Rongtön Sheja Künrig Series
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- Rongtön Mawé Sengé
- Shakya Gyaltsen
You dwell in the forest of prodigious learning,
Boast a flowing mane of the seven logical treatises,
And are strengthened by affirmation and refutation—
Lion of Speech, Rongtön, at your feet I bow.
Texts by and about Rongtön Sheja Kunrig (rong ston shes bya kun rig), also known as Shakya Gyaltsen, (shakya rgyal mtshan, 1367-1449), who was one of the greatest scholars of the Sakya school and founded Nalendra Monastery in 1436:
- The Joyous Entrance to the Path to Liberation: How to Practise the Six Transcendent Perfections | Advice
In this brief series of verses, Rongtön explains the benefits of the six transcendent perfections, or pāramitās, and shows how they incorporate many other aspects and qualities of the Mahāyāna path.
This succinct guide to putting Śāntideva's classic text into practice through meditation, with an emphasis on the cultivation of wisdom (prajñā), was written by Rongtön Sheja Kunrig in 1447.
A précis of Rongtön's larger text of instructions on the Middle Way entitled The Moon Rays of Crucial Points, which includes advice on the view, meditation and action that facilitate an understanding of Madhyamaka.
A poetic tribute to three of Tibet's greatest translators, Zhang Yeshé Dé, Chokro Lüi Gyaltsen, and Kawa Paltsek.
A short laudation of Vulture Peak Mountain (bya rgod phung po'i ri bo; Gṛdhrakūta), located in modern Bihar state in India, and renowned as the site at which Buddha taught the Prajñāpāramitā.
- The Sun that Causes the Lotus of Intelligence to Bloom: In Praise of the Lineage of Gurus for the Noble Abhidharma | Abhidharma
Verses in praise of the lineage of Abhidharma teachers, from the Buddha down to Asaṅga and Vasubandhu, then on to the Indian commentators and the earliest specialists in Tibet.
These verses in praise of the great Indian yoginī Niguma are included in the recently compiled anthology known as Ḍākinīs' Great Dharma Treasury.
Stages of Meditation
- Adornment to Invincible Maitreya’s Intent: Stages of Meditation on the Instructions of the Ultimate Continuum of the Great Vehicle (Mahāyānottaratantra) | Uttaratantra
This practical synopsis of the Mahāyānottaratantra-śāstra (theg pa chen po rgyud bla ma'i bstan bcos) or Ratnagotravibhāga, Maitreyanātha's classic treatise on buddha nature, was composed in 1447.
- Feast of Ambrosia: Instructions on Practising Fourfold Emptiness, the Meaning of the Heart of Transcendent Wisdom | Prajñāpāramitā
A set of pithy instructions for meditating on fourfold emptiness (stong nyid bzhi sbyor), as outlined in the so-called Heart Sūtra or Heart of the Transcendent Perfection of Wisdom.
Three Gateways to Liberation
- Elucidating the Essence of the Instructions for Entering the Three Gateways to Liberation | Emptiness
In this short work, Rongtön clarifies the teachings on the samādhi (ting nge 'dzin) meditations related to the three gateways to liberation (rnam thar sgo gsum): emptiness, the absence of characteristics and the wishless.
- The Excellent Path of the Great Vehicle: How to Meditate on the Three Gateways to Liberation According to the Mahāyāna | Emptiness
A brief explanation of the "three gateways to liberation" (rnam thar sgo gsum) according to the Mahāyāna, i.e., emptiness (śūnyatā; stong pa nyid), absence of characteristics (mtshan ma med pa), and wishlessness (smon pa med pa).