I didn't say it was of lesser quality, I said it was not superior to the included texts. And how can you be sure others would disagree if you haven't read it?
conebeckham wrote:The authors from Karma Kagyu, should consult the respective authorities from Drikung, Drukpa and so on for the insertion of their teachings, before coming out with a book that claims to represent all Mahamudra teachings of the Kagyu lineages which is obviously not the case.......
The book includes important texts that originated with the Drikung, Drukpa and Tsalpa schools, as well as the Karma Kagyu. It may not have those texts that you feel are most important, from those traditions, but the decision was given to Thrangu Rinpoche, and not to you. It seems to me that the bulk of this book focuses on the Dakpo Kagyu core--that is, Mahamudra as a sufficent and stand-alone path, the "Path of Liberation," as well as the Six Yogas or "Path of Means." Many of these texts were translated for the first time, in this volume. There are other very important Mahamudra texts which are not included--but which have been previously translated--the FiveFold Mahamudra of the Drikung being one such text, and works of Dakpo Tashi Namgyal and the 9th Karmapa, for example.
I think all the texts included here are of benefit for any practitioner of any lineage descending from Marpa and Gampopa.
conebeckham wrote:HH The Dalai Lama appointed His Eminence Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche as the "selector" for the texts to be included, so I suppose that if you, or anyone else, has issues with texts you feel are "core teachings" that were not included, you could take it up with HH The Dalai Lama--perhaps those who take issue could petition HH The Dalai Lama to add a volume to the series, called "Additional Core Texts of Mahamudra" or some such.
adinatha wrote:The book is not about preliminaries. It is about Mahamudra proper, very high teachings on the view, translations on Six Yogas of Naropa, Gongchig, etc. Other translations of Six Yogas of Naropa are out of print; so this is an important text. Also the other translations of Gongchig are not that good; so this is important for that reason too.
There is a recently translated Gongchig in German that is supposed to be good.
Sonam - have you read it? Is this correct?
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