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Life of the Mahasiddha Tilopa
By: Marpa Choskyi bLogros
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The Life of the Mahasiddha Tilopa, thought to have been composed in the 11th century by the renowned Tibetan yogi Marpa Lotsawa, is a compelling account of the 'complete liberation' of the guru of Naropa, and belongs to the genre of 'Buddhist hagiology'. As such, it will be of interest to followers of the Kagyud school of Tibetan Buddhism as well as to those who are fascinated by the lives of the Buddhist saints and masters.
Life of Tilopa & The Ganges Mahamudra
By: Thrangu Rinpoche
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The first section of this book is the spiritual biography of Tilopa, the Indian yogi who is considered the founding father of the unbroken lineage of the Kagyupa tradition. It is not a biography in the ordinary sense, but inspirational stories of the events that led to his realization, how he began and applied himself, the methods he used, and how through his realization he benefited others.
The second section of the book contains the root text and commentary on the The Ganges Mahamudra, Tilopa's oral instructions for the accomplishing enlightenment - considered the source text for all Kagyu doctrine and the tradition of Mahamudra meditation in general.
Tilopa gave these instructions on the banks of the Ganges River sometime in the eleventh century to his student Naropa, who in turn transmitted them to his Tibetan disciple Marpa Lotsawa. For over a thousand years it has been passed down through an unbroken lineage of realized teachers to Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, so this publication represents something quite extraordinary and wonderful.
Masters of Mahamudra: Songs and Histories of the Eighty-Four Buddhist Siddhas
By: Abhayadatta, Keith Dowman
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In Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra represents a perfected level of meditative realization: it is the inseparable union of wisdom and compassion, of emptiness and skillful means. These eighty-four masters, some historical, some archetypal, accomplished this practice in India where they lived between the eighth and twelfth centuries. Leading unconventional lives, the siddhas include some of the greatest Buddhist teachers; Tilopa, Naropa, and Marpa among them.
Tantric Treasures; Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India
By: Roger R. Jackson
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Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India
Roger Jackson provides accurate, accessible translations of three classics of medieval Indian Buddhist mysticism: the "couplet-treasuries" of the great tantric masters Saraha, Kanha, and Tilopa. Since their composition around 1000 CE, these poems have exerted a powerful influence on spiritual life, as well as poetry and song, in India, Nepal, and Tibet. Jackson's fresh translations allow the poetry to shine through, capturing the sense and spirit of the poems in the original. Jackson offers a thorough introduction that deftly summarizes the latest scholarship, situating the poems in their historical context and making them accessible not only to scholars but also to students and practitioners.

Tilopa
Tilopa
By: Tai Situ Rinpoche
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(some glimpses of his life)
Tilopa was one of the most significant of all Buddhist teachers. he mastered and distilled the teachings of all the mahasiddhas of 11th century India, achieving enlightenment near the Ganges delta. These moments of his life and teachings, selected by the XIIth Khentin Tai Situpa from the various traditional hagiographies, have been chosen for their inspirational and teaching content. As one of the four present Patriarchs of the Kagyu tradition, which stems from Tilopa, the Tai Situpa is able to convey great insight into the vivid biographical fragments that have been carefully handed down through time and geographical space.