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“Roger Jackson's Mind Seeing Mind is an outstanding achievement, vast in scope and profound in its engagement with Tibetan Buddhist contemplative and philosophical traditions. From the origins of the Mahāmudrā teaching in India, through its refinement and development among the Kagyü masters of Tibet, to its transmission to Jé Tsongkhapa and his Gelukpa successors down to the present day, Jackson guides the reader on a journey resembling the exploration of a great river from its turbulent headwaters to the spreading streams of its delta. Mind Seeing Mind is a model study of the historical and doctrinal literature of Buddhism in Tibet.” —Matthew T. Kapstein, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and the University of Chicago


Mahamudra and the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism

Roger Jackson

Winner of the 2020 Toshihide Numata Book Award in Buddhism.

A definitive study of one of the most important practice lineages in Tibetan Buddhism, with translations of its key texts.

Mahāmudrā, the “great seal,” refers to the ultimate nature of mind and reality, to a meditative practice for realizing that ultimate reality, and to the final fruition of buddhahood. It is especially prominent in the Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, so it sometimes comes as a surprise that mahāmudrā has played an important role in the Geluk school, where it is part of a special transmission received in a vision by the tradition’s founder, Tsongkhapa. Mahāmudrā is a significant component of Geluk ritual and meditative life, widely studied and taught by contemporary masters such as the Dalai Lama.

Roger Jackson’s Mind Seeing Mind offers us both a definitive scholarly study of the history, texts, and doctrines of Geluk mahāmudrā and masterful translations of its seminal texts. It provides a skillful survey of the Indian sources of the teaching, illuminates the place of mahāmudrā among Tibetan Buddhist schools, and details the history and major textual sources of Geluk mahāmudrā. Jackson also addresses critical questions, such as the relation between Geluk and Kagyü mahāmudrā, and places mahāmudrā in the context of contemporary religious studies. The translation portion of Mind Seeing Mind includes ten texts on mahāmudrā history, ritual, and practice.

Mind Seeing Mind adds considerably to our understanding of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality and shows how mahāmudrā came to be woven throughout the fabric of the Geluk tradition.

Learn more about the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 752 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $59.95
  • ISBN 9781614295778
  • ebook
  • 752 pages
  • $41.49
  • ISBN 9781614296010
about the author
Mind Seeing Mind

Roger R. Jackson is the author of the Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism series book Mind Seeing Mind. He is the John W. Nason Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Emeritus, at Carleton College in Minnesota and visiting  professor of Buddhist Studies at Maitripa College in Portland, OR. He has published many articles on the philosophy, ritual, meditative practices, and poetry of Indian, Tibetan Buddhism, and modern Buddhism, and has written or co-edited ten books, including Is Enlightenment Possible?Tibetan LiteratureBuddhist TheologyTantric TreasuresMind Seeing Mind: Mahāmudrā and the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhismand, most recently, Rebirth: A Guide to Mind, Karma, and Cosmos in the Buddhist World. He is a past editor of the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies and the Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies.

Other books by Roger Jackson:
The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems

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