Compiled & edited by Jampa Stewart Introduction by Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche
Compiled from numerous Tibetan and Bhutanese sources, including Longchenpa's autobiography, and stories of his previous lives and subsequent rebirths, The Life of Longchenpa weaves an inspiring tale of wonder and magic, of extraordinary visions and spiritual insight, set in the kingdoms of fourteenth-century Tibet and Bhutan. It also reveals for the first time fascinating details of his ten years of self-exile in Bhutan, stories that were unknown to his Tibetan biographers.
Renowned as a peerless teacher, practitioner, and scholar, Longchenpa (1308-1364) is widely recognized as one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters ever to live. Longchenpa thoroughly studied and mastered every one of the many Buddhist vehicles and lineages of teachings existing in Tibet at his time. He is particularly renowned for his systematizing the teachings of the Great Perfection or Dzogchen meditation tradition.
Through his radiant intellect and meditative accomplishment, in both his teachings and his over 300 written works, Longchenpa was able to reconcile the seeming discrepancies and contradictions between the various presentations of the view and the path within the many lineages of transmission. His written works are also famous for being able to transfer true blessings just by reading or hearing his enlightened words.
The book is also graced with many beautiful line drawings by renowned Tibetan Buddhist illustrators such as Robert Beer, Chris Banigan, Gomchen Oleshey, Glen Eddy, Ngak'Chang Rinpoche and Khandro Dechen. In addition, detailed footnotes help to expand upon and clarify the text, and an extensive glossary reveals in simple terms the inner meaning of the unique language of the Great Perfection tradition.
Praise for The Life of Longchenpa:
"Longchenpa is the Buddha of Tibet and my all-time spiritual hero. His teachings are the catalyst for the genuine inner awakening of countless women and men throughout the ages.
"I am delighted that Jampa Mackenzie Stewart has written a book on the life of Longchenpa with great care and devotion. May this book let many fall in love with the timeless wisdom of Longchenpa."
- Anam Thubten, author of The Magic of Awareness
"Jampa Stewart's elegant combination of poetic translation and scholarly research shows his deep affinity with the matchless master of the Great Perfection. May this book profoundly inspire thousands of people."
- Erik Pema Kunsang, translator of Wellsprings of the Great Perfection
"As he did previously for the great Kagyu lama Gampopa, Jampa Stewart presents here a detailed account of one of the most renowned masters of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. By skillfully weaving together material from a wide range of sources, Stewart gives his readers a vivid, inspiring and thoroughly fascinating account of the life and works of Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjampa, one of the world's towering spiritual figures."
- Jonathan Landaw, author of Images of Enlightenment and Prince Siddhartha.
"Jampa Mackenzie Stewart has thoughtfully offered English readers more insight into the life and times of one of the greatest omniscient masters to ever manifest in this world, Longchen Rabjam. We are grateful to Jampa for having a pure motivation to inform readers of the true facts about how a fully enlightened being is born in our world, lives to benefit others and departs from the corporeal body.
"Being able to read biographies of the lineage masters is a crucial part of any sincere practitioners development for without these examples and the inspiration derived from them, especially in these difficult times, it is next to impossible to overcome the strong negative influences that confront us daily. This book will serve as a constant inspiration and companion for countless readers. Thank you, Jampa, for this dharma offering."
- Lama Chonam and Sangye Khandro, translators of Yeshe Lama
"This is a work of true devotion to our gracious gurus. It is a joy to read an "outer" biography of a lama in traditional style when written in fine yet simple English prose. Now Longchenpa's life, lived in the cockpit of Tibetan existential aspiration at the high cultural moment, is fully revealed."
- Keith Dowman, translator of Maya Yoga
"Longchen Rabjam, his very name—meaning infinite, vast expanse—encapsulates the enlightened view that he challenges us to embody on the spiritual path. Should you want to enter the very heart of the unique wisdom tradition of Tibet, you need look no further than the life and teachings of this extraordinary 14th century Tibetan yogi-scholar."
-- Matteo Pistono, author of In the Shadow of the Buddha
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