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Six Yogas Of Naropa, The - Tsong-Kha-Pa

Six Yogas Of Naropa, The

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Published: 30th October 2005
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Anyone who has read more than a few books on Tibetan Buddhism will have encountered references to the Six Yogas of Naropa, a preeminent yogic technology system. The six practices - inner heat, illusory body, clear light, consciousness transference, forceful projection, and bardo yoga - gradually came to pervade thousands of monasteries, nunneries, and hermitages throughout Central Asia over the past five and a half centuries.
Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a prolific writer and one of Tibet's greatest yogis and philosophers. His discussion of the Six Yogas is regarded as one of the finest on the subject to come out of Tibet. 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 a guide to this tradition.

"Another example of Mullin's brilliance as a translator and interpreter of Tibetan tantricism."--Tibet Journal

"A veritable feast containing teachings that for centuries have been kept secret but that give one a clear sense of the enormous possibilities on the spiritual path."--Quest Magazine

"Glenn's study of the history, substance, and philosophical legacy of the Six Yogas of Naropa together with his translations of Tsongkhapa's treatise provides an invaluable guide to this tradition."--Buddhism Now

Prefacep. 11
Introductionp. 19
Tsongkhapa and the Lineage of the Six Yogasp. 19
The Buddhist Tantric Tradition in Indiap. 24
Naropap. 26
The Legacy of the Six Yogasp. 29
The Six Yogas, Three Bardo States, and Nine Blendingsp. 33
Lama Tsongkhapa's A Book of Three Inspirationsp. 44
Section One of Tsongkhapa's Textp. 47
The Preliminary Trainings Associated with the General Mahayanap. 47
The General Tantric Preliminariesp. 49
The Tantric Preliminaries Unique to the Six Yogas Systemp. 51
The Generation Stage Yogasp. 52
Introduction to the Nature of the Mindp. 55
Introduction to the Nature of the Bodyp. 58
The Physical Exercises and Meditations upon the Empty Shell Bodyp. 60
Section Two of Tsongkhapa's Textp. 62
The Inner Heat Yogap. 63
Karmamudrap. 69
The Illusory Body Yogap. 73
The Bardo Yogap. 78
The Clear Light Yogap. 81
The Consciousness Transference Yogap. 85
The Forceful Projection Yogap. 87
Concluding Notesp. 89
The Six Yogas of Naropa in English Translationp. 90
The Seventh Dalai Lama's Prayer to the Six Yogas Lineagep. 95
Some Historical Lineage Considerationsp. 99
A Parting Perspective on Tsongkhapa the Greatp. 103
A Book of Three Inspirations: A Treatise on the Stages of Training in the Profound Path of Naro's Six Dharmas
Prologuep. 109
The preliminary meditations, which build the foundations of this pathp. 111
The preliminaries that are general meditations derived from the common Mahayana teachingsp. 111
Why it is necessary for training in this tradition to be preceded by training in the practices of the common Mahayanap. 111
The actual stages of training the mind in that pathp. 113
The preliminaries that belong exclusively to the highest yoga tantra traditionp. 116
The general Vajrayana preliminariesp. 116
Why it is necessary to receive the complete empowermentsp. 116
Why it is necessary to observe the tantric preceptsp. 118
The preliminaries emphasized in this Naropa systemp. 119
Having established the preliminaries, how to train in the actual tantric meditationsp. 121
The meditations of the generation stage yogasp. 121
The meditations of the completion stage yogasp. 126
The nature of the basisp. 126
The nature of the mindp. 126
The nature of the bodyp. 131
The explanation of the stages of traversing the pathp. 133
The meditations upon the physical exercises, together with the meditation upon the body as emptyp. 133
The meditations on the physical exercisesp. 133
The meditations on the body as an empty shellp. 136
The stages of meditating upon the actual pathp. 137
The manner of structuring the pathp. 137
The stages of being guided on the pathp. 141
The manner of actualizing the resultsp. 221
Epiloguep. 223
Vajrasattva Meditation and Mantra Recitationp. 227
Establishing Blessing Powers by Meditating upon Guru Yogap. 233
Glossary: Sanskrit and Tibetan Names and Termsp. 239
Notesp. 247
Bibliographyp. 269
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ISBN: 9781559392341
ISBN-10: 1559392347
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 30th October 2005
Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated