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The Life And Teaching Of Naropa

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In the history of Tibetan and Tantric Buddhism, the Indian pandit Naropa occupies an unusual position. The life and teachings of this eleventh-century mystic mark both the culmination of a long tradition and the beginning of a new and rich era of Buddhist thought. This fascinating biography of Naropa, translated by Herbert V. Guenther from hitherto unknown sources, describ ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 31st 1990 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1986)
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In this volume, the late Tibetologist and Buddhist philosopher Herbert V. Guenther provides an incredibly dense and erudite translation of and commentary on the traditional account of Naropa, one of the primary figures in the Kagyu lineage of Vajrayana (aka "Tibetan") Buddhism.



According to Wikipedia, Guenther's "work is well known for being difficult to read," and this book is no exception—I made it to page 158 the first time I read it before I ran out of steam, and finished the entirety the se
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Herbert Vighnāntaka Günther (March 17, 1917 – March 11, 2006) was Professor and Head of the Department of Far Eastern Studies at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada), and one of the first translators of Tibetan Vajrayana and Dzogchen teachings into English.
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