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The Royal Seal of Mahamudra, Volume One: A Guidebook for the Realization of Coemergence Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Gerardo Abboud was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a short career in engineering, he spent fourteen years studying Buddhism in India and Nepal. Since 1986 he has been president of the Dongyuling Center, Argentina, which offers free teachings on Buddhist theory and practice. He has been the main translator for Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche since 2000 and has been serving as His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s interpreter in Latin America since 1992. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
"Because it is one of the most detailed and comprehensive presentations of Mahamudra teachings in existence, many years ago I encouraged Gerardo Abboud to prepare an English translation of the third Khamtrul Rinpoche's instructional treatise on coemergent wisdom. I'm truly delighted to see that his efforts have now resulted in this exceptional work. All those devoted to the path that leads to recognizing the mind's profound nature will surely cherish The Royal Seal of Mahamudra."—H.E. Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
"The distinguishing feature of this commentary on Mahamudra by Khamtrul Ngawang Kunga Tenzin is the way it accurately covers the different experiences of practitioners. People's minds are varied so their experiences can differ as well. The author advises what antidotes to apply, what adjustments to make, how to determine if an experience is valid or not, and gives instructions to prevent straying to a wrong path. The translator Gerardo Abboud is not only learned about Mahamudra but also has the experience of practice, both of which are special conditions for an adequate translation. It is my dearest hope that this text may be of great benefit and lead countless beings to the realization of buddhahood."—Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00U1M2F7S
- Publisher : Snow Lion (January 20, 2015)
- Publication date : January 20, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1239 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,469 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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After historical background and singing the praises of meditation, it goes immediately into basic instructions on posture. The course body must be pliable to open the subtle channels. From this base and a brief discussion of voice, the author instructs on settling the mind. It’s a brilliant explanation, one that will leave the reader in awe. The rest of the book continues from the base concept of settling the mind into refinements that “use the mind as the path,” allow for one-pointedness, remove hindrances, and finally bring about a state of sustained shamatha, then allow the practice vipashyana. The path of Mahamudra and the text is completed through chapters on one taste and non-meditation.
This is a summary and can’t do justice to a book so richly packed with insights. There are more than ample references to sutras and other texts. The sources are a veritable who’s who of Buddhism; Padmasambhava, Milerepa, Saraha, Naropa, Atisha, Ashanga, etc..
The beginning meditator may want to start somewhere else, but if he selects this book as a starting place and persists he will be richly rewarded. The practiced meditator should have this book on the top of his list of must reads. There are many more basic books on meditation, but few as poetic and rich with insight. And we can look forward to a second volume.
Written by the Khamtrul Rinpoche III, this manual is one of the most detailed and comprehensive presentations of Mahamudra teachings in existence. It offers profound insight into Mahamudra practice and the nature of mind. Remarkable at the beginning, in the middle and at the end, every single word of the text provides straightforward guidance, practice advices and subtle instructions in an as deep as practical approach.
“This guidance manual for the practice of Mahamudra offers detailed instructions for meditation practice from the beginning level to the culmination of the path. Widely regarded as one of the clearest and most comprehensive presentations of the practice of coemergence, or Mahamudra, it presents a step-by-step guide to spiritual exercises that bring the meditator to clear realization of the primordially pure, fully perfect, nondual nature of the mind.”
In my opinion, I do not hesitate to place this book in the same category as the IX Karmapa "The Ocean of definitive meaning" [ in the Elizabeth Callahan translation ] and Dakpo Tashi Namgyal "Mahamudra: The Moonlight -- Quintessence of Mind and Meditation". This means as a gem among the gems.
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