Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

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Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby Luke » Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:05 pm

Hello,

I am looking for some books which give a good overview of the Nyingma path to enlightenment (the nine yanas) and some general info about the school. I don't want a pile of Dzogchen books which are useless without a Nyingma lama. Which books do you recommend?

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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby ground » Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:53 pm

As far as the School ist concerned:

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http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=14761

Sort of an encyclopedia

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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby Dhondrub » Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:23 pm

On the lineage I can only second TMingyur.
Concernig the path: in my opinion "The Lions Roar" by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche gives an excellent overview of the 9 Yanas. http://www.amazon.com/LIONS-Dharma-Ocea ... 0877736545

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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby Pema Dorje » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:22 am

If you are not willing to pay over 60 dollars for that one, there is a cheaper book on Nyingma Buddhism, written by my teachers. :namaste:

http://www.snowlionpub.com/search.php?isbn=BUPAPR
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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby ngodrup » Thu Dec 30, 2010 7:05 pm

H. H. Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche wrote a thin volume
called "Small Golden Key" which, although very concise,
does have an overview of the nine yanas, as well as an
explanation of each of the 100 deities of the Shirto
Mandala.

All of his books are good for understanding the view
especially of vajrayana.
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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby kirtu » Fri Dec 31, 2010 3:59 pm

"Words of my Perfect Teacher", Mipham Rinpoche
Shabkar's Autobiography

Neither of these are exclusively Nyingma but they certainly reflect a Nyingma flavor and view overall.

LIGHT OF FEARLESS INDESTRUCTIBLE WISDOM: The Life and Legacy of His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche
(although not an overview of the Nyingma school in general)

THE BUDDHIST PATH: A Practical Guide from the Nyingma Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
(both of these are by the Khenpo Brothers)

THE LOTUS-BORN: The Life Story of Padmasamhava, by Yeshe Tsogyal - I gave this text away some time ago but if it's the book I'm thinking of this is the story of Padmasambhava bringing Buddhism to Tibet and is thus the foundational story of the Nyingma.

I have not seen this but NYINGMAPA: Bodhgaya to Tsopema DVD, by HH Penor Rinpoche. The Snow Lion blurb says:
These teachings include wonderfully vivid footage from a pilgrimage from Bodhgaya to Tsopema, the sacred lake of Padmasambhava. Included are: Nyinmapa Grant Cerermony; several teachings by Penor Rinpoche; introductions to Bodhgaya and Tsopema; the story of Guru Rinpoche subjugating the king of Zahor; the footprints of Padmasambhava; and more. Comes with full-color booklet.


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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby udawa » Sat Jan 01, 2011 5:18 pm

Luke,

You might find this worth a look http://www.wisdom-books.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=4913&MATCH=2

This edition of Crystal Mirror is mostly about Nyingma history, but contains a lot of background material as well. If my memory serves me right, I think the historical stuff is derived from Dudjom Rinpoches Dharma History.

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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby Jikan » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:57 am

Gates to Buddhist Practice by Chagdud Tulku is brief, accessible, and authoritative. If this is what you need.
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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby Sönam » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:10 pm

All those are ok ... but the Big Red Book is really "the" must!
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By understanding that any and all mental activity is meditation, you are freed from arbitrary divisions between formal sessions and postmeditation activity.
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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby orgyen jigmed » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:11 pm

Luke wrote:Hello,

I am looking for some books which give a good overview of the Nyingma path to enlightenment (the nine yanas) and some general info about the school. I don't want a pile of Dzogchen books which are useless without a Nyingma lama. Which books do you recommend?

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If I may add another book to the excellent list provided, I would invite you to read, The Ri-me Philosophy of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, by Ringu Tulku (Shambhala).

This book not only gives an overview of all the Buddhist linages that entered Tibet after the 8th centuary, but also discusses the commonalities and distinctions between the Nyingma and the Sarma schools, provided in chapter 7.

But in particular, I encourage you to read Mipham Rinpoche's Rebuttal of the Criticism of the Nyingma Tradition as well as Atisha's Statements on the Early Tantras, but not at the exclusion of other articles, which will give the reader the necessary background to appreciate the wealth of this Tradition.
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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby Enochian » Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:22 pm

The Nyingma presentation of the 9 yanas serves ONLY to show the superiority of Dzogchen Menngagde. That is the ONLY purpose of the "nine yanas." :hi:
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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby gnegirl » Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:26 pm

Everytime i see Guru Rinpoche's picture i can't help but smile :)
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Phenomenon, vast as space, dharmata is your base, arising and falling like ocean tide cycles, why do i cling to your illusion of unceasing changlessness?
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Re: Books which give an overview of Nyingma?

Postby kirtu » Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:01 pm

gnegirl wrote:Everytime i see Guru Rinpoche's picture i can't help but smile :)


Yep - he's a good guy - :jumping:

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