Deity Yoga : In Action and Performance Tantra
Author : H.H. the Dalai Lama, Tsong-ka-pa and Jeffrey Hopkins
Binding : Paperback
Size : 8.6 x 5.6
Language : English
Pages : 274
Publisher : Snow Lion Publications
Year of Publication : 1987
Deity Yoga describes the profound process of meditation in Action and Performance Tantras. It is an invaluable book for anyone who is practicing or is interested in Buddhist Tantra.
The book is comprised of three parts:
1) Heart of Mantra by the Dalai Lama is a lucid exposition of the meditative rites of deity yoga--the distinctly tantric process in which yogis visualize themselves in the form of a Buddha's divine body as a manifestation of compassionate wisdom.
2) The Great Exposition of Secret Mantra--parts 2 and 3 by Tsong-ka-pa, details the practices of Action and Performance Tantras.Special deity yoga techniques for the development of the heart, mind and physical form of a Buddha are presented in a coherent series of yogic exercises. The mudras (hand gestures) that accompany the meditations are clearly illustrated.
3) Supplement by Jeffrey Hopkins outlines in detail the structure of Action Tantra practices as well as the need for the development of special yogic powers.
Part of the Wisdom of Tibet series This work forms the basis of higher tantric practices and explains the meditative rites of deity yoga. It is the sequel to Tantra in Tibet, and is part of the "Wisdom of Tibet" series, published under the auspices of the Dalai Lama, and is unique in that each volume has been specially chosen by His Holiness as revealing a true oral tradition. Volumes in the series thus far include The Buddhism of Tibet, Tantra in Tibet, and Deity Yoga.
Je Tsong-kha-pa (1357-1419) founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, was one of Tibet's greatest philosophers and a prolific writer. His most famous work The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, is a classic of Tibetan Buddhism.
H.H. the Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people and a Nobel Peace Laureate. He is a remarkable Buddhist teacher and scholar, versed in the teachings of all the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Books of His Holiness' teachings include The Art of Happiness; Kindness, Clarity and Insight; Healing Anger; Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great Perfection; and Stages of Meditation.
Jeffrey Hopkins is Professor Emeritus of Tibetan and Buddhist Studies at the University of Virginia. His more than twenty-five books include Emptiness in the Mind-Only School, Cultivating Compassion, and, as translator-editor, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's How to Practice.