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Tendai Lotus Texts: The Infinite Meanings Sutra/ The Sutra Expounded by the Buddha on Practice of the Way Through Contemplation of the Bodhisattave All-Embracing Goodness
Tendai Lotus Texts: The Infinite Meanings Sutra/ The Sutra Expounded by the Buddha on Practice of the Way Through Contemplation of the Bodhisattave All-Embracing Goodness
by Tsugunari Kubo
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This volume contains four important texts in the Tiantai Lotus tradition: The Infinite Meanings Sutra, composed as an introduction to the Lotus Sutra, and The Sutra Expounded by the Buddha on the Practice of the Way through Contemplation of Bodhisattva All-embracing Goodness are part of the so-called Threefold Lotus Sutra.
The Commentary on the Lotus Sutra is a translation of the Saddharmapuṇḍarîka-sûtra-upadeúa (Jpn. Myôhorengekyô upadaisha), a commentary on the Lotus Sutra attributed to the eminent Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu. A Guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings is a translation of a tenth-century text by the Korean monk Chegwan that presents an introduction to the teachings of Zhiyi (538-597), founder of the Tiantai tradition

Ocean of Eloquence: Commentary on the Yogacara Doctrine of Mind
Ocean of Eloquence: Commentary on the Yogacara Doctrine of Mind
by Tson-kha-pa Blo-bzan-grags-pa
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This book is of particular interest because it shows the presence of the Yogacara (Mind Only) school in Tibet. It is well known that the Madhyamaka school flourished in Tibet, but less well known that Yogacara doctrines were also studied and practiced. The former school stresses the inexpressible ultimate; the latter, the natural luminosity of mind. This is probably the best introduction to the distinctive eight consciousness systems of Yogacara. It also makes understandable the different meanings of the profound alaya-vijnana (the storehouse consciousness, or basis of all) that is the pivotal eighth consciousness in their system.

For those interested in meditation, the author's introduction explains how earlier Tibetan meditation (the method of allowing mind to look into its own pure nature) uses the eight-consciousness system.

The book is remarkable in that it addresses the problem of how a person trapped within the confines of a limited and deluded personality can transcend that state and attain liberation. By his inquiry into the process of transformation, Tsong kha pa makes profound comments which will interest those who ask whether enlightenment is a gradual process or a sudden breakthrough.

Tsong kha pa (1357-1419) wrote extensively on nearly every aspect of Buddhist religious philosophy and practice. The text edited and translated here is the Yiddang kun gzhi dka'ba'iignas rgyacher'grel pa legs par bshad pa'i rgya mtsho, often referred to as the Commentary on the Difficult Points.

Gareth Sparham, is unusual in that he is a respected academic and also has been a Buddhist monk for twenty years. He presently teaches at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C. He is an accomplished Sanskritist whose work on the Indian Buddhist writer Haribhadra has been published by Motilal Banarsidass. He spends part of his time in Dharmsala, India.

Delog: Journey to Realms Beyond Death
Delog: Journey to Realms Beyond Death
by Delog Dawa Drolma
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Abstract: Delog: Journey to Realms Beyond Death tells the story of a 16 year old delog, Dawa Drolma's journey to various realms after death. Delog refers to a person who has died, visited the realms of heaven and hell, the bardo, and returns to tell the tale. Born in the early 20th century, Dawa Drolma lived most of her life in Central Tibet outside of Lhasa and died in 1941. She was revered as a lama and dakini and was well known throughout the region as a delog. To become a delog, Dawa Drolma made the conscious choice to induce a death like state. At the age of 16 she traveled for five days through the Pure Realm of Padmasambava, the Impure Realms of Being, the Pure Realm of Avalokiteshvara, and the Pure Realm of Tara. Transcribed shortly after her revival by Gyazur Tulku the story was later translated by Robert Barron in 1995.

A phenomenon known for centuries throughout Tibet and the Himalaya, "delog" refers to a man or woman who has died, traveled through the various realms between life and rebirth and then reawakens to tell the tale. Born in the early 20th century and living only to her early thirties, Delog Dawa Drolma was well known throughout Central Tibet as a lama, dakini, and delog. From a young age Dawa Drolma experienced a number of beneficial visions and dreams, most notably a prophecy from the wisdom goddess White Tara who would be Dawa Drolma's guiding figure throughout her life. Compelled to seek what was virtuous, Dawa Drolma convinced her lama to aid in reaching the realms beyond death. At the age of 16 after giving specific instructions for the rituals and keeping of her body, Dawa Drolma entered into the Pure Realm of Padmasambava. Over the course of five days she passed through the Pure Realm of Padmasambava, the Six Impure Realms of Being, Potala Mountain or the Pure Realm of Avalokiteshvara and the Yulokod or the Pure Realm of Tara. Recognized as an emanation of White Tara, Dawa Drolma made a pilgrimage to Lhasa where she conceived her first child and later lived at the monastery, Tanp'hel Gonpa, seven miles outside Lhasa until her premature death from childbirth in 1941. For the purposes of this discussion I will analyze the tale in its entirety through major events, themes, and characters.
When Dawa Drolma told her high lamas that she planned to enter into a, "state of deep meditative stability, as though in a coma or in a state like death," they were surprised and slightly aghast. They presented other options but Dawa Drolma stood fast in her objective. She made specific preparations in order to perform the process correctly. First, on the day she informed everyone of her plan, they held a special meditative session that evening with lamas and students. Dawa Drolma says that she recited liturgical texts that she had yet to study. This potentially implies that the ritual of speaking the text out loud was more important than being a full adept in this particular context. Waiting until the evening also had significance; early morning is associated with pacification, late morning with enrichment, afternoon and early evening with power, and the later evening with wrathful energy. Dawa Drolma specifically says that she was waiting for the time when dakinis, female embodiments of enlightened energy, gathered. Soon after the meditative session, Dawa Drolma gave her lama Tulku Tromge Trungpa specific instructions, "During [my time in death] none of the monks or students should go in or out of my room...Remove all foodstuffs that are in my presence...to purify [my body]...wash me with saffron water that has been consecrated through the practice of Vijaya. At that time, to provide a particular auspicious condition, there should be a girl present named Drolma". The last request is significant because the name Drolma is the Tibetan equivalent of the Sanskrit Tara. There were many other requests she implored people to conduct while she was in the death like state, including wrapping a blue cloth around her head symbolizing the transformation of anger into pristine awareness, performing the offering of oblations to the five goddesses of Lhaman Tsering, and reciting the Seven Line Supplications and the prayer Dispelling Obstacles on the Path. Dawa Drolma finally acknowledged that she might not reawaken and made the necessary preparations. As she entered into the state of death she felt, "fully aware of the fundamental condition of my mind...it was as though I could hear all sounds and voices in all lands".

As a woman, it is not surprising that a large number of the beings Dawa Drolma encounters on her journey are female. However, a subtle yet fascinating element of her interactions with women is that, compared to men, the female beings are far more interested in speaking with her and even go out of their way to know her. An important dakini Yeshe Tsogyal delighted in Dawa Drolma and gave her special information regarding Dawa Drolma's uncle, a renowned lama, and later offered her a special prayer , while dakini Laykyi Wangmo, "showed heartfelt joy" towards Dawa Drolma. One male lama acknowledged Dawa Drolma but it wa his dakini consort who spoke out to her while another male lama in the Realm of Padmasambava, "seemed to have a very harsh and intractable character: he spoke not a single word and deliberately avoided looking at me". Furthermore, almost every gatekeeper or attendant the Pure Realms was female and Dawa Drolma appeared to speak and have relations with them as well. In the Pure Realm of Padmasambava we are immediately introduced to her guide the White Tara who accompanied Dawa Drolma through all four realms. Dawa Drolma's karmic connection with Tara was evident throughout her tale, as she was referred to as, "O woman of Tara" (109). Most significant however is the episode in the Yulokod Pure Realm of Tara where Tara placed her hand on Dawa Drolma's head saying, "O lovely maiden, Chandra Tara...when I gave rise to excellent bodhicitta, there was no one who aspired to perfect buddhahood in a woman's body. Therefore, I conceived the following aspiration: `I will appear in the forms of women". This declaration gave Dawa Drolma extreme happiness and made clear her connection to Tara and the many women in the realms beyond death.

