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Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom: Development Stage Meditation in Tibetan Buddhist Tantra

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Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom contains four of the most cherished Tibetan Buddhist commentaries on the practices of visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption. These three elements form the core of development stage meditation, one of the most important practices of Buddhist Tantra. The authors of these timeless classics—Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Gets ...more
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Published June 25th 2007 by Snow Lion Publications (first published May 11th 2007)
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Yudron
Jul 26, 2012 Yudron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book includes three classic texts in the Nyingma tradition on Mahayoga. The first two, by Rigdzin Jigma Lingpa and Patrul Rinpoche, are oft cited as two of the most significant texts on the topic in our tradition. I found them hard going, and I've got a pretty good background in Mahayoga. The third, is much easier going and very helpful in the Nyingma approach to the symbolism of common sadhanas. There really isn't much in English yet for us practitioners in this tradition, so I do recommen ...more
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best book for human mind
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Excellent collection of texts that should prove quite useful to any students of Tibetan Buddhism engaged in deity yoga. The translation reads quite well also.
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“The naked body of the female consort illustrates freedom from the obscuration of conceptual symbols. As an illustration of unchanging great bliss endowed with the sixteen joys, she appears in the form of a youthful, sixteen-year-old girl. Her hair hangs loose, showing the unlimited way that wisdom expands impartially out of basic space. She is adorned with five bone ornaments. Of these, the ring at the top of her head symbolizes the wisdom of the basic space of phenomena [dharmadhātu], while her bone necklace represents the wisdom of equality. Her earrings stand for discerning wisdom, her bracelets for mirrorlike wisdom, and her belt for all-accomplishing wisdom. Illustrating the unity of calm abiding and insight, her secret space is joined in union.” 3 likes
“Just calling one's practice "approach and accomplishment" and staying in retreat for years will produce nothing but hardship. Completing hundreds of millions of mantras will not even bring the warmth of the ordinary qualities that mark one's progress on the path! In other words, if the essential points of the path are not taken into account, perseverance will amount to nothing more than chasing a mirage.” 1 likes
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