Vivid Awareness

The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar

By Khenchen Thrangu; David Karma Choephel (Editor); David Karma Choephel (Translator)
(Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 9781590308165, 242pp.)

Publication Date: January 11, 2011

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In the summer of 1957, the revered Buddhist teacher and scholar Khenpo Gangshar foresaw the difficulties that would soon fall upon Tibet and began teaching in a startling new way that enabled all those who heard him to use the coming difficulties as the path of Dharma practice. The teaching consisted of the essential points of mahamudra and dzogchen, both view and practice, presented in a way that made them easy for anyone to use, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was one of the grateful recipients of these teachings, which he regards as among the most important he has ever been given. He transmits them here, for the benefit of all of us who strive to practice in challenging times. They include contemplations on the ephemeral nature of both joy and suffering, meditations for resting the mind, and guidance for cultivating equanimity in any situation.




About the Author
Khenchen Thrangu is one of the foremost teachers of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is the tutor of the Seventeenth Karmapa. He is the former abbot of Rumtek Monastery in India and currently serves as abbot of Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia, Canada.

David Karma Choephel studied Buddhist philosophy at the Varja Vidya Institute in Namo Buddha, Nepal, and Sarnath, India. He currently serves as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's main English-language translator, and also translates for the Gyalwang Karmapa and the Kagyu Monlam. His published translations include Ngondro for Our Current Day by the Gyalwang Karmapa and Heart of the Dharma by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, both published by KTD Publications, and Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar by Thrangu Rinpoche, published by Shambhala Publications.

David Karma Choephel studied Buddhist philosophy at the Varja Vidya Institute in Namo Buddha, Nepal, and Sarnath, India. He currently serves as Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's main English-language translator, and also translates for the Gyalwang Karmapa and the Kagyu Monlam. His published translations include Ngondro for Our Current Day by the Gyalwang Karmapa and Heart of the Dharma by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, both published by KTD Publications, and Vivid Awareness: The Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar by Thrangu Rinpoche, published by Shambhala Publications.
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