how this foremost exponent of shentong philosophical thinking and Kalachakra tantric practice served as the catalyst figure for the Jonang Buddhist tradition during its formative period in fourteenth-century Tibet. A decade after its first publication, this revised and enlarged edition includes several significant refinements and additions, including a translation of Dolpopa's own commentary on his masterful work concerning the calculations of cosmic time according to shentong literature known as the Fourth Council. With this revision, Stearns secures The Buddha from Dolpo its place within the western language canon of scholarship on Tibetan Buddhism, making it an essential read for understanding Dolpopa's presentation of shentong, the Kalachakra Tantra in Tibet, and the early Jonang Buddhist tradition.
Vesna Wallace
This extended version of Stearns's seminal work on Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen provides not only an in-depth insight into the life and thought of Dolpopa, but it also gives us a wonderful synthesis of the shentong tradition in Tibet and Jonang's interpretations of the Kalacakratrantra. Stearns's lucid translation of the selected works demonstrates his intimate familiarity with Dolpopa's views and makes it accessible to the reader. This book should be a primary reader for every student and scholar interested in the Jonang and Kalacakra traditions.
Karl Brunnholzl
The first edition of The Buddha from Dolpo was like a brilliant beam of light for the first time illuminating the dark chamber of Dolpopa's long-buried legacy, opening the eyes of many to the inspiring life and teachings of one of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. This new carefully revised and enlarged edition is like the sun shining through all the windows of this chamber, revealing many essential jewels in the treasury of Dolpopa's thought. It is a true masterpiece that re-establishes Dolpopa's so important, but long-denied, place in Tibetan Buddhist history. Highly recommended reading for all who are interested in going beyond sectarian biases and wish to understand what this towering figure had to say on his own ground and in his own terms.
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"This revised edition of Cyrus Stearns's The Buddha from Dölpo is a must read for all interested in the intellectual history of Tibet. New translations of some of the key works of Dölpopa open philosophical and cosmological ideas of one of the great thinkers of the Tibetan tradition. This is a marvelous piece of scholarship."—E. Gene Smith, founder and senior research scholar of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

"Cyrus Stearns's The Buddha from Dölpo is among the major contributions to the history of Tibetan Buddhism in recent years. This new, expanded edition amplifies and extends Stearns's innovative inquiry into the life and works of the remarkable fourteenth-century teacher Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, master of the Kalacakra founder of the zhentong philosophical tradition and architect without peer. The Buddha from Dölpo is essential reading for all serious students of the Dharma in the Land of Snows."—Matthew T. Kapstein, author of The Tibetans

"The first edition of The Buddha from Dölpo was like a brilliant beam of light for the first time, illuminating the dark chamber of Dölpopa's long-buried legacy, opening the eyes of many to the inspiring life and teachings of one of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. This new, carefully revised, and enlarged edition is like the sun shining through all the windows of this chamber, revealing many essential jewels in the treasury of Dölpopa's thought. It is a true masterpiece that reestablishes Dölpopa's so important but long-denied place in Tibetan Buddhist history. Highly recommended reading for all who are interested in going beyond sectarian biases and wish to understand what this towering figure had to say on his own ground and in his own terms."—Karl Brunnhölzl, author of The Center of the Sunlit Sky and Luminous Heart

"The Buddha from Dölpo is the most significant contribution to the study of the life and revelations of one of the most enigmatic personalities in Tibetan intellectual history, the Jonang master Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361). Narrating Dolpopa's life story and evolution of thought, Cyrus Stearns lucidly describes how this foremost exponent of shentong philosophical thinking and Kalachakra tantric practice served as the catalyst figure for the Jonang Buddhist tradition during its formative period in fourteenth-century Tibet. A decade after its first publication, this revised and enlarged edition includes several significant refinements and additions, including a translation of Dölpopa's own commentary on his masterful work concerning the calculations of cosmic time according to shentong literature known as the Fourth Council. With this revision, Stearns secures The Buddha from Dölpo its place within the Western-language canon of scholarship on Tibetan Buddhism, making it an essential read for understanding Dölpopa's presentation of shentong, the Kalachakra Tantra in Tibet, and the early Jonang Buddhist tradition."—Michael R. Sheehy, PhD, Senior Editor of Tibetan Literary Research at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center and Executive Director of the Jonang Foundation

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559393430
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
09/16/2010
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
475
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

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From the Publisher
"This revised edition of Cyrus Stearns's The Buddha from Dölpo is a must read for all interested in the intellectual history of Tibet. New translations of some of the key works of Dölpopa open philosophical and cosmological ideas of one of the great thinkers of the Tibetan tradition. This is a marvelous piece of scholarship."—E. Gene Smith, founder and senior research scholar of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

"Cyrus Stearns's The Buddha from Dölpo is among the major contributions to the history of Tibetan Buddhism in recent years. This new, expanded edition amplifies and extends Stearns's innovative inquiry into the life and works of the remarkable fourteenth-century teacher Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, master of the Kalacakra founder of the zhentong philosophical tradition and architect without peer. The Buddha from Dölpo is essential reading for all serious students of the Dharma in the Land of Snows."—Matthew T. Kapstein, author of The Tibetans

"The first edition of The Buddha from Dölpo was like a brilliant beam of light for the first time, illuminating the dark chamber of Dölpopa's long-buried legacy, opening the eyes of many to the inspiring life and teachings of one of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. This new, carefully revised, and enlarged edition is like the sun shining through all the windows of this chamber, revealing many essential jewels in the treasury of Dölpopa's thought. It is a true masterpiece that reestablishes Dölpopa's so important but long-denied place in Tibetan Buddhist history. Highly recommended reading for all who are interested in going beyond sectarian biases and wish to understand what this towering figure had to say on his own ground and in his own terms."—Karl Brunnhölzl, author of The Center of the Sunlit Sky and Luminous Heart

"The Buddha from Dölpo is the most significant contribution to the study of the life and revelations of one of the most enigmatic personalities in Tibetan intellectual history, the Jonang master Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361). Narrating Dolpopa's life story and evolution of thought, Cyrus Stearns lucidly describes how this foremost exponent of shentong philosophical thinking and Kalachakra tantric practice served as the catalyst figure for the Jonang Buddhist tradition during its formative period in fourteenth-century Tibet. A decade after its first publication, this revised and enlarged edition includes several significant refinements and additions, including a translation of Dölpopa's own commentary on his masterful work concerning the calculations of cosmic time according to shentong literature known as the Fourth Council. With this revision, Stearns secures The Buddha from Dölpo its place within the Western-language canon of scholarship on Tibetan Buddhism, making it an essential read for understanding Dölpopa's presentation of shentong, the Kalachakra Tantra in Tibet, and the early Jonang Buddhist tradition."—Michael R. Sheehy, PhD, Senior Editor of Tibetan Literary Research at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center and Executive Director of the Jonang Foundation

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