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BY POLLY TURNER Recite one ; poses, for counting all kinds of move your thumb and forefinger , as well as other prayers, along the next bead Your Mala prostrations, circumambulations of the strand; then repeat. and so forth.** The Tibetan Buddhist mala, or Different Tibetan spiritual tradi- beaded rosary, aids the practitioner tions may offer variations on the in counting mantra recitations while above guidelines. For example, also helping one to focus concentra- pearl, and should at least be clear or in the tradition, a Bodhi seed tion and awareness. As one works white in color. A rosary for this pur- mala is recommended for all the mala's beads with one's fingers, pose should have 100 such beads. four activities; and for pacifying recitesthe mantra and visualizes the Mantras counted on these beads activity, a mala with 100 beads of , one is at once involving the serve to clear away obstacles, such crystal, conch or lapis lazuli is rec- body, speech and mind. as illness and other calamities, and ommended. For increasing activity, The basic instructions for using a purify one of unwholesomeness. a mala of 108 beads of gold or silver mala are quite simple. As with nearly The beads used with mantras is recommended; for power activity, any other form of ritual in Tibetan intended to increase should be of a mala of 50 beads of coral, copper Buddhism and Bon, however, many gold, silver, copper or lotus seeds, specifics may vary from tradition to and a rosary is made of 108 of them. * Because just one tradition, even within a given school The mantras counted on these serve of Buddhism. Always consult with a to increase life span, and * mantra recitation con- knowledgeable person in your tradi- . * denses the essence tion about matters of ritual. The beads used with mantras es* of vast spiritual teach- which are intended to overcome * inqs into a few concise Some Mala Basics are made from a compound of * syllables, it s easy to The mala is held with gentleness sandal wood, saffron and and respect, generally in the left other fragrant substances. There are I conjecture about the hand. One bead is counted for each 25 beads on this rosary. The mantras I power of repeating a recitation of the mantra, beginning counted on them are meant to tame I mantra so many times with the first bead after the "" others, but the motivation for doing * over. bead—the larger, more decorative so should be a pure wish to help bead at the mala's end. The first other sentient beings and not to bead is held between the index benefit oneself. or red sandalwood is recommended; finger and thumb, and with each and for wrathful activity, a mala count the thumb pulls another bead The beads used to recite man- of 10 rudraksha seeds is recom- in place over the index finger. tras aiming at subduing beings mended.*** Rudraksha seeds are After completing a full circuit of through forceful means should be the dried berries of the rudraksha made from seeds or human the mala, the practitioner flips the tree, which grows in Indonesia, bones in a string of 60. Again, as the mala around 180 degrees (this takes and ; they are round and purpose should be absolutely altru- practice to accomplish) and contin- pitted, with granular protuberances, ues as before, in reverse order. One istic, the only person capable of per- and are sized between a quarter seed generally are considered aus- increase, to overcome, or to tame forming such a feat is a aims to avoid passing over the "guru" picious for any practice or mantra, by forceful means, according to the of an inch to more than an inch in motivated by great compassion for a diameter. bead, as doing so is symbolically like and red sandalwood or lotus seeds Office of Tibet in , which stepping over one's teacher. who can be tamed through no It is often advised that malas of also are widely recommended for offers these additional guidelines other means, for example extremely According to the Office of Tibet, bone—whether human or animal universal use. for choosing the right malas for the malicious spirits, or general afflic- the official of A variation of the standard purpose: bone—should only be used by the Dalai Lama in London, the gum tions, visualized as a dense black accomplished yogins, since ritual 108-bead mala is the wrist mala of The beads used to count man- ball. bead signifies the wisdom that cog- 27 beads—four circuits total 108 objects crafted of bone are believed tras intended to appease should Beads made of Bodhi seed or nizes . Surmounting it is mantra repetitions. This number 108 to harbor karmic influences. another, cylindrical bead that sym- be of crystal, pearl or mother of wood can be used for many pur- is abundant in significance, accord- (Continued on page 14) bolizes emptiness itself; together, ing to Robert Beer:* these two beads symbolize having "The sacred number of 108 pre- vanquished all opponents. dates Buddhism, being the classical To aid in mantra counting, on number of the Hindu names assigned many Tibetan malas there are to a deity or god. As a multiple of 12 divider beads of a different color, and 9, it represents the nine planets - Liberation Prison Project - spaced equally along the mala's in the 12 zodiac houses. As a multi- length. One also may attach a pair ple of 27 and 4, it also represents the of counter strings to the mala as an four quarters of the in each of Tibetan Calendar 2004 additional counting aid—each string the 27 lunar mansions or constella- of the pair is a double-plaited cord tions. Nine is also a 'magic' number. Including the Tibetan for the Year of the Wood 2131 threaded with 10 small ring beads, A number multiplied by 9 results in generally made of silver, gold or a number the sum of whose digits is bronze, which are used to 'count also a multiple of 9. In Pranayana the tens and hundreds of completed Yoga it is calculated that a human Elegant color wall calendar, featuring Buddhist images mala cycles. being takes 21,600 breaths in a 24- and inspirational sayings, A third counter also may be hour cycle consisting of 60 periods attached to the mala to keep track 6.25 x 12.5 inches (160 x 320 mm) of 360 breaths; a 12-hour 'day' cycle when open. of the thousands of cycles com- therefore equals 10,800 breaths. The pleted. Often featuring the symbol 108 beads also ensure that at least • Special days of Lord Buddha of a wheel or jewel, this counter is a hundred mantra recitations have • Solar and lunar eclipses attached to the thread between two • or and been completed in a full rosary Protector practice days beads, and then repositioned from turning." • Tsog days bead to bead. Besides the multi-purpose malas • Monks and nuns' confession described above, there are other days, Sojong Choosing a Mala • Various Western holidays types of malas that are deemed aus- A mala of 108 beads is used for • Birthdays and anniversaries picious for various purposes. of holy beings general purposes by most practicing Mantras can be recited for four • Eight Mahayana Tibetan Buddhists. Beads of bodhi different purposes: to appease, to • Full • New moons • Inauspicious days

