The Ocean of Definitive Meaning
by the 9th Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje
is extremely pleased to present the publication of
Mahamudra: The Ocean of Definitive Meaning (Ngedon Gyamtso),
a translation into English by Elizabeth Callahan. Released
in May 2001, this is a beautifully bound hardcover edition
of 550 pages, meticulously translated and annotated according to
teachings from Khenchen Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and The Dzogchen
full title of the book is The Profound Instructions on the Definitive
Meaning, Mahamudra, Connate Union: The Radiant Activity of the Essence
of the Ocean of Definitive Meaning. It is a revered text in
the Kagyu tradition, which had until now been taught to mahamudra
students but not fully translated into English.
The book is graced by a forward from H. H. Karmapa Ugyen Trinley
Dorje; an open letter by H. E. Tai Situ Rinpoche; an extensive and
ground-breaking introduction on mahamudra by the Dzogchen Ponlop
Rinpoche; a translator's preface; three appendices; three glossaries;
endnotes; and two indices.
The publication of the English translation is a product of some
six years of work of Nitartha under the direction of Khenchen Tsultrim
Gyamtso Rinpoche and The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who worked closely
with Elizabeth Callahan to translate the book.
of the text is restricted to certain persons who have permission
from their teachers to read the book, or have met certain mahamudra
qualifications. As The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche says in his Introduction
to the text: "All readers should closely heed and respect the
restrictions on using this instruction treatise set forth by the
author, the ninth Gyalwang Karmapa, and other living lineage masters."
For more information, see Mahamudra
Table of Contents
The table of contents reprinted from the book may be viewed at this website.
Excerpt from the Text
An excerpt from the text by the Ninth Gyalwang Karmapa, on the definition of mahamudra.
Excerpt from the Introduction by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
The introduction written by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche is
one of the most incisive expositions written in English by a mahamudra lineage master. The introduction also provides a detailed overview of the book, within the living tradition of the mahamudra lineage.
The Ocean of Definitive Meaning may be purchased by those who
meet the restrictions set forth by the lineage masters. For
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