So you went to the Dalai Lama’s teachings in New York in September and found yourself riveted by the spirited investigation of the logical basis of Buddhist philosophy? Now it’s time for

Maps of the Profound: Jam-Yang-Shay-Ba’s Great Exposition of Buddhist and Non-Buddhist Views on the Nature of Reality (

Snow Lion, January 2004, $49.95 cloth), Jeffrey Hopkins’ 1,136-page masterpiece on the pathways to reality, centering on a translation of the seventeenth-century Tibetan scholar Jamyang Shayba’s monumental text on the Tibetan tenet system. Hopkins, one of the West’s foremost Tibet scholars, follows the translation with incisive commentary by Jamyang Shayba and the eighteenth-century Mongolian scholar Ngawang Belden.

Chögye Trichen Rinpoche, the seniormost Shakya lama today and the “teachers’ teacher” (his disciples include the Dalai Lama and Shakya Trizin) offers quintessential teachings on the nature of mind and pitfalls of the spiritual path in Parting from the Four Attachments: A Commentary On Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen’s Song of Experience On Mind Training and the View (Snow Lion, 2003, $15.95 paper).

In Path to Buddhahood: Teachings On Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Shambhala, 2003, $16.95 cloth). Ringu Tulku Rinpoche presents an important eleventh-century Kagyu text on the fundamentals of the gradual path, in language that resonates with Westerners today. Matthieu Ricard, in his forward, calls this “one of the best introductions we currently have.”

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