Luminous Lives

The Story of the Early Masters of the Lam ’bras Tradition in Tibet


352 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861713073

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“A seminal manuscript history of its earliest practitioners and masters, and a detailed description of the Lam ’bras teachings.”—Tricycle

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The tantric Buddhist tradition of the Lam ’bras, the “Path with the Result,” has been practiced in Tibet for almost a thousand years, most prominently within the Sakya lineage. Luminous Lives is the first in-depth study of the literature and history of the Lam ’bras in Tibet. The central focus of the work is a rare Tibetan history that brings alive the story of the earliest men and women practitioners of the Lam ’bras. This text, recording the words of the great Sakya Pandita (1182–1251), was a major source for all later histories of the tradition. Recently rediscovered, it has been reproduced here along with Cyrus Stearns’ excellent translation, introduction, and annotations. Luminous Lives opens a window into the world of one of the great traditions of tantric Buddhism in Tibet.

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Read the biographies of Sakya Pandita and Sachen Kunga Nyingpo at the Treasury of Lives.