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Essential Practice: Lectures on Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation in the Middle Way School By Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
Essential Practice: Lectures on Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation in the Middle Way School -  by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

"In the spring on 1988, the Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche traveled to Boulder, Colorado, where, at the invitation of the President and Faculty of the Naropa Institute, he gave a series of lectures on the Indian master Kamalashila's First Treatise on the Stages of Meditation in the Middle Way School.  He returned to the Institute in the fall of 1989 and gave a second series of lectures, this time focusing upon Kamalashila's Intermediated Treatise on the Stages of Meditation in the Middle Way School.  All sorts of people came to these talks.  On any given evening, the listeners would include students enrolled in the Naropa Institute's program in Buddhist Studies as well as students focusing upon other areas of the arts and humanities, faculty representing the full range of the Institute's various departments, numerous members of Boulder's sizeable Buddhist community, and the merely curious, carried in by serendipity.  Some of those who came to the lectures brought with them more than a few years of study and practice in Buddhist communities; some may have known only that a fellow with a big smile had come a long way to speak freely about wisdom.  The diverse audience provided a responsive canvas upon which to portray the view, meditation, and conduct taught in the Great Vehicle (mahayana) of the Buddhadharma.
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Aiming to convey a clear and accessible account of Kamalashila's treatises that would prove handy to practitioners of the Buddhadharma, Thrangu Rinpoche weaves many layers of scholastic expertise into an unruffled instruction. Rather than comment closely upon individual words and recalcitrant passages, he focuses upon the themes of Kamalashila's essays and brings them into plain view. Some who study these instructions will be embarking freshly upon this noble journey. Others may feel that, after an extensive immersion in Buddhist teaching and Buddhist practice, they have at last come to the beginning of the path. Either way, a beginner's delight and a beginner's humility fit well with the accessible and authoritative portrait given here of a bodhisattva's view, meditation, and conduct. This record of a masterful teacher's instructions will help students old and new to determine what is essential to the practice of the Buddhadharma and thus to bring the Buddha's teachings into their own experience."
--From the Introduction by Jules Levinson

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is an eminent teacher of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism who travels and teaches extensively in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is currently tutor to H. H. the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa.

Jules B. Levinson earned a doctoral degree in Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, where he works for the Light of Berotsana Translation Group and teaches at Naropa University.

216 pp. Paperback.

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