The Garland of Mahamudra Practices

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Katherine Rogers
Snow Lion Publications, 2002 - Religion - 139 pages
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This text is a manual of practical instructions for students who are or would like to practice the path of Mahamudra in meditation. Mahamudra refers to a path to enlightenment taught by the Buddha and transmitted through the spiritual lineage of Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, and Milarepa. Gampopa, a disciple of Milarepa who lived in the eleventh century, brought together these teachings of the Buddha into one five-fold path consisting of an enlightened motivation, deity yoga, guru yoga, mahamudra, and proper dedication, to which his main disciple, Pakmo Druba, gave the name "The Profound Five-Fold Path of Mahamudra."

Jigten Sumgon, the successor of Pakmo Druba, founded the Drikung Kagyu order and taught Mahamudra extensively.

The fifteenth successor of Jugten Sumgon, Kunga Rinchen, known for the directness and clarity of his teachings, composed the text Clarifying the Jewel Rosary of the Profound Five-Fold Path.
  

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Contents

Foreword
9
CLARIFYING THE JEWEL ROSARY OF
21
Common Preparatory Practices
27
Special Preparatory Practices
39
ACTUAL PRACTICES
47
Meditation on the Teacher Guru
58
Meditation on Mahamudra
72
Dedication
97
The Life Story of the Author Kunga
104
Notes
111
Index
126
61
130
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Khenchen Könchog Gyaltshen, founder of several Buddhist centers worldwide, is respected and beloved as an accomplished scholar, meditation master, teacher, translator, and author. In 2001 he received the high honor of being enthroned as Khenchen (great abbot). He lives in Frederick, Maryland.

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