Before describing her visionary experiences of hell, Dawa Drolma paid homage to Avalokiteshvara and implored her readers to pay close attention to her story. She spoke directly to corrupt yet revered lamas of high stations saying, "wealthy guardians of fortunes, who manipulate happiness and hoard material wealth- when they die and go to the realms of hell, there are no multitudes of monks...no great stores of food or wealth for making secret bribes...artful wit, and clever explanations cannot beguile or fool the lord of death". A serious aspect of controversy throughout Dawa Drolma's experience in hell was the problem with deceitful lamas. On one hand it is one of the worst karmic crimes to disobey one's lama, "To go against the word of one's root lama is of greater harm than to kill a human being every single day," yet at the same time Yama and others repeat over and over how so many lamas were indeed corrupt and would experience the worst retribution . Another theme of Dawa Drolma's experiences in hell is the possibility for redemption. She recounts a number of great bodhisattvas entering hell and leaving with many followers, most notably a woman named Zangmo who when standing before Yama explains, "I have amassed an ocean of virtue in gathering the two accumulations," in saying this she chants the mani mantra and leads about three thousand beings into the Pure Realm of Padmasambava. In turn Dawa Drolma says many prayers to help the suffering beings, but was usually only able to give them a short respite, while others beg her to take their stories back to friends and family in the human realm. As was explained throughout her tale, it was a person's duty to pray for those in hell, and she dedicates her final virtue so that, "all beings in the six classes and the bardo may easily and swiftly perfect the two great accumulations...attaining unsurpassable enlightenment".

As a pervasive being throughout Dawa Drolma's journey, it is important to give a short analysis of the lord of hell, Yama Dharmaraja. A terrifying figure wearing the skins of elephants and humans and adorned with bones and jewels, Yama looked at Dawa Drolma and asked her to explain her positive and negative karma and to, "Speak honestly. For it will not help to tell a lie!". At this point White Tara interjects in Dawa Drolma's behalf, displaying again her connection to Dawa Drolma, saying that despite her age, Dawa Drolma is exceedingly virtuous and, rather importantly, that she is, "a daughter of the family of Lama Tromge". I personally question the importance of being related to this adept Lama, who Dawa Drolma speaks of somewhat frequently in her story; however this does in fact give her some sort of merit. After Dawa Drolma explained her own faults and virtues, Yama's serpent-headed minion, Malevolence, looked closely into the Crystal Mirror where the image, "is like the sun coming out from behind the clouds" and the monkey-headed minion weighed the matters on the balance and proclaims, "Her virtue is overwhelmingly predominant: there are scarcely more than one or two harmful acts". While this outcome is to be expected, Dawa Drolma did not neglect to include Yama's opinion on the matter that, "even though you're [Dawa Drolma] a compassionate one, heavy are the faults of evil people...hold in your mind the scenes of hell...recount them to others". It is important to remember that Yama addresses everyone in the human realm and that he wishes his message to be spread throughout. In his final speech to Dawa Drolma, Yama sent a message to each social group in the human realm in presumably the hierarchical order: to lamas, the people who pretend to be lamas, to monks, to dakini consorts (female humans), to nuns, false nuns, to men and finally to women. With regard to these messages he elaborated that, "since this message openly reveals hidden and secret topics you need not be shy or embarrassed - proclaim it out loud to everyone". Therefore the general image of Yama one gains from Dawa Drolma's account is less of his terrifying visage and more that he wants humans to understand what is not virtuous.

In conclusion, I would like to elaborate on the strong character of Delog Dawa Drolma. As can be understood from what is detailed above, Dawa Drolma was convinced of her abilities throughout her life. She is described by her son, Chagdud Tulku, in the introduction as a perfectionist in the performance of ritual; he recalled a young monk, "who remembered her wrath when he blew his kangling (ceremonial trumpet) poorly" (viii). She brought this fierce determination with her into hell. There was one episode from her experiences in the Six Impure Realms of Being that exemplifies her strong-minded and determined personality. A denizen of hell was leading a large group of people through a plain of burning iron when Dawa Drolma asked, "Please act as an ally to these beings." The denizen was incensed asking, "What sort of virtuous and harmful acts have you committed? Explain yourself well!" Dawa Drolma retorted, "I have been everywhere, from the Copper-Colored Mountain of Glory... [and] in the presence of Dharmaraja. I am a girl who lives by the cause and effect of karma. And what sort of virtuous and harmful acts have you committed?" The denizen, "said nothing but just stood there smiling". Through Dawa Drolma's strong character and determination she was able to not only convince the men in the living realm to help her achieve her goal but continued to emanate a strong will throughout her travels in the realms beyond death (Elizabeth Reynolds)

The Requisites of Enlightenment
The Requisites of Enlightenment
by Ledi Sayadaw
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" In recent years, many people in the West have been exposed to the teachings of the Buddha through the practice of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Mr. Goenka was born in Burma (now Myanmar) where he learned this technique of meditation from Sayagyi U Ba Khin, who had in turn been taught by Saya Thetgyi. Saya Thetgyi had the fortune to learn Vipassana from the highly respected scholar and meditator monk Ledi Sayadaw.

