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Activity of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
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Contents: - Forward - Long Life Prayer for His Holiness Karmapa Urgyen Dorje - Long Life Prayer Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche - Biography of Thrangu Rinpoche 1. Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery, Nepal 2. Namo Buddha, Nepal Pal Thrangu Tashi Choling 3. Thrangu Tara Abbey 4. Shree Mangal Dvip School 5. Nubri Thrangu Tashi Choling, Nepal 6. Vajra Vidya Institute 7. Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Tibet 8. Photo Pages 9. International List of Centers and Organization 10. List of Publications: Thrangu Rinpoche's Teachings
Aspirational Prayer for Mahamudra
Aspirational Prayer for Mahamudra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje wrote a commonly recited vajra song or doha expressing his understanding of Mahamudra meditation and the path which leads to it.
This spiritual song consists of twenty-five verses and in this book is a translation of the verses along with a verse-by-verse commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche. If one wants an excellent overview of the profound method of Mahamudra meditation, this book is a very good place to start.


Buddha Nature: Ten Teachings on the Uttara Tantra Shastra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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-"The enlightened essence is present in all sentient beings. Although the beings themselves undergo many different types of change -- happiness, suffering, birth, old age, sickness, and finally death -- no change occurs in the buddha nature itself. Our innate buddha nature remains forever the changeless seed of happiness and enlightenment."
Buddhist Conduct: The Ten Virtuous Actions
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This book is an extensive examination of how Buddhists of all traditions should conduct themselves as well as guidelines for determining if an action will lead to a positive or negative karmic result.
Creation and Completion
Creation and Completion
By Jamgon Kongtrul & Thrangu Rinpoche
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Creation and Completion is a unique guide to the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Drawing on experiential explanations from two great masters, it is both concise and thorough, both authoritative and clear. In the creation stage of tantra, practitioners visualize themselves in the form of buddhas and other enlightened beings. This meditation practice prepares the mind for engaging in the completion stage, where one comes face to face with the ultimate nature of mind and reality.
Crystal Clear
Crystal Clear: Practical Advice for Mahamudra Meditators
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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. Crystal Clear by the learned and realized Tibetan Master Thrangu Rinpoche, is a companion volume to the classic meditation manual - Clarifying the Natural State. In his straightforward and lucid style Rinpoche gives us an indispensable guidebook for insight practice (vipashyana). For people who want more than just theory, this is a handbook that begins with watching the breath and leads practitioners through stages of realization, all the way to complete enlightenment.

Cultivating True Compassion Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva Vow
Cultivating True Compassion Bodhichitta and the Bodhisattva Vow
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Rinpoche distills the essence of Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, which is in itself a concise teaching. Finally Rinpoche describes the Bodhisattva Vow and its role on the Buddhist path. A modern translation of the root text, A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, is included.


Daily Life as Mahamudra, Thrangu Rinpoche
Daily Life as Mahamudra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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In this modern society when everyone has to work and every individual has their own particular difficulties, the most outstanding and extraordinary oral instructions are those of Mahamudra. In particular for all of us who live in the West, these extraordinary oral instructions have great benefit, are extremely easy to practice, and make it easy to attain the ultimate result.
--- Thrangu Rinpoche


Development of Buddhism in India
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Thrangu Rinpoche has been recognized as one of the most foremost teachers of Buddhism alive today. He has had a thorough training in Buddhist studies and has done extensive meditation practice in his native Tibet and then in exile in India. For the last twenty years he has been sharing this knowledge with Buddhist practitioners in the West. He is known for giving very comprehensive presentations and for making difficult subjects clear for the beginner and advanced practitioner alike.
Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata by Asanga and Maitreya
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This text, which contains both the root verses of Maitreya and a commentary on these verses by Thrangu Rinpoche, begins by giving the characteristics of dharma which is ordinary phenomena as perceive it as unenlightened beings. Phenomena is described in detail by giving its characteristics, its constituents or elements, and finally its source which is the mind. Discussed are the eight consciousnesses especially the alaya consciousness and how it creates the appearance of this world. Understanding dharma allows us to understand how we build up a false illusion of this world and this then leads to our problems in samsara.
Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata, Commentary on Treatise of Maitreya
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Distinguishing Dharma and Dharmata is a text that is very brief and direct in its presentation and is included within the class of oral instructions. It is a work which clearly portrays the character of nothing less than non-conceptual original wisdom, the point of utmost profundity within the Mahayana.
Essential Practice
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The great Indian master Kamalashila's 'Stages of Meditation in the Middle Way School' opens the door of philosophy and practice to meditators at all levels. With brevity, it covers all the main topics one needs to know from developing compassion, through numerous methods of meditation, to the ultimate realization of full awakening.
Essentials of Mahamudra: Looking Directly at the Mind
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on mahamudra are known for their ability to lead to profound realization. Peaceful and infinitely adaptable, these teachings are as useful for today''s busy world as they have been for centuries. Written by the tutor to the seventeenth Karmapa, Essentials of Mahamudra is a commentary on Tashi Namgyal's famous Moonlight of Mahamudra-a text that the sixteenth Karmapa had identified as the most valuable for Westerners.
Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This introduction to Buddhist psychology supplies essential instructions for successful meditation practice. It sets forth the nature of mind and human potential and presents meditation practices that can powerfully influence and ultimately transform the mind into the purified mind of a buddha.
Five Buddha Families and the Eight Consciousnesses
Five Buddha Families and the Eight Consciousnesses
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Thrangu Rinpoche has often taught the transformation of our confused mind, which is full of delusion and defilements, into enlightened mind.
Here he describes the confused mind in terms of the eight consciousnesses, which are the five sensory consciousnesses, the mental consciousness, the afflicted consciousness ( which gives us our sense of "I" and "me") and the alaya or storehouse consciousness.
Four Dharmas of GampoFive Buddha Families and the Eight Consciousnesses
Five Buddha Families and the Eight Consciousnesses
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Each of the five Buddha families represents a particular enlightened wisdom. When the five disturbing emotions of anger, attachment, ignorance, pride, and envy are purified, the five enlightened wisdoms shine forth. We can also look at this as a process of purifying our ordinary mind, consisting of eight consciousnesses. When these consciousnesses are purified, the five enlightened wisdoms are revealed. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche provides a lucid and detailed presentation of these topics, which are rarely given in other teachings.
Four Dharmas of Gampopa
Four Dharmas of Gampopa
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Gampopa (1079 - 1153) was a physician from Gampo, Tibet and the foremost student of the famous Tibetan yogi Milarepa. Gampopa is known for combining the Kadampa tradition of Atisha with the Mahamudra teachings, thus establishing the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Four Foundations of Buddhist Practice
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Buddhist Practice is similar to building a house. Even though the house is impressive it may crumble under the weight of age and neglect if the foundations are not inspected and maintained. In this text, Thrangu Rinpoche's commentary on the four foundations and Pema Karpo's meditation instructions provide the means to secure the foundations of one's practice.

Four Ordinary Foundations of Buddhist Practice
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Four Ordinary Foundations of Buddhist Practice
During the fifth century before our era, a tremendous explosion of philosophical thought appeared on the earth. During this time, the Buddha began delivering a remarkable set of teachings. He taught that instead of relying on a god or on materialistic pursuits, one can attain true, permanent happiness by simply examining one's own mind.
Guide to Shamatha Meditation
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Shamatha meditation is fundamental to Buddhist practice because before we can understand why we are living in conditioned existence, or samsara, with all its unhappiness and conflicts we must learn to deal with our thoughts and feelings. This process of learning to relax the mind so that it does not constantly go from one thought to the next is shamatha meditation.
Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, Shantideva
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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One of the foremost texts of the Mahayana tradition is Shantideva's A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life . The book consists of ten chapters which deals with Benefits of Awaking Mind; The Confession of Negative Deeds; The Full Acceptance of Awakened Mind; Conscientiousness; Guarding Alertness; The Perfection of Patience; The Perfection of Enthusiasm; The Perfection of Meditation; The Perfection of Wisdom; and Dedication. The book also contains notes, glossaries and bibliographies.
Heart of the Dharma: Mind Training for Beginners <br> By: Thrangu Rinpoche
Heart of the Dharma: Mind Training for Beginners
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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.
History of Buddhism in India
Thrangu Rinpoche
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In 1991 Thrangu Rinpoche accompanied a group of western Buddhist students to each of the four major pilgrimage sites from the life of the Buddha. This book contains the teachings Rinpoche gave to the group at each pilgrimage site, enabling readers to share this unique experience. This book also includes Rinpoche's summary of the History of Buddhism in India based on Taranatha's famous history describing the 12 deeds of the Buddha's life, the subsequent Buddhist councils and universities which oversaw the development of the sutras, shastras, and tantras, and the emergence of the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions of Buddhism.
Introduction to Mahamudra Meditation
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This a quite extraordinary teaching by Thrangu Rinpoche on the path and stages of Mahamudra meditation.
He covers the foundation practices, shamata, vipashyana, creation and completion and Mahamudra along with detailed explanations of posture, technique and practice. Included are some excellent question and answer discussions and teachings on bringing obstacles on the path.
Je Gampopa's The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Je Gampopa's The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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One of the shining jewels of the Kagyu lineage is the Dharma Lord Gampopa (1079-1153). Among many great accomplishments Gampopa is particularly well known for the merging into one river the Kadampa lineage with the Mahamudra lineage he received from his root teacher Milarepa. The Jewel Ornament of Liberation, a text on the graded path and of the sutra tradition, represents the blending of these two traditions and is thus a primary text for all Kagyu students.
Journey of the Mind, Putting the Teachings on the Bardo into Effective Practice
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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"Just as the appearances of this life are produced by states of mind, so are the appearences in the bardo and the appearances in one's future lives produced by states of mind. Positive states of mind produce positive experiences, and negative states of mind produce negative appearances or experiences. Therefore, if you cultivate a positive state of mind in this life, the appearances or experiences of this life, of future lives , and of the bardo will become more and more positive."
King of Samadhi
King of Samadhi: Commentaries on the Samadhi Raja Sutra and the Song of Lodro Thaye
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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King of Samadhi
Commentaries on The Samadhi Raja Sutra & The Song of Lodro Thaye
The Samadhi Raja Sutra forms the perfect link between the Mahayana training of a bodhisattva and the profound tradition of Buddhist meditation practice known as Mahamudra..
Life and Spiritual Songs of Milarepa
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Milarepa is one of the greatest Buddhist saints to have ever lived. His incredible story of accomplishing enlightenment is one of the truly inspirational books in Buddhism. What Milarepa practiced, realized and taught was Mahamudra, which is the special meditation of the Kagyupa school of Tibetan Buddhism. This tradition has passed down orally from guru to disciple often by way of spiritual songs. These songs are a distillation of a practitioner's lifetime of meditation and illustrate the yogi's spontaneous realizations.
Life and Teachings of Gampopa
Life and Teachings of Gampopa (including the Four Dharmas)
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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To read spiritual biographies of the Kagyu lineage masters is a great inspiration to enter the path and also provides encouragement and enthusiasm to continue when circumstances become difficult. The spiritual biography of Gampopa, covered in the first half of this book, is a very good example of avoiding the extremes in practice and of showing how we should correctly practice. Gampopa was the main disciple of Milarepa and one of the founders and shining jewels of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism from which originate the four greater and eight lesser schools.
Life of the Buddha
Life of the Buddha and the Four Noble Truths
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This book begins with a brief description of the twelve major events in the Buddha's life. The next section covers the first discourse that the Buddha gave after reaching enlightenment which outlines the Buddhist path. This is the Four Noble Truths. The Buddha taught that the universal experience of beings is that of dissatisfaction and suffering.