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Please refer to our website at • The great classic Kagyu (and, in moment: one each on Lorik and www.nitarthainstitute.org to confirm "DHARMA WITHOUT the future, Nyingma) texts and analytical meditation and two on dates and for information about the COMPROMISE" were formally certified as teachers commentaries are continuing to be brought out curriculum and registration, or write Continued from page 1 of the Nitartha Institute Founda- to be translated and published, by Snow Lion within the coming to us at [email protected]. ■ tion Curriculum by Rinpoche: School in Duncan, British Columbia. Karl Brunnhblzl, June Crow, Tyler Over 50 students attended, most for Dewar, Stephanie Johnston, Har- the entire month. People came from rison Miller, Joseph Parent, Linda all over North America, with surpris- Patrik, Steve Seely, Phil Stanley, ingly many from the East Coast. Scott Wellenbach Some were very new practitioners, Nitartha has grown to the extent some were very old (in more ways that Steve Seely has been hired than one). All were connected by the as the Managing Director of the desire to invigorate their practice by Institute. He will take on additional going more deeply into the meaning administrative responsibilities, of the view. while continuing to serve as co- Ponlop Rinpoche taught Vajray- director along with Scott Wellen- ana View from the Profound Inner bach and Phil Stanley. By hiring a by the Third Karmapa, Rang- Managing Director, Nitartha will jung Dorje, while our two Acharyas, be able to sustain its growth and Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen and Tashi stabilize the administration for the long-term. This is possible because of the generosity and enthusiasm I The great classic of many of Nithartha's students and * Kagyu (and, in the benefactors. t future, Nyingma) texts Some of current activities of the Institute include: : and commentaries are • The growing annual summer pro- * continuing to be trans- gram. Next year, at Rinpoche's > lated and published, request, a new Health and Heal- * many for the first ing module directed by Dr. Phil « time in English. Some Weber will be added to the core curriculum. * of them have only • Year-round regional programs in * recently been discov- various centers in North America Photo top of page: Dzogchen Ponlop 8 ered in Tibet or China. are being instituted to make Nitar- Rinpoche teaching. Above: Western tha more widely available to those faculty Phil Stanley teaching. To right: Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen who cannot make it to the summer challenges Acharya Tashi Wangchuk in Wangchuk (who both graduated program. Refer to the Web site at debate. 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4 SNOW LION FALL'03 NEWSLETTER TIMELESS RAPTURE Inspired Verse of the Shangpa Masters

descriptions of each poet's life and a between them that produced ~T historical overview of the lineage. the song. Yes, if one were technical "Ngawang Zangpo's fluid trans- about it, there was a singer and a lation and rich commentary truly listener, two bodies and two faces, brings us into the presence of one of which had tears streaming the extra-ordinary masters of the down it. But there were less than tradition. -As we two minds in that encounter, or listen to their verse, we are trans- even less than one mind: there was ported by their devotion, awak- only non-dual wisdom and the song ened wisdom, and blessing to the that emerged from it. world that has become their home."— Lama Drupgyu Tenzin Lodro Taye com- A selection of excerpts from piled these songs in the nineteenth compiled by Jamgon Kongtrul Timeless Rapture follow. century, mainly from the autobiogra- trails. & ed. by phies of the lineage's masters. What Ngawang Zangpo is clear from the first song is that this 416 pp., 6 x 9", 12 b&w photos. In Nepal, I once translated for a collection mainly gathers songs of #TIRAIN $29.95 cloth Tibetan lama visited by both West- spiritual teachings. Western readers erners and Tibetans. As the private have fallen in love, just as Tibetans —Available Noveynber interviews were given at random, I do, with the songs of and stayed in the room while he spoke of Shabkar. Those realized masters Throughout history awakened directly with Tibetans who came for were wandering , who some- ones have celebrated the rapture of his advice. On one occasion, an ordi- times sang of profound teachings mystical states with inspired verse, nary Tibetan woman in her 40s-50s they'd received and practiced but sung extemporaneously. This book asked a question, which I hadn't lis- often imparted down-to-earth offers a rare glimpse into the mysti- tened to, and which the began advice to the good people they met. cism of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage, to answer in normal, conversational They would also sing of their sur- a tradition based mainly on the language. He then abruptly switched roundings, for these men often lived profound teaching of 2 women. This into song. He continued for a few in the wilds, and their songs allow us compendium of spontaneous verse minutes, singing his advice to her to share their awe in the presence of sung by tantric Buddhist masters in verses that seemed to me both enlightenment, reflected in the spiri- As sings: tradition. The lineage is extremely from the 10th century to the present fluid and impromptu. It was stun- tual master who appears in symbolic Thus the whole universe—visible, discreet but not exclusive; it silently includes translations as well as short ning. There was a naked meeting of form in nature, in all appearances. audible, and conceptual pervades the Himalayan region yet Pointing out to myself and others is centered nowhere. In this the the direct apprehension of the Shangpa lineage resembles another underlying reality, lineage of tantric meditation begun Is nothing but the gesture of my by a woman: the Severance (CM), lama. Dispelling Darkness in the Ten Directions established by Machik Lapdron, a Guyagharbha Teachings Milarepa and Shabkar invite us Tibetan of one of the to participate in that . Shangpa lineage founders, Sukasid- with Nevertheless, Kongtrul's choice of . Her spiritual children as well the Shangpa masters' songs reflects have always preferred the freedom Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche a different concern. He has mainly of homelessness, the exhilaration nf included songs of teaching. They do tota^reniuiciati^raiTtrgbod-natured not transport us to the hills and val- --ttarmony with one and all. Orgyen Dorje Den leys of Tibet but to terrain familiar to all Buddhists—the questions of how San Francisco Bay Area to live a meaningful life, how to con- The Wisdom known as Suka- April 1-30, 2004 front death, and how to enter and received full empowerment remain within the sacred sanctuary into a sacred circle emanated by the Ven. Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche will be teaching 's Commentary to the Guyagharbha known of the mind's nature, enlightenment. illustrious master Vimpa and in one as "Dispelling Darkness in the Ten Directions", in Tibetan, "gsang 'grel phyogs bcu'i mun set" The main subject of this night reached awakening's eighth commentary is the ten topics of tantra explained according to the great perfection vehicle of ati yoga. The ten topics are; view, stage. She then met Buddha Vajra meditation, conduct, , , enlightened activity, offering, accomplishment, , mantra-. of every tradition—, Bearer and became inseparable Khen Rinpoche received all his transmissions directly from Khenpo Rinpoche, and has been authorized by his teacher to pass on these teachings. Rinpoche has been teaching the many commentaries to this important , Nyingma, and Kagyu—have from the Honored Buddha Selfless tantra over the past fifteen years to thousands of students in India, Nepal, Tibet, , Singapore and the and received and practice the Shangpa One. She sang this song to bestow is considered the foremost scholar qualified to give these teachings. the essential instructions on her This is the second year of a three year teaching cycle and Khen Rinpoche is permitting qualified students to enter fortunate disciples: the program even if they missed the first session given in 2003. Please contact us for the requirements and other details. 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jg!**i*,XM'' BUDDHIST Losang Gonchok's Short Commentary 1 PHILOSOPHY LOS \\(, (,(iN'CHOK'S to Jamyang Shayba's Root Text on Tenets SHORT COMMENTARY TO (AMYANiG SHAYBA'S ROOT TEXT ON TENKTS The following is an excerpt from , they must explain that in Buddhism is a process without Buddhist Philosophy. those are born in the pure beginning, things still appear to

