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Essence of Ambrosia - A Guide to Buddhist Contemplations
Essence of Ambrosia - A Guide to Buddhist Contemplations

Essence of Ambrosia - A Guide to Buddhist Contemplations

by Taranatha

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Language

English

Publisher

Library of Tibetan Works & Archives

ISBN

8186470379 - Year: 2005 - Pages: 256

Binding

Paperback

Taranatha

Author: Taranatha
Willa Baker/
Translator(s): Willa Baker
Publisher: Library of Tibetan Works & Archives
Year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 256
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186470379

Description

Essence of Ambrosia is a guide to Buddhist meditation, composed by the prolific and eclectic Tibetan scholar and practitioner Taranatha (1575-1634). Following the lead of Atisha, Taranatha expounds a graduated approach (known as lam rim) to cognitive and meditative development designed to address the needs of three types of person: the person of lesser, average and greater capacity.

Taranatha’s innovative contribution to this genre is to instruct the student in contemplation sessions, that specifically guide a beginning Buddhist practitioner through the traditional practices of meditation, beginning with devotional reflection up to the apex of Buddhist meditation, insight (vipassana) meditation. The result is a remarkably accessible and concise insider’s guide to the Mahayana Buddhist path.

REVIEWS

A valuable meditation manual vividly bringing to life the stages of path.
-Jeffrey Hopkins, University of Virginia, author of Maps of the Profound

This is an exceptionally lucid translation of a seminal work on the principal practices and ideas in Tibetan Buddhism. An excellent resource for students, scholars, and practitioners alike.
-Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor for Buddhist Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Taranatha’s Essence of Ambrosia is one of the most accessible and practical of Tibetan spiritual path manuals, as a scholar deeply knowledgeable of the ext and its genre, Baker’s voice makes a profound bridge between the world of our seventeenth century author and the twenty-first century. Her translator’s introduction, annotations and glossaries deserve close attention.
-John Makransky, Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College.

Contents

PREFACE

PUBLISHER’S NOTE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

TRANSLATOR’S INTRODUCTION

PROLOGUE

PART I: TRAINING IN THE COMMON STAGES FOR THE PERSON OF LESSER CAPACITY

The Freedoms and Endowments of a Precious Human Life
Impermanence and Death
The Misery of the Lower Realms
The Instructions on the Causes and Effects of Actions

PART II-TRAINING IN THE COMMON STAGES FOR THE PERSON OF AVERAGE CAPACITY

The Misery of the Higher Realms
The Suffering of Cyclic Existence in General
Aspects of Origination
The Causes and Results of Liberation

PART III-THE EXTRAORDINARY CONTEMPLATIONS FOR THE PERSON OF GREATER CAPACITY

The Preparatory Contemplation and the Causal Links
Meditations on Love and Compassion
Meditations on the Aspiration of Awakening Mind
Training in the Application of Awakening Mind
Wisdom
Ways to Progress in the Practice

AFTERWORD

APPENDIX

The Ceremony of Engendering Awakening Mind
The Ceremony of the Boddhisattva Vow

CONCLUSION

TIBETAN TEXT

GLOSSARY OF TECHNICAL TERMS AND PROPER NAMES

GLOSSARY OF CLASSIFICATORY TERMS WITH TIBETAN

ENDNOTES

REFERENCES

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