Life of Tilopa & The Ganges Mahamudra Thrangu
Life of Tilopa & The Ganges Mahamudra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The first section of this book is the spiritual biography of Tilopa, the Indian yogi who is considered the founding father of the unbroken lineage of the Kagyupa tradition. It is not a biography in the ordinary sense, but inspirational stories of the events that led to his realization, how he began and applied himself, the methods he used, and how through his realization he benefited others.
The second section of the book contains the root text and commentary on the The Ganges Mahamudra,
Lojong, Mind Training, Thrangu Rinpoche
Lojong (bLo sByong), Mind Training (Tibetan Only)
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Theg Pa Chen Po'i gDams Ngag bLo sByong Don bDun Ma bZhugs So, Tibetan only
Seven Points of Mind Training, a commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche.
Lojong, Mind Training, Thrangu Rinpoche
Lojong (bLo sByong), Mind Training (Tibetan Only)
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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, Tibetan only
Seven Points of Mind Training, a commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche
165 pp., Book Format
Looking Directly at Mind, the Moonlight of Mahamudra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Mahamudra is the principle meditation of the Kagyu Lineage. This is a meditation of practitioners, not scholars or logicians. Briefly, it involves looking directly into the mind to understand the true nature of reality. Mahamudra meditation is particularly appropriate for modern students because this meditation does not require taking monastic ordination or doing extensive retreats. This form of meditation has come down to us from the mahasiddhas of India who were carpenters, university professors, kings, fishermen, and common laborers.
Medicine Buddha Teachings
Medicine Buddha Teachings
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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In this rare gem from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, we learn more than just the details of this particular medicine Buddha practice: Rinpoche has kindly included many basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general. Anyone engage in any Vajrayana practice will find this teaching extremely useful.
Presents the stages of practice of the Medicine Buddha Sadhana. Rinpoche elucidates the details of the practice and many principles of tantra: deities and buddha realms, samayasattva and jnanasattva, the principles of emanating and gathering, the use of offerings, mudras, and the five aspects of intrinsic awareness.
Rinpoche then gives teachings on the Medicine Buddha Sutra --he explains the twelve aspirations, the benefits of reciting the Medicine Buddha's name, the meaning of deity, nature of the four maras and the transcendence of obstacles. Included is the Medicine Buddha Sadhana along with two shorter versions.
Middle Way Meditation Instructions of Mipham Rinpoche
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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In this exposition, Mipham Rinpoche explains the meditation techniques for developing compassion and expanding this state into aspiration of bodhicitta. Having reached the clarity of this vision prajna begins to manifest. This text gives a detailed explanation of how one meditates to develop this wisdom. While all three vehicles were practiced in Tibet, the Middle-Way Instructions are life the background of a tapestry that allows the integration and display of its parts into a whole.
Ninth Karmapa's Ocean of Definitive Meaning
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Ocean of Definitive Meaning by the Ninth Karmapa (1556-1603) is the most in-depth and famed text on Mahamudra ever written and is of vital importance in the living Kagyu tradition. It offers a detailed, uniquely comprehensive presentation of instructions on both the view and the practice. In the teachings contained in this book, Thrangu Rinpoche has distilled the essence of the Ninth Karmap’s massive text into manageable proportions and has given pointed guidance on the implementation of its instructions.
Ocean of Philosophy
Ocean of Philosophy: Long Life Prayer Book of Thrangu Rinpoche
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For Thrangu Rinpoche, the book is covered in red silk and carries his picture on the cover. The book is entitled Ocean of Philosophy, and facing the title page is a photograph of him with the Karmapa, all surrounded by monks. The following page has a photograph of Thrangu Rinpoche and the encomium in Tibetan, followed on the next pages by translations into English and Chinese, which are provided for all the words of the book.
Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning: Teachings on Mahamudra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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In this new book, Khenchen Thrangu provides an exhaustive commentary on the longest and most comprehensive of the three classic treatises on Mahamudra composed by the sixteenth-century scholar Wangchuk Dorje, the Ninth Karmapa.
