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Torch of True Meaning: Instructions and the Practice for the Mahamudra Preliminaries
Torch of True Meaning: Instructions and the Practice for the Mahamudra Preliminaries
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
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Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye's classic text The Torch of True Meaning gives clear and concise instructions on the preliminary and
main practices of mahamudra meditation. But it does not only teach mahamudra: this book describes vividly what is necessary for any
meditation practice. It is presented here in a new translation that includes the previously unpublished final chapter of Jamgn Kongtruls work, a brief yet inspiring description of the actual practice of mahamudra.
Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
By: Lama Karma Drodul, translated by Yeshe Gyamtso
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Amrita of Eloquence is a luminous portrait of the life of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, one of the Kagyu lineage's most beloved and revered teachers. Beautifully written by Lama Karma Drodul (Rinpoche's nephew and disciple) and elegantly translated by Yeshe Gyamtso, Amrita of Eloquence describes Khenpo Rinpoche and his life with humor, lyrical beauty, and boundless affection. The book composed in the traditional style of Tibetan spiritual biographies, but is nonetheless completely accessible to modern readers.
Abhidharmasamuccaya
Asanga's Abhidharmasamuccaya
By: Traleg Rinpoche
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Traleg Kyabgon presents the Abhidharma system of Asanga in clear and uncomplicated language so that students of the mahayana can easily employ its insights to understand their own minds. The Yogacara view of mind provides a model for understanding our construction of reality. Its understanding of how the mind operates is a guide for how we can properly assess our lives and develop in more psychologically wholesome ways without getting bogged down by past experience.
Bardo: Interval of Possibility, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's Teaching on Aspiration for Liberation in the Bardo, by Chokyi Wangchuk
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Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche gives an exceptionally clear and lucid explanation of Aspiration for the Bardo, graciously giving the necessary time and attention to its more obscure points. His commentary, however, is not merely a bare description of the sequence of events in the process of dying and death, but is underscored throughout with the purpose and urgency of aspiration. We are clearly instructed on what to practice and how to train ourselves at every point of opportunity, in this very life "whether in the waking state or the dream state" and even within the interval experience itself.
Celebration: Karmapa Comes Home
Celebrating Karmapa: Remembering His Kindness
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On May 15, 2008, His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa arrived in America. A few days later, on the holy day of Saka Dawa, His Holiness returned to his North American seat at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) in Woodstock, New York, established by the Sixteenth Karmapa on Saka Dawa, 1976. This first visit of the Seventeenth Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje filled our hearts with limitless joy and our skies with magical rainbows. Many local people who were not on-site at KTD with His Holiness felt they received his blessings through these amazing rainbows.
Ceremony of Offering to the Gurus, Composed by the Glorious Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
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Ceremony of Offering to the Gurus, by His Holiness Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was composed for the annual Kagyu Monlam to accord with our present needs and to be accessible to all people. It is a carefully constructed compilation of selected Gurupujas from many different traditions.
Chariot of the Fortunate: The Life of the First Yongey Mingyur
By: Je Tukyi Dorje, Surmang Tendzin Rinpoche & Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye
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In all the religions of this world there have appeared extraordinary individuals who have embodied the wisdom and goodness of their tradition while transcending the status quo of its institutions. These holy men and women capture our hearts in a special way because their lives challenge us to think 'out of the box' of our often sleepy and lackluster faith. Their every deed and word awakens what is best within each of us. Yongey Mingyur Dorje Drakpo Nuden Tsal, who was born in 1628, was such a person.
Chenrezik: For the Benefit of all Beings / Chenrezik: Por el Bien de los Seres
Chenrezik: For the Benefit of all Beings / Chenrezik: Por el Bien de los Seres (English & Spanish)
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche offers here a detailed explanation of the
Chenrezik practice, based on For the Benefit of All Beings (Drdn
khakhyabma) composed by Thangtong Gyalpo. Drawing on his decades of
experience guiding Western students and with the sparkling clarity that
is so typical of his teachings, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche in this book
offers students all that they need to plant their own seeds of
awakening.
Compassion NOW!  H.H. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
Compassion NOW!
H.H. Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
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Too often compassionate feeling is left inactive. Compassion NOW! is a work not only focused on how love and compassion are the root of all Buddhist practices, but is a call to put these compassionate feelings into action in the world. From a teaching given in India in 2010, His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa sets forth that compassion for oneself is the starting point from which we can expand to other beings with whom we have a close connection and then further to an immeasurable compassion for all beings through the Mahayana practice of mind training, which he discusses with clarity and insight.
Dalai Lama in Woodstock
Dalai Lama in Woodstock, Celebrating the United Nations International Day of Peace
By: Dalai Lama
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"Among humanity there are so many different varieties of people that we need a variety of approaches to achieve the same goal. That goal is compassionate humanity and compassionate human society. That's what I believe, and that's my message."
