Elizabeth Callahan (Translator)
Looking forward to these new translations. Callahan has an outstanding translation of the restricted text, Mahamudra, The Ocean of Definitive Meaning. I expect this Moonbeams translation to be of equally high quality. Fortunately, Moonbeams is not restricted.A new translation of Tibet's most important manual for Mahāmudrā view and meditation
This classic Buddhist work, written in the sixteenth century, comprehensively presents the entire scope of the Tibetan Kagyu Mahāmudrā tradition. These profound yet accessible instructions focus on becoming familiar with the nature of one’s mind as the primary means to realize ultimate reality and thus attain buddhahood. Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s manual for the view and practice of Mahāmudrā is widely considered the single most important work on the subject, systematically introducing the view and associated meditation techniques in a progressive manner.
Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, along with the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance, are to this day some of the most studied texts on Mahāmudrā in the Kagyu monasteries throughout Tibet and the Himalayas. Elizabeth M. Callahan, a renowned translator of classical Kagyu literature, has provided new translations of these two texts along with ancillary materials and annotations, making this a genuine resource for both scholars and students of Tibetan Buddhism. This historic contribution therefore offers the necessary tools to properly study and apply the Mahāmudrā teachings in a modern context.
Currently, there are two translations of Moonbeams:
Moonbeams of Mahamudra: The Classic Meditation Manual, translated by Traleg Kyabgon
Mahamudra: The Moonlight -- Quintessence of Mind and Meditation, translated by Lobsang P Lhalungpa
Included in the book is also a much needed (in my opinion) new translation of Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance. The only other translation currently available is
The Mahamudra: Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance, translated by Alexander Berzin, with commentary by Beru Khyentze Rinpoche.