Archive for the ‘Library of Tibetan Classics’ Category

“This collection is a treasury of ‘great seal’ teachings from the most renowned gurus of the Mahamudra lineage, each text precious beyond compare. Every page exudes freshness of realization, holding the keys to our own personal awakening. ” —Judith Simmer-Brown, Naropa University, and author ofDakini’s Warm Breath

“Those drawn to the profound insights and esoteric practices of the Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism long have been in need of an anthology of texts on major Kagyü teachings. With this wide-ranging collection, Peter Alan Roberts has fulfilled that need splendidly, bringing us fresh renderings of previously translated texts, as well as pioneering translations of new material, including Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s great overview of Buddhist tantra. The introduction provides a concise and scholarly summary of Kagyü history, while the translations are clear, accurate, and accessible. No anthology can give us every important text from a tradition as long-lasting and varied as the Kagyü, but the masters and works represented here truly are essential, and students who wish to understand the Kagyü in detail and depth will, from now on, have this rich compilation as their indispensable starting point.” —Roger R. Jackson, Carleton College

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Mirror of Beryl: A Historical Introduction to Tibetan Medicine.

Composed while its author was the ruler of Tibet, Mirror of Beryl is a detailed account of the origins and history of medicine in Tibet through the end of the seventeenth century. Its author, Desi Sangyé Gyatso (1653-1705), was the heart disciple and political successor of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama and the author of several highly regarded works on Tibetan medicine, including his Blue Beryl commentary on the foundational text of Tibetan medicine, Four Tantras. In the present historical introduction, Sangyé Gyatso traces the sources of influence on Tibetan medicine to classical India, China, Central Asia, and beyond, providing life stories, extensive references to earlier Tibetan works on medicine, and fascinating details about the Tibetan approach to healing. He also provides a commentary on the pratimoksha, bodhisattva, and tantric Buddhist vows. Desi Sangyé Gyatso’s Mirror of Beryl remains today an essential resource for students of medical science in Tibet. Mirror of Beryl is a fascinating and illuminating resource.

“Gavin Kilty is known to readers of The Library of Tibetan Classics as the translator of Khedrup Norsang Gyatso’s study of Kalacakra tantra. The present volume makes another highly significant contribution to our understanding of yet another domain of Tibetan knowledge, namely, the origin and development of the Tibetan health sciences. Desi Sangyé Gyatso, the author of the Mirror of Beryl, was the most powerful man in Central Tibet and had access to the very best library resources. His 1703 work is a tour de force, built as much on what earlier Tibetan scholars had written on the subject as on his immediate knowledge of the field. Gavin Kilty’s translation is as elegant and accurate as his earlier work and is a testimony to his fine understanding of the original Tibetan text. This is a truly wonderful book, one that I and others will no doubt consult with pleasure time and again for years to come.”—Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, Harvard University

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From PR.com

The Venerable Lama Pema Wandak, director of the Palden Sakya Centers and the Vikramasila Foundation, has been chosen by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to receive an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in a ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2009. He is the first Tibetan to receive this award, which ranks among this country’s most prestigious and is officially recognized by both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives.

New York, NY, May 10, 2009 –(PR.com)– The Venerable Lama Pema Wandak, director of the Palden Sakya Centers and the Vikramasila Foundation, has been chosen by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to receive an Ellis Island Medal of Honor in a ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2009.

Lama Pema Wangdak is the first Tibetan to receive this award, which ranks among this country’s most prestigious and is officially recognized by both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. Six Presidents of the United States have received this award as well as many Members of Congress, prominent scientists, athletes, entertainers, corporate executives, and philanthropic entrepreneurs.

Each year, NECO awards the Ellis Island Medals of Honor to outstanding American citizens who live a life dedicated to community service, promoting American values, and building bridges between ethnic communities living within the United States and abroad. NECO was created in 1984 with the belief that the diversity of the American people is what makes this nation great.

NECO’s Executive Director, Rosemarie Taglione, notes in Lama Pema’s nomination letter that his “position as a leader and a teacher of peace, tolerance, and diversity is to be celebrated. Our country and its citizens benefit from your insight and wisdom.”

A monastic since the age of seven, Lama Pema is a student of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin and other teachers of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism. A graduate of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Benares, India, he received his Acharya (master’s) degree from Sanskrit University in 1980. In 1982, His Holiness the Sakya Trizin sent Lama Pema to teach in the United States as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers of the Sakya Order. Lama Pema became an American citizen in 1990.

For more than 26 years he has been guiding western students, teaching the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism in the New York City-city area at the Palden Sakya Centers, while also traveling and teaching at Dharma centers around the world. A skilled communicator and Sanskrit scholar, who speaks three languages (English, Hindi, and Tibetan), Lama Pema is accessible to his students who are drawn to his gentle wisdom and compassion.

