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Gampopa

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Added 16 August 2018

A Precious Garland for the Supreme Path of the Three Types of Individual: The Root of Dakpo's Four Dharmas

| Lamrim

by Gampopa Sonam Rinchen

This brief text in twelve stanzas summarizes the paths of the three levels of spiritual capacity—lesser, intermediate and great—from the Lamrim teachings and is said to be the source of the author's famous 'Four Dharmas': 1) turning the mind to the Dharma, 2) Dharma progressing along the path, 3) the path clarifying confusion, and 4) confusion dawning as wisdom.

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July 2018

Seventh Dalai Lama

Rain of Accomplishments: A Song that Incorporates the Four Mindfulnesses from an Instruction on the View of the Middle Way | Advice

by Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalzang Gyatso

This famous song by the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalzang Gyatso (1708–1757) summarizes four forms of mindfulness, which Mañjuśrī taught to Jé Tsongkhapa: 1) mindfulness of the guru; 2) mindfulness of bodhicitta; 3) mindfulness of the body as a divine body; and 4) mindfulness of the view of emptiness. Read text >


Padmasambhava

The Biography of Great Orgyen that Naturally Liberates On Sight | Biography

revealed by Dudjom Lingpa

This seven-chapter biography is a late example of the Kathang (bka' thang) genre, a versified chronicle of Padmasambhava's life as recounted to Emperor Trisong Detsen and his subjects. The text is unusually detailed in its description of Padmasambhava's personal practice, listing dozens of places where he meditated, how long he stayed, which practices he performed, which results he gained, and so on. It concludes with a chapter that includes prophecies and practical advice for the people of Tibet. Read text >


Tsongkhapa

Words of Truth: An Aspiration for the Spread of the Noble Gendenpa Tradition | Aspiration Prayers

by Gungthang Tenpe Drönme

This aspiration for the flourishing of the Riwo Gendenpa tradition of Je Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa is one of the most commonly recited prayers in the Geluk School. Read text >


Ngorchen

The Source of Beings' Happiness | Aspiration Prayers

by Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo

This prayer of aspiration for the spread of the Dharma, which is the source of beings' happiness, is taken from Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo's (1382–1456) praise of the Vasudhārā (Tib. Norgyünma) maṇḍala. It is one of the most popular texts in the Sakya tradition. Read text >



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Nagarjuna

Four Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way | Middle Way

by Mipham Rinpoche

This section of Gateway to Learning (mkhas 'jug) explains the so-called "Four Great Logical Arguments of the Middle Way" (dbu ma'i gtan tshigs chen po bzhi), which are: 1) investigation of the cause: the Diamond Splinters; 2) investigation of the result: refuting existent or non-existent results; 3) investigation of the essential identity: ‘neither one nor many’; and 4) investigation of all: the Great Interdependence. This translation also includes some comments from Khenpo Nüden's celebrated commentary. Read text >



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* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for the native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate the major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages. It is often said that it derives from the Sanskrit lokacakṣu, literally meaning "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.