Moonbeams of Mahamudra

Moonbeams of Mahamudra

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Overview

A new translation of Tibet's most important manual for Mahāmudrā view and meditation

This classic Buddhist work, written in the sixteenth century, comprehensively presents the entire scope of the Tibetan Kagyu Mahāmudrā tradition. These profound yet accessible instructions focus on becoming familiar with the nature of one’s mind as the primary means to realize ultimate reality and thus attain buddhahood. Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s manual for the view and practice of Mahāmudrā is widely considered the single most important work on the subject, systematically introducing the view and associated meditation techniques in a progressive manner.

Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, along with the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance, are to this day some of the most studied texts on Mahāmudrā in the Kagyu monasteries throughout Tibet and the Himalayas. Elizabeth M. Callahan, a renowned translator of classical Kagyu literature, has provided new translations of these two texts along with ancillary materials and annotations, making this a genuine resource for both scholars and students of Tibetan Buddhism. This historic contribution therefore offers the necessary tools to properly study and apply the Mahāmudrā teachings in a modern context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559394802
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 03/12/2019
Series: Tsadra Series
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 856
Sales rank: 587,222
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (1513–1587) was the first recognized reincarnation of Gampopa and an important master of the Dakpo Kagyu tradition. He wrote two highly acclaimed texts on Mahāmudrā practice: Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā and Clarifying the Natural State.

Elizabeth M. Callahan is a Tibetan translator of the Kagyu tradition. She completed two three-year retreats at Kagyu Thubten Chöling in New York, is a student of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and has been a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002. Her previous translations include The Treasury of Knowledge: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy by Jamgön Kongtrul and The Profound Inner Reality by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje.

Table of Contents

Outlines of Texts ix

Foreword by His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa xxiii

Foreword Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche xxv

Translator's Introduction xxix

An Abbreviated Biography of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal lxv

Moonbeams of Mahamudra

Introduction 5

Part 1 Common Samadhis 13

1 Samatha and Vipasyana 15

2 Samatha 47

3 Vipasyana 63

4 Removing Doubts 87

Part 2 Uncommon Mahamudra 111

5 Generating Confidence 113

6 Preliminaries 149

7 Mahamudra Approaches 175

8 Samatha 179

9 Vipasyana 215

10 Pointing-Out Instructions 259

11 Sustaining Mahamudra 305

12 Eliminating Deviations and Strayings 355

13 Enhancement 381

14 Realization and the Four Yogas 421

15 The Four Yogas in Detail 447

Colophon 485

Mahamudra: Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance

Introduction 491

1 Preliminaries 493

2 Main Practices 501

Samatha 501

Vipasyana 508

3 Conclusion 523

Abbreviations 537

Notes 539

Glossary 635

Glossary of Enumerations 643

Translation Equivalents 657

Tibetan Transliterations 683

Bibliography 693

Index 729

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