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Moonbeams of Mahamudra


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A new translation of Tibet's most important manual for Mahamudra view and meditation.

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DAKPO TASHI NAMGYAL (1513-1587) was the first recognized reincarnation of Gampopa and an important master of the Dakpo Kagyu tradition. He wrote two highly acclaimed texts on Mahamudra practice- Moonbeams of Mahamudra and Clarifying the Natural State.
ELIZABETH M. CALLAHAN is a Tibetan translator of the Kagyu tradition. She completed two three-year retreats at Kagyu Thubten Ch ling in New York, is a student of Khenpo Ts ltrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, and has been a Tsadra Foundation Fellow since 2002. Her previous translations include The Treasury of Knowledge- Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy by Jamg n Kongtrul and The Profound Inner Reality by the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje.


"This remarkable text, Moonbeams of Mahamudra, contains the essence of the entire Buddhist tradition as it has come to us from India and Tibet. The author, Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, clearly lays out the profound path of Mahamudra with both the analytical style of a scholar and the experiential style of a meditator. This unique approach is, at the same time, profound, practical, and completely accessible. It is my sincere wish that this new translation will inspire and benefit all who encounter it."--Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

"Dakpo Tashi Namgyal's Moonbeams of Mahamudra is a fine piece of traditional scholarship that is, at the same time, a clear manual for beginners as well as advanced Mahamudra meditation practitioners. With her extensive introduction and new annotated translation of Moonbeams, Elizabeth M. Callahan renders an enormous service for scholars and practitioners alike. The introduction does not only cover a comprehensive history of the relevant transmission lineages, but also discusses in an academically balanced and well-documented way the major issues of current research, such as the controversy around the attempts to justify sutra-based Mahamudra. The new translation of Moonbeams profits from Callahan's exemplary mastery of classical Tibetan philology as well as her long-standing experience of Mahamudra meditation. This rare combination of skills shines throughout the highly readable text, making Dakpo Tashi Namgyal's Mahamudra classic for the first time easily accessible."--Klaus-Dieter Mathes, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Vienna "Mahamudra, the "great seal" of empty and blissful awareness, was a crucial concept and meditative practice in late Indian Buddhism and lies at the very heart of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. No Kagyu text on the great seal is more important that Dakpo Tashi Namgyal's Moonbeams of Mahamudra, and with Elizabeth Callahan's superb new translation, this masterwork receives the full scholarly treatment it deserves. Her fresh translation of the shorter but equally influential Mahamudra Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance, by the Ninth Karmapa, only adds to the richness of this spiritual and intellectual feast--which will be savored by any scholar or practitioner seeking a lucid explanation of some of the deepest explorations the nature of mind and reality ever undertaken."--Roger Jackson, Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and Religion, Carleton College "Moonbeams of Mahamudra is not only a meditation instruction manual but a lucid explanation of Ground, Path, and Result Mahamudra in the context of the Buddhist path. Dakpo Tashi Namgyal taught it so well that he came to be known as the reincarnation of Gampopa. Elizabeth Callahan spent her entire life studying and translating Mahamudra texts. There is no doubt that anybody who wishes to study Mahamudra will need to read this book."--Ringu Tulku

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