Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma, Vol. 1

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Author : Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Binding : Paperback

Size : 8.9 x 6

Language : English

Pages : 395

Publisher : KTD Publications

Year of Publication : 2005

Volume One is an excellent resource on the Four Thoughts that turn the mind to the Dharma and the Mahamudra preliminaries (ngondro). These extensive and beautiful teachings include how to apply these and other practices in order to benefit others. Although the emphasis is on the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages, all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism are included.

Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma includes the text as taught by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) from 1999 to 2003, with translations by Lama Yeshe Gyamtso and Chojor Radha. His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa (Rangjung Rikpe Dorje, 1923-1981) asked that Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche present Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma to Western students. In accordance with this wish, Khenpo Rinpoche began teaching this text in 1999 at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, the North American seat of His Holiness, located in Woodstock, New York. The original text by Karma Chakme Rinpoche was written in 1659. Due to the length of the text and commentary, Khenpo Rinpoche's commentary on Mountain Dharma includes in five volumes, with a separate volume for the Tibetan text. Rinpoche omitted chapters that he considered restricted; these restricted or secret parts will be taught and published separately at Karma Ling Retreat Center for use by qualified students. This work makes the entire contents of Karma Chakme's Mountain Dharma available in English for the first time.


Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche was born in Rabshu in the province of Kham in eastern Tibet. He was born at sunrise on Mahakala Day, the twenty-ninth day of the second month in the Year of the Wood Mouse, 1924. On this day, very early in the morning, Rinpoche's mother went to fetch water from the stream, carrying the full vessel of water home. Rinpoche was then born with no pain to his mother.

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