Naropa's Wisdom: His Life and Teachings on Mahamudra

Naropa's Wisdom: His Life and Teachings on Mahamudra

by Khenchen Thrangu


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Accessible and practical teachings on the life of Naropa, with verse-by-verse commentary on his two most important Mahamudra songs by a contemporary Karma Kagyu master.

Naropa is one of the accomplished lineage holders of the Mahamudra tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. In this book, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, a beloved Mahamudra teacher, first tells the extraordinary story of Naropa’s life and explains its profound lessons. He follows this with lucid and practical commentaries on two of Naropa’s songs of realization, explaining their precious instructions for realizing Mahamudra, the nature of one’s mind. Throughout, Thrangu Rinpoche speaks plainly and directly to Westerners eager to receive the essence of Mahamudra instructions from an accomplished teacher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559394901
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Khenchen Thrangu is an eminent teacher of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was appointed by the Dalai Lama to be the personal tutor for His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa and has authored many books, including The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer, Luminous Clarity, Advice from a Yogi, Pointing Out the Dharmakaya, Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness, and Vivid Awareness.

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface vii

Part 1 Introduction to Naropa's Life and Teachings

1 Introduction 3

2 The Life of Naropa 11

Part 2 Teachings on The View, Concisely Put

3 The Root Text 29

4 All Appearances Are Mind 35

5 The Mind Is Empty 41

6 Realizing the True Nature of Mind 47

7 Mind Is Luminous Clarity 53

8 How Emptiness Is Spontaneously Present 61

9 Spontaneous Presence Is Self-Liberated 67

10 The Importance of Meditation and Conduct 73

Part 3 Teachings on The Summary of Mahamudra

11 The Root Text 83

12 Introduction 87

13 The Mahamudra of the View 91

14 The Mahamudra of Meditation 103

15 The Mahamudra of Conduct 119

16 The Mahamudra of Fruition 139

17 The Dedication 161

Appendix A The Five Buddha Families and the Five Wisdoms 167

Appendix B The Eight Consciousnesses and the Five Wisdoms 169

Appendix C The Three Natures 171

Appendix D The Twelve Minor Trials of Naropa 175

Glossary 179

Glossary of Tibetan Terms 191

Notes 193

Annotated Bibliography 199

Index 203

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