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The Bodyless Dakini Dharma: The Dakini Hearing Lineage of the Kagyu

Texts of Indian masters, a major explanation by Padma Karpo, with translations and explanations by Tony Duff

TitleThe Bodyless Dakini Dharma: The Dakini Hearing Lineage of the Kagyu
Sub-titleThe original Vajra Verses, sadhana, and Padma Karpo’s Thorough Explanation
AuthorTony Duff
Details190 pages, 1 colour plate, 5.5" X 8.5", US$25, available on paper and in PDF e-book format
ISBNpaper book 978-9937-824-48-4, e-book 978-9937-572-16-3
TextsThree Tibetan texts in Tibetan script included
New, highly expanded second edition.  Published March, 2010

Synopsis / back cover text:
The hearing lineage Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini teachings were obtained in person by Tilopa when he stormed the palaces of Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi.  The teachings from Vajravarahi became known as the Bodyless Dakini teaching and were passed down through the Kayu lineage.  The Dakini Hearing lineage as it is called is one of the root teachings of the Kagyu.  It is a very important for Kagyu practitioners in general and especially for Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara practitioners.

This book is a major exposition of the Bodyless Dakini teaching.  A comprehensive introduction lays out the history of the teaching and its transmission, the principal figures involved, the texts of the system, and more.  The body of the book includes translations of the root texts of the system and a major exposition of the system by the fourth Drukchen, All-knowing Padma Karpo.

The book was compiled by Tony Duff, well known teacher and translator, and long time scholar-practitioner of Kagyu and Nyingma lineages.

Full explanation:
Two of the key teachings in the Kagyu system are the hearing lineage Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini teachings which Tailopa obtained in person by storming the palaces of Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi respectively.  The instructions received from Vajravarahi became known as the dharmakaya teaching of the Bodyless Dakini and the teachings were passed down in what is known as the Dakini Hearing Lineage.

The Dakini Hearing lineage is one of the root teachings of the Kagyu.  It is a very important teaching for any Kagyu practitioner but especially for anyone doing the Vajrayogini or Chakrasamvara practices.

This book is a major exposition of the Kagyu Dakini Hearing lineage teaching.  It begins with a long introduction to the Dakini Hearing Lineage.  The introduction gives the history of the teachings and its transmission, principal figures involved, the texts of the system, and a great deal of background information.  It also tells the story of the criticisms levelled at the system by the Sakya Pandita and the very strong refutation of his criticisms by the famous fourth Drukchen, Padma Karpo.  Three key texts of the system are presented in the body of the book.  The first text is the very root of the Bodyless Dakini dharma, the original teaching spoken out of empty space by Vajravarahi to Tailopa, and the teachings that he in turn spoke out of empty space to Naropa.  Following that, there is the original Indian sadhana for the practice.  Then comes a very long explanatory text called The Thorough Explanation by Padma Karpo that shows the whole path of realization of these Vajrayogini teachings.

The book is a handbook of the Bodyless Vajrayogini teachings that contains much information that will be of interest to Vajrayogini and Chakrasamvara practitioners.  The book will be of general interest to all Kagyu followers.  It will also be of interest to Sakya followers and to historians interested in Sakya Pandita’s attacks on the Kagyu lineage.  It will be of special interest to followers of the Drukpa Kagyu.

One of the interesting features of the book is the inclusion of a major text of Drukchen Padma Karpo.  The Drukchens have been the heads of the Drukpa Kagyu for many centuries.  All of them are known for their knowledge and realization.  However, Padma karpo stands out as the great writer of the lineage.  His works were so well-written and well-informed that he quickly became one of the greatest authors not just of his own Drukpa Kagyu lineage but of the Kagyu tradition as a whole.  The work of his included in this book is one of his major works.

The book is available through us using the links below and through major book sellers.

The book contains translations of the following texts:
The Root Vajra Verses called “The Dharma of the Bodyless Glorious Vajradakini”, one of the root texts from India that establishes the Bodyless Dakini dharma
The Sadhana Called “Bodyless Dakini”, another of the root texts from India that establishes the Bodyless Dakini dharma
“Tincture of Dharma”, A Thorough Explanation of the Bodyless Dakini Dharma by All-Knowing Padma Karpo, one of the most complete and important Tibetan commentaries on the original Indian Bodyless Dakini dharma texts
Download Tibetan texts in TibetD format: • available here.  The texts listed immediately above are included.  The entire set of Tibetan texts of the Rechungpa Hearing Lineage is available from our • Tibetan texts page.

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