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Masters of Kadam

Note: This is the second volume of the Library of Tibetan Classic series.

DromtonpaThe Kadam school, which emerged from the teachings of the Indian master Atisha and his principal student, Dromtonpa, is revered for its unique practical application of the bodhisattvas altruistic ideal in day-to-day life.

One of the most well-known sets of spiritual teachings stemming from Atisha and Dromtonpa is a special collection of oral transmissions enshrined in the two-volume Book of Kadam.

Although the Kadam school no longer exists as an autonomous lineage within Tibetan Buddhism, its teachings have become fully incorporated into the teachings of all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Geluk school.

This work is a landmark in the study of Tibetan culture in general and Tibetan Buddhism in particular. Sometimes referred to as the "Kadam emanation scripture", The Book of Kadam is undisputedly one of the greatest works.

Core Texts

The Book of Kadam - coverThe Book of Kadam · The Core Texts
- Attributed to Atisa and Dromtonpa
— Translated by Thupten Jinpa

This volume contains:

  1. Atisa's Bodhisattva's Jewel Garland
  2. the twenty-three-chapter Jewel Garland of Dialogues
  3. Dromtonpa's Tree of Faith · A Self Exhortation
  4. Elucidation of the Heart-Drop Practice by Khenchen Nyima Gyaltsen (1223-1305)
  5. four selected chapters from Dromtonpa's birth stories
  6. two brief verse summaries of The Book of Kadam - one by the Second Dalai Lama (1476-1542) and the other by Yongzin Yeshe Gyaltsen (1713-93)
  7. Sayings of the Kadam Masters , compiled by Chegom Sherap Dorje (ca. 12th century)

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