The Lion’s Roar of a Yogi-Poet

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The Great Song of Experience is delivered straight from the heart of the great Sakya forebear Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen. Expressing his innermost, inexpressible experience in a loud and clear manner with striking and courageous words, it is like a fearless lion’s roar. Being a poet, the author sings his song in beautiful expressions that touch the heart. Being a yogi, his words are not only poetically refined but transmit mind’s ultimate reality—the Buddha within. Thus, this masterpiece of timeless wisdom, skillfully enhanced by Khenpo Migmar Tseten’s contemporary commentary, is a treasure to be kept close to every practitioner’s heart.” —Karl Brunnhölzl, author and translator, Sounds of Innate Freedom: The Indian Texts of Mahāmudrā

"The Lion’s Roar of a Yogi-Poet includes Khenpo Migmar Tseten’s discourse on The Great Song of Experience by Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen alongside a complete translation of the doha as well as The Praise to Jetsun Rinpoche by Sakya Pandita. Jetsun Rinpoche shares his experiences of view, meditation, conduct, and result with their deviations to help yogis practice more holy Dharma and abandon the eight worldly dharmas. Khenpo elucidates Jetsun Rinpoche’s yogic teachings and practices for contemporary practitioners.” —His Eminence Thartse Kunga Rinpoche


The Great Song of Experience of Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen

Lama Migmar Tseten

An exultant song of realization by one of Tibet’s greatest yogis, explained and elaborated upon by a beloved contemporary Tibetan teacher.

Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen (1147–1216)—revered as one of Tibet’s greatest yogis and one of the founding figures of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism—composed his Great Song of Experience as a way to distill and communicate the essence of the Buddhist path to enlightenment. Shimmering with double meanings, seeming tautologies, and ribald references, Dragpa Gyalsten’s verses resound with insights thrown out like bolts of lightning: “When mind itself is comprehended, that is Buddha; do not seek elsewhere for the Buddha!”

Beloved teacher Lama Migmar Tseten’s newly updated translation of Dragpa Gyeltsen’s Great Song brings these verses to life with a clarity and immediacy that belies the underlying challenge that these verses pose to our ordinary ways of thinking and being.

In his extensive verse-by-verse commentary, Lama Migmar unravels Dragpa Gyaltsen’s terse, enigmatic verses with clarity and humor, bringing Rinpoche’s ecstatic realization and pointed insights into conversation with twenty-first-century concerns, showing how the experiential teachings of a twelfth-century Tibetan yogi can help us understand and counteract the modern pressures of wanton consumerism, greed and inequality, isolation and loneliness, and environmental degradation. Lama Migmar’s insightful commentary opens the door to the radical vision presented by Dragpa Gyalsten’s poetic teachings, showing us a view of the mind without center or limits, as bright as the sun, and clear and open as space.

In addition to Lama Migmar’s extensive verse-by-verse commentary, the book includes facing-page English and Tibetan editions of the root text of Great Song of Experience, and the laudatory poem Praise to Jetsun Rinpoche Dragpa Gyaltsen by Dragpa Gyaltsen’s nephew and student, the great Sakya Paṇḍita (1182–1251).

book information
  • Paperback
  • 408 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $24.95
  • ISBN 9781614298960
  • ebook
  • 408 pages
  • $17.99
  • ISBN 9781614299097
about the author
The Lion’s Roar of a Yogi-Poet

Lama Migmar Tseten has served as Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University since 1997. He received both a traditional and a contemporary education in India, graduating from the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies at Sanskrit University in Varanasi. He served as the head of the Sakya Center in Rajpur, India, and the Sakya Monastery in Puruwalla. Lama Migmar has supervised the editing and publication of more than fifty rare volumes of Sakya literature and is the author of many books, including Awakening to the Noble TruthWisdom Gone Beyond, The Tibetan Book of Awakening, Play of Mahamudra, and Reality and Wisdom. As the founder of the Sakya Institute for Buddhist Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Lama Migmar leads retreats throughout North America and Europe.

Other books by Lama Migmar Tseten:
Reality and Wisdom
The Play of Mahamudra

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