Karma Kagyu Reading List?

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Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby LynyrdSkynyrd » Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:29 pm

Hello!

I am currently researching Karma Kagyu Buddhism, but really am not sure where to start.

I am most interested in:
1. History
2. Practices
3. Lineage
4. Symbolism
5. Clothing

Does anyone know good resources to find any or all of these? I have searched through the forum but have not come up with anything.

Thanks so much!!!!!!
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Re: Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby WuMing » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:04 pm

Maybe a good start would be

HISTORY

History Of The Karmapas - a wonderful book!
http://tinyurl.com/nxlnbqx
The Great Kagyu Masters: The Golden Lineage Treasury
http://tinyurl.com/khs9dyg

PRACTICE

Gems of Dharma, Jewels of Freedom - Gampopa's classic Lamrim text - highly recommended!!
http://tinyurl.com/m6bcs9g
Mahamudra and Related Instructions - highly recommended!!!
http://tinyurl.com/kj49bre
Mahamudra: The Moonlight - Quintessence of Mind and Meditation - this is a treasure!
http://tinyurl.com/lnmxw9t
Pointing Out the Great Way: The Stages of Meditation in the Mahamudra Tradition
http://tinyurl.com/mwohlh3
今以佛眼觀之佛與眾生同住解脫之床。無此無彼無二平等。
Now, observing with the eye of the Buddha, both the Buddha and ordinary beings are in the same liberated state. There is neither this nor that: there is only non-duality and identity.
- 空海 Kūkai 弘法大師 in Unjigi 吽字義 The Meaning of the Letter Hūṃ
new translation: Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
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Our life is very simple, very direct, very beautiful, very vast and very terrifying, but it is not at all convenient.
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Re: Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby justsit » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:08 pm

Some basic info here, look under the "Kagyu Lineage" tab. Also, the Wiki entry under "Kagyu" isn't too bad for a general overview.
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Re: Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby Sherab Dorje » Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:52 pm

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa (the Karma Kagyu bible!).
The Torch of Certainty by Jamgon Kongtrul (classic explanatory text on the preliminaries).
The Hundred-Thousand Songs of Milarepa (Milarepa at his finest).
Tantric Treasures: Three Collections of Mystical Verse from Buddhist India (to get a taste of what the early masters Tilopa and Saraha were all about).
"When one is not in accord with the true view
Meditation and conduct become delusion,
One will not attain the real result
One will be like a blind man who has no eyes."
Naropa - Summary of the View from The Eight Doha Treasures
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Re: Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby LynyrdSkynyrd » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:51 am

Thank you all very much!!!! :thanks:
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Re: Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby smcj » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:53 pm

I believe it appropriate here to mention that the Naropa & Mila stories were very harmful to my practice. They set me back decades, really. Tibetans find them inspiring. I find them horrifying. Because of my acute cowardice in my approach to practice, I have had to dismiss them as not relevant to how I go about it. Mila would probably be ashamed of me, but that is the best that I can do...
A human being has his limits. And thus, in every conceivable way, with every possible means, he tries to make the teaching enter into his own limits. ChNN
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Re: Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby plwk » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:19 pm

More here
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Re: Karma Kagyu Reading List?

Postby LynyrdSkynyrd » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:27 pm

plwk wrote:More here


:woohoo:

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