This manual of Tibetan meditation simply and thoroughly presents the profound Dzogchen and Mahamudra systems of practice. Karma Chagmé sets forth the stages of meditation practice, including the cultivation of meditative quiescence and insight, the experiential identification of awareness, and the highest steps of Mahamudra and Atiyoga, leading to perfect enlightenment in one lifetime. Drawing from his enormous textual erudition and mastery of Tibetan oral traditions, he shows how these two meditative systems can be unified into a single integrated approach to realizing the ultimate nature of consciousness.
About the Author
He was a major lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Since the early 1970s, he has taught thousands of studinets in North America, where he has established several centers for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism.
B. Alan Wallace is president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies. He trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries in India and Switzerland. He has taught Buddhist theory and practice in Europe and America since 1976 and has served as interpreter for numerous Tibetan scholars and contemplatives, including H. H. the Dalai Lama. After graduating "summa cum laude" from Amherst College, where he studied physics and the philosophy of science, he earned his MA and PhD in religious studies at Stanford University. He has edited, translated, authored, and contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, and the interface between science and religion.
"An incomparable introduction to the actual practice of higher meditative instructions."—Tibet Journal
"Get[s] right into fairly advanced instructions on meditation. . . . Most chapters are in classic Tibetan fashion almost entirely comprised of quotations from scripture and earlier masters. Gyatrul Rinpoche's informative commentary is the clear voice that pulls the book together."—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly
"Karma Chagmé applies his extensive experience and familiarity with Tibetan oral traditions to reveal how these two meditative systems can be integrated into a single approach."—Midwest Book Review