As Vipassana meditation in the tradition of Ledi Sayadaw begins to spread in the West, we are fortunate to begin to gain broader access to his writings as well.

In The Requisites of Enlightenment, the first of Ledi Sayadaw's books to be published and widely distributed in the West, he explains the bodhipakkiya dhamma: the 37 requisites of enlightenment. This book is valuable to those interested in understanding the Buddha's teaching at a deeper level, while providing the inspiration to continue walking step by step on the path."

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ET SI LE BOUDDHISME VOUS CHANGEAIT LA VIE?
ET SI LE BOUDDHISME VOUS CHANGEAIT LA VIE?
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Grand maître nyingmapa, l'auteur explique comment éliminer les causes de la souffrance pour atteindre la liberté ultime. Il propose des méthodes pour travailler sur l'esprit dans la vie quotidienne, pour pratiquer la méditation dans le but de développer sagesse et compassion.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Awakening Upon Dying
by Padmasambhava
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The subject of this book is the continuity of consciousness and the consequent possibility of spiritual liberation after death, as understood in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, an explanation long famed in Europe and North America as The Tibetan Book of the Dead. A partial rendering of the complete cycle of this extensive work, this volume contains the translation of several of the central texts, the two principal ones of which here included were originally entitled An Elucidation of the Intermediate State of Reality, Great Liberation through Hearing During the Intermediate State and An Introduction to the Intermediate State of Rebirth, Great Liberation through Hearing during the Intermediate State (Part one).

The translation of three invocations (Part Two) which traditionally accompany these teachings and of the Root Verses of the Six Intermediate States (Part Three) are also included. Part Four offers guidelines on how to assist a person at the moment of death and beyond, and is followed by two Appendixes, concluding what can justly be considered a manual for spiritual realization in the afterlife state.

The translation presented in this book is a revisiting of the Italian translation by Prof. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu in collaboration with his university students, during a course given by him in Tibetan language and literature at the oriental Institute of the University of Naples in the academic year 1979-1980. The present book can be more properly considered a new translation of the Tibetan text since knowledge contained in editions of the Tibetan text which have surfaced since 1980 has shed light on ambiguous passages and since improvements made in the interpretation of Tibetan texts by recent translations have been integrated.

The profound Introductory Commentary of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu which precedes and clarifies the texts from the Dzogchen point of view is an elaboration based on an introduction compiled by the master's students from oral teachings given by him at a meditation retreat at Volpago, Italy in 1980 and which have previously appeared in the Italian language (see below). Enriching the present introduction is the addition of material from written works and oral teachings of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, particularly that of an essay on the four intermediate states in Birth, Life and Death, Shang Shung Publications, Arcidosso, 2008. Extracts are also included from transcriptions of oral teachings given by Chögyal Namkhai Norbu at Merigar (Arcidosso, Italy) in January 1992 and August 1998, as well as at other times.

Conseils au roi
Conseils au roi
by Nagarjuna
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Les « Conseils au Roi » ( Le Ratnavali ), support littéraire de l'émission, est un écrit fondamental du Grand Véhicule qui initie un fils des Vainqueurs à l'abnégation.

Adressée à un monarque, cette initiation exhorte le roi à mener une vie droite et à appliquer une politique fondée sur les principes du bouddhisme. Ce texte d'une étonnante modernité a toute sa valeur dans notre société contemporaine.

Les Conseils au roi (La Guirlande précieuse de conseils au roi) de Nagarjuna, est un écrit fondamental du Grand Véhicule qui initie un fils des Vainqueurs à l'abnégation. Adressée à un monarque, cette initiation, qui présente les thèmes de la pratique bouddhiste-la culture du bien en vue d'une destinée heureuse, celle de la sagesse du non-soi, qui conduit à la libération, celle des deux collections de mérite et sagesse qui culminent dans la plénitude d'un Éveillé - exhorte le roi à mener une vie droite et à appliquer une politique fondée sur les principes du bouddhisme.

Texte fondateur, les Conseils au roi se sont révélés une source inépuisable pour Aryadeva, le fils spirituel de Nagarjuna, Chandrakirti, et les plus remarquables exégètes indiens et tibétains.

Traduit du tibétain par Georges Driessens, sous la direction de Yonten Gyatso et accompagné d'un extrait du commentaire de Guieltsap Darma Rintchen (1364-1432) intitulé Illumination de la signification essentielle.

