Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Lojong Texts: An Anthology

With the encouragement and blessing of Alak Zenkar Rinpoche, Lotsawa House has produced a booklet of lojong texts for free distribution. The booklet, which includes both the original Tibetan texts and English translation, was modelled on earlier anthologies of lojong texts in Tibetan and Chinese produced by Zenkar Rinpoche, and features additional texts recommended by Rinpoche himself.

The following texts are included in the booklet:
  1. Verses of Refuge and Bodhichitta by Shakyashribhadra
  2. The Bodhisattva’s Garland of Jewels by Atisha Dipamkara
  3. Eight Verses of Mind Training by Geshe Langri Thangpa
  4. Parting from the Four Attachments with commentary by Jetsün Drakpa Gyaltsen
  5. The Four Dharmas of Gampopa
  6. How to Transform Sickness and Other Circumstances by Gyalsé Tokmé Zangpo
  7. A Mirror Revealing the Crucial Points: Advice on the Ultimate Meaning by Longchen Rabjam
  8. Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa
  9. A Song of Compassion by Shabkar Tsokdruk Rangrol
  10. Many Aeons Ago by Patrul Rinpoche
  11. Aspirations in Accordance with the Dharma by Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima
The texts have all been translated by Rigpa Translations and are also available on the Lotsawa House website. Several of the translations were revised in recent months.

If you would like to contribute towards the costs of translating, producing and distributing this booklet, or the translation into other languages (we are currently working on French, German and Spanish versions), or even to support similar projects in the future, please make a donation here.

Update: The booklet is also available as an e-text in various formats here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

To Dispel the Misery of the World is out now!

The first book from Rigpa Translations, To Dispel the Misery of the World, is now available in all good bookshops around the world and as an e-book in various formats.

"Offered here is the pith advice on mind training according to the great vehicle. This is the path followed by all the buddhas and their children of the past, present, and future, the most profound instruction of the oral lineage, and the quintessence of the ocean of all the excellent teachings." —Ga Rabjampa  
"For anyone yearning to lead a saner and more altruistic life in these troubling times, the practice of lojong, or ‘training the mind’ in compassion, is a simply priceless tool. With its unforgettable slogans and profound meditations, this essential guide to lojong practice was written by Ga Rabjampa—an outstanding Tibetan Buddhist master of the fifteenth century, and recommended by Khenpo Appey Rinpoche, one of my own teachers. Here, in a remarkably lucid and accessible translation, we are given radical and timeless instructions for discovering and developing the wisdom and compassion that our world needs so very, very urgently today."—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying 
"Reading Ga Rabjampa's commentary helps us realize that love, compassion, and kindness are not mere abstract good wishes but are far more rich and profound."—Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, author of What Makes you Not a Buddhist
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Friday, December 9, 2011

To Dispel the Misery of the World: Endorsement from Cyrus Stearns

"The marvelous commentary translated so eloquently here by Adam Pearcey was written in the fifteenth century by Ga Rabjampa, the founder of Dezhung Rinpoche’s Tharlam Monastery in eastern Tibet. None of Ga Rabjampa's writings were available until just a few years ago, and now I find that several of the most moving visualizations on “exchanging oneself for others” that Rinpoche taught me thirty years ago from memory (and which are not in other commentaries) are from this work. This little book is a real gem." 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

To Dispel the Misery of the World: Endorsement from Andrew Quintman

"To Dispel the Misery of the World presents an authoritative and expansive commentary on the essential Tibetan Buddhist tradition of lojong or mind training. Although brief, the author Ga Rabjampa provides an overview of the entire Mahayana path, from guru devotion to the generation of bodhicitta to realization of the ultimate. While true to the simple and profound lojong teachings of the early Kadam masters, the text expands the essential points of mind training to include detailed instructions on visionary meditation practice. The author's extended presentation of sending and receiving (tonglen) seems unique in the Tibetan tradition. The works of Ga Rabjampa deserve to be better known, and this eloquent translation makes a valuable contribution."

—Andrew Quintman, Yale University, translator of The Life of Milarepa