BOOK PUBLICATIONS: ‘TARANATHA’S COMMENTARY ON THE HEART SUTRA’ and ‘THE CHARIOT THAT TRANSPORTS TO THE KINGDOM OF THE FOUR KAYAS (KALACAKRA PRELIMINARIES)

It is great that people wish to read, publish and share these Dharma books, however it has come to my attention that some online booksellers/distributors have been selling these two books without permission, for three to four times the actual retail price.

I make zero profit from these books and agreed that any royalties from sales go to the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, India. I did not set the original price of the books either. Although it is good they want to make the Dharma available, I wrote to the online booksellers a couple of times to request not to sell them at such a high price, but did not get any reply. 

The official online distributor for LTWA books is Peljor Publications (https://tibetanlibrary.org/sales-catalogue/), you can contact them directly or myself at Dakini Translations if you want to purchase copies.  In any case, I will make second editions of both books in the future and publish under Dakini Publications. Apologies to anyone who has overpaid for them.

In the meantime, here are some links to articles and downloads on the topic of Shentong/Empty-of Other and Kālacakra that are freely available to all. In my view, Dharma texts should be freely available to all whenever possible, or at minimum cost! 🙏😁

Details about both books can be read below the photos here:

Tāranātha’s Commentary on the Heart Sūtra . Translated and edited by Adele Tomlin. Published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 2017.

A detailed study, translation and commentary on the Heart Sūtra written by Tāranātha (1575–1634), with extensive annotations from his longer commentary on the Sutra, The Previously Non-Existent Explanation of the Heart Sutra (shes rab snying po’i ‘grel ba sngon med legs bshad).

Tāranātha is widely considered to be one of the most remarkable Buddhist scholars, translators and practitioners from Tibet. In his commentary, Tāranātha succinctly distils his vast studies of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist thought on prajñāpāramitā and Buddha-Nature with the philosophical view of ‘Empty-of-Other’. The leitmotif of the text is Tāranātha’s five-fold assertion that the Sūtra ‘clearly teaches the Empty-of-Other Great Madhyamaka’. For Tāranātha, this confirms that ‘the intention of all three Turnings is the Empty-of-Other Great Madhyamaka’.

Tāranātha’s explanation is a valuable addition to the corpus of (Indian and Tibetan) translated commentaries on the Heart Sūtra. As a concise distillation of the Jonang view of Empty-of-Other and its connection to prajñāpāramitā, it provides the reader with a reasoned analysis as to why prajñāpāramitā involves not only ‘seeing’ that all phenomena are empty of intrinsic existence, but also realizing, via primordial awareness, that the ultimate nature is ‘unchanging’ and ‘permanent’, going beyond ‘impermanent’ conditioning, duality and mental elaborations.

In his foreword to the book, Prof. Matthew Kapstein (University of Chicago, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris) states it is:

‘…is a valuable service to Tibetan Buddhist Studies. Her work, originally written as her M.A thesis, is clear and precise throughout, well-exemplifying the distinguished tradition of research on Buddhism at the University of Hamburg…..Ms Tomlin’s study may be recommended as a particularly attractive and accessible introduction to the Jonangpa’s distinctive doctrinal perspective.’

A public lecture on this book and text was given by Adele Tomlin at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in October 2018 and is available to listen on the RYI website here. There is a short introduction by Dr. Diane Denis who explains how the Zhentong view is often not represented, or misrepresented, in scholarly research, and the actual talk starts at 1.14 mins in: https://soundcloud.com/rangjung-yeshe-institute/adele-tomlin-taranathas-commentary-on-the-heart-sutra

The Chariot that Transports to the Kingdom of the Four Kayas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso (tr. Adele Tomlin, LTWA 2019)

The Chariot that Transports to the Kingdom of the Four Kāyas by Bamda Gelek Gyamtso. Translated and edited by Adele Tomlin. Published by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, 2019.

The foreword for this book was provided by Dr. Cyrus Stearns, an eminent Tibetan Buddhist scholar and translator, and expert on the life, philosophy and history of Jonang masters, particularly that of Kunkhyen Dolpopa, one of the main founders and lineage holders of Jonang.

Stearns explained to me that he had previously done a draft translation of another root text ‘Seeing the Meaningful’, by Taranatha from teachings he had received on the Kālacakra Preliminaries and Six Yogas in the late 1980s. He stated that was was able to study that text in Nepal with his teacher, Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, and translated it orally three times when he taught the entire work in Nepal, Borneo, and the U.S. He explained that text, and the One Hundred Blazing Lights supplementary commentary, ‘are two of the most amazing works I’ve ever studied’. Stearns says in his foreword of this book publication that:

“…students who wish to practice these profound instructions finally have a reliable source in English. Felipe Zabala’s graphic illustrations of the Kālacakra worldy cosmos are also a beautiful addition to the work. Adele Tomlin’s fine translation of Bamda Gelek’s work will be of great benefit to anyone who studies and practises these teachings.”

For more details see: NEW PUBLICATION: The Chariot that Transports One to the Four Kāyas by Bamda Gelek Gyatso: the Common Preliminaries of Kālacakra

Empty-of-Other view

For more on the Shentong/Empty-of-Other view, see :

NEW TRANSLATION: “Condensed Essence of Empty-of-Other” by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

On the meaning and translation of ‘Shentong’ – a modern debate?

The 8th Tai Situpa, Tāranātha, Shentong and the Golden Stupa at Sherab Ling

New Translations in Remembrance of Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche – Shentong yogi-scholar

Letter of thanks from the Office of HH Dalai Lama regarding translation of his Shentong and Jonang teachings

The Shentong View of Emptiness – A Short Introduction and Reader

Kālacakra
Texts and Translations
Research Posts

General

The ‘vajra descent’ and ‘authentic completion stage’: the 8th Karmapa and Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘vajra’ and ‘non-conceptual primordial awareness’

Ultimate ‘ecstatic union’ the meaning and role of ‘erotic bliss’ in tantra and Kālacakra

Machig Jobum: Female mahasiddha and lineage holder of Dro Kālacakra

A Hundred Blazing Lights: Tāranātha on the meaning of ‘profound’ and ‘exceptional devotion’; in the ‘profound path of vajra-yogas

Love is the water of compassion’ Tāranātha on the four immeasurables in A Hundred Blazing Lights

The meaning of ‘innate’ (lhan skyes) in generation stage Kālacakra

The Seventeen Lineages of the Kālacakra Six Vajra-Yogas

Colour and scale images of the Kālacakra Worldly Cosmos according to Jetsun Tāranātha and Bamda Gelek Gyatso

Visiting Vikramashila-Bihar, Nepal: the forgotten and neglected Kālacakra pilgrimage site of Kālacakra lineage holder and Indian master, Vibhūticandra

Vanaratna, the Six Yogas of Kālacakra and the Śāntapurī Vihāra, Swayambhūnath

A memoriam and tribute to Kālacakra scholar, translator and calendar expert: Edward Henning (1949-2016)

Kālacakra as the ‘ultimate pinnacle’ of all the tantras: Jetsun Tāranātha and 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje

HH the 14th Dalai Lama on the Jonang Kalacakra Six Yogas and Shentong’ English translation

Letter of thanks from the Office of HH Dalai Lama regarding translation of his Shentong and Jonang teachings

Sakya

Sakya and Kālacakra: the Galo, Śākyaśrī and Vajrayogini lineages and contemporary master, Chogye Rinpoche

Nyingma

The Nyingma Lineage and Kālacakra

JJamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Tāranātha and Nyingma lineage texts on Kālacakra

Karma Kagyu

The Karmapas and Kālacakra

The ‘nature’ and ‘meaning’ of mantra, tantra and the ten-syllables in Kālacakra by Jamgon Kongtrul

Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899) and Kālacakra, PLUS new english language translation of Kongtrul’s ‘Innate Kālacakra’ text

Kālacakra and the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul: record of an empowerment and teaching

HE 12th Gyaltsab Rinpoche: ‘Liberating All by Knowing One’ and Kalacakra

Murder plots, omens, black magic and Kālacakra: Tantric hero Jamgon Kongtrul’s dangerous first trip to Jonang monastery

Part I: The Dagpo Kagyu lineage holders of Dro/Jonang Kālacakra

Part Two: Kagyu masters of the Jamgon Kongtrul lineage of Dro/Jonang Kālacakra

The Karma Kagyu and Kālacakra: ‘forgotten lineages and texts’: Tsami and Rechungpa

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