His humanitarian efforts include the creation of the first Braille system in the Tibetan language and the Vikramasila Foundation, programs of which include the Pema Ts’al (Lotus Grove Schools) in Nepal and India. The Pema Ts’al school for Tibetan children was founded in 1995 in Mundgod, South India, on behalf of the children of the refugee community of Tibetans who have lived there since the early 1960s. In 1999, a monastery school was founded to educate ethnic Tibetan students from the Kingdom of Mustang, Nepal. The students receive a traditional Tibetan monastic education, as well as studying subjects such as English, science, and math.

Ms. Taglione continued in her letter to Lama Pema: “The Buddhist community is as diverse in New York City as it is around the globe. Your role as a spiritual leader in this great city is no doubt as challenging as it is rewarding.”

Continuing to serve the Tibetan community of New York as both a spiritual and cultural adviser, Lama Pema frequently works on projects that enhance the knowledge of Tibet–its religion, art, history, and language.

For additional information about the Venerable Lama Pema Wangdak, Palden Sakya Centers, and the Vikramasila Foundation, see http://www.vikramasila.org.

About the Award and Ceremony:
Established in 1986 by NECO, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic. Held on Ellis Island, the event is full of pageantry, grandeur, and emotion. All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate in this event. Dancers in their native costume add to the international flavor of the celebration. A gala dinner in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island follows the moving ceremony. As a grand finale, a fireworks display illuminates the sky and America’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty.

For additional information about the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, see http://www.neco.org.

For more info on Lama Pema and the Sakya tradition visit the Vikramasila Foundation website.

To read more about the glorious Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism check out these titles from Wisdom:

The Three Levels of Spiritual Perception

Ordinary Wisdom

Taking the Result as the Path

Freedom From Extremes

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Wisdom is happy to announce the release of the latest volume from The Library of Tibetan Classics.

The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems by Thuken Losang Chokyi Nyima (1737-1802), is arguably the widest-ranging account of religious philosophies ever written in pre-modern Tibet. Like most Tibetan texts on philosophical systems, this work covers the major schools of India, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist, but then goes on to discuss in detail the entire range of Tibetan traditions as well, with seperate chapters on the Nyingma, Kadam, Kagyu, Shije, Sakya, Jonang, Geluk, and Bon schools. Not resting there, Thuken goes on to describe the major traditions of China–Confucian, Daoist, and the multiple varieties of Buddhist–as well as those of Mongolia, Khotan, and even Shambhala. The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems is unusual, too, in its concern not just to describe and analyze doctrines, but to trace the historical development of the various traditions. The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems is an eloquent and erudite presentation exploring the religious history and philosophical systems of an array of Asian Cultures–and offering evidence that the serious and sympathetic study of the history of religions has not been a monopoly of Western scholarship.View all the available Library of Tibetan Classics volumes.

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hhdlThe past couple of days have found the Dalai Lama in Sarnath, India — where the Buddha delivered his first sermon. There, he’d talked so far of fostering world peace (leading a special prayer), and the importance of preserving the environment, especially in the Himalayan region.

Today, as reported by The Times of India, his focus was on cultural preservation, and on science. Addressing the attendees of the Buddhism and Science at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies confence, he said: “If we want to live in peace we have to follow the rule of co-existence,” he said adding, “We are here to discuss Buddhism and Science. I wish that the conference should not merely be an affair of paper presentation but meaningful deliberations how to stop and eliminate the man made unnecessary problems.”

He also dedicated the new name of what was formerly The Central Institute of Tibetan Higher Studies (CIHTS), now known as the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS).  One of CUTS’ primary objectives, of course, is to preserve Tibetan culture and tradition — an objective quite obviously dear to His Holiness’s heart.

And, to ours. This objective is behind so much of what we and Wisdom do, most notably in the publication of the monumental Library of Tibetan Classics series, about which His Holiness has said:

“When completed, The Library of Tibetan Classics will represent a comprehensive reference library of the most important Tibetan classics embracing the entire spectrum of Tibetan thought and artistic traditions. Such a series will make Tibet’s classical thought truly a world heritage, an intellectual and spiritual resource open to all.”

We hope you’ll investigate the series, and see for yourself just how priceless, rich, and vital classical Tibetan art and culture remain. To see all our Library of Tibetan Classics volumes, just click here. And while you’re there, be sure to sign up for our Library newsletter, which will keep you up to date with all new releases and developments.

(And to see all the many Wisdom books that the Dalai Lama has written or contributed to, including the groundbreaking MindScience, just click here.)

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