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Opening the treasure of the profound : teachings on the songs of Jigten Sumgön and Milarepa

Author: Konchog Gyaltsen, Khenchen.; Trinlay Chödron, Khenmo
Publisher: Boston : Snow Lion, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In Tibet, vajra songs became popular when Milarepa gave teachings in that style to his disciples. His example influenced all Tibetan Buddhist schools, particularly the Kagyu lineages. People commonly memorized such songs and sang them with beautiful melodies. But vajra songs are much more than pleasant tunes or ordinary poetry. A vajra song reflects the enlightened mind of its author by encapsulating precisely  Read more...
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Named Person: Mi-la-ras-pa; ʼBri-gung Chos-rje ʼJig-rten-mgon-po; ʼBri-gung Chos-rje ʼJig-rten-mgon-po; Mi-la-ras-pa
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Konchog Gyaltsen, Khenchen.; Trinlay Chödron, Khenmo
ISBN: 9781611800708 1611800706
OCLC Number: 819383486
Description: xii, 276 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Supplication to the Kagyu Gurus for the Mist of the Great Blessing --
Part One: Vajra songs of Jetsun Milarepa --
Distinguishing happiness from suffering The eight bardos --
Part two: Vajra songs of Lord Jigten Sumgon --
Vajra song on attaining enlightenment --
Song of the fivefold profound path of Mahamudta --
The song that clarifies recollection --
Vajra song at Tsa-uk called "Tsa-uk Dzong Drom" --
Song of the six confidences --
Supplication to the seven Taras --
Part three: The life and liberation of Lord Jigten Sumgon --
The life of Jigten Sumgon, by Drigung Kyabgon Padmai Gyaltsen --
The precious jewel ornament, by Ngorje Repa --
Jigten Sumgon: the second Nagarjuna, by H.H. the Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche --
Glossary of Enumeration --
Glossary of names and terms --
Selected bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen ; edited by Khenmo Trinlay Chödron.

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"In Tibet, vajra songs became popular when Milarepa gave teachings in that style to his disciples. His example influenced all Tibetan Buddhist schools, particularly the Kagyu lineages. People commonly memorized such songs and sang them with beautiful melodies. But vajra songs are much more than pleasant tunes or ordinary poetry. A vajra song reflects the enlightened mind of its author by encapsulating precisely profound meaning in just a few words. Thus, it can be difficult for the unenlightened to penetrate their meaning. Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen learned to sing vajra songs at his mother's knee. Later in life, he learned of their profound meaning from masters of Tibetan Buddhism, which allowed him to finally experience their depth in solitary retreat. Rinpoche brings this tradition into a Western context by translating songs composed by iconic Buddhist figures and explaining them in contemporary terms. Rinpoche presents the outer and inner meaning of nine vajra songs by Milarepa (ca. 1052-1135) and Jigten Sumgon (1143-1217). He describes the Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion that leads to ultimate peace and happiness, and shows how to develop our mental qualities. In ancient times, these teachings were given to help others reach spiritual maturity. Here, we are invited into the world of transmission from master to disciple in order to discover truth for ourselves--to open the eye of wisdom that reveals the mind that cannot be seen"--

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