Sounds of Innate Freedom, Vol. 2

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“I am delighted by the publication of this thoughtfully compiled collection of classic mahāmudrā literature. It is wonderful that these ancient songs of realization, in all their profundity and beauty, are now accessible to modern English readers everywhere.”—His Eminence the Twelfth Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche

“The Seventh Karmapa’s six-volume compilation of Indian texts on mahāmudrā is now being translated into English by Karl Brunnhölzl under the title The Sounds of Innate Freedom. This second volume of the set largely consists of “The Sixfold Pith Cycle" (crucial works by six great Indian siddhas) and Maitrīpa’s “Twenty-five Dharmas of Mental Nonengagement.” Karl Brunnhölzl is an exceptional translator of Buddhist texts from Sanskrit and Tibetan. No one is better suited to translate these profound and challenging works. With an illuminating introduction and detailed annotations, these translations will surely become the definitive versions for students of mahāmudrā. These are books that will last.”—Cyrus Stearns, translator and author


The Indian Texts of Mahāmudrā, Volume 2

Karl Brunnhölzl

The second volume in a historic six-volume series containing many of the first English translations of the classic mahāmudrā literature compiled by the Seventh Karmapa.

Sounds of Innate Freedom: The Indian Texts of Mahāmudrā are historic volumes containing many of the first English translations of the classic mahāmudrā literature. The texts and songs in these volumes constitute the large compendium called The Indian Texts of the Mahāmudrā of Definitive Meaning, compiled by the Seventh Karmapa Chötra Gyatso (1456–1539). Translated, introduced, and annotated by Karl Brunnhölzl, acclaimed senior teacher at the Nalandabodhi community of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, the collection offers a brilliant window into the richness of the vast ocean of Indian mahāmudrā texts cherished in all Tibetan lineages, particularly in the Kagyü tradition, giving us a clear view of the sources of one of the world’s great contemplative traditions.

This volume 2 (thirty-four texts) contains two long-established sets of Mahāmudrā works: “The Sixfold Pith Cycle” and short texts of Maitrīpa’s “Twenty-Five Dharmas of Mental Nonengagement,” which present a blend of Madhyamaka, Mahāmudrā, and certain tantric principles, as well as two commentaries by Maitrīpa’s students. The vital focus of this volume is the accomplishment of true reality.

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book information
  • Hardcover
  • 1112 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $79.95
  • ISBN 9781614297093
  • ebook
  • 1112 pages
  • $53.99
  • ISBN 9781614297147
about the author
Sounds of Innate Freedom, Vol. 2

Karl Brunnhölzl, MD, PhD, was originally trained as a physician. He received his systematic training in Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy and practice at the Marpa Institute for Translators, founded by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, as well as the Nitartha Institute, founded by Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche. Since 1989 he has been a translator and interpreter of Tibetan and English. Karl Brunnhölzl is a senior teacher and translator in the Nalandabodhi community of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, as well as at Nitartha Institute. Living in Seattle, he is the author and translator of numerous texts. Currently, he is working on the Seventh Karmapa’s compilation of Indian Mahamudra works.

Other books by Karl Brunnhölzl:
Sounds of Innate Freedom, Vol. 3
Sounds of Innate Freedom, Vol. 4
Milarepa’s Kungfu
Sounds of Innate Freedom, Vol. 5
Luminous Melodies
A Lullaby to Awaken the Heart

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