I am pleased to share a set of new releases that will be of interest to many on this list.
Note: All these books will be in our booth at AAR in Boston this coming weekend, stand 2313 in the middle of the hall, right next door to Columbia University Press.
The Life and Visions of Yeshe Tsogyal: The Autobiography of the Great Wisdom Queen, translated by Chonyi Drolma
This is a translation of a terma text discovered by Drime Kunga, then rediscovered by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. It included reflections from many contemporary teachers and scholars including Holly Gayley and Judith Simmer-Brown. This is a quite different text from Lady of the Lotus-Born.
The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa: A New Translation by Christopher Stagg
"Stagg's authoritative and vibrant new translation of The Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa is a marvelous achievement, at once faithful to the original Tibetan and sensitive to the modern reader. As the first complete English rendering of Milarepa’s collected poetry in more than fifty years, this edition will, no doubt, stand as the yogin’s voice for a new generation." —Andrew Quintman, associate professor of religious studies, Yale University
Changing Minds: Contributions to the Study of Buddhism and Tibet in Honor of Jeffrey Hopkins
This collection includes works such as:
- Tsongkhapa’s analysis of the two truths by Guy Newland
- Gendun Chopel’s critique of the orthodox Gelugpa approach to Madhyamaka by Donald Lopez.
- Tsongkhapa’s views on the afflictive emotion of anger by Daniel Cozort.
- Tsongkhapa, the centrality of ethics in his Lam Rim, the founding of the Gelug tradition by Elizabeth Napper.
- Dzogchen in the Bön tradition and how students are introduced to open awareness by Anne Klein.
- The Gelug tradition of Mahamudra and its relationship to the Kagyu tradition by Roger Jackson
- How Tsongkhapa, Dolpopa, and Buton viewed some of the prajnaparamita literature and how these views informed the development of the understanding of Madhyamaka in Tibet by Gareth Sparham.
- A discussion of alayavijnana from Asanga and Vasubandu to later Gelug commentators by Joe Wilson.
- An exploration of authorship and literature in Tibet by Jose Cabezon.
- How the books Jeffrey Hopkins have authored and translated form a comprehensive course in Tibetan Buddhism by Paul Hackett.
The Gathering of Vidyadharas: Text and Commentaries on the Rigdzin Düpa by By Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, Khenpo Chemchok, Kangsar Tenpe Wangchuk, and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye. Translated by Gyurme Avertin.
*Note, this is generally available but buyers are warned it is for those who have received the reading transmission for the Rigdzin Düpa.
The Pure Joy of Being: An Illustrated Introduction to the Story of the Buddha and the Practice of Meditation by Fabrice Midal
While not an academic book per se, this is a great candidate for an introduction to Buddhism course. Fully illustrated with beautiful art from across traditions.
Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness by Rodney Smith.
An Ocean of Blessings: Heart Teachings of Drubwang Penor Rinpoche, translated by Ani Jinba Palmo
The first formally published work of Penor Rinpoche
The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Book 13: Philosophical Systems and Lines of Transmission by Choying Tobden Dorje, translated by Gyurme Dorje
This volume presents the philosophical systems of India and Tibet, according to the writings of Longchen Rabjam and the revelations of Orgyan Lingpa. First, it discusses the views attributed to classical Hinduism, Jainism, materialism, and nihilism. Second, it describes the standpoints of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika exponents of the lesser vehicle, exemplified by pious attendants and hermit buddhas, and the Cittamatra (“mind only”) and Madhyamaka (“middle way”) commentators of the great vehicle, exemplified by great bodhisattva beings. Third, it analyzes the inner and outer vehicles of the Buddhist tantras, with an emphasis on the three classes of the great perfection. Fourth, it documents the lines of philosophical transmission within Tibet, including Bon, Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Kadampa, and Geluk. It concludes with an extract from a well-known treatise of the Fifth Dalai Lama, applying the techniques of consequential reasoning to the first chapter of Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Phenomenology.
The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra, Book 14: An Overview of Buddhist Tantra By Choying Tobden Dorje, Translated by Ngawang Zangpo
An Overview of Buddhist Tantra is the fourteenth volume from this collection and the first in the series to focus on tantra. Whereas previous volumes presented the general exoteric teachings of Buddhism, this work outlines the esoteric practice of tantra according to the Nyingma system. The author defines the parameters of tantra by dividing the work into outer and inner tantras, and concludes with explaining the result of the tantric path—enlightenment itself. Designed to be a companion for dedicated practitioners who receive direct instructions from a qualified teacher, this work is a comprehensive manual that provides the foundation for understanding the genuine and profound teachings of Buddhist tantra.
*Note, in accord with the wishes of the people behind the book, this is a restricted title, only available through Shambhala.com. It is intended to only be read by those who have completed the preliminary practices (ngondro).
Finding Rest in the Nature of the Mind: The Trilogy of Rest, Volume 1 By Longchenpa, Translated by Padmakara Translation Group
At last a new translation of Longchenpa’s Lam Rim. Volumes 2 & 3 of the Trilogy will be released in 2018.
The Supreme Siddhi of Mahamudra: Teachings, Poems, and Songs of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage, Translated by Sean Price, Adam Kane, and Gerardo Abboud, introduced by Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
The first collection of its kind, it includes works by Lingchen Repa, Tsangpa Gyare, the Second Drukchen Kunga Paljor, Drukpa Kunleg, Pema Karpo, Tsele Natsok Rangdrol, Third Khamtrul Kunga Tenzin, Togden Shakya Shri, the Eighth Khamtrul Dongyu Nyima, Adeu Rinpoche, and more.
The Light That Shines through Infinity: Zen and the Energy of Life By Dainin Katagiri
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