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The Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje: Master of Mahamudra

The Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje: Master of Mahamudra

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Known for his mastery of teachings across sectarian lines, his treatises on medicine and astrology, and his work as spiritual advisor to the last Yuan emperor of China, Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339) is considered one of the most important and influential figures in Tibetan Buddhist history. First recognized as a tulku, or reincarnated Buddhist master, at the age of five, Rangjung Dorje became a major Kagyu lineage holder and instituted the Tibetan system of reincarnation-based inheritance that led to the formation of important lineages of tulkus such as the Dalai Lamas.

In this groundbreaking work, Ruth Gamble brings together her extensive research on Rangjung Dorje into a sweeping biography covering his life, legacy, and important selected writings. Included in her discussions are Rangjung Dorje’s synthesis of Dzogchen and Mahāmudrā in his writings, his devotion to spreading the teachings of buddha nature, and several works never before translated into English. As the most comprehensive work available on Rangjung Dorje, this book is an indispensable resource for scholars and Buddhist practitioners alike.

"The Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje was a truly special and exalted master. From his profound and arduous spiritual journey to his meditative and literary accomplishments, his is a story of liberation and compassion that is meaningful for us to explore. I am delighted by Ruth Gamble’s thoughtful and thorough treatment of Rangjung Dorje’s life and teachings, presented by way of her writing and translation. I hope this book will benefit and inspire all of those who wish to know more about Buddhism’s teachings of definitive meaning." —Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Mind Beyond Death and Emotional Rescue

AUTHOR: Ruth Gamble
PAGES: 296
SIZE: 5.5 X 8.5
ISBN: 9781611807080
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