i lands of Buddhas and abide there exist inherently. The liberated ■ With and Without forever in meditative absorption. person is someone who no longer "' v], "Remainder" The Prasangika school uses assents to this appearance, who is Nirvana is neither a place nor a the term "remainder" in a com- always doubtful of the evidence of m mental state. It is a fact about us. A pletely different manner. For them, the senses and resists conceiving nirvana is the absence of afflictions "remainder" has to do with whether of them in the wrong way. He or '0JtM or not to an things still appear she is like someone who wears - - .V DANIEL COZORT in someone whose cultivation of wisdom has resulted in the destruc- to have true existence. To explain glasses, well aware that the green .WD CRAIG PRESTON tion of ignorance, desire, hatred, etc. this, we have to recall what was said tint pervading all visible objects is That mere absence is the nirvana. previously about the obstructions to just the effect of the lenses. It takes On that, all Buddhist schools liberation and obstructions to omni- a very long time for the appearance agree. However, they disagree over science. What prevents our libera- of inherent existence itself to fade. the use of the term "remainder" tion is our conceptions of inherent Those "taints" of appearances are used in conjunction with nirvana. existence. Things appear to us as the obstructions to omniscience. though they exist from their own From this perspective, then, an by Daniel Cozort and Craig Preston Other than Prasangika, it is said that after a person attains nirvana, side, independently, and we assent Arhat a nirvana with he or she subsequently can be said to this appearance by conceiving remainder most of the time, since to have a "nirvana with remainder,'' most of the time things appear 352 pp. #BUPH $18.95 the "remainder" being the body falsely. But then, when does a * ...when does a nirvana nirvana without remainder occur? What are the most important cream of Jamyang Shayba's intel- and mind. Death cuts the remain- * without remainder points of between the lect, providing a rare opportunity der. However, the nirvana without It occurs only when that person is major schools of Buddhist phi- to sharpen our intellect and expand remainder is a single moment, t occur? It occurs only meditating on emptiness because losophy? This rich, medium-length our view of Buddhist thought. occurring just at the time of death * when that person is at that time only emptiness appears to the mind. For nonBuddhas, it is survey offers a lively answer. The Daniel Cozort is associate profes- but not after. After death there is I meditating on empti- no person to whom the nirvana can impossible for both emptiness and introduction, aimed at those new to sor and chair of the Department of * ness because at that Buddhist thought, sets up a dialogue at Dickinson College where belong! other things to appear to the mind between the schools on the most he teaches the of India. He Hinayana schools do not recog- * time only emptiness simultaneously. (Another way of controversial topics in Buddhist is the author of Highest Yoga Tantra. nize any existence after death for * appears to the mind. putting this is to say that the two philosophy. Craig Preston studied at the an Arhat. The Mahayana schools cannot appear simultaneously Jamyang Shayba was the great- University of Virginia and has do, and all except 's say that to a non-Buddha's mind.) of them in this way. Meditation that est Tibetan writer on philosophical taught at Namgyal Arhats manifest in different forms, So, both Prasangikas and others analyzes the way things exist will tenets. Losang Gonchok's Clear Institute. He is author of How to no longer helplessly reborn accord- could identify an Arhat's usual destroy this false conception, and Crystal Mirror, a concise commen- Read Classical Tibetan, Vol. 1: A ing to , and continue to cul- state, the time when he or she is not we can be liberated from it and from tary on Jamyang Shayba's root text, Summary of the General Path and tivate wisdom and merit until they absorbed in meditation on empti- the samsara it causes. represents a distillation of many cen- currently teaches Tibetan and Bud- have become Buddhas. Because ness, as a nirvana with remainder, However, because of the way turies of Indian and Tibetan scholar- dhist philosophy privately in Ithaca, Asanga and his followers say that but they would mean very different we have been conditioned, which things by it. Prasangikas would ship. Buddhist Philosophy skims the New York. there are Arhats who do not go on to mean that things falsely appear to the mind; others would mean that the Arhat is alive. Similarly, both Prasangikas and others would identify the nirvana of an Arhat at the time of death as being a nirvana without remainder but they wotdd Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche mean something different by it. Prasangikas would mean that at that is Abbot and Lineage holder of the La Tri Monastery time there is no false appearance to of /Dege in Eastern Tibet. He studied under the the mind (because, for a short time, only a vacuity appears to the mind), guidance of HH, the 33rd Menri Trizin, the spiritual whereas others wotdd mean that the head of Bon and HE Yongzin Rinpoche, the senior body and mind are abandoned. Other than the purpose of again most teacher of Bon. He received the Degree pressing home their contention in 1987 at Menri in Dolanji, India. He is Director of about the empty nature of things, the Bon Children's Home which he founded in 1988 (Continued on page ?) and is founder and editor of the Bonpo Magazine, "sBon sGo" (Door to Bon). Rinpoche is founder & Spiritual Director of the Yeru Bon Center in Los Angeles. 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8.3.1 Classes of verbs Tibetan verbs fall into two main classes: volitional verbs and non-volitional verbs. The first group are concerned with controllable actions, and are compatible with intentional auxiliaries such as -payin (see 10.4) and "jussive" suffixes that convey an order or a suggestion (such as -ta or sh). Moreover, these verbs sometimes have a special inflected form for the imperative.