Essence of Clear Light: An Overview of the Secret Commentary Thorough Dispelling of Darkness Throughout the Ten Directions Entitled Essence of
Essence of Clear Light: An Overview of the Secret Commentary Thorough Dispelling of Darkness Throughout the Ten Directions Entitled Essence of
by Mi-Pham-Rgya-Mtsho
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The tantra of the Glorious Secret Essence (the Guhyagarbha Tantra) extracts the essence of the eighteen Mahayoga tantras and is also the general tantra of enlightened mind. The twenty-two chapters of this tantra describe the three tantras of the ground path and result and explain the topics of tantra needed to perfect the practice. This commentary on the Secret Essence by Mipham Rinpoche illuminates all the crucial points of the entire path of Secret Mantra Vajrayana. The teachings contained in Essence of Clear Light are not only useful for dharma practice in general but are especially applicable for the practice of the three innermost yogas of Secret Mantra. For that application there are the eleven topics well known throughout the teaching of tantra that are clearly elucidated in this text. The topics are: the nature as it is, the view immovable, samadhi forsaking the pass, conduct the array, mandala traversing the stages, empowerment not transgressing, samaya pursuing the goal, accomplishment presentation to the places, offerings the manifestation, enlightened activity binding, mudra and recitation, and mantra. These topics are the crucial points of the path through which the common and supreme siddhis are brought to fruition.

As Mipham Rinpoche points out in this commentary, if these topics are not understood, then there is no other method through which the final result on the path can be achieved. In brief, this excellent text brings an undeniable understanding that all dualistic phenomena arising from the ignorance of grasping and fixating are primordially pure as the truth of inseparable purity and evenness, or the great dharmakaya. Aside from realizing this view, there is no other method through which to receive the genuine wisdom transmission of the lineage of the vidyadhara masters. This doctrine of the great secret, the Guhyagarbha Tantra is the heart essence of a million wisdom dakinis and the path that was traversed by the accomplished vidyadharas of India and Tibet.

"Among the dharma treasures of the Snow Land of Tibet, this is the innermost jewel of all. Based on the interdependent timely awakening of excellent aspirations, now this quintessential commentary on the tantra by Mipham Rinpoche has been translated into the English language; so in those Western lands, the great gateway of the vidyadharas' practice has been opened, and this noble accomplishment is a great ornament of the doctrine." --Alak Zenkar Rinpoche

"Essence of Clear Light gives extremely clear explanations on the topics of the generation stage, completion stage, and all the way up through the trekchö instructions of the Great Perfection School. . . . It is the epitome of the profound. Just by listening to this profound subject, it is certain that one's mind will be released from its strong hold on ordinary phenomena, needless to mention the benefits of practice."--Khenpo Namdrol Yanglesh

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Ethics of Tibet: Bodhisattva Section of Tsong-Kha-Pa's "Lam Rim Chen Mo"
Ethics of Tibet: Bodhisattva Section of Tsong-Kha-Pa's "Lam Rim Chen Mo"
by Tson-kha-pa Blo-bzan-grags-pa
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Bodhisattva Section of Tsong-Kha-Pa's LAM RIM CHEN MO Translated by Alex Wayman from the Tibetan original With a Foreword by the Dalai Lama. One of the leading Tibetan scholars in the world has translated this work by the great Tsong-kha-pa, the titular head of the Gelugpa Sect and perhaps the Tibetan equivalent of the great Nagarjuna.
This first complete English translation also reveals the encyclopedic mind of Tsongkhapa, whose copious references to the sutras are a gold mine. He, more than anyone else, shaped the development of Tibetan Buddhism as we know it today.

Dharma Wheel of Great Bliss: A Guide to the Thangme Gompa
Dharma Wheel of Great Bliss: A Guide to the Thangme Gompa
by Jamyang Wangmo
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Ngawang Shedrub Tenpe Gyaltsen Rinpoche is the head lama of Thangme Gompa. Born in Rolwaling in 1958, he spent his early youth studying in Thubten Choling Monastery under the guidance of Kyabje Trulzhig Rinpoche. Under his leadership the Thangme Gompa has been renovated on various occasions.

Venerable Jamyang Wangmo (Helly Pelaez Bozzi) was born in Spain in 1945 and trained in law and art. Ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1973, she lives in Nepal. She is the author of The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region (2005) and Dancing in the Clouds: The Mani Rimdu, Dumche and Tsogchen Festivals of the Khumbu Sherpas.

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