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Jinzang wrote:Bokar Rinpoche wrote a similar, condensed guide to Mahamudra as outlined in the Chakchen Ngedon Gyamtso, called "Opening the Door to Certainty." I recommend it. It's great for practitioners. And less of a strain to carry around!
I was a little disappointed in this book, too short. I think the best introduction to mahamudra is Thrangu Rinpoche's new book Vivid Awareness. Actually it's a unified presentation of mahamudra and dzogchen based on Khenpo Gangshar's instructions.
The best book on mahamudra (though I haven't read them all) is still Takpo Tashi Namgyal's "Mahamudra: The Quintessence of Mind & Meditation,"
Even better descriptions are forthcoming.
adinatha wrote: This Roberts book has the best Mahamudra instructions in print thus far.
conebeckham wrote:Mine arrived yesterday. It is, indeed, a treasure. Great translations of important texts, outlining both the Path of Liberation and the Path of Means, which are the two streams of transmission stemming from Gampopa. In particular, this book offers the most complete explanations of the Path of Means translated into English thus far. If you take this book, along with the Chakchen Ngedon Gyamtso, and Dakpo Tashi Namgyal's MoonBeams of Mahamudra, you have the essential heart of the Kagyu lineages.
I'm looking forward to Volume 8, as well! But this will remain a reference and tool for the rest of my life.
ronnewmexico wrote:Well, I like this kind of rambling..."A treasure for this life, indeed. I find it interesting to consider how many of us have in fact in past lives come into contact with these teachings. The teachings being there again, for the mind again to work with. I find this a wonderful thought. Comforting, yet also a spur to do better this time, to use it better. "
Some take it as outside agent force of Buddha whatever. Some take it as mind itself as agent of source. Some take it as the innate nature of reality itself reaching out grasping out, to have us understand, as all is essentially conscious understanding.
I tend towards the third. My life seems impossible for me to attach to extreams. Too wound up in thought or some things, and I actually get physcially disabled. So my attention is mandated. Situations as well...to attached they dissolve before me. Things just leading me it seems I have not a bit of choice in this thing. Circumstances always leading in a certain way....what's a mother to do
So I must consider these things, it is impossible not to. Comforting yet different as well...Flying through air.... off a cliff perhaps........ for years and years time, no ground, no ceiling, just on and on. The normal of things left far far behind.
So that's another ramble...
I for one am a sucker for those kind of rambles...love them I do....
Thanks for the memory MYOM....I feel totally comforted right about now.
Glad to see a mahamudra thread on this board...real glad.
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