Enlightened Beings

Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition


318 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861710683

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“The stories offer a dimension of understanding not seen in other literature. A fascinating addition to any library.”—Small Press

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

Here, for the first time in any Western language, are the sacred biographies of six great tantric meditators from the Gelukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. These life stories—or namtar—are actually tales of liberation. Part of a distinct tradition in Tibetan Buddhism, they are meant not only to inspire but also to instruct others on the path to enlightenment.

In Professor Willis’s introduction and detailed annotations, you’ll gain a wealth of information about how to read and interpret namtar texts, as well as some valuable insights into the religious and political worlds in which these early Tibetan masters studied, practiced, and became enlightened beings in their lifetimes.

Read the biographies of these masters at the Treasury of Lives: