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Spacious Path to Freedom (old edition): practical instructions on the Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga
This manual of Tibetan meditation simply and thoroughly presents the profound Dzogchen and Mahamudra systems of practice.
Karma Chagme sets forth the stages of meditation practice, including the cultivation of meditative quiescence and insight, the experiential identification of awareness, and the highest steps of Mahamudra and Atiyoga leading to perfect enlightenment in one lifetime. Drawing from his enormous textual erudition and mastery of Tibetan oral traditions, he shows how these two meditative systems can be unified into a single, integrated approach to realizing the ultimate nature of consciousness. Karma Chagme was a major lineage-holder of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and his writings have also become central to the Payul Nyingma order, making him an ideal figure to integrate two of the great meditation systems of Tibet: Mahamudra and Atiyoga.
Born in 1925 and recognized as a tulku of the great Payul contemplative Sampa Kunkyap, Gyatrul Rinpoche was educated in Payul Dhomang Monastery in eastern Tibet. Trained by such renowned adepts as Sangye Gon, Tulku Natsok Rangdrol, Payul Chogtrul Rinpoche, and Apkong Khenpo, he spent much of his life in Tibet in meditative retreat. Since the early 1970s, Gyatrul Rinpoche has taught thousands of students in North America, where he has established several centers for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism. Drawing on his extensive experience in traditional Tibet and the modern West, he is an ideal teacher to bring these profound teachings to contemporary students of Tibetan Buddhist meditation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
B. Alan Wallace, a Buddhist monk for fourteen years, has authored, translated, edited, and contributed to more than forty books on Tibetan Buddhism, science, and culture, including Mind in the Balance. He is the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies.
Preface by Sangye Khandro 7
Translator's Note 13
1 A Treasury of Oral Transmissions 15
2 The Stage of Generation 39
3 The Cultivation of Quiescence 63
4 The Cultivation of Insight 85
5 Identification 103
6 Practice 125
7 Mahamudra 149
8 Atiyoga 171
9 Sealing with the Dedication 191
Glossary of Terms 219
Glossary of Names 221
Index of Texts Cited by the Author 225
General Index 239