Deity, Mantra, and Wisdom contains four of the most cherished Tibetan Buddhist commentaries on the practices of visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption. These three elements form the core of development stage meditation, one of the most important practices of Buddhist Tantra. The authors of these timeless classics—Jigme Lingpa, Patrul Rinpoche, and Getse Mahapandita—have all profoundly shaped Tibetan Buddhism with their vast scholarship and deep spiritual realization. In these eloquent and inspiring writings, they explain the fundamental philosophy of the development stage, showing not only its profound insights into the nature of reality, but also how to make this view a living experience through the practice of meditation.
The four works here translated for the first time are: "Ladder to Akanistha" by Jigme Lingpa, "Clarifying the Difficult Points in the Development Stage" by Patrul Rinpoche, "The Four Stakes That Bind the Life-Force" by Patrul Rinpoche, and "Husks of Unity" by Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub.
Foreword by Trulshik Rinpoche 9 Foreword by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche 11 Introduction 13 TEXTS ONE & Two Ladder to Akanistha: Instructions on the Development Stage and Deity Yoga/Jigme Lingpa Clarifying the Difficult Points in the Development Stage and Deity Yoga/Patrul Chokyi Wangpo 21 TEXT THREE The Melody of Brahma Reveling in the Three Realms: Key Points for Meditating on The Four Stakes That Bind the Life-Force/Patrul Chokyi Wangpo 81 TEXT FOUR Husks of Unity: A Clarification of the Development Stage Rituals/Getse Mahapandita Tsewang Chokdrub 97 APPENDICES 153 Appendix A: Visualizing the Deity 155 Appendix B: Topical Outline for Ladder to Akanistha 159 Appendix C: Topical Outline for Husks of Unity 161 Abbreviations 163 Glossary 166 English-Tibetan Translation Equivalents 222 Texts Cited 234 Bibliography 239 Index 244