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Six Naro Dharmas

Readings on the 6 Yogas - coverReadings on the Six Yogas of Naropa
— by Glenn H. Mullin

This collection of short commentaries on the Six Yogas of Naropa, translated from the Tibetan, was originally conceived of as a companion reader to Tsongkhapa's Six Yogas of Naropa  (Snow Lion, 1996).

The Six Yogas :

  1. Inner heat
  2. Four blisses
  3. Pure illusory body
  4. Actual clear light
  5. Union of clear light and illusory body
  6. Transference of consciousness and forceful projection

In this book are six important commentaries on this popular Tibetan tantric system, including original works by Tilopa and Naropa (the 11th-century Indian masters who first formulated it from various Buddhist tantric legacies) as well as Tibetan writings by Tsongkhapa the Great, Gyalwa Wensapa, the First Panchen Lama, and Lama Jey Sherab Gyatso.

This works are:

  • Naropa - Six YogasA brief verse work by the Indian mahasiddha Tilopa (988-1069), who is regarded as the original formulator of the system of the Six Yogas,
  • a slightly longer verse work by Tilopa's chief disciple, known to history as Pandita Naropa (1016-1100), after whom the system is named,
  • a commentary found in Lama Jey Tsongkhapa's Collected Works (Tib. gSung 'bum), entitled "A Practice Manual on the Six Yogas of Naropa: Taking the Practice in Hand" (Tib. Na ro'i chos drug gi dmigs skor lag tu Zm tshul), hereafter referred to as "A Practice Manual on the Six Yogas",
  • Gyalwa Wensapa's (1505-1566) presentation of "the three blendings" - an important aspect of and also an alternative name for the Six Yogas,
  • the First Panchen Lama's (1568-1662) treatment of the yogas, which emphasizes the first and fourth of the six yogas,
  • a small text found in the collected works of the nineteenth-century lama Jey Sherab Gyatso (1803-1875), which was compiled by one of his disciples from a public discourse given bv Jey Sherab Gyatso in 1836 on Tsongkhapa's A Book of Three Inspirations.

Must-have for anyone interested in the tantric dimensions of Buddhism.

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