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The Profound Inner Principles Karmapa
Profound Inner Principles
By: The Third Karmapa
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With Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye's Commentary Illuminating "The Profound Principles"
translated by Elizabeth M. Callahan
With masterful clarity and precision, The Profound Inner Principles delineates the principles and foundations of Vajrayāna practice. Rangjung Dorje presents the nature of things mental and physical and looks at the cause of delusion, what delusion creates, and how delusion is corrected. His explanations capture the principles of the Vajrayānas niruttara tantras, with a special focus on the structure and functioning of the body. Just as sugatagarbha, or buddha nature, is the nature of our mind, the potential for awakening lies within our body. The Mahāyāna literature refers to this pure potential as the evolving gotra, whereas the Vajrayāna refers to it as the vajra body the subtle body of channels, winds, and bindus with six elements (earth, water, fire, wind, space, and wisdom-bliss). The vajra body is not only our innate capacity, it is also our path. Understanding its components and properties is essential for most meditators. The overarching theme of the text is that we need to understand how buddha nature is present in sentient beings, those on the path, and buddhas. All the details concerning the minds workings, the vajra bodys structures, and the meditations, paths, and stages will reinforce that understanding and give us insight into how and why the Vajrayāna path provides access to wisdom through the body.

This translation includes a commentary by Jamgn Kongtrul with extensive footnotes containing extracts from all the other important commentaries to The Profound Inner Principles; several glossaries with annotations by the translator; a works cited list and a selected bibliography; and an index.
Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche / Rangjung Dorje
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" The essence and pith of the Lord Buddha's teachings is Mahamudra, which is the jewel of contemplative practice and the profound instruction of the Kagyu lineage. The Third Karmapa's influence and benefit to the Kagyu Lineage is incalculable and one of the many profound texts he composed is the Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra, which arose from his own realisation. The prayer contains the entire path and view of Mahamudra, and its depth and beauty is unveiled in this line by line commentary."
Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning Part 1, 10-Day Teaching 1997
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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The 1997 Ten Day Teaching by Venerable Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche on the "Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning" by the Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, and the commentary on that by the Eighth Situpa Tenpa'i Nyinchay.
Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning Part 2, 10-Day Teaching, 1998, Restricted
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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The 1998 Ten-Day Teachings by Ven. Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
Continuing the commentary on the Eighth Situ Rinpoche's text on The Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning by the Third Gyalwa Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, English Translation by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso.
Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning Part 3, 10-Day Teaching 1999, Restricted
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10-Day Teaching 1999. Concludes Aspiration Prayer of Mahamudra of Definitive Meaning, and begins Part 1 of Pointing Out The Dharmakaya. This same Part 1 is duplicated in the 2000 teaching with Part 2 of Pointing Out The Dharmakaya, so that the 2000 10-Day Teaching Pointing Out The Dharmakaya is complete.
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.


History of the Sixteen Karmapas of Tibet
By: Karma Thinley
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The Karmapa is the spiritual leader of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Karma Thinley presents the biographies of all the Karmapas, based on his translations from numerous Tibetan sources. These biographies are not only histories of the training and teaching of these great teachers; they are also inspirational texts used to cultivate devotion in the practitioner.
In Praise of Dharmadhatu
By: Nagarjuna & Third Karmapa
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This book is primarily about buddha nature--called dharmadhatu here--the potential in all living beings to awaken to their mind's primordial true nature, thus freeing themselves and others from suffering. The great Buddhist master Na-ga-rjuna shows how buddha nature exists in all beings, is temporarily obscured, and can be revealed in its full bloom. The emphasis is on the actual experience of mind's vivid wakefulness.

The themes of this text are brought to a deeper level by the inclusion of a translation of its earliest, most extensive commentary by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339). His distinct positions on buddha nature and the transformation of consciousness into enlightened wisdom also serve as the fundamental view for the entire vajrayana as understood and practiced in the Kagyu tradition to the present day.
Karmapa, The Sacred Prophecy
Chogyur Lingpa/By: Kagyu Thubten Choling
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Karmapa the Sacred Prophecy
-While visiting Karma Monastery in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet, the great nineteenth century master Chogyur Dechen Lingpa was granted a prophetic vision of twenty-one incarnations of Karmapa, the supreme head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Chogyur Lingpa described his vision in detail to Karmai Khenchen Rinchen Tarjay, Supreme Abbot of Karma Monastery, who painted a representation of the prophecy on silk. Disciples of Chogjur Lingpa committed his oral description of the vision to writing, in a text later printed in woodblock at the renowned monastery of Mindroling.
Luminous Heart
Luminous Heart: The Third Karmapa on Consciousness, Wisdom, and Buddha Nature
By: Karl Brunnholzl
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The Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (1284-1339), propounded a unique synthesis of Yogacara, Madhyamaka, and the classical teachings on buddha nature. His work occupies an important position between its Indian predecessors and the later, often highly charged, debates in Tibet about rangtong ("self-emptiness") and shentong ("other-emptiness").
Mahamudra Teaching of the Supreme Siddhas
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche (Eighth)
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This book presents all of the stages of instruction on the path of rnahamudra. It is a concise and complete teaching with formal instructions on the ground, path and fruition of mahamudra practice. The eighth Situpa was a remarkable scholar and practitioner and his commentary is both vast and profound.
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.
Profound Inner Meaning Part 1, 10-Day Teaching 1989 Restricted
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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10-Day Teaching 1989
Profound Inner Meaning Part 2, 10-Day Teaching 1990, Restricted
By: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
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10 Day Teaching 1990
Songs of Spiritual Experience: Tibetan Buddhist Poems of Insight & Awakening
By: Jinpa / Elsner
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Here is the first major anthology of Tibetan spiritual poetry available
in the West. Songs of Spiritual Experience offers newly translated works
from all the traditions and schools of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning from
the eleventh to the twentieth century. Compiled and translated by
Thupten Jinpa, one of the Dalai Lama's principal translators, and Jas
Elsner, Songs of Spiritual Experience serves both as an introduction to
Tibetan poetry and to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer
Third Karmapa's Mahamudra Prayer
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche
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The Mahamudra Prayer by the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, shows how to recognize our ultimate potential as a buddha. The Third Karmapa presents the fundamental and essential points of Mahamudra teachings in terms of view, practice, and fruition. It is a classic in the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and is used when a disciple is first introduced to Mahamudra.

Transcending Ego
Transcending Ego: Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom
By:Thrangu Rinpoche
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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.