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The Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance and Fifty Stanzas of Guru-Devotion by Asvaghosa (A Guide to Ka-gyti Mahamundra and Guru-yoga) 5th Edition

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Publisher:Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
Published In:2002
ISBN-10:8185102139
ISBN-13:9788185102139
Binding Type:Paperback
Weight:0.68 lbs
Pages:pp. xiii + 176, Index

The Title "The Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance and Fifty Stanzas of Guru-Devotion by Asvaghosa (A Guide to Ka-gyti Mahamundra and Guru-yoga) 5th Edition" is written by Alexander Berzin. This book was published in the year 2002. The ISBN number 8185102139|9788185102139 is assigned to the Paperback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 5th Edition edition. This book has total of pp. xiii + 176 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Library of Tibetan Works and Archives. We have about 197 other great books from this publisher. The Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance and Fifty Stanzas of Guru-Devotion by Asvaghosa (A Guide to Ka-gyti Mahamundra and Guru-yoga) 5th Edition is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

Mahamudra or the Great Seal refers to a Mahayana Buddhist system of Meditation on nature of the mind and is undertaken for realizing Enlightenment. Taught by Buddha manifesting in the form of Vajradhara, its lineage was passed in India from Tilopa to Naropa to Marpa, and then in Tibet to Mi-la-ra-pa and Gam-po-pa, author of The Jewel Ornament of liberation. The specific lineage represented here is that of the Karma Kagyu which passed from Gam-po-pa to the first Kar-ma-pa and then through successive Gurus until the present day.

This text by the Ninth Kar-ma-pa (1556-1603) is one of the most famous expositions of this meditational system. It covers both the preliminary practices as well as the actual Mahamudra meditations of mental quiescence (Samatha) and penetrative Insight (Vipasyana). Explaining the stages and paths as traveled in this system, it represents a complete path to Enlightenment.

Accompanying the root text is a commentary given orally by Beru Khyentze Rinpoche, based on the teachings of his Guru, His Holiness the Sixteenth Kar-ma-pa.

As a proper relation with a guru is essential for realizing Mahamudra, also included is the basic text on Guru-devotion by the first century B.C. Indian master Asvaghosa with an oral commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey.

This work is published under the auspices of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in a programme to make available living teachings from the many traditions of Buddhism as preserved in Tibet.

Contents

The Law
A. THE MAHAMUDRA ELIMINATING THE DARKNESS OF IGNORANCE :
Introduction
Part I : PRELIMINARIES :
1. Refuge, Prostration and Bodhicitta
2. Vajrasattva Meditation
3. Mandala Offering
4. Guru-yoga
5. Death and Impermanence
6. Karma and the Law of Cause and Effect
7. The Disadvantages of Samsara
8. The Precious Human Rebirth
9. The Causal Condition for Success
10. The Main Condition
11. The Objective Condition
12. The Immediate Condition

PART II : MENTAL QUIESCENCE :
MEDITATION
1. The Essential Postures of Body and Mind
2. Focusing on a Visual Object
3. Other Sensory Objects
4. Eliminating Mental Dullness and Agitation
5. Focusing on No Object
6. Focusing on the Breath and the Three Stages of Settling the Mind
7. Eliminating Mental Tightness and Looseness
8. The Actual State of Mental Quiescence and the Three Boons

Part III : PENETRATIVE INSIGHT MEDITATION :
1. Looking at the Settled Mind
2. Looking at the Moving or Thinking Mind
3. Looking at the Mind Reflecting Appearances and at the Mind in Relation to the Body
4. Looking at the Settled and Moving Minds Together
5. Recognizing the Nature of the Settled Mind
6. Recognizing the Nature of the Moving or Thinking Mind
7. Recognizing the Nature of the Mind Reflecting Appearances and of the Mind in Relation to the Body
8. Recognizing the Nature of the Settled and Moving Minds together
9. Summary

Part IV : ENHANCING YOUR PRACTICE :
1. Combining Mahamudra with Other Practices and the four Activities
2. The Five Distorted Views, Three Skills and
3. Four Buddha Bodies
4. The Three Places where you can Deviate and the Four where you can Lose Voidness
5. The Danger points where things can arise as an Enemy and other Interferences
6. The Benefits of the Practices and the Stages and Paths
7. According to Mahamudra
8. Concluding Definitions
9. Author's Colophon

B. FIFTY STANZAS OF GURU-DEVOTION :
Preface
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