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Subtitle: Development Stage Meditation In Tibetan Buddhist Tantra
Author: Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita
Translated By: Dharmachakra Translation Committee
Foreword By: Khabje Trulshik Rinpoche and Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
Hardcover ~ 264 pages
Deity, Mantra and Wisdom contains four of the most cherished Tibetan Buddhist commentaries on the practices of visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption. These three elements form the core of development stage meditation, one of the most important practices of Buddhist Tantra.
This book presents four Tibetan classics, here translated for the first time: Ladder to Akanistha by Jigme Lingpa; Clarifying the Difficult Points in the Development Stage by Patrul Rinpoche; The Four Stakes That Bind the Life-Force by Patrul Rinpoche; and Husks of Unity by Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub.
The authors of these timeless classics - Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita - have all profoundly shaped Tibetan Buddhism with their vast scholarship and deep spiritual realization. In these eloquent and inspiring writings, they explain the fundamental philosophy of the development stage, showing not only its profound insights into the nature of reality, but also how to make this view a living experience through the practice of meditation.
"As I am certain that I am unable to gain enlightenment in one lifetime, my great fear is to be reborn in a place where there are no writings of Jigme Lingpa. His texts are like a manifestation of the great master himself. Even opening a page at random yields wisdom appropriate to our practice at the time. And for ordinary beings like me, the Dharma often appears unfathomable. So I feel blessed to have the writings of Dza Patrul Rinpoche, which express even the most profound Dharma in the most ordinary language. His writings have always accompanied me on the path, like a compassionate master by my side. I have no doubt these precious texts will benefit many people, as they have benefited me." ~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche