It was the Buddhist nun and travel writer Alexandra David-Néel (1868–1969) who brought the manuscript “Illuminator, a Light of Gnosis – The Great Commentary on The Single Intention” by Dorje Sherab from Asia to France. The German foundation Garchen Stiftung reproduced the precious manuscript in its original size and colors. Thus the work is available to an audience of traditional and western experts as well as students of the Tibetan language.
In 1992 the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage and festival of the Great Transference at Drikung was revived after a gap of thirty-six years. This would prove to be the only renewal of its traditional performance ...
Matthew T. Kapstein, whose study of the event is reproduced here for the first time with color photographic documentation, is the author of many works on Buddhism and Tibetan history, including The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism and The Tibetans. He is Director of Tibetan Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Chicago.
96 pp. with 43 color photographs
The "Gongchig," by Jigten Sumgon (1143 - 1217) is regarded by practitioners as their tradition's most important and at the same time most difficult text. The Eighth Karmapa even went so far as to praise it as the "Doctrine of the Kaygupas," and many westerners with an interest in these teachings have been waiting for years for a translation. Now, for the first time, the Drikung Kagyu Institute's translator training program has made available a German and English-language translation of the root text and Chokyi Dragpa's (1595 - 1659) precise commentary. This edition also renders the texts accessible to readers with little background in Buddhist philosophy. All of the Tibetan source texts are included as well.
Otter Verlag ISBN 978-3-933529-28-2
In his work Engaging by Stages in the Teachings of the Buddha, the great Tibetan master Phagmodrupa (1110-1170) sets out the Buddhist path with the utmost clarity. For the first time, this seminal treatise is now available in English. Phagmodrupa illustrates the sequential stages of entering the Buddhist path: placing trust in the spiritual tutor, taking refuge, meditating upon love and compassion, and attaining the three bodies of the Buddha. A biography of Phagmodrupa, also contained herein, provides insight into the life and work of this important master.
Otter Verlag ISBN 978-3-933529-21-3