Khenchen Thrangu's teachings encompass the entire path of Mahamudra, including the preliminaries, the main practice, removing obstacles, and attaining the result of buddhahoodùwith detailed instruction in tranquility and insight meditation. This is the only available volume that presents Khenchen Thrangu's detailed commentary on this entire text.
On Buddha Essence
On Buddha Essence, A Commentary on Ranjung Dorje's Treatise
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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A Treatise on Buddha Nature by Rangjung Dorje, the third Karmapa, is one of the Kagyu lineage's oldest and most important texts, belonging to the tradition of the Six Yogas of Naropa. In the nineteenth century Jamgon Kongtrul composed a commentary on it, which Khenchen Thrangu uses as the basis for the teachings in this book. The subject of this famous treatise is buddha essence, the basic nature of all beings.
On Gurus and Devotion, Thrangu Rinpoche
On Gurus and Devotion
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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"Some people think that blessings are some sort of of strange power - something that makes you shake all over or that makes you levitate to that gives you some extraordinary feeling like being high or drunk. But that's not blessing at all! What blessings are, is at first you even don't know anything - you don't know that the dharma is good - but then you think, 'Maybe the dharma is OK.' You think, 'I should give dharma practice a try. If I meditate, it will probably help me." The dharma has this sort of power: when you know the reasons, you develop some faith and devotion. This is what we mean by blessings.' Thrangu Rinpoche.
Open Door to Emptiness: A Discussion of Madhyamaka Logic
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This edition contains a newly translated version of the source text. One of the most important concepts in Mahayana Buddhism is the concept of Emptiness. We all experience our world as having internal thoughts and feelings and experiencing the outer world as solid objects. These experiences do in fact appear, but when they are examined closely in four careful analyses of the Middle-way (Madhyamaka) they are found to have no solid, inherent reality. This fact has led the Buddha and many highly realized masters to declare that our reality is like a mirage, a dream, a drop of dew.
Ornament of Clear Realization,
Ornament of Clear Realization, Commentary on The Treatise of Maitreya
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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These works, transmitted from Arya Maitreya the fifth and future Buddha of this fortunate age to Arya Asanga some time in the third century, comprise one of the major foundations of Mahayana Buddhism, the unbroken transmission and practice of which continues today. The focus of this text is the Prajnaparamita teachings. There are two main ways of approaching the meaning of the Prajnaparamita, the direct and indirect approach, with both approaches revealing the meaning of emptiness.
Ornament of Clear Realization: The Prajnaparamita Teachings
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This Prajnaparamita text along with its shorter versions of 25,000 and 8,000 verses came from the great tantric practitioner Nagarjuna who lived in the first century A. D. The Ornament comprises 80 distinct points and these points are memorized in Tibetan monastic colleges and are an integral part of a Buddhist education. For this reason, each of these points and their Tibetan names have been included in the extensive outline of this book. The present book is a commentary by Ven. Thrangu Rinpoche Geshe Lharampa on the Prajnaparamita of the Maitreya Buddha.
Overview of the Bardo Teachings  By: Thrangu Rinpoche
Overview of the Bardo Teachings
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This is a brief look at the bardo, (in between state of one life and the next) in which Rinpoche describes the bardo of Dharmata and then goes through what happens to one, and what one sees during the first twelve days (or phases) following death.
Pointing Out the Dharmakaya
Pointing Out the Dharmakaya
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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At the heart of successful Mahamudra practice is the ability to get directly at the nature of mind. The Ninth Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje (1556 - 1603) , was the acknowledged master of this approach. No more authoritative or useful instructions exist than in his three definitive texts on Mahamudra, of which this easy-to-use, practical manual is the shortest. Pointing Out the Dharmakaya is an indispensable companion to The Ocean of Definitive Meaning, the most vast and detailed of the texts.
