TRINLEY NYINGPO 35-DAY RETREAT 1993 by Putsi Pema Tashi
In April 1993, Lama Putsi Pema Tashi gave this commentary on the Trinley Nyingpo, in combination with the 35-day Practice by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, the Notes by Chokgyur Lingpa, Jamgon Khyentse Wangpo's Appended Details, etc. These teachings were requested by Graham Sunstein, translated by Erik Pema Kunsang, transcribed by S. Lhamo, and edited by Mich'l Tweed.
AMITABHA LONG COMMENTARY by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
[...] When we explain that Amitabha's pure land is a buddha realm where any ordinary being can experience rebirth, some people may underestimate the power of this pure realm. Such a person might think, "Well, that realm must be ordinary and probably does not have the power of an actual buddha field, because anyone can experience rebirth here."
But you need to understand that Amitabha's buddha field is as powerful, and as pure, as any other buddha field [...]. It is said that by being reborn in Amitabha Buddha's pure land, you naturally obtain many miraculous powers of realization; that in an instant, you have the power to visit any buddha field you wish to visit, in order to obtain dharma teachings. [...]
CHENREZIG-AMITABHA COMMENTARY by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
[...] Since Chenrezik is the embodiment of so many noble qualities, the qualities of a lama, the qualities of a yidam, the qualities of the perfectly noble one among realized beings, then Chenrezik is the lord of protection, or KYAP GON CHENREZIK. KYAP means "to protect" and GON means "lord", the leader. So KYAP GON means "lord of protection", indicating that Chenrezik embodies all of these qualities, is worthy of leading beings toward liberation, and is capable of protecting beings from their confusion and suffering. [...] excerpt from page 24.
[...] As explained earlier, all mahayana practices begin with taking refuge and developing bodhicitta, and end with the dedication prayer. Likewise, this Amitabha sadhana begins with taking refuge. We may wonder why refuge is necessary here, since we already did the refuge prayer at the beginning of the Chenrezik practice. There is no harm in repeatedly taking refuge. In fact, the more times we take refuge and develop bodhicitta, the better. In addition, in our personal practice, we can definitely do the Amitabha practice without doing the Chenrezik practice first, in which case the Amitabha practice is not complete without beginning by taking refuge and bodhicitta. [...] excerpt from page 46.
This is the first translation of one of the most revered and often-used tantric texts in Tibetan Buddhism-the Manjushri-nama-samgiti. While consisting only of 160 verses and some mantra sentences, the work condenses an enormous tantric lore, so much that it garnered exalted mention in the Vimalprabha-the great commentary on the Kalachakra-and is cited a number of times in the celebrated tantrist Naropa's Hevajratantra commentary.
Chanting the names of Manjushri sets the English translation of this text alongside the complete original Sanskrit, with its Tibetan translation.
THE YOGA METHOD OF CHENREZIG: Sadhana and Commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, commentary by Thubten Chodron
Contains a meditation practice for Thousand-Arm Chenrezig--also known as Avalokiteshvara--that combines a short sadhana composed by Lama Zopa with elements of a longer practice written by the 7th Dalai Lama. Thubten Chodron's inspiring, often humorous commentary offers tips on how to make this practice very relevant to our lives.
CULTIVATING A COMPASSIONATE HEART: The Yoga Method of Chenrezig by Thubten Chodron
Perhaps the most widely known and loved deity throughout the Buddhist world, Chenrezig-also known as Avalokiteshvara, Kuan Yin, or Kannon-is the Buddha of Compassion. Buddhists turn to Chenrezig for protection, friendship, and inspiration on a daily basis. The meditation practice in this book--composed by a teacher with an extensive Western following--is presented as a useful manual for ease of practice. An enlightening-and often humorous-commentary by well-known author Thubten Chodron offers instructions and tips on making the practice even more relevant to daily life.
TRAININGS IN COMPASSION: Manuals on the Meditation of Avalokiteshvara trans. by Tyler Dewar under the guidance of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
This work includes translations of key Kagyu lineage meditation manuals for the practice of the deity of compassion Avalokiteshvara, one of the main introductory meditation practices presented in scores of Tibetan Buddhist centers across North America and Europe.
NYUNG NA: The Means of Achievement of the Eleven-Face Great Compassionate One by Seventh Dalai Lama, trans. by Lama Zopa and Ven. George Churinoff
This powerful purification practice was given to a nun directly by Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion, as a means to cure herself of leprosy and attain enlightenment. The practice is highly praised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as a supreme method for transforming the mind. Spiral-bound to lie flat for ease of use during practice. Includes the Fasting Ceremony, Requests to the Lineage Gurus.