Essentials of Mahamudra - Praise

Looking Directly at the Mind

“Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche [is] one of the foremost mahamudra teachers. ‘It [mahamudra meditation] is peaceful and gentle,’ he writes in Essentials of Mahamudra. The book is based on Tashi Namgyal’s ‘Moonlight of Mahamudra,’ a sixteenth-century text that lays out the rationale behind the mahamudra practices, along with detailed instructions, including how to continue practicing off the cushion. Essentials contains answers to students' questions—helpful to practitioners at any level.”—Tricycle

“What makes Rinpoche’s work distinctive is the clarity and vividness of his religious thought.”—Library Journal

“Makes the practice of mahamudra, one of the most advanced forms of meditation, easily acessible to Westerners’ everyday lives. A wonderful way of bringing us to the path.”—Mandala

“Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is one of the few remaining living Tibetan Buddhist teachers who was born in a free Tibet. Between 1990 and 1995, he conducted five retreats at Big Bear Lake, California. His talks there have been edited into Essentials of Mahamudra. During these talks, Rinpoche presented a comprehensive introduction to the mahamudra path. Similar to the practice of Dzogchen, mahamudra is a direct and powerful practice. There are two central meditative practices: peaceful abiding, shamatha, and insight, vipashyana. This work discusses these two corrollary meditative approaches in great detail, moving back and forth between the two. As always, Rinpoche’s instructions are beautifully [clear].”—Ashé Journal

“A comprehensive overview. Invaluable.”—Shambhala Sun