First Karmapa: The Life and Teachings of Dusum Khyenpa
First Karmapa: The Life and Teachings of Dusum Khyenpa
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Nine hundred years ago, the First Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, inspired his disciples through his teachings and through the example of his life. This first English translation of his teachings and biographies allows contemporary readers to experience this great masters forthright manner, feel his commitment to practice, and receive the teachings he gave in both word and deed.
Four Dharmas of Gampopa By: Traleg Rinpoche
Four Dharmas of Gampopa
By: Traleg Rinpoche
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Gampopa's Four Dharmas is closely related to his Jewel Ornament of Liberation, a text that deals with the stages in our spiritual development. First you begin to discover the Dharma, then you make a good job of it, then the Dharma becomes applicable on the path so you begin to clarify confusion on the path, and finally you transmute that confusion into wisdom. Those are the four Dharmas and they really relate to the development of the individual on the path.
Guru Yoga of Four Sessions
Four-Session Guru Yoga by Mikyo Dorje (Paperback + CD)
Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche's Commentary Based on the Commentary by Karma Chakme Rinpoche
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The Four-Session Guru Yoga that we practice, composed by  the Eighth Karmapa Mikyo Dorje, was based on an earlier guru yoga found in the writings of Lama Shangtsalpa's (Lord Gampopa's disciple) secret teachings that were sealed by command seal. Mikyo Dorje used this as the basis for his composition, altered slightly by adding a little bit to it. There is a commentary on this practice written by the Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje that is impracticably long. Chakme Rinpoche wrote his commentary because until that time there was no easily accessible commentary for doing Four-Session Guru Yoga.
Garland of Jewels: The Eight Great Bodhisattvas, by Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, Translated by Yeshe Gyamtso
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Translator's Introduction:   This book is a translation of a collection of stories about the eight great bodhisattvas. These stories are all taken from sutras and tantras taught by the Buddha, such as the Avatamsaka and the Lotus Sutras. They were collected and edited by the great Buddhist teacher Mipham Namgyal (1846 - 1912).
Harmonious Path for Buddhist Communities
Harmonious Path for Buddhist Communities: Advice on Keeping Amiable Relations Within a Dharma Center
By: Khenpo Sherap Phuntsok
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Living and working closely together, people who participate in Dharma groups have unique challenges and also unique resources to deal with any problems that may arise. In clear and classic language, Khenpo Sherap Phuntsok lays out the difficulties and their solutions.
Heart of the Dharma: Mind Training for Beginners <br> By: Thrangu Rinpoche
Heart of the Dharma: Mind Training for Beginners
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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In this book, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche explains clearly and simply how to use the practice of mind training and tonglen meditation to transform our habitual selfishness into the compassionate altruism necessary to bring happiness to ourselves and others. These oral instructions on mind training from the Mahayana that the glorious Lord Atisha passed down have been explained in many different ways, but the best of them all is the master Ja Chekawa's commentary in seven points.
The Hundred Tertons
Hundred Tertons: A Garland of Beryl, Brief Accounts of Profound Terma and the Siddhas Who Have Revealed It
By: Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, Yeshe Gyamtso (translator)
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The Hundred Tertons is Jamgon Kongtrul's history of the visionary men and women who have, again and again, renewed the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition of Padmasambhava. Kongtrul's book includes biographies of Padmasambhava, his twenty-five disciples, Longchenpa, Jikme Lingpa, Chokgyur Lingpa, and many others. Considered a seminal work of Tibetan Buddhist history, The Hundred Tertons is for the first time available in English translation.

Influence of Yogacara on Mahamudra
Influence of Yogacara on Mahamudra
By: Traleg Kyabgon
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A unique and interesting look at how Yogacara philosophy influenced the development of tantra and Mahamudra. Developed by Asanga and Vasubandhu as a reaction to over theorization, Yogacara emphasizes individual experience and practice. We are going to be talking about Yogacara philosophy's relationship to Buddhist tantra. People have generally ignored how Yogacara philosophy influenced Buddhist tantra and its development. It is not discussed explicitly, even though it's quite patent in the writings of Buddhist tantra.
Jewels from the Treasury
Jewels from the Treasury: Vasubandhu's Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma and the Commentary Youthful Play by the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje
By: David Karma Choepel (translator)
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Though the abhidharma is recognized as one of the major topics of the Buddhist teachings, up until now there have been few translations of any of the great texts on it available in a Western language. This book contains a translation of one of the greatest presentations of abhidharma in any tradition, Vasubandhu's Verses on the Treasury of Abhidharma, along with the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje's clear and concise explanation of it, Youthful Play. Taken together, these two works give a thorough explanation of the abhidharma of the Foundation vehicle as taught in the northern Buddhist traditions that spread to Tibet as well as to China and other East Asian countries.