Pointing Out the Dharmakaya of the Ninth Karmapa Wangchug Dorje
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The first part of the text is devoted to the four preliminaries of mahamudra practice, divided into the practice of tranquillity meditation and the practice of insight meditation. Because of its brevity, the text is a convenient practical manual for mahamudra practitioners. It is easy to use and it is easy to keep the instructions in mind. The instructions enable the practitioner to get directly at the nature of his or her mind.
Practice of Tranquility and Insight
Practice of Tranquillity and Insight
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This is a practical guide to the two types of meditation that form the core of Buddhist spiritual practice. Tranquillity (samatha} meditation aims at stilling the mind, while insight (vipasyana) meditation produces "clear vision," or insight into the nature of all phenomena.
Rechungpa  By: Thrangu Rinpoche
Rechungpa: A Biography of Milarepas Disciple
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Milarepa, Tibet's greatest saint, had two major disciples: Gampopa, who established the monastic foundation of the Kagyu lineage and Rechungpa, who traveled to India and brought back profound teachings which were absorbed into several kagyu lineages.
Rechungpa's biography stands out because of the orthodox unfolding of his realization. Rechungpa's pride and arrogance caused him to go against Milarepa's advice three times, putting his practice at risk. Even with this obstacle, Rechungpa's undying devotion to Milarepa served as the cause for enlightenment as evidenced by Rechungpa's achievement of rainbow body at his death.


Seven Points of Mind Training
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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his text on mind training, called lo jong in Tibetan, was brought to Tibet by Atisha in the eleventh century. Atisha brought over 100 instructions to Tibet, this particular text being compiled by one of his students who condensed it into the present form of seven points. The present book contains seven chapters, which deal with The Preliminaries; The Main Practice; How to Carry Practice onto the Path' Practice of Mind Training in Daily Life; Evaluation of Mind Training, Commitment of Mind Training, and Guidelines of Mind Training. The book also contains The Root text of Seven Points of Mind Training;
Seven Points of Mind Training
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The essence of all the teachings taught by the Lord Buddha concern taming one's mind, the point being to return the mind to its natural state of freedom which is endowed with limitless qualities. The realization of this natural state gives rise to spontaneous compassion that is limitless and impartial. This is awakening mind or ultimate bodhichitta.
The Seven Points of Mind Training, compiled in pithy points and slogans, is one of the most well known, profound and traditional practices and texts to develop bodhichitta.
Here, Khabje Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, with great compassion, clarity and simplicity illuminates the profound meaning and methods of these teachings so they can become a part of our daily life and practice.

From the Foreword by Ven. Choje Lama
Shentong and Rangtong
Shentong and Rangtong: Two Views of Emptiness
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Mahayana path of Buddhism requires the development of wast
loving-kindness and compassion. The foundation for developing impartial
compassion for all sentient beings is based on understanding the
emptiness of self and the emptiness of phenomena. In Shentong and
Rangtong Thrangu Rinpoche begins with a lucid description of the four
major schools of Buddhism and their tenents. Each school had its own
view of reality and Rinpoche describes the similarities and differences
of these views.
Showing the Path of Liberation,
Showing the Path of Liberation
By:Thrangu Rinpoche
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This teaching by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche on Penkarwa's "Short Prayer to Dorje Chang" is one of Rinpoche's first published teachings. It was given by Rinpoche at the request of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa especially for the benefit of western students, so that they may understand the nature of the path. Here Rinpoche gives a verse by verse commentary, which covers all aspects of the path and the practice according to the tradition of Mahamudra. He also gives a brief history of the lineage and early lineage masters.
Showing The Path Of Liberation: The Kagyu Lineage Prayer
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This text has been called a "prayer," and "aspiration," and a "chant."  This text is a prayer in that we pray to Dorje Chang to help us in our practice but it is a Buddhist prayer which means we do not believe that there is some higher power up there who if pleased gives us what we want and if displeased gives us nothing.  Thrangu Rinpoche has said we should realize that what we are trying to do is open ourselves up to receive the blessings (Tib. chin lap) of the lineage.  The present book contains The Kagyu Lineage Prayer; An Introduction to Showing the Path of Liberation; The Superior Qualities of the Lineage Gurus ; The Foundations Practices; Meditation; Notes; Glossary; The Glossary of Tibetan Terms; and The Bibliography.
