The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary

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The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary

Postby Huifeng » Mon May 21, 2012 5:47 am

Hi,

Just about to finish reading The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary.
Quick question - while this is I guess technically a Gelug text,
what's the Kagyu take on Tsongkhapa's commentary?

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Re: The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary

Postby Lingpupa » Mon May 21, 2012 10:06 am

In the west Tsongkhapa is mostly known for his idiosyncratic take on emptiness teachings. It seems, however, that he was more noted (more prolific?) as a tantric commentator and practitioner, and he had strong roots in the Kagyu tradition. So while of course this text is only authoritative for someone receiving the transmissions of that particular lineage, it is quite interesting and informative.
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Re: The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary

Postby Konchog1 » Mon May 21, 2012 11:14 am

I don't know. However, Lord Atisha is one of the (minor) Kagyu Lineage Gurus since Lord Gampopa was a Kadampa monk, so I can't imagine it's too hostile.
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Re: The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary

Postby Jnana » Mon May 21, 2012 12:21 pm

Huifeng wrote:Just about to finish reading The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary.
Quick question - while this is I guess technically a Gelug text,
what's the Kagyu take on Tsongkhapa's commentary?

I don't know about a Kagyu take, but I recall recognizing a few differences in emphasis or even interpretation between Je Tsongkhapa and Kagyu authors on the subject. The best English translation of Kagyu teachings on the six dharmas is The Quintessence of Nectar: Instructions for the Practice of the Six Dharmas of Naropā by Shamarpa Chokyi Wangchuck, translated by Peter Alan Roberts in Mahāmudrā and Related Instructions: Core Teachings of the Kagyu Schools. There are also two older English translations. One is The Epitome of an Introduction to the Six Yogas of Naropa by Dakpo Tashi Namgyal, translated by Garma C.C. Chang (which is and English translation of a Chinese translation of the Tibetan original), published under a couple of different titles including Teachings and Practice of Tibetan Tantra. The other is The Yoga of the Six Doctrines by Padma Karpo, translated by Lama Kazi Dawa Samdup, published in Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines.
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Re: The Six Yogas of Naropa: Tsongkhapa's Commentary

Postby Jnana » Mon May 21, 2012 12:54 pm

BTW, all three of these Kagyu texts are included in the Dam-ngak Dzo compiled by Jamgön Kongtrül.
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