Archive for July, 2012

It’s a great time to be a lifelong learner. Technology is creating an explosion of platforms and opportunities to take courses from colleges and universities at your own home computer— for free! And there are webinars, Youtube tutorials, Skype options and apps  — all delivering a cornucopia of content ranging from the classics to the avant garde.  This explosion of  learning opportunities has also opened up the channels of traditional delivery systems – think books- to extend their reach.

Shambhla Publications, recognized for bringing a wide range of books on Buddhism to the general readership has bested itself with their new title; Confusion Arises as Wisdom: Gampopa’s Heart Advice on the Path of Mahamudra by Ringu Tulku.

The Kagyu lineage lists Gampopa as the foremost student of Tibet’s most famous yogi, Milarepa, who had been a student of Marpa the Translator. Before he met Milarepa, Gampopa trained as monk in the Kadampa tradition, with its emphasis on the Mahayana qualities of bodhichitta, emptiness, and compassion. Gampopa brought together the Mahayana teachings of the Kadampas with the Vajrayana teachings of Mahamudra and the Six Yogas. The way he joined these teachings has shaped the study and practice of the Kagyu lineage to this day.

Ringu Tulku, born in Eastern Tibet in 1952, has acquired a friendly and effective  manner to communicate  these deep teachings to Westerners over the past seventeen years as a professor of Tibetan studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and at various meditation centers in Europe, across the USA and in India.

The eighteen short “community talks” are profound dharma teachings. Ringu Tulku anticipates some of the questions that will naturally arise in the Western mind and weaves into the chapters the root text, stories, along with anecdotes from his experiences as a teacher.

The result is a rich guide for Mahamudra meditation practice and the Vajrayana view and practice; an excellent addition to the library of someone with an established meditation practice, and a heartening experience for a lifelong learner who wants to explore unadulterated Buddhist text.

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