Wisdom ECCENTRICS

Ngakpa Chögyam

A rare account of remarkable Lamas in the final years of a lost era. The author finds himself the first Western disciple of Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche, a highly reclusive master known for mercurial wrath and facility with Dzogchen. The author receives direct introduction to the nature of Mind through ruthless interrogation on the meaning of stories from the lives of Lineage Lamas. Later, during a 13-year separation from his Lama, the author studies with Chhi’med Rig’dzin Rinpoche, giving rise to further stories of startling scenarios. The account is genuinely heartwarming, hilarious and humane whilst retaining its power as an alarmingly insightful odyssey into the world of Vajrayana Buddhism and the transformative relationship between Lama and disciple.

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Entering the heart of the sun & moon

Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen

The authors explore vajra-romance as the living application and dynamism of the Nyi-da Mélong – a Dzogchen tantra from the cycle of visionary teachings of the enigmatic Nyingma ‘treasure discoverer’ Khyungchen Aro Lingma. The Nyi-da Mélong opens the door to those who are inspired to integrate every aspect of human life with spiritual practice and puts to rest the myth that celibacy holds any demonstrable spiritual advantage. Sexuality is portrayed as the pervasive stratum of the senses and sense-fields – and as such, the lifeblood of the creative arts. Although this teaching is common, in its essential form, to all Vajrayana traditions, it has never before been extrapolated in such detail with regard to how it is lived within romantic relationships. Here we find a vivid presentation of the practice of the Nyida Mélong, characteristic of the milieu of the mahasiddhas. The authors discuss in profound depth the spiritual vivacity of falling in love, perceptual intimacy, vajra-romance, non-dual passion, liberated lust, and the poignant possibility of remaining in love forever.

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E-mailing the Lamas from Afar

Heart Advice from Two Buddhist Teachers to their Students

Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen

Two contemporary teachers reply to the e-mail questions of their students, questions which concern the full range of the students’ lives, from the fine points of Buddhist teachings to the nitty-gritty details of relationship, work, family life, and interpersonal conflict. They demonstrate, through concrete examples, the unconditional applicability of Vajrayana Buddhist teachings and practice to all realms of experience. This book carries into the 21st century the teachings of an ancient spiritual tradition—non-monastic Vajrayana Buddhism, the vehicle of transformation and of direct essential understanding of the nature of mind, within the activities and circumstances of ordinary human life.

$21.00     order

Roaring Silence

Discovering the Mind of Dzogchen

Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen

According to the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition, Dzogchen is the direct experience of enlightenment. In Roaring Silence, Vajrayana teachers Ngakpa Chögyam and Khandro Déchen walk the reader through the meditation techniques that enable us to side-step the bureaucracy of intellectual processes and experience ourselves directly—to discover this direct experience of enlightenment that is the mind of Dzogchen. Surprisingly, the approach is very pragmatic. Offering an investigation of the necessary steps, the authors begin with how to prepare for the journey: the Lama is essential; as are a sense of humor, inspiration, and determination. They continue by describing the path of Dzogchen from sitting meditation to the direct perception of reality. Published by Shambhala Publications.

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Spectrum of Ecstasy

Embracing the Five Wisdom Emotions of Vajrayana Buddhism

Ngakpa Chögyam with Khandro Déchen

Ngakpa Chögyam (Ngakchang Rinpoche) and Khandro Déchen explore what it means to be utterly emotionally alive. Written in contemporary, nonacademic language, this book is a radical challenge to the misconception that inner Vajrayana is primarily an esoteric system of ritual and liturgy. The authors teach that emotions can be embraced as a rich and profound opportunity for realisation. This fiercely compassionate battle cry rallies all who are audacious enough to appreciate emotions for their supreme potential as vehicles for awakening. Published by Shambhala Publications.

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Wearing the Body of Visions

Ngakpa Chögyam

Ngakchang Rinpoches third book describes the practice of Vajrayana in creative contemporary language. It is a direct revelation of the visionary transformation from the radical perspective of Dzogchen. Ngakchang Rinpoche illuminates the practice of visualisation (envisionment); the three spheres of being; and the dance of spacious passion and passionate space. He explores the dramatic paradigm of vajra relationship with the Lama and the vibrant nature of transmission and empowerment.

$20.00     order

Spacious Passion

Ngakma Nordzin

A Buddhist book exploring the sutric teaching of ‘The Four Thoughts that turn the Mind to Practice’ as vividly relevant to our everyday lives: the extraordinarily precious opportunity to live as an honourable human being; the experience of impermanence that pervades our existence as an opportunity to awaken; the emotional and psychological patterning which dominates our lives (karma); and the seemingly endless cycle of dissatisfaction in which we imprison ourselves. Each chapter ends with a series of questions and answers which are both pragmatic and inspirational.

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Dangerous Friend

The Teacher-Student Relationship in Vajrayana Buddhism

Ngala Rigdzin Dorje

Although Tibetan Buddhism continues to grow in popularity, the crucial relationship between teacher and student remains largely misunderstood. Dangerous Friend offers an in-depth exploration of this mysterious and complex bond, a relationship of paramount importance in Tibetan Buddhist practice. According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the student must have complete trust in the teacher (the ‘dangerous friend’) if he or she is to achieve any understanding. It is the teachers responsibility to uphold the integrity of the tradition, the basis of which is compassion for all beings, by transmitting it properly to an appropriate student. Likewise, it is the students responsibility to meet the challenge of carrying on the lineage of teachings. By entering such a relationship, both teacher and student accept the burden of protecting those teachings by understanding them completely and correctly, by practising them fully and faultlessly, and by transmitting them without omission. Published by Shambhala Publications.

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