Shambhala Publications offering two new books by Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche

 

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Tilopa's Wisdom by Khenchen Thrangu – Book Information & Retail Links
On-Sale Date: 12/31/2019
Book Description
Most traditions of Mahamudra meditation can be traced back to the mahasiddha Tilopa and his Ganges Mahamudra, a “song of realization” that he sang to his disciple Naropa on the banks of the Ganges River more than a thousand years ago. In this book, Khenchen Thrangu tells the extraordinary story of Tilopa’s life and explains its profound lessons. He follows this story with a limpid and practical verse-by-verse commentary on the Ganges Mahamudra, explaining its precious instructions for realizing Mahamudra, the nature of one’s mind. Throughout, Thrangu Rinpoche speaks plainly and directly to Westerners eager to receive the essence of Mahamudra instructions from an accomplished teacher.
Praise
“As one of the greatest living teachers of the Kagyu lineage, Yongzin Khenchen Thrangu is eminently qualified to describe the life of the mahasiddha Tilopa, who founded that same lineage. Thrangu Rinpoche’s clear exposition of Tilopa’s magical life and deeply spiritual poetry will make it possible for more people to be inspired by these precious stories and Mahamudra teachings.”—The Twelfth Tai Situpa
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Naropa's Wisdom by Khenchen Thrangu – Book Information & Retail Links
On-Sale Date: 1/21/2020
Book Description
As the disciple of Tilopa and the guru of Marpa the Translator, Naropa is one of the accomplished lineage holders of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He expressed his realization in the form of spiritual songs, pithy yet beautiful poems that he sung spontaneously. In this book, Khenchen Thrangu first tells the story of Naropa's life and explains the lessons we can learn from it and then provides verse-by-verse commentary on two of his songs. Both songs contain precious instructions on Mahamudra, the direct experience of the nature of one's mind, which in this tradition is the primary means to realize ultimate reality and thus attain buddhahood. Thrangu Rinpoche's teaching on the first song, The View, Concisely Put, explains the view of Mahamudra in a manner suitable for Western students who are new to the subject. The second song, The Summary of Mahamudra, contains all the key points of the view, meditation, conduct, and fruition of Mahamudra.
Thrangu Rinpoche speaks plainly, directly, and without using any technical jargon to Westerners eager to learn the fundamentals of the Mahamudra path to enlightenment from a recognized master. As Thrangu Rinpoche says, “Mahamudra is a practice that can be done by anyone. It is an approach that engulfs any practitioner with tremendous blessings that make it very effective and easy to implement. This is especially true in our present time and especially true for Westerners because in the West there are very few obstacles in the practice of Mahamudra.”
Praise
“The Indian mahasiddha Naropa is one of the most influential figures in the history of Vajrayana Buddhism. . . . The Very Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, our great treasure of wisdom and compassion, holds Naropa’s unbroken lineage. There is no one more qualified than Rinpoche to present this wisdom tradition. Those who haven’t met Naropa can meet the heart essence of his insights and deeds through this book.”—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Wild Awakening: The Heart of Mahamudra and Dzogchen
 
“A great book from a consummate teacher. It includes translations of two critically important texts by the great Indian adept Naropa with a masterful oral commentary. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche reaches the heights of Buddhist philosophy and the profound depths of Mahamudra meditation, all the while providing practical advice and reminding us that ‘while training in a high view, please conduct yourself in accordance with the Dharma.’”—Sarah Harding, translator of Chöd: The Sacred Teachings on Severance
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