Suggested Reading - Advanced Books

The Union of Bliss and Emptiness
by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, translated by Thupten Jinpa

     "The origins of the instructions on the Lama Choepa (guru yoga) practice are traced back to the explanatory tantra called Vajramala, in which the visualization of the mandala deities on the guru's body as explained according to Guhyasamaja and Heruka has great merit and advantages. Lama Choepa explains how to do it on the basis of this guru yoga practice. In this unique and clearly laid out commentary, the actual practice is explained on the basis of Guhyasamaja, the preliminaties, such as the self-generation on the basis of Yamantaka, and the performing of the offerings and so forth according to Heruka."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1988, 191 pages.
US$10.95 ISBN #0-937938-69-6
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Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand
A Concise Discourse on the Path to Enlightenment

by Pabongka Rinpoche, edited by Trijang Rinpoche, translated by Michael Richards

     This book begins with an overview of the graduated path teachings and their historical background. It then goes on to explain in detail how to practise, from the initial stages of preparing for a meditation session, correctly identifying and following a spiritual guide and developing and enhancing the motivation to practice, through to the various techniques for generating love, compassion and the extraordinary altruistic intent of bodhichitta. This text is from the twenty-four day discourse given by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche to seven hundred monks, nuns and lay people at Chuzang Hermitage near Lhasa, Tibet in 1921.
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA, 1991, 980 pages.
US$24.95 ISBN #0-86171-126-2
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The Tantric Path of Purification
by Lama Yeshe, Foreward by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Compiled and Edited by Nicholas Ribush

     "Puriication of the mind is essential for anybody who wishes to advance along the spiritual path. In this wonderful book, the renowned master Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), founder of the FPMT and teacher of thousands of Tibetan and Western students, explains one of the most powerful mental purification practices in the vast array of Buddhist meditations. Included is an entire section of complete retreat instructions -- required reading for anybody undertaking a meditational retreat in the Tibetan tradition.
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA.
US$15.00, ISBN #0-86171-020-7
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The Healing Buddha
Composed and translated by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

     "This booklet contains a meditation on the Healing (Medicine) Buddha, a fully enlightened being whose purpose is both to cure diseas and prevent its onset. This practice was composed and translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Also included here is The Prayer Liberating Sakya From Disease, a beautiful and powerful prayer that brings great blessings."
Wisdom Publications, Boston, MA, USA.
US$4.00, 24 pages, ISBN # 0-86171-254-4
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Tibetan Thangka Painting
Methods and Materials

by David and Janice Jackson

     "This study is the first detailed description of the techniques and principles of the sacred art of Tibetan scroll painting and is the distillation of the authors' research carried out over a period of ten years, during which they made five journeys to Nepal and India and learned from some 20 traditional painters. The book outlines the cultural context of thangka painting, Tibetan painters and their training, beliefs and traditions, and the step-by-step techniques by which a thangka is made. A whole chapter is devoted to a detailed description of the pigments and another to how they are mixed and applied. Not only does this book document an ancient and in some ways endangered tradition, but it also serves as a useful guide for would-be practitioners of the art."
Snow Lion, Ithaca, NY, USA, 1984, 202 pages.
US$24.95 ISBN #0-937938-67-X

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