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Enlightened beings : life stories from the Ganden oral tradition / by Janice D. Willis
Bib ID 666871
Format BookBook
Author
Willis, Janice Dean
 
Description Boston : Wisdom Publications, 1995 
xxii, 282 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0861710681 (acid-free paper)
Summary

Here for the first time ever in any Western language are the sacred biographies of six great tantric meditators from the Gelukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. These life stories - or namtar - are actually tales of liberation. Part of a distinct tradition in Tibetan Buddhism, they are meant not only to inspire but also to instruct others on the path to enlightenment. In Professor Willis's introduction and detailed annotations, you'll gain a wealth of information about how to read and interpret namtar texts, as well as some valuable insights into the religious and political worlds in which these early Tibetan masters studied, practiced, and became enlightened beings in their lifetimes.

Partial contents
  • Namtar as Literature and Liturgy. A General Definition. Chi, the Historical. Nang, the Inspirational. Sang, the Instructional
  • The Liberation Life Stories of: The Lord of Accomplishment, Jampel Gyatso. Baso Chokyi Gyeltsen. The Great Siddha, Chokyi Dorje. Gyelwa Ensapa. The Scholar-Siddha, Sanggye Yeshe. The First Panchen, Losang Chokyi Gyeltsen
  • Appendix I. The Gelukpa Mahamudra Lineage
  • Appendix II. Prayer to the Lineage Lamas (in English)
  • Appendix III. Prayer to the Lineage Lamas (in Tibetan)
  • Appendix IV. The Meaning and Methods of Mahamudra
  • Appendix V. The Life of Yongdzin Yeshe Gyeltsen.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-274) and index.

Subjects Lamas -- China -- Tibet Autonomous Region -- Biography.

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