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Ornament of Precious Liberation by Gampopa

A welcome new translation of Gampopa's classic overview of the Buddha's teachings.

Discover the heart of the Buddha’s teachings in this new and beautiful translation of Gampopa’s classic guidebook.

Ornament of Precious Liberation is a spiritual and literary treasure of Tibetan Buddhism and of the Kagyü lineage in particular. Laying out step-by-step the path to buddhahood that is open to us all, to read Gampopa’s text is like receiving the teachings directly from the master himself. It is a quintessential guide to enlightenment that students will return to again and again for its insights into living an awakened life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614294177
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 02/07/2017
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Gampopa Sönam Rinchen (1079–1153) was the foremost student of the great yogi Milarepa and is famous for uniting the Kadam tradition and the Mahamudra teachings in the Kagyü lineage in the early twelfth century. Many teachers well known in the West today, including the Karmapa and Pema Chödrön, follow the tradition he set forth.

Ken Holmes has spent his entire adult life, since 1970, immersed in Tibetan Buddhism and had the great fortune to study closely with some of the legendary masters of old Tibet who have long since passed. He has been teaching Buddhism, especially in Europe and Africa, for forty years and is Director of Studies at Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland.

Table of Contents

Foreword by His Holiness the Karmapa vii

Editor's Preface ix

Translator's Introduction 1

Ornament of Precious Liberation: A Wish-Fulfilling Gem of Sublime Dharma Gampopa Sönam Rinchen (1079-1153)

Author's Preface 11

I The Prime Cause

1 Buddha Nature 15

II The Basis

2 A Precious Human Existence 25

III The Condition

3 Relying on the Dharma Master 37

IV The Means: The Dharma Master's Instruction

4 The Impermanence of Conditioned Existence 47

5 The Suffering of Samsara 59

6 Karma and Its Effects 77

7 Loving Kindness and Compassion 89

8 Taking Refuge 99

9 The Proper Adoption of Bodhicitta 111

10 Precepts for Generating Aspiring Bodhicitta 145

11 Presentation of the Six Perfections 151

12 The Perfection of Generosity 155

13 The Perfection of Moral Discipline 169

14 The Perfection of Forbearance 181

15 The Perfection of Diligence 191

16 The Perfection of Meditative Concentration 199

17 The Perfection of Wisdom 215

18 The Presentation of the [Five] Paths 247

19 The Presentation of the Levels 253

V The Result

20 The Bodies of Perfect Buddhahood 275

VI Enlightened Activities of the Buddhas

21 Enlightened Activities of the Buddhas 291

Notes 297

Glossary 319

Bibliography 331

Index 341

About the Contributors 357

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