THE TREASURY OF KNOWLEDGE, Book Eight, Part Four: Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana by Jamgön Kongtrul Lodrö Tayé, trans. by Sarah Harding
Jamgon Kongtrul's Treasury of Knowledge in ten volumes is a unique encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were presented in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice.
This volume, Esoteric Instructions, A Detailed Presentation of the Process of Meditation in Vajrayana, deals with meditation, specifically tantric meditation. Esoteric Instructions is a collection of intimate records of personal teachings by masters, that simplify tantric meditations by providing pertinent examples and very personal and helpful hints to disciples based on the master's own experience. Although originally oral in nature, they have been codified and passed down through specific lineages from teacher to student.
«This comprehensive masterpiece--which contains writings on the entire Buddhist canon--is one of the greatest works of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. It has brought immeasurable benefit to beings in the past and present and will continue to benefit far into the future. I am pleased that Book Eight, Part Four of the Treasury of Knowledge, Esoteric Instructions, is translated by Sarah Harding, whom I respect as an eminent and experienced translator. I highly encourage anyone interested in the study and practice of Dharma to study this text, as it holds great blessings.»--Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, author of It's Up To You.
«This volume of the Treasury of Knowledge presents the culmination of Jamgon Kongtrul's treatment of Buddhist meditation training, revealing the complete spectrum of the traditions of profound instructions known as the eight great practice lineages. Here Sarah Harding has produced a masterful translation of this pithy work, augmented it with historical overviews, and provided an introduction rich in insights and background material.
FEMALE DEITIES IN BUDDHISM: A Concise Guide by Vessantara
Female deities in Buddhism take many forms to inspire, beguile, rouse and protect us--from crones, Buddhas and goddesses to mothers and wild women. Respected Western Buddhist teacher Vessantara invites us to learn more about ourselves by understanding the seeds of love, wisdom and freedom that these figures symbolise in their fullness, qualities we can nurture through contemplating the beauty of these enlightened beings.
"Deep and profound, yet easy to read."--Pure Land Notes
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.
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.
UNIVERSAL LOVE: The Yoga Method of Buddha Maitreya by Lama Yeshe, ed. by Nick Ribush
"... when we study Buddhism we're studying ourselves—the nature of our body, speech and mind—the main emphasis being on the nature of our mind and how it works in everyday life. The main topic is not something else, like what is Buddha, what is the nature of God or things like that. Why is it so important to know the nature of our own mind? It's because we all want happiness, enjoyment, peace and satisfaction and these experiences do not come from ice cream but from wisdom and the mind. Therefore we have to understand what the mind is and how it works."
"...tantra is the right practice for Westerners and of the utmost need in this twentieth century. After all, the Buddha wanted us to have as much perfect pleasure as possible; he certainly didn't want us to be miserable, confused or dissatisfied. Therefore we should understand that we meditate in order to gain profound pleasure, not to beat ourselves up or to experience pain. If entering the Buddhist path brings you nothing but fear and guilt then it's certainly not worth the effort...
"Maitreya is the manifestation of the love of all the buddhas--the supreme beings who have achieved limitless, universal love. When we practice the yoga method of Buddha Maitreya we unify with the universal love energy that is Maitreya by developing to their ultimate extent the limited qualities of love, compassion and purity that presently lie within us."--Lama Yeshe