Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava’s Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyel
Translated by Erik Pema Kusang.
Shambhala: Boston, 1990. 200 pp. $14.95.
Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to Tibet and is considered the founder of the Nyingmapa school. According to legend, his oral teachings to his main disciple, Yeshe Tsogyel, were recorded in a coded language and then hidden in secret places so that they could be rediscovered by future generations. In Dakini Teachings Padmasambhava emphasizes that spiritual knowledge must be personalized and not remain as theory.
Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: A Concise Discourse on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment
By Pabongka Rinpoche. Translated by Michael Richards.
Wisdom Publications: Boston, 1991. 978 pp. $37.50.
The Lamrim, the foundation of the Mahayana teachings of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism, is comprehensively presen ted here by Pa bongka Rinpoche. This text was originally edited from a twenty-four-day seminar on the subject given seventy years ago. In addition to an accessible literary style, the teachings are illustrated with stories, examples, and scriptural quotations. Used by virtually all Gelugpa lamas, this text is a straightforward guide on how to meditate on each step of the path.
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