Light of Wisdom, Volume I

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Rangjung Yeshe Publications, Apr 1, 2004 - Philosophy - 322 pages
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The Light of Wisdom Vol. I contains the root terma - hidden treasure text - of Padmasambhava, The Gradual Path of the Wisdom Essence and its commentary The Light of Wisdom by Jamgon Kongtrul the Great. Annotations on the commentary Entering the Path of Wisdom spoken by Jamyang Drakpa and recorded by Jokyab Rinpoche are included as well as clarifications from other masters. Volume I presents in-depth explanations of the Vajrajana Buddhist perspective. It begins with the nature of the ground, the buddha nature present in all beings, continues with the teachings that are common to all vehicles, and concludes with the Mahayana and the link to Vajrayana.This essence of the causal and resultant vehicles,Especially the core of the realization the three sections of the inner tantras,Linking together the ground with the path,Makes you abandon the temporary defilements along with their tendencies,Realize fruition and quickly accomplish the welfare of self and others,In this way it is in conformity with each yet exalted above them all. -PadmasambhavaThe root text of Lamrim Yeshe Nyingpo, a terma revealed by the great treasure- finder Chokgyur Lingpa, and its commentary by Kongtrul Rinpoche, the great translator in person, form together a complete scripture that embodies all the tantras, statements and instructions of the Nyingma School of the early translations, which is most rare to find in the past, present, or future. -Kyabje Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche
  

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Contents

THE ROOT TEXT
1
THE COMMENTARY
17
Teaching on the Title
25
Explaining the Sign Script and Homage
36
The Setting
43
The Circumstances
53
The Four Vajra Syllables
54
The Five Perfections and Instruction to Retain the Teaching
63
APPENDICES AND NOTES
157
The Six Limits and Four Modes
161
The Four Noble Truths
167
The Four Dhyanas and Formless States
170
The Sugata Essence
175
Padmakara and the Four Vidyadhara Levels
179
Shakyamunis Prophecy about Buddhism in Tibet
181
The Five Aggregates
183

The Meaning of the Ground
68
Section Three Path
83
How to Follow a Spiritual Guide
87
The Four Mind Changings
95
Taking Refuge
110
Conventional Bodhichitta of Aspiration
115
Conventional Bodhichitta of Application
121
The View of Ultimate Bodhichitta
135
The Meditation of Ultimate Bodhichitta and Its Result
147
Establishing the Basis for Beginning the Teaching
186
The Actual Beginning of the Teaching
191
The Sixty Aspects of Melodious Speech
195
n The Four Schools of Buddhist Philosophy
197
The Bodhisattva Bhumis
201
Epilogue
206
Notes
208
Index
287
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About the author (2004)

Rosemary Brant is an editor. Amitov Katz is an expert in Asian cultures. K. D. Samdupe is an anthropologist specializing in Tibetan culture.

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, (1813-99) was the leading figure in the nineteenth-century "rime" (nonsectarian) revival of Tibetan Buddhism. One of the most prolific and accomplished teachers and writers in Tibetan history, his works continue to guide and inspire students and practitioners alike.

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