This book contains eloquent and inspiring classic writings that lay out the central trainings on the path of Tantra - in particular, the use of visualization and sound in meditation practice.
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.
Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798) was one of the great saints of eighteenth century Tibet. His profound spiritual revelations and erudite writings have proven to be some of the most enduring classics of the Buddhist tradition. To this day, they continue to inspire others to lead a life of meditation.
Patrul Rinpoche (1808-1887) lived his life as a wandering yogi devoted to the practice of meditation. An accomplished scholar and prolific writer, he has won the hearts of many with his rare ability to present profound philosophical thought in a manner directly applicable to personal practice.
Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub (1761-1829) revitalized the tradition of the Nyingma School through his commitment to the study and preservation of the Ancient Tantras and the revival of many Nyingma monasteries. Among his extensive literary works, his commentaries on the development stage have become central reading for numerous practitioners of Buddhist Tantra.
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.
- 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
- Husks of Unity by Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub
The development stage is one of the central practices of Buddhist Tantra.
The texts contained in this volume are among the most widely studied commentaries on this topic and have formed the basis for spiritual study and practice for centuries.