I'll admit, I'm woefully unfamiliar with the Sakya tradition compared to most in this sub-forum, seeing as the vast majority of my study and practice has been Ka-Nying in orientation. That said, I share my lamas' fondness for the likes of HH Sakya Trizin, HH Jigdral Dagchen Rinpoche, Deshung Rinpoche, and the kindness they've shown. I'm also appreciative of the Sakya school's overall love of Manjushri. Parting From the Four Attachments
is nothing short of pith instruction of the highest caliber, if you ask me.
Therefore, in an effort to be a better practitioner of the Rimé view and share the wealth of Dharma that I'm privy to, I'd like to let all of you know about a new book which was just published a mere two days ago. I happen to be friends with translator and long-time student-practitioner Christopher Wilkinson on Facebook, and he just messaged me about the first volume in his Sakya Kongma series. It covers some of Sakya Pandita's work from the Sakya Kabum, and is entitled Poetic Wisdom
http://www.amazon.com/Sakya-Kongma-Poet ... +wilkinson
His introduction to the volume is extensive, and I recommend you read it in its entirety. In short, the Amazon product description says:
I have translated short works, correspondence, and poetry he wrote over the course of his life in an effort to let my readers see Sakya Pandita’s humanity and enlightened spirit as he himself expressed it.
The present volume does not contain esoterica for which special empowerments or privileges are considered requisite. There will be content that excites inquiry and discussion, which I consider a good thing.
In case you're unfamiliar with Christopher or his work, a rather thorough bio is also on the above Amazon page.
"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme