Monday, February 04, 2008

Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Dharamsala.


Jewel Ladder



Jewel Ladder (Rin-chen them-skas) is a short and comprehensive Nyingma Lamrin for beginners by Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorjee (1643-1714), commonly known as Terdak Lingpa, one of the foremost early master-scholars of Tibet, who was both a teacher and disciple of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama.The text introduces us to the preliminaries of the Buddhist practice required for higher spiritual development such as the four basic ways fo concentrating one's mind on the Dharma and the Four Noble Truths.




The Essence of Nectar


The " The Essence of Nectar ", an extensive prayer written by Yeshe Tsondru, an incarnate Lama of the Gelug tradition, is a poetic supplement of the " Great Exposition of the Graded Path " by Je Tsongkhapa.


Vajrayogini Sadhana and Commentary


Vajrayogini Sadhana
and Commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. Traditionally the practice of Tantra is supposed to be kept secret, and this book is intended purely for those who have received the proper initiations. However, as the Dalai Lama has advised, there are great misunderstanding to which Tantra as often subjected, and are more harmful than the partial lifting of such secrecy.

Meditations on the Lower Tantras From the Collected Works of the Dalai Lamas.




The Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent-Arising



The Harmony of Emptiness and Dependent-Arising is a commentary to Tsongkhapa's The Essence of Eloquent Speech, Praise to the Buddha for Teaching Profound Dependent-Arising.The subject of the work concerns two important themes of Buddhist philosophy: emptiness and dependent-arising. Lobsang Gyatso.


The Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance



The Mahamudra Eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance The Ninth Karmapa Wang-Ch’ug Dorje. Mahamudra or the Great Seal, refers to a Mahayana Buddhist system of meditation on nature of the mind and is undertaken for realising Enlightemment.


Self-Initiation of Vajrabhairava



Self-Initiation of Vajrabhairava, Sharpa Tulku with Richard guard
The texts presented here are an intermediate length sadhana and a concise self-initiation ritual of the Solitary Hero Vajrabhairava. After receiving the Highest Yoga Tantra initiation of Vajrabhairava, and then completing the retreat of this deity, with the compensating ritual fire offering of peace, one is authorized to do the self-initiation. It is important to do the self-initiation in order to restore broken vows and tantric commitments. A sadhana must be done in conjunction with the self-initation. The concise nature of the self-initiation will enable many practitioners to do this practice more frequently.


The Guru Puja


The Guru Puja This presentation of the bla-ma mchod-pa, the offering to the spiritual masters, in Tibetan phonetics and an English translation includes the tshog offering and Son of the Spring Queen and is accomplished by the Hundred Deities of the Land of Joy, the lam-tim dedication prayer and so forth.


Daily Recitations


This booklet is compirsed of recitations for the beneift of those who show a keen interest in the study and practice of Buddhism. These prelliminaries are recited in the Buddhist and Philosophy classes of LTWA, as well as for the Monday meditation sessions, for the pruposse of training the mind, and accumulating merit. Presented herein are the original Tibetan script, accompanied by both the English translation, and an easy to read phonetic translation.


The Twelve Deeds


A Brief Story of Tonpa Shenrab, the founder of the Bon ReligionSangye Tendar According to the Bon tradition of Tibet, Tonpa Shenrab was not only the founder of the Bon religion but also the first Buddha to appear in this 'degenerate age' (Kaliyuga), with the expressedpurpose of relieving the sufferings of all sentiment beings. In The Twelve Dees, told according to the traditional format, we can read abotu the major events of Tonpa Shenrabn's life, including his compassionate and maraculours deeds and his entrance in to mahaparinirvana.


The Seven Instruction Lineages


The renowned Tibetan historian Taranatha compiled these accounts of fifty-nine siddhas or adepts who were instrumental in the transmission of seven oral Tantric traditions. This is a source book much quoted by later historians. Jo Nang Taranatha.

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