The verbs in the second class imply non-controllable processes which do not depend on the subject's volition, and are compatible with neither intentional auxiliaries nor imperative markers. With non-volitional verbs, non-intentional auxiliaries such as -cung or -song must be used. In this Manual, volitional verbs are marked as "[vol.]", while non-volitional verbs are identified as "[inv.]"

Ex. of volitional verbs:

^•crSlsfl t5'_pavin "l looked." Ml to'-sh "Look!" ^•cj-ui^j ny|:-payin "I went to bed." ■M^ nyo:-sh "Go to bed! Lie down!

Ex. of non-volitional verbs: si^^'j thong-cung "1 saw." 5°! 1^1 thra'-cung "I recovered."

Thus the following forms are incorrect because they combine a non-volitional verb with an intentional auxiliary: * 5)*^'£y'u^3|] thong-payin, * 51'^ ^' thra'-payin; so, too, are the following imperatives: ^*| thong-sh, * 51'^ thra'-sh.

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BY GABRIEL ROCCO Bon teachings are preserved in the Western students of dharma may volumes of texts that comprise the be surprised.to find a Tibetan tradi- Bon Canon. tion with a practice and doctrine There was a time in recent history essentially the same as the spiritual when the survival of the Bon Canon teachings of the four well-known was in jeopardy. During the Cultural Tibetan Buddhist schools but which Revolution that ravaged Tibet, the does not trace its lineage back to the last complete set of the Canon was Indian Prince, Shakyamuni. But Bon hidden in a small village where a On July 10th of this year, one of is just such a tradition. It traces its group of devoted Bon practitioners and Light: The Five Elements in the 2003 Winter Retreat at Serenity the few newly published sets of the spiritual roots to the Buddha Tonpa risked their lives to keep it safe. All Tibetan , Tantra and Ridge. complete Bon Canon, derived from Shenrab Miwoche. According to the the other known collections of the Dzogchen; and Tibetan of For more information contact: that hidden and preserved copy, Dream and Sleep. Bon histories, Tonpa Shenrab was an Canon had been destroyed. Later, Ligmincha Institute, 313 Second enlightened being who first taught in this collection was secretly taken to was received and safely installed Part 1, the Ngbndro, presents an St., S.E., Charlottesville, Vir- at Serenity Ridge, Ligmincha's Bon a land called Olmo Lungring. The Nepal and then to India. integrated series of nine preliminary ginia 22902; 434-977-6161; http: retreat center in Shipman, Virginia. practices which tame the mind and //www.ligmincha.org/html/bon_ turn it towards the path, purifying canon.html; [email protected]. ■ New Presentation of illnesses, obstacles, and mental Dzogchen Teachings obscurations in order to reveal the With the desire to make Bon primordially perfected nature of the Clockwise from top: Gabriel Rocco, dzogchen teachings accessible to practitioner's mind. Khen Rinpoche, Geshe Nyima Oser, Tenzin Wangyal Western students and simultane- head teacher at Triten Norbutse Rinpoche, and members ously maintain the purity of the Monastery in Kathmandu, will teach carry the texts to Garuda House; transmission, Tenzin Wangyal this retreat. Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Geshe Rinpoche, founder, of Ligmincha, is Rinpoche will teach Part Two: Intro- Nyima Oser with the complete set of offering several teachings. Tenzin duction to the Nature of Mind and texts; Khenpo Tenpa Yung; Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche is the author Part Three: The View, Meditation, Wangyal Rinpoche. (Photos by Mary of Healing with Form, Energy Behavior and Result of Dzogchen at Ellen McCourt)


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12 SNOW LION FALL'03 NEWSLETTER The Mind and Life Conference

Imagine the Dalai Lama as an present the results of their cutting- engineer. If he weren't the spiritual edge research into the same issues. leader of Tibet, that's what he'd like At the recent conference, Profes- to be-according to Nobel Laureate sor Richard Davidson of LIniversity and McGovern Institute president of Wisconsin talked about his Philip Sharp. Sharp made the cont- research on Tibetan monks wired to inent at the 11th Mind & Life confer- brain wave monitors while meditat- ence, held in September on the MIT ing on compassion. In a variety of campus, the American heart of engi- studies the monks showed a marked neering and the sciences. activation in the pre-frontal cortex Engineer or not, His Holiness the of the brain, an area associated with Dalai Lama has a deep interest in calmness and capacity to over-ride issues such as: What is attention? knee-jerk emotional responses. One What is cognitive control? How are monk, (a presenter they related? Does the human mind One monk, Matthieu at the conference), was "way off the construct a visualization instan- taneously or bit by bit (scientific Ricard (a presenter at curve" in his ability to keep the pre- frontal cortex activated for extended studies demonstrate that visualizing the conference), was periods, according to Davidson, and even a simple object such as an "A" "way off the curve" was even able to deactivate his own is done piece by piece)? in his ability to keep startle reflex in response to sudden Harvard professor Eric Lander noted that both Buddhism and sci- the pre-frontal cortex loud noises. This is an extremely rare capability; even expert marks- ence are attempting to ameliorate activated for extended men cannot repress a startle the suffering of the world and periods....Davidson response to the'sound of their own observed that "Buddhism is not a commented that he guns. Davidson commented that he technology for detection [as is sci- simply couldn't imagine how it was ence] but for modulation." simply couldn t imagine possible to accomplish this feat. Scientists know that the brain can how it was possible to B. Alan Wallace, a key figure at in fact be modulated. For example, accomplish this feat. the conference, suggested that, just when the blind use Braille, sensing as we can train humans far beyond the words with their fingertips, it's the norm to achieve Olympic-level actually the visual cortex of the the world of science-particularly as athletic capabilities, it's possible to brain that is activated—even though it interfaces with Buddhism, itself a train people to achieve "Olympic" there's no seeing—indicating that science of a kind, with 2000 years of cognitive abilities—and that how to the brain has re-organized itself. empirical examination of the work- do this is maybe just what Buddhism The capacity for practices of various ings of the mind. can teach science. kinds to actually re-model our brains It's precisely Buddhism's track His Holiness the Dalai Lama is an exciting promise and prospect record of effective technologies of seemed intrigued by many of the for meditators and scientists alike. the mind that brings top-level sci- issues evoked at the meeting, and Several intriguing books on the entists to the Mind and Life confer- listened intently as the scientists previous Mind and Life conferences ences to learn what Buddhism can and Buddhists on the panel (includ- are available; take a look in "Science teach them about topics such as ing B. Alan Wallace, Georges Drey- and Buddhism" in the catalog sec- attention and cognition. In turn, they fus, and Matthieu Ricard) discussed tion of this newsletter. ■

