Four Yogas recommended books, with reviews - Nagualism, Tibetan Buddhism, Adi Da, nondual Shaivism, Meditation

Tibetan Buddhism

 

The Bridge of Quiescence : Experiencing Tibetan Buddhist Meditation
by B. Allan Wallace, Tson-Kha-Pa Blo-Bzan-Grags-Pa

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Paperback - 288 pages (March 1998)
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ISBN: 0812693612
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The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way : Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika
by Nagarjuna, Jay L. Garfield (Translator)

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Paperback - 372 pages (November 1995) 
Oxford Univ Pr (Trade); ISBN: 0195093364 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.80 x 8.00 x 5.35 

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Reviewer: from Chicago, IL USA
The Mulamadhyamakakarika(MMK) by Nagarjuna is one of the most important scriptures within Mahayana Buddhism. It's the Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way. Although other English translations exist already, Mr Garfield's rendition is the first that shows the Prasangika Madhyamika (Middle Way Consequence school) view on the MMK.

The MMK consists of 27 chapters which are examinations of fundamental theoretical elements in Buddhist ontology like Dependent origination, Impermanence, Perception, Aggregates (skandhas), Self, and relations between Substance and Attribute. The book is divided into two sections:

1. The translation of the 27 chapters, 2. The translation + commentaries.

It's noteworthy to mention that this book is based on the Tibetan dBu-ma rtsa-ba shes-rab, the Tibetan translation of the original Sanskrit work of MMK.

Garfield asserts in this book that Nagarjuna's goal was to refute the view of extremism of the Sarvastidas (All exists) and the other side of Nihilism (Nothing exists), proposing a Middle Way position. Pointing out the Two Truths of reality; Absolute Truth and Conventional Truth, Nagarjuna uses the Emptiness (shunyata) doctrine to show the reader upon examination that phenomena (both mental and physical) are empty of inherent-exitestence, but also that they are NOT non-existent (they exist within the Absolute Truth). Through these Examination one will obtain insight into the relativity of concepts and phenomena.

As a side note: Nagarjuna's goal is not to bring about a philosophical debate on metaphysical elements. Garfield points this out perfectly in the Introduction to the Commentary section of this book.

I have not read other renditions in English on the MMK, but so far this one is a very bright shining jewel in my extensive collection on Buddhism.

For further reading I would suggest Candrakirti's Prasannapada (Lucid Exposition of the Middle Way), which is a commentary on the MMK and it's best companion in my opinion.

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H.H. Dalai Lama's The Six Paramitas
A Guide to Freedom, Wisdom, Joy and Harmony in Life
Six DVD's
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Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish
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It is with great pleasure, the Danish company 'Leaders Of The World', presents His Holiness The Dalai Lama teaching The six Paramitas - The six liberating actions: Generosity, ethics, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom on DVD.

The six Paramitas is a basic Buddhist practice in order to achieve a deep quality and a genuine joy of life through unconditional love and compassion for others. It is a method to overcome the fixation of your illusions, thus liberating your mind from selfish and disharmonious thoughts and feelings.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama's teachings may be practiced on several levels. It is knowledge, which will benefit everybody regardless of whether you want to practice it in depth or merely need inspiration in order to achieve a deeper quality in your everyday life.

This DVD contains the complete teachings as well as answers to questions asked.

Paramita is a Sanskrit word which means to go beyond the secular level in order to achieve mental perfection in your practice.
The six Paramitas is a basic Buddhist practice in order to achieve a deep quality and a genuine joy of life through unconditional love and compassion for others. It is a method to overcome the fixation of your illusions, thus liberating your mind from selfish and disharmonious thoughts and feelings. The six Paramitas are part of the text "37 Verses on a Bodhisattva's Behaviour" by the great Buddhist master Thogme Zangpo (1295-1369

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Mahamudra (The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation)
by Translated & Annotated by: Lobsang P. Lhalungpa
Hardcover (Edition: 2001)

Paperback: 488 pages
Publisher:
Motilal Banarsidass Pub; (January 1, 2000)
ISBN: 8120810740 | All Editions

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Amazon.com Sales Rank: 756,277

Size: 9.5" X 6.2"
Pages: 550

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Book Description
Mahamudra is the first English translation of a major Tibetan Buddhist presentation of the theory and practice of meditation-a manual detailing the various stages and practices for training the advanced students. The original Tibetan text of nearly 800 pages was composed by Takpo Tashi Namgyal (1512-87), a great lama and a scholar of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.


