the essence of the ocean of attainments

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THE ESSENCE OF THE OCEAN OF ATTAINMENTS

The Creation Stage of the Guhyasamaja Tantra according to Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen

Yael Bentor

A comprehensive guide to the creation stage of the Guhyasamāja.

The Essence of the Ocean of Attainments (Dngos grub rgya mtsho’i snying po) is a commentary on the creation stage of the Guhyasamaja Tantra written by the illustrious Panchen Lama, Losang Chökyi Gyaltsen (1570–1662). The practice of Guhyasamaja, one of the earliest and most influential of the highest Tantras, along with its remarkable hermeneutic system, created a framework that was applied to other so-called unexcelled Tantras. Still very much a living tradition, in our time the Fourteenth Dalai Lama confers its empowerment every year. In this work, the Panchen Lama not only clarifies each step of the sadhana meditation ritual, but he also offers general insights into the practice and its workings. It is an Essence because it distills the much longer Ocean of Attainments commentary on the practice composed by Khedrup Jé (1385–1438), one of two key disciples of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism’s Geluk school. The Panchen Lama identifies core elements of sadhana and with unparalleled precision clarifies many seminal points.

In her introduction, Yael Bentor surveys the creation stage of unexcelled Tantra as presented by the founding fathers of the Geluk school and unpacks the contents of The Essence of the Ocean of Attainments for readers. The translation features both explanatory annotations for practitioners and ample references for scholars.

book information
  • ebook
  • 268 pages
  • $19.99
  • ISBN 9781614295068
  • Hardcover
  • 268 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $44.95
  • ISBN 9781614294825
about the author
The Essence of the Ocean of Attainments

Yael Bentor received her PhD in Tibetan Studies from Indiana University in 1991. Since then has been teaching Classical Tibetan language as well as classes on Tibetan Buddhism and culture, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among her publications are: Consecration of Images and Stūpas in Indo-Tibetan Tantric Buddhism (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1996); A Classical Tibetan Reader: Excerpts from Renowned Works with Custom Glossaries (Wisdom Publication), The Essence of the Ocean of Attainments: Explanation of the Creation Stage of the Guhyasamāja, King of All Tantras, by the First Panchen Rinpoche, Blo-bzang-chos-kyi-rgyal-mtshan, translated with Penpa Dorjee (New York: The American Institute of Buddhist Studies at Columbia University in New York with Columbia University’s Center for Buddhist Studies and Tibet House US).

Other books by Yael Bentor:
A Classical Tibetan Reader

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