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SNOW LION 13 Symbols and Motifs, by Robert ***Bbn specifications are per His CHOOSING AND USING YOUR who keep the samadhi in their mind POLLY TURNER is a freelance writer while reciting, and who rely on in Charlottesville, Va., and former Beer, Boston: Shambhala, 1999. Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, MALA spiritual head of the Tibetan Bon Continued from page 3 the blessings, empowerments and editor of Sangha Journal. She can **Reprinted with permission from instructions of a qualified master, be reached at: [email protected]. www.tibet.com, the Website of the tradition; courtesy of Sherab Palden and Judy Marz. Some Words About Mantra have an opportunity to experi- Office of Tibet, the official agency Footnotes: Who is saying the mantra, how it is ence the power of and blessings of of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in See pages 41 for malas available said, one's intent while saying it—all mantra firsthand. *From The Encyclopedia of Tibetan London. from Snow Lion, m these are important considerations. In some cases, one also may need to consider who is within hearing dis- tance as one recites. Bardor Rinpoche notes that in his Kagyu tradition, it is acceptable in any Chogyal circumstances to recite a mantra out loud, even when others who are 2003-2004 Transmission Video Anniversary Dates unlikely to understand or respect the sacredness of the mantra can November 19: Anniversary of Adzom Drugpa March 6, 2004: Anniversary of Guru hear it. However, a number of other August, 2004: Anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava traditions specify that certain pow- erful mantras must be kept entirely Chogyal Namkhai Norbu has committed, for his lifetime, to give the private. essential transmission of Guruyoga on three anniversaries each year. Direct transmission is not limited by space or distance. The practice is Some practices require a practi- coordinated by global timetable and videotape, and is hosted by the main tioner to recite a certain mantra as Gars and by local practice groups throughout North America and the world. many as 100,000, or even a million, For local contact info, please contact Tsegyalgar, the Dzogchen times. Because just one mantra Community in America: [email protected] recitation condenses the essence of vast spiritual teachings into a few ■ Tsegyalgar, Dzogchen Community in America, Inc. concise syllables, it's easy to conjec- PO Box 277, Conway, MA 01341 ture about the power of repeating a tal: 413-369-4153 I fax: 413-369-4473 e-mail: [email protected] mantra so many times over. Those website: www.tsegyalgar.org who faithfully do the recitations, 2003 South America: Dzogchen Retreat Schedule

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14 SNOW LION FALL'03 NEWSLETTER How to Read Classical Tibetan VOLUME 1, A SUMMARY OF THE GENERAL PATH by Craig Preston place. You won't need a dictionary nize the syntactic relationships you 247 pp., #HORECL $39.95 because all of the words and par- encounter, understand the meaning ticles are translated and explained signified, and translate that meaning upon every occurrence, and there is correctly into English. Do you want to learn to read Clas- a complete glossary at the end of the CRAIG PRESTON has been studying sical Tibetan? If you know how to book; every sentence is diagramed read the Tibetan u-chen script and Tibetan Buddhism for twenty-five and completely explained so that years. He teaches Tibetan and Bud- can recognize words, How to Read you can easily see how the words dhist philosophy in Ithaca, New Classical Tibetan will show you—at and particles are arranged to convey York at the Nagarjuna Language your own pace—all the relationships meaning. Institute (www.giganticom.com) that make Tibetan easy to read. It Because everything is always which he founded. He has taught is a complete language course built explained in every sentence, you will Classical Tibetan at Dharma Farm around the exposition of a famous easily learn to recognize the recur- in Charlottesville, Virginia, and in fifteenth century Tibetan text sum- rent patterns, making the transition marizing stages of the path to Bud- Taos, New Mexico. from learning words to reading dhahood. sentences much easier for you. As Below is a sample page from How All the language tools you need you study How to Read Classical to Read Classical Tibet, Volume to work at your own pace are in one Tibetan, you will learn to: recog- i.m

Chapter One Self Test

Write out the passage, boxing and identifying every syntactic element Look, it's really up to you to learn to read Tibetan. If yon get to this point and can't read the passage at alt, it is because you can't remember the explanations. If you can't remember the explanations of the syntax., it is because you haven't said the explanations aloud enough. If you were in my class, I'd ask: what is the verb? Is it transitive or intransitive? What class of verbs does it belong ro? If it's transitive, is the agent expressly stated ot is the agent implied? The answer to everything 1 ask is right here on the page. Here's an example for the first sentence.

adveroiai connnuat.'ve impUed adverbial quaSfier of quaMer of /syntactic aceru-JL,n O-t ooject of «¥i^«'5) KirlS v syniactrr function ^ (aq-nomj panicle follow ng transitive vero verb

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Ask yourself questions as you review 1. What is the verb? "^i^'S / will discu. 6. What is the It is a punctuational syntactic particle, setting off a particle 8f doing? word or noun phrase for rhetotical emphasis without 2. Is it transitive or intransitive? It is transitive changing the declension.

3. Is the agent expressed or implied? It is an implied "I" 7. What is die It is an adverb qualifying the action expressed by the 4. In what case does this verb take its object? 1" case—nominative word 5^9^' doing? verb.

