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Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines: Seven Books of Wisdom of the Great Path, According to the Late Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup's English Rendering Paperback – September 28, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0195133141 ISBN-10: 0195133145 Edition: 3rd

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  • Paperback: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (September 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195133145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195133141
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Donald S. Lopez is at University of Michigan.

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This is the third book in the Tibetan series from W.Y.Evans-Wentz.
OverTheMoon
This book is a compendium of diverse Tibetan Buddhist works, translated, extensively annotated with footnotes, introductions, & addenda.
Neal J. Pollock
Anyone who is interested in the six yogas of Naropa should read this book.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Meryl on October 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
W.Y.Evans-Wentz travelled extensively in the far east and wrote several books about Tibetan Buddhism. He writes with a great combination of scholarship and passion for the religion. Having met 'remarkable men' throughout India and elsewhere, he has a tendency to blend Buddhism and Hinduism together. Those who have travelled to India or Nepal have seen this blending, and a student of history notes Buddhism's firm roots in Hinduism. In this book, Evans Wentz gives good translations of exotic Tibetan Buddhist texts. Anyone looking for the roots of modern mystical fiction like Carlos Castaneda will find them here. Explained are the procedures of producing 'Psychic Heat', projecting consciousness into animals, and being aware of the dream state. This is a great book to inspire the cautious beginner or to come back to after practicing seated meditation for several years, because there is practical advice on how to breath and keep your back straight,as well as deeper meditations. One might ask, "How did the powers that be ever let this kind of information be put into print?", as a lot of it is extremely esoteric and possibly unadvisable for beginning practitioners.
Be sure to read the author's wonderful introduction and extensive footnotes, which help to weave a story about spirituality, both Eastern and Western.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Hakuyu on September 19, 2005
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Along with the companion volumes making up the Tibetan Series edited by W.Y. Evans-Wentz, this book broke new ground when first published in 1935,effectively placing the first, full length translations of authentic Tibetan Buddhist teachings within our reach. Despite the passage of time and a prolific increase in the number of such translations, the material made available by W.Y. Evans-Wentz and his mentors remains some of the most lucid at our disposal. As W.Y. Evans-Wentz put it: ". . .my aim has been to place on record not only a catena of carefuly made translations of texts . . .but also a body of orally transmitted traditions and teachings relating to the texts, which I received from the late LamaĀ@Kazi Dawa Samdup, who was my Tibetan Guru. . ." - hence, the emphasis throughout is essentially practical. In fact, W.Y. Evans-Wentz hinted that the present volume may well be found to be the most valuable, inasmuch as it gives the very texts of some of the principal yogas and meditations which many of the most illustrious Tibetan and Indian philosophers, including Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa and Milarepa, employed in attaining Right Knowledge " (i.e. samyak sambodhi).

The shortened titles of these seven texts are as follows:

(1) Gampopa's Supreme Path, called 'The Precious Rosary. '

(2) The Epitome of the Great Symbol.

(3) The Epitome of the Six Doctrines

(4) The Transference of Consciousness

(5) The Method of Eradicating the Lower Self.

(6) The Fivefold Wisdom of the Long Hum

(7) The Essence of the Transcendental Wisdom.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By OverTheMoon on November 26, 2003
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This is the third book in the Tibetan series from W.Y.Evans-Wentz. Although this book can be used as a stand-alone yoga book it is certainly not best read that way. Basically this is part of a developing series. The first book in the Tibetan series - The Tibetan Book of the Dead, is the fundamental book of the series which describes Buddhist philosophy, psychology and metaphysics. It is the best translation out there and the original! The second book in the series is called Tibets Greatest Yogi Milarepa is the story of a great yogi who puts into practice most of what we learn from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. It is through the story of Milarepa that we learn more about The Tibetan Book of the Dead. In the story of Milarepa the yogi studies the Seven Books of Wisdom of the Great Path as taught to him by his gurus. THIS BOOK is an expansion that explains those wisdoms and describes the yoga that is used to achieve them. When you understand that, then this book becomes invaluable to anybody who is looking for right yoga path. IT IS HERE!
These texts are ancient and old but have served millions since their inception. The work that Evans-Wentz has done here is substantial if not some of the most important yoga concepts ever seen by the occident. You will probably need a guru of some kind to help you get started in any form of yoga but this book is plain sailing once you learn the basics right. Most of the major yoga practices are covered in this book. Most new books on yoga are indebted to this mans work on the subject, all directly brought back from the orient by master gurus whom which Dr. W.Y.Evans-Wentz was a student for years.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Neal J. Pollock VINE VOICE on March 17, 2006
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This book is a compendium of diverse Tibetan Buddhist works, translated, extensively annotated with footnotes, introductions, & addenda. For most, if not all, this was their original translation & publication in English. Evans-Wentz (E-W) adopted a scientific/anthropological view (per his training); per p. xii: R. R. Marett-"He meant to do his best to look through the window without being baffled by his own reflection in the glass." His critics (Donald Lopez in his preface & John Reynolds in his "Self-Liberation") emphasize E-W's history of Theosophy & Hindu yoga. However, as a scientist, I disagree. As George MacDonald said in "Lilith," "What do they know of England who only England know?" It's like trying to see a polar bear in a snow storm or a black cat in a moonless night! E-W non-dogmatically uses information from many sources e.g. Sufism, Christianity, Greek & modern philosophy, etc. to provide contrast & context with the text. Such background material is essential in order to comprehend meaning (knowledge) vs. mere information (dogma). Interestingly, Chen-Chi Cheng's "Yogic Commentary" points out further correspondences between Mahamudra (MM) & Zen, saying that p. xlii: "A knowledge of Tantric yoga contributes greatly to an understanding of all aspects of Buddhist enlightenment, including difficult & obscure Zen koans." As the "Yogic Precepts" in Book I point out, p. 79: "A philosophy comprehensive enough to embrace the whole of knowledge is indispensable," & per E-W, p. 322 note 1: "The one mind of man in its workings transcends the superficial barriers of clime, & race, & creed." The wide range of these 7 documents & the lack of readers' prior training necessitated very extensive background.Read more ›
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