Over the past five hundred years the Dalai Lamas have contributed works of vital importance to the library of tantric literature. Glenn Mullin, a translator and scholar of Tibetan texts and acknowledged authority on the Dalai Lamas, has collected many of these writings here for the first time. His introduction situates the tantric tradition within overall Buddhist practice. The sweeping survey by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama which follows treats all the principal Tibetan Buddhist tantric systems found in all four categories of tantras.
The wonderful texts that follow include works on the powerful and profound systems of Avalokitshvara, Kalachakra, Chakrasamvara, Hayagriva and Yamantaka, as well as other less widely known practices such as the Six Yogas of Niguma and living on the essence of flowers. For the reader wishing to encounter Tantric Buddhism through authentic sources, this book is a must.
The Dalai Lamas on Tantra, Glenn Mullin, Snow Lion Publications, Hardcover, 2007, 350 Pages, $24.95