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College and graduate school the past year the Student Buddhist retreats have, to a certain extent, become Network (SBN) has grown from a with Ven. Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche designated periods of groundless- few northeastern schools to over & Ven. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche ness; times when many young twenty-five across the United States people leave what they know and and Canada diverse in tradition, begin to connect with new practice and interests. SBN seeks January 17-24,2004 • West Palm Beach, FL and create their own. Beginning the to encourage dharma on campus study of and by providing tools to member The Venerable are Annual Winter Dzogchen Retreat thought is one way many students schools such as speaker contact brother Dzogchen masters in the Empowerment & Teachings on Golden Manjushri, the are embracing such groundlessness information, finance coordination Nyingma lineage of Tibetan embodiment of transcendental primordial wisdom. Contact and knowingly or not, creating their and a yearly conference for Buddhism. They are the founders own sangha. exchanges. Since this is an ecu- and spiritual directors of Palm Beach Dharma Center: (561) 547-4711, [email protected]. The founders of student Bud- menical network, SBN encourages Padmasambhava Buddhist dhist groups at both Wesleyan (The member schools to invite teachers Center, with centers in the U.S., Wesleyan Dharma Study Group) and from different Buddhist traditions to Puerto Rico. Russia and India. Yale (The Yale Buddhist Society) teach at their schools. ALSO THIS FALL & WINTER: Universities conceived of the Stu- Last January when the Student and a beautiful monastery/ dent Buddhist Network in an effort Buddhist Network held its first con- practice center in upstate New November 22 & 23 • Uey/ York City. Vajrasattva practice to discover other student Buddhist ference with representatives from York, located in Delaware with Dzogchen transmission of Longchenpa's Dharmadatu groups and relate with them. Over Brandeis, Brown, Harvard, RPI, County: Padma ting Treasure. Us pm Saturday. 10 am-t pm Sunday. 222 Bowery. NYC. Tufts, UCONN, Wesleyan and Yale (below). Universities, diverse as the groups December 12 - 15 • Chicago. Contact (847) 562-1390, were, the sense of community was [email protected] remarkable. The strength everyone Dharma Groups: received from our first conference December 31- January 1 • . Vajrasattva Jin was so welcome and so thrilling Tsig & Practice. 9 am-/2 pm and 1-5 pm. 222 Bowery. NYC. Need books because overall everyone seemed to realize our commitment was the See our website for more information and the Rinpoches' for classes? same, our challenges were often complete travel schedule. similar and our problem-solving abili- Snow Lion does its best to keep ties creative. This fall SBN will hold Unique facilities for private retreat are available at our monastery, stock on the titles we advertise. its second conference in Boston. However, there is always the pos- featuring dormitory rooms or complete apartments. Advance We are always eager for feedback, notice is required before visiting. Contact us for more information. sibility that we may not have enough suggestions and donations of books, .lWT' copies of a book that you need for teachings, and money. If you have a class at your center. Give us at comments or would like to become least three weeks notice for books involved, contact Ravenna Michalsen available in the USA and we should ([email protected]) or Lodro www.padmasambhava.org be able to obtain additional stock to Rinzler ([email protected]). (607) 865-8068 • e-mail [email protected] meet your needs. ■ May the dharma flourish! ■ Padma Samye Ling, 618 Buddha Highway, Sidney Center, NY 13839

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TIMELESS RAPTURE skin [on the water], used his staff To have a view without hope or Continued from page 5 as an oar, and sailed away, singing fear brings happiness. this song: If it is spontaneously present, this While he lived as a hidden [tantric To approach the noble master brings even more happiness. practitioner] in Vikramashila Monas- brings happiness. To meditate without dualistic tery, he drank alcohol and enjoyed To drink his profound teachings' clinging brings happiness. sexual relations with a woman. ambrosia brings happiness.' To have no reference points brings When other members of the monas- even more happiness. tic community discovered this, they To gain experience in thorn brings happiness. To engage in choiceless conduct expelled him from their grounds. At To gain no experience at all brings brings happiness. the banks of the Ganges, Metripa happiness. spread a mat made of antelope's (Continued below)

