The Life of Gampopa
— by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart
- introduced by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa
Compiled from numerous Tibetan biographies, this comprehensive and inspiring rendition highlights the extraordinary details of Gampopa's meditative experiences and presents direct insights into the practice and realisation of Mahamudra.
A history of the Kagyu order by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa augments Gampopa's biography, illustrating this revered teacher's central role in the development of the Tibetan Kagyu lineages.
This biography of the remarkable being most responsible for the rapid growth of his guru Milarepa's glorious Kagyu tradition is both informative and inspiring, and will be a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in the profound ways in which the spiritual realisations of a single individual can impact the lives of countless beings in many different cultures over the centuries.
This comprehensive and inspiring rendition highlights the extraordinary details of Gampopa's meditative experiences and presents direct insights into the practices and realisation of Mahamudra.
A concluding essay on Mahamudra introduces Vajrayana Buddhism to beginners while simultaneously supporting advanced practitioners with fresh insights.
Dharma Lord Gampopa (1079–1153) was a crown jewel of Buddhist history particularly in Tibet. He was an enlightened master both in scholarship and realisation.
Established the Kagyu school - one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism today, as an institution. He combined the two most famous lineages of Atisha and Milarepa.
Gampopa wrote The Jewel Ornament of Liberation and founded the Dagpo Kagyu school in 1125. It was the integrative teaching of Gampopa which unified Kadampa and Mahamudra teachings into the distinctive Kagyu approach. Many great masters followed his example of practicing the three vows without any contradiction.
This life story will give explicit insight into the meaning of 'great Dharma master' - one who keeps his own precepts and leads other sentient beings toward enlightenment.
Jampa Mackenzie Stewart is a student of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1987 he was ordained into the Tiep Hien order by Thich Nhat Hanh and has assisted him in leading retreats in North America. He has written over thirty articles on Buddhist Taoist practices, and has collaborated with Mantak Chia on several books. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he practices Chinese medicine, medical qigong, and directs the Austin Yeshe Khorlo and Healing Tao Institute.