Song for the King : Saraha on Mahamudra Meditation
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Mahamudra is the basic meditation practice for many Tibetan Buddhists, particularly of the Kagyu tradition. It is particularly adaptable for modern people, since it involves no rituals and can be incorporated into all daily activities. Saraha's Song for the King is a short verse text from classical India that is a basis for the tradition and is widely known in Tibetan Buddhist circles. It is often the basis for teachings given in the West, but there is only one outdated translation of it in print, first published in 1969. Michele Martin has produced a stellar new translation, which is accompanied by a commentary from the well-known teacher Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, who is uniquely skilled and concerned with making this method of meditation available to Westerners. While pithy and accessible, the book easily stands up to academic scrutiny, and includes the original Tibetan as well, making it ideal for the popular, scholarly, and Tibetan audiences all at once.
Songs of Naropa
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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This translation contains subtle and penetrating wisdom expressed through the age-old tradition of spiritual songs. Two songs by the great Indian master Naropa are explained in detail by Thrangu Rinpoche, a realized Tibetan Buddhist teacher of the present time.
"The basic nature is in itself the state of realization of all buddhas. To fully awaken to this natural state, it is not necessary to go some other place to reach enlightenment. The state of enlightenment is not extrinsic to ourselves. Buddhahood is not something that will appear suddenly in the future, but exists inherently within ourselves right now."

Spiritual Biography of Marpa, the Translator
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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In this book Thrangu Rinpoche relates how the fearless Marpa left Tibet three times and traveled the perilous journey to India to receive the authentic Vajrayana teachings. Not only does Rinpoche relate the story of Marpa's interesting life, but he also relates Marpa's relationship with guru Tilopa and his relationship with his own students. Given are also description of the practices and a detailed explanation of the Twelve Instructions of Maitripa on Mahamudra meditation.

Spiritual Biography of Marpa, the Translator
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Spiritual biographies are called a "namtar" in Tibetan, which literally means "complete liberation" because they show how lamas were able to achieve enlightenment. The special function of these biographies is to encourage us by showing how these practitioners dealt with their particular circumstances. They describe the conditions in which they began, how within those limitations they were able to practice and accomplish liberation, and through that how they benefited others.
Spiritual Biography of Rechungpa
Spiritual Biography of Rechungpa
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Milarepa, Tibet's greatest saint, had two major disciples: Gampopa, who established the monastic foundation of the Kagyu lineage and Rechungpa, who traveled to India and brought back profound teachings which were absorbed into several kagyu lineages.
Rechungpa's biography stands out because of the orthodox unfolding of his realization. Rechungpa's pride and arrogance caused him to go against Milarepa's advice three times, putting his practice at risk. Even with this obstacle, Rechungpa's undying devotion to Milarepa served as the cause for enlightenment as evidenced by Rechungpa's achievement of rainbow body at his death.
Spiritual Song of Lodro Thaye
Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Kagyu lineage is commonly known as the practice lineage, as it is practice above all else that is emphasized. However, practice can only proceed correctly if one has a correct understanding of the view. The path and view of the Kagyu lineage is Mahamudra, which is the very essence and pith of all the teachings of Lord Buddha.
Texts on Mahamudra were often written by highly accomplished siddhas who would explain their realization of years and years of Mahamudra meditation in brief spiritual songs called dohas. These dohas, often only a few dozen lines long, are still sung by lamas today. They often contain the most profound instructions in metaphors of great beauty derived from simple meditative experience.
Teachings on the Practice of Meditation Thrangu Rinpoche
Teachings on the Practice of Meditation
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The essence of the teachings of the Buddha, is practice. The reason we practice meditation is to attain happiness. This means happiness in both the short term and the long term.
