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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 6:29 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:04 pm 
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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

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new translation: Kūkai on the Philosophy of Language by Takagi Shingen and Dreitlein Eijō
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 8:08 pm 
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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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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).

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Thank you all very much!!!! :thanks:


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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...

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plwk wrote:
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