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The Buddha from Dolpo: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (Tsadra Foundation)

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The Buddha from Dölpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361), who became perhaps the greatest Tibetan expert of the Kalacakra or Wheel of Time, a vast system of tantric teachings. Based largely on esoteric Buddhist knowledge from the legendary land of Shambhala, Dölpopa's insights have profoundly influenced the development of Tibetan Buddhism for more than 650 years. Dölpopa emphasized two contrasting definitions of the Buddhist theory of emptiness. He described relative phenomena as empty of self-nature, but absolute reality as only empty of other (i.e. relative) phenomena. He further identified absolute reality as the buddha nature or eternal essence present in all living beings. This view of an "emptiness of other," known in Tibetan as shentong, is Dölpopa's enduring legacy. The Buddha from Dölpo contains the only English translations of three of Dölpopa's crucial works. A General Commentary on the Doctrine is one of the earliest texts in which he systematically presented his view of the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. The Fourth Council and its Autocommentary (which was not in the first edition of this book) were written at the end of his life and represent a final summation of his teachings. These translations are preceded by a detailed discussion of Dölpopa's life, his revolutionary ideas, earlier precedents for the shentong view, his unique use of language, and the influence of his theories. The fate of his Jonang tradition, which was censored by the central Tibetan government in the seventeenth century but still survives, is also examined.

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The Buddha from Dolpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Dolpopa specialized in the Kalacakra, or Wheel of Time--a vast system of tantric teachings said to be from the legendary land of Shambhala. He emphasized two contrasting definitions of the Buddhist theory of emptiness. The view of an emptiness of other, known in Tibetan as shentong, is Dolpopa's enduring legacy. The fate of his Jonang tradition, which was censored by the central Tibetan government in the seventeenth century but still survives, is also examined. This book contains the only English translations of three of his crucial works. They are preceded by a detailed discussion of Dolpopa's life and his revolutionary ideas. 8 color plates and 16 b&w illustrations.

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The Buddha from Dolpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Dolpopa specialized in the Kalacakra, or Wheel of Time--a vast system of tantric teachings said to be from the legendary land of Shambhala. He emphasized two contrasting definitions of the Buddhist theory of emptiness. The view of an emptiness of other, known in Tibetan as shentong, is Dolpopa's enduring legacy. The fate of his Jonang tradition, which was censored by the central Tibetan government in the seventeenth century but still survives, is also examined. This book contains the only English translations of three of his crucial works. They are preceded by a detailed discussion of Dolpopa's life and his revolutionary ideas.

About the Author

Cyrus Stearns has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for over thirty-five years. His main Tibetan teachers were Dezhung Rinpoche Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He received a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Washington and is the author of several books including Taking the Result As the Path and King of the Empty Plain. He is currently a fellow at the Tsadra Foundation and lives in the woods on Whidbey Island north of Seattle Washington.

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ISBN:
9781559393430
Author:
Stearns, Cyrus
Publisher:
Snow Lion Publications
Subject:
Lamas -- China -- Tibet.
Subject:
Sunyata
Subject:
General
Subject:
Buddhism - Tibetan
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Edition Description:
Revised, Enlarg
Series:
Tsadra Foundation
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
9.22x6.36x1.58 in. 1.89 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Buddha from Dolpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Dolpopa specialized in the Kalacakra, or Wheel of Time--a vast system of tantric teachings said to be from the legendary land of Shambhala. He emphasized two contrasting definitions of the Buddhist theory of emptiness. The view of an emptiness of other, known in Tibetan as shentong, is Dolpopa's enduring legacy. The fate of his Jonang tradition, which was censored by the central Tibetan government in the seventeenth century but still survives, is also examined. This book contains the only English translations of three of his crucial works. They are preceded by a detailed discussion of Dolpopa's life and his revolutionary ideas. 8 color plates and 16 b&w illustrations.
"Synopsis" by , The Buddha from Dolpo is a revised and enlarged edition of the only book about the most controversial Buddhist master in the history of Tibet, Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Dolpopa specialized in the Kalacakra, or Wheel of Time--a vast system of tantric teachings said to be from the legendary land of Shambhala. He emphasized two contrasting definitions of the Buddhist theory of emptiness. The view of an emptiness of other, known in Tibetan as shentong, is Dolpopa's enduring legacy. The fate of his Jonang tradition, which was censored by the central Tibetan government in the seventeenth century but still survives, is also examined. This book contains the only English translations of three of his crucial works. They are preceded by a detailed discussion of Dolpopa's life and his revolutionary ideas.
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