THE QUINTESSENCE OF THE UNIFIED PRACTICE OF MAHAMUDRA AND DZOKCHEN: The Practical Instructions of the Noble, Great Compassionate One Chenrezik by Karma Chakme Rinpoche, commentary by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, trans. by Yeshe Gyamtso
The purpose of The Essence of the Unified Practice of Mahamudra and Dzokchen is to present in a very concise and inclusive way all that an individual actually needs to practice in order to attain awakening. This style of presentation, in its brevity and directness, is appropriate for the present time because our mental afflictions are strong and life is short. The text, which is composed of eight songs, presents the quintessence of both the mahamudra and dzogchen traditions. Written in Karma Chakme's style of extreme simplicity and great profundity, it makes what is normally difficult to understand very straightforward and easy to understand.
CHOD PRACTICE IN THE BON TRADITION by Alejandro Chaoul, foreword by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
This book is the first to trace the history of Chöd practice in Tibet's indigenous Bön tradition. Chöd ("cutting through") is a meditative practice in which the practitioner imagines offering his or her body in sacrifice through elaborate contemplative visualization. Although a meditative practice, Chöd is not done sitting comfortably on a cushion in a shrine room, but instead is often practiced in terrifying places like cemeteries or charnal grounds. The feelings of fear that result are used by the Chöd practitioner to "cut through" his or her own ego. Chöd contains elements of early shamanism, of sutric and tantric teachings also found in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, and of the Tibetan highest school of Dzogchen.
ESTABLISHING APPEARANCES AS DIVINE: Rongzom Chokyi Zangpo on Reasoning, Madhyamaka, and Purity by Heidi I. Köppl
Esoteric Tibetan Buddhist scriptures teach practitioners to visualize themselves as deities residing within a mandala. By doing so, they assert, the practitioner will eventually become the deity itself. But are sentient beings intrinsically pure, or does visualization practice and contemplation of the deity qualities make them pure? In this eleventh-century commentary, the renowned Nyingma (Ancient School) scholar Rongzom Chokyi Zangpo sets out his analysis of the nature of purity. This penetrating study, directed towards scholars and serious practitioners, contains Köppl's English-language translation of Rongzom's original text and her explication of his views.
Köppl's incisive analysis offers a description of Rongzom's career and works and gives special attention to his critique of Madhyamaka philosophy, comparing his position to the work of his Nyingma successors. Some of Rongzom's approaches, Köppl shows, are unconventional even in a Nyingma context.
A BOOK OF COMMON TIBETAN BUDDHIST PRAYERS From the Shambhala Prayer Service for Universal Peace By Blazing Wisdom Institute
This non-sectarian collection covers a wide range of Tibetan Buddhism's most common prayers that one might encounter when attending a Monlam or Prayer Festival of any of the Tibetan traditions, and includes special aspirations for the growth of each major dharma tradition, a general aspiration by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a new longevity prayer for His Holiness, and several important sutras and tantras. The useful layout includes English translation, with Tibetan transliteration on the facing page. The 36 different prayers include several key sutras, dedications of burnt offerings, aspiration prayers and more.
It is very common in Tibetan monasteries and colleges to find such "lag dep" (handbooks) but until now there has been no comparable work in English.
Book of Common Tibetan Buddhist Prayers, Blazing Wisdom Institute, Spiral Bound.
This easy to use updated edition combines Tibetan phonetics and English translation in a line-by-line format that allows the practitioner to chant in Tibetan and meditate on the meaning simultaneously. It includes:
Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga
The Extensive Offering Practice and Liberating Animals from the Danger of Death, for powerful purification and accumulation of merit
The Abbreviated Four-Mandala Ritual of Tara Chittamani (to be practiced on the 8th of the Tibetan lunar month and on the full and new moon days).
The Medicine Buddha puja known as the The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel (to be practiced on the 8th of the Tibetan lunar month and on the full and new moon days).
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's short daily purification practice of Vajrasattva followed by the Heruka Vajrasattv tsog offering puja.
