Mahāmudrā and Related Instructions - Table of Contents

Core Teachings of the Kagyü Schools


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Foreword by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche         
General Editor’s Preface
Translator’s Introduction    
Technical Notes

  1. A String of Pearls: A Collection of Dharma Lectures
    Gampopa (1079–1153)          
  2. The Unrivaled Instructions of Shang Rinpoché: The Preliminaries and Main Practice of the Great Meditation of Mahāmudrā
    Shönu Lha (late thirteenth century)
  3. The Ultimate Supreme Path of the Mahāmudrā
    Lama Shang (1123–93)
  4. A Record of Mahāmudrā Instructions
    Drukchen Pema Karpo (1527–92)
  5. Instructions for the Mahāmudrā Innate Union
    Karmapa Rangjung Dorjé (1284–1339)
  6. Prayer for the Definitive Meaning, the Mahāmudrā
    Karmapa Rangjung Dorjé (1284–1339)
  7. Oral Transmission of the Supreme Siddhas: A Commentary on Prayer for the Definitive Meaning, the Mahāmudrā
    Situ Tenpai Nyinjé (1700–1777)        
  8. The Bright Torch: The Perfect Illumination of the True Meaning of the Mahāmudrā, the Essence of All the Dharma
    Tselé Natsok Rangdröl (b. 1608)       
  9. The Quintessence of Nectar: Instructions for the Practice of the Six Dharmas of Nāropa
    Shamarpa Chökyi Wangchuk (1584–1630)  
  10. The Single Viewpoint: A Root Text
    Sherap Jungné (1187–1241)  

i.The Hundred and Fifty Vajra Teachings         

ii.The Forty-Seven Supplements to the Hundred and Fifty Vajra Teachings 

iii.The Four Main Points of the Dharma of the Single Viewpoint         

iv.The Structural Analysis that Classifies the Sequence of the Seven Chapters         

  1. Light Rays from the Jewel of the Excellent Teaching: A General Presentation on the Points of Secret Mantra
    Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (1512–87)     

Selected topics:

The way in which the Teacher appeared; The Buddha’s teaching; The tantras in general; The lower tantras; Highest yoga tantra; Empowerment rites; Commitments and vows; The two stages in general; Generation stage; Completion stage; The yoga of channels, winds, and drops; The illusory body; The bardo and transference; Mahāmudrā; Union; Conduct that enhances the path; Results of practice

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