Tilopa's Wisdom: His Life and Teachings on the Ganges Mahamudra

Tilopa's Wisdom: His Life and Teachings on the Ganges Mahamudra

by Khenchen Thrangu


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Accessible and practical teachings on both the life of Tilopa, who founded the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and one of his most important texts on the practice of Mahamudra.

Most traditions of Mahamudra meditation can be traced back to the mahasiddha Tilopa and his Ganges Mahamudra, a “song of realization” that he sang to his disciple Naropa on the banks of the Ganges River more than a thousand years ago. In this book, Khenchen Thrangu, a beloved Mahamudra teacher, tells the extraordinary story of Tilopa’s life and explains its profound lessons. He follows this story with a limpid and practical verse-by-verse commentary on the Ganges Mahamudra, explaining its 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: 9781559394871
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 12/31/2019
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(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 ix

Part 1 The Life of Tilopa

1 Introduction 3

2 Childhood 7

3 Renouncing Samsara and Meeting His Teachers 11

4 Teaching Mahamudra at Pancapana 19

5 Receiving Secret Instructions 29

6 Gaining Disciples 35

Part 2 Teachings on the Ganges Mahamudra

7 Tilopa's Ganges Mahamudra: Root Text 47

8 Introduction 55

9 The View of Mahamudra in Six Metaphors 67

10 The Conduct of Mahamudra 89

11 The Commitments of Mahamudra 101

12 The Benefits of Practicing Mahamudra 107

13 The Defects of Not Practicing Mahamudra 111

14 How to Practice the Preliminaries 115

15 How to Practice the Main Body of Mahamudra 135

Afterword 155

Appendix A Tilopa's Six Points for Mahamudra 157

Appendix B The Five Buddha Families 161

Appendix C The Eight Consciousnesses 163

Glossary 165

Glossary of Tibetan Terms 179

Notes 183

Annotated Bibliography 191

Index 197

Biographical Note about Khenchen Thrangu 207

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