Review by Edward Plotkin:
Mahamudra: The Quintessence Of Mind and Meditation, by Takpo Tashi Namgyal
(translated by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa), is an essential study for students of the mastery of awareness. Written by one of the most extraordinary of Tibetan sages and teachers, this is the book that first opened my eyes to the depth and profundity of Tibetan seeing into the stages of awareness leading to enlightenment. Through comparative analysis and progressive meditative exploration Mahamudra provides a pathway to transcendental journeys beyond the realms of conventional awareness. The exploration of consciousness through the four yogas of the mahamudra is without parallel and sublimely transcendental.  [Edward Plotkin

 

Review by John Blofeld
"Now, from the hands of one of Tibet's most gifted living translators, we have a great treasure, a large and profound work of incalculable value. Readers to whom meditation is not very much more than a pleasant beneficial pastime, might be daunted by its size, depth, and scholarly exposition. Those for whom correct meditation practice is of enormous importance should, at all costs, possess themselves of a copy. To them it will prove a life-long and utterly reliable guide .... Just as the Avatamsaka Sutra seems to be the very apex of Buddhist teaching in sutra form, so may this book be the very apex of books available to us in the form of guides to meditation. I am astounded by the learned translator's skill in putting this book before us in words so clear and easy for Buddhists to comprehend that, at first sight, we may be deluded into supposing the whole great matter to be relatively simple!"

 

Review by Chogyam Trungpa
"I am so delighted that this text is being published in the English language. It will greatly benefit English speaking students of Buddhism. I myself have used this text in working with my students, and I have always found that it communicates, clearly and simply, the mahamudra teachings of the Practice Lineage. I am very pleased that now English-speaking students can read and study this book in their own language."

  
 
From the back cover: "Mahamudra is the first English translation of a major Tibetan Buddhist presentation of the theory and practice of meditation--a manual detailing the various stages and practices for training the advanced student. The original Tibetan text of nearly 800 pages was composed by Takpo Tashi Namgyal (1512-1587), a great lama and a scholar of the Kagyü sect of Tibetan Buddhism." 

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Naked Awareness

Naked Awareness
By Karma Chagme, Gyatrul Rinpoche (Commentary), B. Alan Wallace (Translator), lind Steele

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Paperback - 344 pages edition (May 15, 2000)
Snow Lion Pubns; ISBN: 1559391464

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This is a 17th-century presentation of the union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen by Karma Chagme, one of the greatest patriarchs of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Natural Liberation : Padmasambhava's Teachings on the Six Bardos
by Padmasambhava, Gyatrul Rinpoche, B. Alan Wallace (Translator)

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Paperback - 272 pages (December 1997)
Wisdom Publications; Dimensions (in inches): 1.06 x 8.39 x 5.44
ISBN: 0861711319
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Synopsis
"Natural Liberation" is concerned with taking the commonplace events of life and death and turning them into opportunities for the highest liberation. In this work, Padmasambhava, the great 9th century Indian master who established Buddhism in Tibet, describes in detail six life-processes and shows how to transform them into vehicles for enlightenment
  
 
A superb text for beginners or experts
Reviewer: odzer@aol.com from Boston August 3, 1999

Comprehensive- well translated- and with extensive commentary, both erudite and practical,by Lama Gyaltrul, on this famous Masterpiece of Tibetan meditation technology, a heretofore untranslated section from a large set of cannonical works known collectively as Karma Lingpas "Shi-Tro Bardo Rangdrol, {from which the well known Tibetan Book of the dead is also derived} A jewel of a Dharma book-brings one of the best Lamas and most highly qualified translators of 20th century (Gyaltrul and Wallace) together with one of the finest works previous generations of Tibetan scholars and meditators so as to make this book a completely traditional,while at the same time up to date modern classic a welcome addition to any library, Buddhist or other.
  
  
 

A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga
by Karma-Chags-Med, Rinpoche Gyatrul, B. Alan Wallace.

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. Drawing on enormous textual erudition and mastery of Tibetan oral traditions, Chagme sets forth the stages of meditation practice, including the cultivation of meditative quiescence and insight, the experiential identification of awareness, and the highest steps of Mahamudra and Atiyoga. Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche, a contemporary holder of the Payul lineage, offers a commentary that spells out modern-day relevancies.  

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Paperback - 300 pages (December 1997)
Snow Lion Pubns Dimensions (in inches): 0.72 x 9.07 x 6.11
ISBN: 1559390719

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Spectrum of Ectasy

Spectrum of Ecstasy
by Ngakpa Chogyam, Andrea Antonoff (Editor)

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Paperback - 313 pages Vol 1 (November 1997) Aro Books Inc.
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The Supreme Source : The Fundamental Tantra of Dzogchen Semde
by Namkhai Norbu, Adriano Clemente (Editor), lukianowicz, Chogyal N. Norbu

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Paperback - 326 pages (September 1999)
Snow Lion Pubns; ISBN: 1559391200
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Book Description The aim of Dzogchen is the reawakening of the individual to the primordial state of enlightenment which is naturally found in all beings. "The aim of Dzogchen is the reawakening of the individual to the primordial state of enlightenment which is naturally found in all beings."

BOOK JACKET "In this book, the Dzogchen teaching is presented through one of its most ancient texts, the tantra Kunjed Gyalpo, or "The All-creating King" - a personification of the primordial state of enlightenment. This tantra is the fundamental scripture of the Semde, or "Nature of Mind," tradition of Dzogchen and is the most authoritative source for understanding the Dzogchen view."

  
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