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  Lamp to Illuminate the Five Stages: Teachings on Guhyasamaja Tantra
By: Tsongkhapa, Gavin Kilty (Translator)

Lamp to Illuminate the Five Stages: Teachings on Guhyasamaja Tantra


 
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Author: Tsongkhapa
Translator: Gavin Kilty
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780861714544
Publication Date: March 2013

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Tsongkhapa's Lamp is one of the most comprehensive and detailed presentations of the highest yoga class of Vajrayana Buddhism, especially the key practices in the advanced phase of Guyhasamaja tantra. Tsongkhapa draws extensively from Indian sources, especially the writings of Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Candrakirti, and Naropa, to systematize this quintessential practice of Buddhist esoterism. Traditionally the work belongs to a class of hidden texts that are to be read only by those who have received initiations. Of the two stages of generation and completion, this volume focuses on the latter stage. In the generation stage, meditators visualize the Buddha in the form of the deity Guhyasamaja residing in a mandala palace. In the completion stage, meditators transcend ordinary consciousness and actualize the state of a buddha themselves. In tantra, this is achieved through manipulation of a subtle physiology of internal winds, or prana, and the channels they run through, and the highest realization occurs when the wind energies dissolve in the central channel at the heart chakra. For on the winds ride the consciousness, like a rider on a horse, and this dissolution initiates a dissolution of ordinary conceptuality and the dawning of the intrinsic nature of the mind, which is empty and luminous. Other topics, such as the Buddhist understanding of the process of death and dying, the intermediate state of existence, and rebirth, as well as complex theories of human psychology such as the scope and dynamic of the emotions, dream states, and near-death experiencesare also addressed in detail in this work. This work was Tsongkhapa's last major composition, completed in 1419, the year of his death.

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