Protector Practices: Four-Face Mahakala Puja, A Daily Palden Lhamo Practice, and a collection of protector practices and tea offering (including the Praise to Six-Arm Mahakala and Iron Hook Tea Offering)
Includes a new section containing long life prayers, multiplying mantras, and end of day dedication prayers.
FOUNDATION TRAINING IN RITUALS: A Manual for Rituals Training by FPMT
In-depth instruction on Lama Zopa Rinpoche's most frequently suggested practices, this generous volume offers a wealth of information, including instructions on offerings, setting up altars, doing mudras and chants and so on, as well as an array of practices, and guru and medicine buddha pujas. Spiral-bound for ease of use during practice. Comes with a boxed MP3 CD containing chants by Lama Zopa and Lama Yeshe and Ven. Sarah, including Guru Yoga, Heruka Vajrasattva Tsog, and a lot more.
HEART SUTRA Practices and Instruction for Retreat as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Practical instructions on how to meditate on emptiness: how the experience of meditating on emptiness should feel, how to avoid mistakes in your meditation, and keys for laying a successful foundation for your practice.
Also provided are all the necessary materials for completing a Heart Sutra retreat, including root text and sadhana, teachings on the Heart Sutra, and advice on how to integrate your retreat experience into daily life.
THE INTERMEDIATE PRACTICES OF VAJRAYOGINI: An FPMT Manual for Those Who Have Completed the Approximation Retreat by FPMT
This third volume in the the practices of Vajrayogini is intended for the use of those who have completed an approximation retreat enabling the activities and the accompanying subsequent pacifying burning offering. It makes available the complete self-empowerment ritual, together with practice and set-up instructions. A practitioner's ability to perform regular self-initiation practice during this lifetime is essential to engaging in deep purification of the mind, especially in preparation for, at the very least, a positive death and future rebirth, or even better, for achieving the pure land of Vajrayogini herself, Khachö, in this life, at death, in the bardo, or in one's next life. In addition, the self-empowerment of Vajrayogini is simple to perform, compared with the self-initiation rites of many other Maha-anuttara Yoga Tantra deities. For this reason, it is highly appropriate for practitioners in these degenerate times, when time is short and the ease of practice can greatly help us to keep our tantric commitments.
Restricted sale: Only for those who have accomplished a complete approximation retreat of Vajrayogini.
KARMA CHAKME'S MOUNTAIN DOCTRINE VOL. 3 taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, translated by Yeshe Gyamtso, Chojor Radha, Jigme Nyima, and Namgyal Khorko
Opening with concise bardo teachings and offering instruction on benefiting people who are within the bardo state, this volume then continues with instructions for the practitioner that cover: how to protect oneself from potential threats with loving-kindness and compassion; how to purify obscurations through the invocation of wisdom deities; the signs that arise through practice; how to recognize when you get off the track and eradicate the cause; problems that can impede practice and stop it from working; methods necessary to cause one's practice to develop; bringing the five mental affliction to the path in terms of four different approaches.
PEARL ROSARY: The Path of Purification by Khenchen Rinpoche, Konchog Gyaltshen, edited by Khenmo Trinlay Chodron
"The content of this text is primarily meant for people who are far away and don't have the opportunity to engage in Dharma practice in the presence of the teacher. The book itself is a representation of the teacher, and therefore is meant to help one's Dharma practice. The text describes the methods of visualization and how to incorporate practice into our day to day life experience. The visualization of these deities is mainly concerned with the practices of tantrayana and mantrayana, which are the highest forms of practice. The path of visualization is very powerful and if properly engaged in, it is capable of transforming our life within a single moment."--His Holiness Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche, from the Foreword
This handbook is packed with basic and thorough instructions for ten different deity practices--including Medicine Buddha, Vajrasattva, Vajrapani and several Tara practices.
Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen is a revered teacher of the Drigung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of Great Kagyu Masters, Garland of Mahamudra Practices, Prayer Flags, and other titles.