Hermit of Go Cliffs

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“A masterly and evocative translation.”—The Tibet Journal


Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic

Cyrus Stearns

The great Tibetan meditation master Gyalwa Godrakpa (1170-1249) practiced and taught a nonsectarian approach to realization. Hermit of Go Cliffs is the first English translation of The Collected Songs of Godrakpa, presented here with the original Tibetan text and with Cyrus Stearns’ comprehensive introduction to Godrakpa’s life, legacy, and poetry.

Like the songs of Tibet’s great saint Milarepa, Godrakpas songs are uniquely beautiful and accessible: sometimes stern and sharp, sometimes lyrical and filled with allusions to the natural world. These songs express what Godrakpa emphasized in his life—a no-nonsense approach to the practice of meditation.

Read Gyalwa Godrakpa’s biography at the Treasury of Lives.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 224 pages, 6.50 x 9.25 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9780861711642
about the author
Hermit of Go Cliffs

Cyrus Stearns first began to study Buddhism with Dezhung Rinpoche (1906–87) in 1973. Since that time he has studied with and translated for many Tibetan teachers, especially Dezhung Rinpoche and Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. Cyrus has a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Washington and lived for about eight years in Nepal, India, and Southeast Asia. Among his other publications are The Buddha from Dolpo, Hermit of Go Cliffs, and Luminous Lives. Cyrus has three daughters and lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.

Other books by Cyrus Stearns:
Ornament to Beautify the Three Appearances
The Preliminary and Main Practices of the Sakya Lamdré Tradition
Luminous Lives
Taking the Result as the Path
Song of the Road

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