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Central Texts in the Six Yogas

THE SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA & TEACHINGS ON MAHAMUDRA by Garma C.C. Chang (Translator) ($9.95, paper, 128 pages, reprint edition 1963 edition, Snow Lion, ISBN: 0937938335)

TSONGKHAPA’S SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA: translated, edited and introduced by Glenn H. Mullin ($18.95, paper, 276 pages, glossary, notes, bibliography, index, Snow Lion, ISBN: 1-55939-058-1)

READINGS ON THE SIX YOGAS OF NAROPA: introduced and translated by Glenn H. Mullin ($16.95, paper, 175 pages, notes, bibliography, Snow Lion, ISBN: 1-55939-074-3

Glenn H. Mullin’s study of the history, substance, and philosophical legacy of the Six Yogas of Naropa, together with his translation of Tsongkhapa’s treatise, provides an authoritative guide to this tradition.

Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered references to the Six Yogas of Naropa. These six, inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, & bardo yoga, represent one of the most common Tibetan Buddhist presentations of yogic technology. Given by the Indian sage Naropa to Marpa the Translator, these teachings gradually pervaded thousands of monasteries and hermitages throughout the Tibetan cultural region. Tsongkhapa’s discussion of the Six Yogas is regarded as one of the finest on the subject to come out of Tibet. His treatise has served as the fundamental guide to the system as practiced in more than three thousand Gelukpa monasteries, nunneries and hermitages across Central Asia over the past five and a half centuries.

This collection of readings on the six yogas contains important texts on this esoteric doctrines, including original Indian works by Tilopa and Naropa, and Tibetan writings by Tsongkhapa the Great, Gyalwa Wensapa, the First Panchen Lama and Lama Jey Sherab Gyatso. Readings discusses the practices, their context and the historical continuity of this most important tradition, which is said to bring full enlightenment in one lifetime.

The translator has lived in the Himalayas from 1972 to 1984, where he trained in Tantric Buddhism under numerous Tibetan masters. An internationally renowned author and Tibetologist who has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East, he has published over a dozen books on Tibetan Buddhism, has worked as afield specialist and script consultant on Tibet-related films, and has co-produced five audio recordings of Tibetan sacred temple music.

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