Ten Teachings from the 100,000 Songs of Milarepa
By:Thrangu Rinpoche
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The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milaprepa were compiled by Tsang Nyon Heruka, an emanation of Milarepa, who also wrote The Life of Milarepa. Tsang Nyon was a siddha who had gained the apellation "Nyonpa." The life story and songs of Milarepa inspire people to practice his lineage of instructions.
Three Vehicles of Buddhist Practice
Three Vehicles of Buddhist Practice
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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When Buddhism came to Tibet, the great masters of meditation determined that to practice Buddhism properly, all three vehicles or levels of Buddhism had to be studied and practiced.
Tibetan Vinaya: Guide to Buddhist Conduct
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are divided into three major divisions: the Sutras, the Vinaya, and the Abhidharma. The Vinaya are the discourses of the Buddha on the conduct of the monks and nuns and also lay persons.
Transcending Ego
Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom
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Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Conciousness from Wisdom.
A Treatise of the Third Karmapa
Distingushing Conciousness from Wisdom is a translation of the root verses of the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, accompanied by a line-by-line commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche, the foremost scholar of this tradition.
Rinpoche with his vast experience in meditation explains how the eight consciuosnesses function and how they are transformed into the five wisdoms at enlightenment.
Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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When the Buddha taught, he said that achieving enlightenment is due entirely to receiving correct teachings and then how diligently one implements these teachings.
One may ask, how does this whole phenomenal world work? The Buddha taught that it all follows the process of interdependent origination in which one action or event causes another event, which causes another event and so on.
In personal terms interdependent origination explains how our happiness and suffering in our present life is the result of actions in our previous lives. This process proceeds through twelve links and each of these links or phrases is explained in detail here.
Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination
Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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When the Buddha taught, he said that achieving enlightenment is due entirely to receiving correct teachings and then diligently implementing these teachings. One might ask, how does this phenomenal world work? The Buddha taught that it follows the process of interdependent origination in which one action or event causes another event, which causes another event, and so on. In personal terms, interdependent origination explains how the happiness and suffering in our present life is the result of actions in our previous lives, and how this process proceeds through twelve links.

Rinpoche discusses each of the twelve links of interdependent origination in sequence. He also discusses the five aspects of causality, the eight examples of interdependence, and the relationship of interdependence to the sutras and Mahamudra meditation. Finally, the twelve links are illustrated using a real-life example.
Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature
Uttara Tantra: A Treatise on Buddha Nature
By: Maitreya/Assanga, Thrangu Rinpoche
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A translation of the Root Text and a Commentary on the Uttara Tantra Sastra of Maitreya and Asanga
The Uttara Tantra is one of the main texts of the Mahayana path. It establishes that there is Buddha-nature in all sentient beings. It is the presence of this essence which makes it possible for all sentient beings, without a single exception, to eventually achieve enlightenment.
Uttaratantra: A Treatise on Buddha-Essence
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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A Treatise on Buddha-Essence
The Uttaratantra, elucidates the Third Turning of the Buddha's teachings on Buddha-essence û the inherent qualities and potential for Buddhahood present in all beings. The elucidation of this potential, emptiness and luminosity inseparable, is the bridge between the Sutra and Tantric paths, the view of Vajrayana and the ground of Mahamudra, thus it is an essential text for all practitioners of the Buddhadharma.
Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar
Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar
Thrangu Rinpoche
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In the summer of 1957, the revered Buddhist teacher and scholar Khenpo Gangshar foresaw the difficulties that would soon fall upon Tibet and began teaching in a startling new way that enabled all those who heard him to use the coming difficulties as the path of Dharma practice. The teaching consisted of the essential points of Mahamudra and Dzogchen, both view and practice, presented in a way that made them easy for anyone to use, even in the most difficult of circumstances. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was one of the grateful recipients of these teachings, which he regards as among the most important he has ever been given. He transmits them here, for the benefit of all of us who strive to practice in challenging times. They include  contemplations on the ephemeral nature of both joy and suffering, meditations for resting the mind, and guidance for cultivating equanimity in any situation.