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Mahamudra: The Ocean of Definitive Meaning

by the 9th Karmapa, Wangchuk Dorje

Nitartha 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 Ponlop Rinpoche.

The 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. 

Important: purchase 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 Orders.

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.

Ordering the Book
Mahamudra: The Ocean of Definitive Meaning may be purchased by those who meet the restrictions set forth by the lineage masters. For information on ordering the book, click here.

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