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Eighth Karmapa's Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal
By: Jim Rheingans

Eighth Karmapa's Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal


 
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Author: Jim Rheingans
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9783897334229
Publication Date: 2017

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This book investigates Mikyo Dorje's biographies and carries out case studies of some of his mahamudra (Great Seal) teachings, Buddhist instructions for the acquisition of meditative insight. After surveying a variety of textual sources for the study of the Karmapa's life and works, this book shows how he developed into one of the most productive scholars of his tradition, who, located within the shifting religious and political hegemonies of his time, managed to acquire a status of singular importance to his school. Rheingans then goes on to analyse Mikyo Dorje's mahamudra teachings by examining selected texts that contain such instructions in historical and doctrinal context. This study contends that the Kagyupa mahamudra constitutes less a static system than an independent key instruction to be adapted by the guru to different students' requirements and are thus chiefly characterised by didactic pragmatism.

Eighth Karmapa's Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal, Jim Rheingans, Hardcover, 243 pp, $33.95

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