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THE NINTH KARMAPA S OCEAN point you have been practicing so on. There are several things you It might be exactly the same; there , cannot eradicate them; it OF DEFINITIVE MEANING insight meditation and looking at the might have experienced and that might be no difference whatsoever, cannot generate great wisdom. So, Continued from page 1 mind's nature directly in the way, therefore might constitute your or it might be slightly different. If if there is no difference between this for example, you would watch the answer to this first question. You you say that there is no difference first practice of insight and the prac- Here is an exceipt from chapter 6: behavior of a bird. You have been might say, "Well, there is nothing to whatsoever, that the experience of tice of tranquility, you need to keep The first question posed is, "What looking to see how the mind comes find; I cannot find anything; there is looking at the mind within stillness looking. If there is a difference, if in is your mind's nature like?" At this to rest, how the mind moves, and simply nothing there." Or you might and the experience of just achiev- your experience looking at the mind say, "What I experience is a kind within stillness and simply resting in of vague obscurity, a sort of dark- stillness are slightly different, then ness." Or you might say, "What I've * ...what you are look- our text says you probably have a experienced is lucidity, a kind of * ing at is the nature of partial experience of your mind's knowing." * your own mind. Your nature, in which case you should KUN-ZANG Another question posed is * mind, which is look- continue in the same way. whether or not there is any differ- * ing, is fully capable of About looking at the mind, it was LA-MAY ence in your experience between written by the Third Gyalwang Kar- the practice of tranquility medita- * seeing its own nature. mapa, Rangjung Dorje, in Ms Aspi- ZHAL- tion and this first practice of insight * It is not something that ration of Mahamudra, "When one meditation. Previously, when you I is distant from you or looks repeatedly at the mind which Translated & edited by were practicing tranquility alone, * hidden from you in cannot be viewed or cannot be Sonant T. Kazi you brought your mind to a state of looked at." That line indicates that, rest in a natural way. Now, what you * any way. when you look at your mind, there are doing in the initial practice of is no object to be seen in the visual insight is looking at the mind within ing a state of stillness itself are not sense of something you can look at that state of rest or stillness. Is the different, then you are still just prac- physically. He continues, "When you The Oral Instruction of Kun-zang La-ma on the experience of looking at the mind ticing tranquility. There is as yet no do so, you vividly see that which Preliminary Practices of Dzog-ch'en Long-ch'en within stillness any different from practice of insight, and the text says cannot be seen." Vivid seeing is Nying-tig by Jig-me Gyal-way Nyu-gu, as the experience of stillness itself, of that you need to remember that tran- what we call insight or lhaktong (in transcribed by Dza Pal-trul Rin-po-ch'e the experience of tranquility alone? quility alone, while it can weaken Sanskrit, vipashyana). That which cannot be seen is the mind, which "It is a universal truth that it is extremely enjoyable to is not an object that is in any way live in this phenomenal world. Nobody wants to part with separate from that which is looking. worldly pleasure. It is also a universal truth that everything This kind of looking is not like look- that conditionally exists, sooner or later, must face ultimate "Turning Wheel has brought a thoughtful and ing outside yourself at trees or hills destruction. . . . personal perspective to peace activism lor 23 years. or buildings, and so on. Yet, while it is not an object to be viewed outside Those of us who are aware of this, in time, search for a the looker, it can be experienced. solution to transcend death. Some of us come across the There is an experience, which here Buddhist teaching called Dzog-ch'en, whose superlative TURNING is called "vividly seeing that which excite us so much that we totally forget the proper cannot be seen." approach to it. Just as a towering building must have an WHEEL I Now, when we look at the mind equally sound foundation, success in ultimate realization in this way, we are not trying to through Dzog-ch'en teaching depends entirely on a thorough condition or alter the mind in any understanding of the law of karma at the relative level. way. We are not trying to convince KUN-ZANG LA-MA Y ZHAL-L UNG explains how to attain the journal of the Buddhis ourselves that that which does not proper balance between the relative and absolute aspects of exist, exists. We are not afraid of the practice in very simple language." Peace Fellowship. Explore finding nothing and so are trying to -S.T.Kazi the intersection of social find something. Nor are we trying to change and Buddhist prac- convince ourselves that that which BLACK DHARMA exists, does not exist. 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But we also cannot say www.bpf.org • Also available at select bookstores that it is nothing, because when we say nothing, we mean nothing at all, absolutely nothing. If the mind were nothing in that sense, then it would be an utter absence, like the absence of mind in a corpse. The mind is not nothingness. \^SrJ \_JhavmaK\vi\ (^ollege Now, in order to attempt to com- municate this state or characteristic of the mind, have used 2003 WinT<£r Teachings different terminology. They have sometimes referred to it as the unity November 2-8 — Tucson, Arizona of cognitive lucidity and emptiness, or as the unity of the expanse and wisdom. Sometimes they simply say that it is inexpressible and beyond Essence of Mahayana Teachings words. In any case, it is this nature, which cannot be easily character- First time taught in America ized as one thing or another, that we are attempting in this practice to A Lam Rim of both the Sutra and Tantra and the experience directly. k principal practice text of the Orikung Kagyu Lineage The previously quoted stanza by Rangjung Dorje goes on to say, "If you vividly see that which cannot November 2-5, 2003 (4 Days) be seen, you cut through doubt about any kind of, 'It is this,' or 'It is not this;' 'It is that,' or 'It is not that."' The last line of the stanza, Khenpo Sherab Oier Rinpoche which makes it an aspiration, reads, "May I see this just as it is without Ngondro Foundational Teachings bewilderment or confusion." It is appropriate to make this aspira- Vajrasattva Empowerment and Teachings tion and to attempt to accomplish it through practice, because what The Path of Purification you are looking at is the nature of your own mind. 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POINTING OUT THE you are looking at your mind, will much you look at the mind, and no DHARMAKAYA you actually see a thing? Is there a matter what you may expect to find, Continued from page 1 thing to discover about which you you will not find a thing of any kind. The Pemako Project can then say, "This is the mind that I And your not finding such a thing is among the wisest and most com- have seen?" No, there is nothing like not because you do not know how to passionate Buddhist masters alive that. Because there is no thing that look at the mind, or because you are today."—Pema Chodron, author of we can call the mind, the Buddha not looking hard enough; it is simply When Tilings Fall Apart talked of emptiness and selfless- because that is how it is, There is Here is an excerpt from the Intro- ness. If in fact the mind did consist no thing, no substantial existence duction: of some concrete thing that we within the mind. It was therefore Now, we will look at the first way could point to and call mind, then said by the Third Gyalwa Karmapa, of pointing out, which I'm going to the Buddha would not have char- "It does not exist and has not been present in the hopes that it will help acterized it as empty and selfless. In seen by any of the Victorious Ones." your meditation practice. the terminology of philosophy, we Because there is no substantial exis- When you practice the first of would say that this is the absence tence within or to the mind, then the five ways of looking at the mind, of true existence of the mind. The no Buddha of the past, present, or what will you experience? When point of this is that no matter how future has, does, or will see such a The very remote Pemako region, birthplace to Dudjom Rinpoche, is thing in it. a sacred area replete with jungles, mountains, orchids and leopards. It There is nothing to see when stretches from Tibet into upper India. It is there that a school has been built you took at the mind, but on the to preserve the special teachings and yogic practices of the Nyingma lineage other hand, there is not an abso- by offering a 9-year program of learning and meditation. lute absence of anything either. For more information see the Pemako display ad in this issue, and go to Normally, when we talk about www.snowlionpub.com for links to detailed information on Pemako. ■ GIFT OF D AILY r RAYERS emptiness we generate a concept of absolute nothingness, absolute Gift of Daily Prayers invites you to request Tara and non-existence, as for example, the Medicine Buddha Prayers for your family, friends and horns of a or the emptiness corpse. For while the nature of your mind, you can experience what it yourself. These prayers will be said by monks at the of empty space. The emptiness that mind is emptiness, it also has this is like, but you could never really monasteries of H.E. 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Therefore, after saying, "It such through your seeing it as such obstacles affecting relationships, economic hardship, fear substantial characteristic in that does not exist and has not been seen when looking—then this is probably and physical and mental health. Medicine Buddha Prayers way. But that is not the discovery by any of the Victorious Ones," the a correct experience. The only pos- may help the sick and dying to eliminate illness and to help of an absolute nothingness, because Third Karmapa goes on to say, "It sible source of mistake here is that gain a higher rebirth. this emptiness that is the mind's does not not-exist, it is the basis of you might be reinforcing or adulter- nature is not insentient. It is at the samsara and nirvana." Although the ating your experience with concep- same time a cognition and a cogni- mind is empty in the sense of being tual understanding. 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Because of that, while Rigpe Dorje Foundation your mind, you see that its essential the experience is comfortable and this intellectual understanding itself 328 North Sycamore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 nature is emptiness. But this does pleasant. The term comfortable is a good understanding, it tends not make your mind nonexistent, does not indicate pleasure in the to prevent progress, because an and make your body, therefore, a sense of something you're attached understanding itself cannot lead to to, or the pleasure of acting out an the qualities [of the awakened state] attachment or passion. It's simply as experience can—and is therefore the absence of any kind of discom- really no help. We can't say that fort or imperfection in the nature of having an intellectual understanding mind itself. Therefore, the experi- of such profound teachings is utterly ence of that nature is characterized useless. Of course, there is some J_and of by comfy blissfulness. This is as benefit to it; there's some blessing. close as we can come in words to But it has no use whatsoever in the what you experience when you look immediate future. It's not going to at your mind. You couldn't actually lead to anything right now. The only !4edicme £>uddha communicate what you experience. thing that's going to lead to anything It's beyond expression. In fact, right now is actual experience. When the Buddha said that this nature you look at the mind, you need to is the that is inex- look at it without such presupposi- pressible, indescribable, and even tions so that the understanding can J~jow to ^Attain Jnner peace in a (^razy Outer Wor'd inconceivable. If it had substantial arise on the basis of experience, characteristics, for example, if it internally and spontaneously. Intel- had a color, at least you could say, lectual understanding somehow has to be used to fuel experience. lljgtit-I^aij Residential Lam Rim Retreat it's blue or it's yellow or it's red. And if it either existed or it didn't, then On the other hand, if the student Led by Ven Robina Courtin Dec 5 - 14 you could say it exists or it doesn't has actually recognized this from Part of Discovering Buddhism, Course 3 exist. But it's beyond any of that. within and has actually experienced Therefore, you can't accurately say lucidity-emptiness, then that is the Venerable Robina Courtin's teaching is dynamic, accessible, anything about it. Therefore, it was arising or attainment of vipashyana practical, and fun. She has a great way of cutting through to the characterized by Marpa the Trans- on the basis of stillness, which is truth and connects with people in an engaging and entertaining lator as being like the situation of pointed out in that way. That is what way. The retreat will consist of teachings, discussion and a mute person tasting sugar. The is called the recognition of simulta- meditations allowing participants to get the most out of the person would taste the sugar and neous arising and liberation (and all teachings and practices of Buddhism would be aware of the sweetness, the other elegant terms that there but if asked to describe it, would are in all the commentaries). The www.rnedicinebuddrja.org ?aoo frcscott Rd. S^uel, O. ?5o,7> (s> I) -t£2~s585 be unable to do so. In the same way, student at that point has seen their since you are viewing your own mind's nature within stillness. ■

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Buddhist read this book be blessed."— BOKAR This book is a priceless treasure to ings directly from Machik Lapdron Philosophy skims the cream of RlNPOCHE be studied and revered."—Khenpo herself."—, author Jamyang Shayba's intellect, provid- "Ngawang Zangpo's fluid transla- Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche of Women of Wisdom and founder of ing a rare opportunity to sharpen the Tara Mandala Retreat Center our intellect and expand our view of Buddhist thought. tion and rich commentary truly brings "This book is a must-read for any Daniel Cozort is associate professor and chair of the Department of us into the presence of the extra-ordi- person committed to the Tibetan Bud- Sarah Harding is the translator Religion at Dickinson College where he teaches the religions of India. He nary masters of the Shangpa Kagyu dhist path of reflection and medita- of Creation and Completion. She is the author of Highest Yoga Tantra. tradition. 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by James Blumenthal. #ORMI $34.95 Available January Shantarakshita's The Orna- ment of the Middle Way is among the most important Mahayana Buddhist philosophical treatises. It represents the culmination of more than 1,300 years of philo- sophical dialogue and inquiry since the time of the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni. Shanta- AKSHOBYA MANDALA card PILGRIMAGE card VAJRADHAKA card rakshita synthesized the three major trends in Indian Buddhist by Andy Weber. 4x6" by Andy Weber. 4x6" by Andy Weber. 4x6" #WDC67 $1.00 #WDC 70 $1.00 thought at the time (the Madhya- #WDC71 $1.00 maka thought of Nagarjuna, the transforms ignorance is widely regarded Fire pujas to Vajradhaka are thought of Asanga, and in to the wisdom of the all-pervading as the center of the universe and traditional in Geluk Highest Yoga the logical and epistemological awareness. Purifies deep karmic is a chief pilgrimage site. Heruka Tantra. Just remembering his name thought of Dharmakirti) into one imprints left by negative actions. Chakrasamvara is depicted, as well is meant to protect against demons consistent and coherent system. as Avalokiteshvara, Guru Rinpoche, and delusions. Shantarakshitas's text is considered to be the quintessential exposition Milarepa and Green Tara. or root text of the school of Buddhist philosophical thought known in Tibet as Yogachara-Svatantrika-Madhyamaka. In addition to examining his ideas in their Indian context, this study examines the way Shantarakshita's ideas have been understood by, and been an influence on, Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This is the first book length study of the Madyamaka thought of Shanta- rakshita in any Western language. It includes a new translation of Shanta- rakshita's treatise, extensive extracts from his autocommentary, and the first complete translation of the primary Geluk commentary on Shantarakshita's treatise, Gyal-tsab Je's Remembering [Shantarakshita's! 'The Ornament of the Middle Way.' James Blumenthal holds a doctorate in Asian Religions from The Depart- ment of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University. "James Blumenthal's multi-faceted work includes...a stimulating, criti- cally astute analysis of the ways in which Shantarakshita's thought has been used - and misused - by Tibetan commentators over the years. Blumenthal's SIMBHAMUKHA Card YAMANTHAKA book is a fascinating excursion across 700 years and two Asian cultures, and should be required reading foi all students of and of the by Andy Weber, approx. 4x6" MANDALA card card intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism."—EogeriirdWdaioji^^Professor of #WDC66$1.00 6x4" #WDC68 $1.00 Religion, Carleton College, and author of Is Enlightenment Possible?—'■— This lion-faced dakini is consid- by Andy Weber. 4x6" symbolizes the wrath- "This study is an invaluable contribution to the West's understanding of ered the wrathful female principle #WDC69 $1.00 ful aspect of the buddha's wisdom, the history of Madhyamaka both in India and Tibet. Blumenthal's analysis demonstrating fearlessness and the Gelukpa lineage tree. also known as the destroyer of death. of the Geluk materials on Shantarakshita's thought are particularly insight- turning of fierce emotions to con- The inner sanctum of this intricate ful."—Geshe Lhundup Sopa, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, structive activity. mandala contains 13 deities. and co-author of Cutting Through Appearances

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