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The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary Entitled A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro's Six Dharmas Paperback – October 4, 2005
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"A veritable feast containing teachings that for centuries have been kept secret but that give one a clear sense of the enormous possibilities on the spiritual path."—Quest Magazine
"Glenn's study of the history, substance, and philosophical legacy of the Six Yogas of Naropa together with his translations of Tsongkhapa's treatise provides an invaluable guide to this tradition."—Buddhism Now
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Rinpochey spoke six hours a day for many, many days, using the text of Lama Tsongkhapa as his focus. One day one of the yogis coming out of the room at the end of the session looked at me and said, "Really what a Buddha he is!" When this great lama passed away a few years later, the Tibetan spiritual community mourned.the loss of one of the last of the super-greats to come out of Tibet. When I think back twenty-two years ago to the faces in the front couple of rows at that teaching, many of them have today come to rank among the foremost lamas in the Gelukpa school.
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However, it does give fair warning that this is anything but a how-to manual; it is a theoretical work on techniques for very advanced students of yoga, and for initiates in tantric yoga to boot. Topics covered include production of mystical heat, sleep and dream yogas, soul-projection, and after-death experiences. Mullin supplies explanations of the conceptual background, often providing fairly extended quotations from other Tibetan works, including commentaries to Tsongkhapa. Mullin's 1997 companion volume, "Readings on the Six Yogas of Naropa," is currently still in print under its original title. A shorter volume, it contains earlier and later treatments, from India and Tibet, including a supplementary text by Tsongkhapa himself.Read more ›
1) energy cultivation,
2) emptiness/absolute schools or
3) some mix of both but without a clear bridge.
Emptiness schools often critique energetic schools for merely getting caught in other layers of cyclic existence (and worse, creating intense karma in those layers). Yet emptiness schools often don't admit the valid energetic part of the path.
The first yoga of the six, the crux and foundation of this 6-yoga system, explains steps that produce bliss - and resolve it into emptiness. This resolution occurs within the mysterious deep-centers, who reside along - and whose vitality is integrated through - the central channel.
The Seventh Dalai Lama wrote verse about the 6 yoga system, whose 1st paragraph follows. Much of it is of specific cultural reference, but the 4th and 7th lines speak to general theory:
"Namo guru daka dakini yeh!
O all-pervading Heruka and your mandala of bliss,
O Tilopa, also known as the sublimely wise Jnanabhadra
Who took the insight of ecstasy and void to its limits,
And Naropa, an emodiment of Chakrasamvara:
I request you, bestow blessings, that we may achive
The wisdom of ecstasy and void conjoined."
- (from page 96 of the book)
This text has tremendous implications for the classic theological dilemmas re: sensation.
(The above is my pasted review of the previous edition of this book, which still holds for this.)
As I always feel slightly unsure about the precise usage of words in any of the Tibetan translations I have read thus far, I prefer to use Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's Tantric Grounds and Paths: How to Enter, Progress On, and Complete the Vajrayana Path and Clear Light of Bliss : The Practice of Mahamudra in Vajrayana Buddhism as practical instruction as they are written with today's practitioner in mind. Also, Lama Yeshe's The Bliss of Inner Fire: Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa is similarly written for today's practitioner.
All in all I find this a valuable cross-reference. If you have the appropriate empowerments and a good motivation it would be very worthwhile to receive teachings on The Six Yogas from a qualified Vajrayana master in order to get the blessing lineage of these practices into your mindstream.
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If one can make these realizations, it would be impossible to fall back.
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There can be no doubt the author did a lot of research here. However, it is unclear whether the author practiced the contents. Read morePublished 12 months ago by MysticJaguar
easy to understand,enlightening, meets my requirements and expectations, was sent in an expeditious manner thank you very much for thisPublished on April 23, 2014 by Darryl Grant/314123
Glenn Mullen does a very good job translating a most important text dealing with using subtle mind and body energies for greater awareness of the co-emergence of emptiness and form... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by No Bone To Pick
kindness in write form.shows that there is more then just a surface to the light that is in all once you see emptinessPublished on September 3, 2013 by stuart zakar