Sally Clay from Lake Placid, FL United States
The garuda on the cover of this book is an outrageous creature half bird and half man, representing primordial wisdom in both gods and humans. Karma Chakme, author of the root text, often compared his teachings to the garuda because they are both mahamudra and dzokchen. His eight songs are clear and easy to understand, yet comprehensive and thorough. These qualities also describe the commentary by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, abbot of KTD Monastery and a contemporary Tibetan master. The commentary contains concise instructions for the array of practices in vajrayana Buddhism, yet interspersed with practical instructions is always the advice to simply recognize the nature of mind, described as ground clear light. Rinpoche comments that the mind has always been what it is and of itself, but it has not been recognized. He points out that the path in both mahamudra and dzokchen consists of the purification of obscurations, and thereby gradual revelation of the innate qualities of the ground.
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