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  Tilopa's Mahamudra Upadesha: The Gangama Instructions with Commentary
By: Sangyes Nyenpa Rinpoche

Tilopa's Mahamudra Upadesha


 
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Author: Sangyes Nyenpa Rinpoche
Translator: David Molk
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781559394260
Publication Date: 2014

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All lineages of Mahamudra meditation have their source in a verse teachinga song of realizationsung by the Mahasiddha Tilopa to his disciple Naropa on the banks of the Ganges River more than a thousand years ago. Since that time, the meaning of Tilopas instructions has been passed directly from master to disciple in a continuous stream that exists unbroken to this day. This book offers the reader a rare glimpse into the Mahamudra oral transmission, given in a traditional Tibetan context by one of the lineages most learned and accomplished contemporary masters.

Mahamudra meditation, while highly advanced, is yet simple, practical, and accessible for anyone, because what is identified and meditated upon is the very nature of ones own mind. In Sangyes Nyenpa Rinpoche's words, The distinction between deception and liberation lies in whether we understand the ever-present nature of our own mind or not. Knowing our own face is liberation; not knowing our own face is samsara. This is not something far distant from us.

The instructions are ideal for Westerners because the root text is manageable and Rinpoche has provided an outline of his own composition that makes it easily understandable. He explains terminology with frequent comparisons between Dzogchen and Mahamudra, quotes prolifically from scripture, gives clear examples, and generally cajoles, admonishes, and encourages his listeners to be true to their own spiritual path.

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