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by Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen, translated and edited by Cyrus Stearns
511 pp. text plus 47 pp. supplement | cloth bound | $100.00
It is the strict instruction of His Holiness Sakya Trizin that this translation of Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen's Treasury of Esoteric Instructions be made available only to people who have received the complete teachings of the Path with the Result, or Lamdre'. Please see www.snowlionpub.com for full description of the requirements for ordering this text.
The Lamdre', or the Path with the Result, is the most important system of tantric practice in the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The goddess Vajra Nairatmya first transmitted these teachings to the Indian adept Virupa (ca. seventh-eighth centuries), who then composed the Vajra Lines. Virupa's words were transmitted orally until the Tibetan master Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1158) wrote eleven commentaries to explain them. Two hundred years later, in 1342, Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen (1312-75) composed the Treasury of Esoteric Instructions, the culminating commentary on Virupa's work.
According to His Holiness Sakya Trizin, "There have been many treatises of commentary on the intention of the Vajra Lines. However, this Treasury of Esoteric Instructions, the commentary composed by the sovereign of the doctrine Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen Palsangpo of the Khon family, has many special qualities, and is clearer and more easily understood than others, suitably elaborate, and precise in drawing out the key points."
This book contains translations of Virupa's Vajra Lines and Lama Dampa's Treasury of Esoteric Instructions. Issued as a separate booklet is a translation of Pleasure Grove for the Intelligent, a structural commentary on the Vajra Lines written by Jamgon Ameshap Ngawang Kunga Sonam (1597-1659), the twenty-eighth throne holder of Sakya.
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