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Mahamudra: The Moonlight - Quintessence of Mind and Meditation

Mahamudra: The Moonlight - Quintessence of Mind and Meditation

Product no.: 0-86171-299-4
When Mahamudra first appeared in 1986, it was a major landmark in the history of Buddhist publishing in English, and it retains today a unique status in Buddhist literature.

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It was translated at the behest of the 16th Karmapa, who was asked what text would be most beneficial to Western practitioners if it were made available in English. The task was undertaken by Lobsang Lhalungpa, translator of the best-selling Life of Milarepa, with the assistance of Dezhung Rinpoche, legendary mentor of many of today's greatest Tibetan and Western scholars.

This new edition has a new foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. There is no similarly exhaustive work available on the subject of Mahamudra meditation, the preeminent practice of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and thus the book is a staple for practitioners of that school, who appreciate its detailed practical explanations. A gorgeous new edition of a classic, Mahamudra is one of the most exhaustive works on mahamudra meditation available in English.


"I am so delighted that this text is being published in the English language. It will greatly benefit English speaking students of Buddhism. I myself have used this text in working with my students, and I have always found that it communicates, clearly and simply, the mahamudra teachings of the Practice Lineage."    ~Chogyam Trungpa


"This extraordinary treatise provides not only a wealth of knowledge but also methods for realizing enlightenment. In writing this work the great Tibetan teacher Tashi Namgyal (1511-1587) made known many of the ancient secret oral teachings and published them as xylographic prints. In the course of his extensive studies and training, Tashi Namgyal studied with some Sakyapa teachers and even acted as the abbot of Nalanda Sakyapa Monastery, north of Lhasa. During his later years he functioned as Gampopa's regent and as chief abbot of the monastery of Daklha Gampo, in South Tibet.

This great Tibetan classic, which is widely recognized as an outstanding original work, reveals profound wisdom. The text draws systematically on the vital knowledge and the practical methods of the Buddhist sciences that form the major part of the monastic syllabus.

From the sacred law (vinaya) comes the tenet of self-control, the conquest and transformation of the mind. From the essential aspects of logic (pramana) come the methods of determining the nature of reality. From the psychological branch of the sublime doctrine (abhidharma) come the methods of identifying and eliminating the root of self-delusion. From the tenets of the Buddha's transcendental wisdom (prajnaparamita) come the ways of achieving insight into the universal voidness as the ultimate state. From the Mahayana system of self-realization comes the essential practice known as (the twin principles of) transcendental wisdom and infinite compassion. From this ideal emanate the psychological methods for reorienting self-centeredness to a definite concern and compassion for others. From the Buddhist tantric doctrine come the methods of transforming inner delusion and its manifestations into aspects of transcendental wisdom. The distinct Mahamudra meditation will then reveal the ways of achieving instantaneous insight into the innate perfection of every perception or thought."     ~Translator's Introduction

Author Namgyal, Dakpo Tashi
Translator Lhalungpa, Lobsang
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 480 pp.
Publisher Wisdom Publications 2006
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