Meditations to Transform the Mind

Meditations to Transform the Mind

Meditations to Transform the Mind

Meditations to Transform the Mind

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This extraordinary body of writings by the Seventh Dalai Lama is my personal favorite of all the Dalai Lama literature. Known in Tibetan as Songs and Advice for Spiritual Change, most of the entries in the collection were written by the Seventh for various of his disciples, although several are spontaneous compositions. The works were compiled and published shortly after his death in 1757. Since then, the volume has stood as a classic of Asian literature and is an enduring favorite with Tibetans.

I first encountered these mystical verse works when the present Dalai Lama read several of them following a teaching he gave in 1975. The next year, one of my gurus, His Eminence Ven. Doboom Tulku, presented me with a copy of the entire collection and suggested that I translate it into English. I quickly took up the effort, working with numerous Tibetan monks and lamas. Lobsang Norbu of the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Varanasi, was with me on the project from beginning to end, helping not only with my first reading of the text but also with the commentaries I received from various lamas. Geshey Lobsang Tenpa of Ganden Shartsey provided explanations of the entire work, and later I reread "Song of the Immaculate Path" with Geshey Sonam Rinchen of Sera Monastery and "Meditations on the Ways of Impermanence" with Chomdzey Tashi Wangyal of Drepung Loseling. Also, I had the privilege of checking all difficult passages with Kyabjey Ling Rinpochey, the late senior tutor to H.H. the Dalai Lama; Kyabjey Rinpochey also provided me with a foreword.

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