Kagyu Monlam Book: A Compilation for Recitation, Composed by the Glorious Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje (First Edition)
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A Compilation for Recitation, composed by H.H. 17th Karmapa, for the annual Monlam in Bodhgaya, India
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Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, Volume Four As Taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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"Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma is a complete text for those who want to practice Tibetan Buddhism. Whether you are in an intensive retreat where you practice most of the time or in a busy life where you practice as much as you can, the issues are the same, the practices are the same, and the postmeditation is the same. Mountain Dharma contains everything you need to undertake any practice, from the most basic to the tantrayana, including how to conduct a proper retreat. Because this text is very precise and very clear, you do not have to obtain sixty different volumes of texts. If you become well acquainted with this text, you have everything you need to achieve enlightenment."
Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, Volume One
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma as taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at KTD from 1999 to 2003. Five-volume set. Translations by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso and Chojor Radha. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa (Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, 1923-1981) indicated that it was his wish that Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche present Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma to Western students. In accordance with this wish, Khenpo Rinpoche began teaching this text in the Year of the Earth Rabbit, February 1999, at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat of His Holiness, located in Woodstock, New York.
Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, Volume Three As Taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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Volume Three opens with concise bardo teachings as well as instructions on benefiting people in the bardo state. The book continues with instructions and advice for the practitioner including protecting oneself from potential threats with loving-kindness and compassion; purifying obscurations through invoking wisdom deities; learning the signs that arise during practice; recognizing when your practice gets off track and eradicating the causes; utilizing methods to develop one's practice; and bringing the five mental afflictions (desire, anger, ignorance, jealousy, and pride) to the path.
Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, Volume Two as Taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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Volume Two examines the complete path of Mahamudra from initial experience to full realization. There is emphasis on how to conduct a proper retreat, including the use of geomancy in determining the appropriate site, the longevity practices of White Tara and Tseringma, chod practice, and how to use compassion as protection from fear and danger. This volume introduces the tantras, and gives anuttara yoga tantra instructions for Vairochana purification practices both for oneself and for the deceased.
Ngondro for Our Current Day
Ngondro for Our Current Day: A Short Ngondro Practice and Its Instructions
By: Seventeenth Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje
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In this succinct teaching presented in 2006 by His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa in Bodhgaya, India, students are guided through a shortened version of the preliminaries for mahamudra practice, which His Holiness composed with the aim of benefiting practitioners from developed countries who often lead busy lives.
Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje's Ocean of Certainty
By: Traleg Rinpoche
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The realization of impermanence and the inevitability of death have acted as the motivating factor for one to realize the depth of suffering of samsara. Therefore, one has abandoned all concerns with temporal matters, but has given one's thoughts to the welfare of all sentient beings who are one's own mother and father. For their benefit, one would like to attain enlightenment. Furthermore, such an individual may want to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime with one body through use of the effective methods of Vajrayana." from Transcript
Nyima Tashi
Nyima Tashi: The Songs and Instructions of the First Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche
By: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso
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Gampopa, the peerless physician from Dakpo, who was repeatedly predicted and praised by the Buddha, caused the teachings of the lineage of accomplishment to become widespread in the Himalayan land of Tibet. All his disciples gave rise to the sudden realization of Mahamudra. Among them were five hundred great meditators, of whom the greatest and most famous were the three Khampas.
On the Four Noble Truths by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso
On the Four Noble Truths
By: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso
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The four noble truths were the Buddhas first statement to his first disciples on the essence of his awakening. Earlier he had made a statement, with no witnesses, saying that what he had discovered upon his awakening was luminous, utterly tranquil, peaceful, beyond elaboration, and inconceivable.
Precious Essence, The Inner Autobiography of Terchen Barway Dorje
By: Lama Yeshe Gyamtso, tr.
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The first Barway Dorje was a precious revealer of treasure and the rebirth of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe, one of Guru Padma's twenty-five disciples. Barway Dorje appeared in Tibet during the nineteenth century, and was praised and respected by the many holy beings of his time as an authentic treasure revealer. His many treasures include The Sadhanas of the Vidyadhara Guru, The Vajrakila Cycle, and The Dakini Cycle, all of which contain profound instructions pertaining to ripening and liberation.
Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen
By: Karma Chakme and Commentary by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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"The Quintessence of the Union of Mahamudra and Dzokchen presents in a very concise and inclusive way all that an individual actually needs to practice in order to attain awakening. This style of presentation, in its brevity and directness, is appropriate for the present time because our mental afflictions are strong and life is short. We do not have time to waste." Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.