Mahamudra - The Moonlight

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Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby mindyourmind » Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:53 pm

I received this from the bookstore today - Mahamudra - The Moonlight - Quintessence of Mind and Meditation, which is of course by Dakpo Tashi Namgal (translated by Lobsang Lhalungpa.

The book's reputation precedes it, and I have always just heard the very best about it, even from teachers.

Has anyone here read it? It seems a practical manual and guide for actual practice, so not just a theoretical waffling about Mahamudra.
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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby heart » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:24 pm

My favorite Mahamudra book by the same author as above http://www.amazon.com/Clarifying-Natura ... pd_sim_b_1

Very clear and short instructional text.

With a commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Clear-Pra ... 9627341517

And please read also this excellent texts by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Lamp-Matter ... d_sim_b_20

/magnus
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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby Astus » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:18 pm

Yesterday I was re-reading the Drikung Kagyu Mahamudra Teachings (PDF) by Garchen Rinpoche.

"Regarding the manner of imparting the profound path [of Mahamudra], the venerable Gampopa considered it to be an independent path of tantra. So he did not make the esoteric empowerment a prerequisite for receiving the Mahamudra teachings. He spoke about the method of directly guiding the disciple toward the intrinsic reality of the mind." (Mahamudra: The Moonlight, p. 123)

connected to that statement, from Shenpen Ösel:
The Very Essence of Mind, Mahamudra, the One Sufficient Path by Gampopa
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.


1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby Silent Bob » Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:44 pm

I wholeheartedly second the book suggestions offered by Magnus. These three offer a readable approach to the topic of MM without the MEGO (Mine Eyes Glazeth Over) effect of "Moonlight...".

Thrangu Rinpoche gave a legendary series of five ten-day retreats at Big Bear, CA between 1990-95, where he gave extensive commentaries on "Moonlight of Mahamudra". The book was chosen at the request of the translator for the first year's retreat, Ken McLeod, and Rinpoche himself remarked not once but several times during the next few years that the book was actually intended for instructors of MM rather than audiences of laypeople. I attended these retreats and was already somewhat familiar with the book, but the sheer amount of material covered was sometimes overwhelming. Be that as it may, since you already have the big book you'll find that the three books recommended by Magnus are excellent, even necessary, companion volumes.

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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby Silent Bob » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:48 pm

This is embarrassing--I forgot to recommend Thrangu Rinpoche's "Essentials of Mahamudra" http://www.namobuddhapub.com/Essentials ... p000em.htm
which is a well-edited compilation of his talks from all the Big Bear retreats.

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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:17 am

I think i have read through "Essentials of Mahamudra" a couple of times now. WOW!
There are also some excellent teachings on Mahamudra at the Shenpen Osel website:
http://www.shenpen-osel.org/
and while you can read them online for free, it is well worth the price to get any available back issues (in print).
You can order directly from them.
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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby mindyourmind » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:18 am

heart wrote:My favorite Mahamudra book by the same author as above http://www.amazon.com/Clarifying-Natura ... pd_sim_b_1

Very clear and short instructional text.

With a commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Clear-Pra ... 9627341517

And please read also this excellent texts by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Lamp-Matter ... d_sim_b_20

/magnus


Thank you, Magnus

I thought I had a very comprehensive Mahamudra library, but I definitely need to get those three, they look like important works.
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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby Jnana » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:28 am

mindyourmind wrote:I thought I had a very comprehensive Mahamudra library, but I definitely need to get those three, they look like important works.

Very important works indeed. Tsele Natsok Rangdrol's writings are amazing. Here's another of his texts with good advice on mahāmudrā and the rest of the path:

Empowerment and the Path of Liberation by Tsele Natsok Rangdrol.

All the best,

Geoff

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Re: Mahamudra - The Moonlight

Postby mindyourmind » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:36 am

Silent Bob wrote:This is embarrassing--I forgot to recommend Thrangu Rinpoche's "Essentials of Mahamudra" http://www.namobuddhapub.com/Essentials ... p000em.htm
which is a well-edited compilation of his talks from all the Big Bear retreats.

Chris


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