December 2014 newsletter
We have published several books this year and are showcasing them one by one in this and coming e-mails. Also, we have
a major sale at Wisdom books
till the end of the year; the
books are selling well at these deep discounts which is good for all of us, but the sale will end soon.
In this newsletter, we showcase two books and then give some other news.
Two Ultimate Meaning Sutras:
• The Sutra Petitioned by the Householder Uncouth
• The Point of Passage Wisdom Sutra:
This past year we published many books on other emptiness. The topic of other emptiness
was taught in a series of sutras of the third turning of the wheel which are considered
to present the ultimate of all teachings given by the Buddha in the sutra teachings. Therefore,
we selected and translated some of these ultimate meaning sutras. Two of them are highlighted here.
The Sutra Petitioned by the Householder Uncouth
is a most unusual discourse. The Buddha is asked by a
householder bodhisatva named Uncouth whether it is possible to remain a householder and successfully practise the deeper
teachings. The Buddha gives a long reply that just excoriates the life of a householder then greatly lauds monastic
life. The audience thinks that that is the answer and a large group of householder bodhisatvas immediately ask
for ordination. Notably, Uncouth does not. Instead he inquires further about this matter. The Buddha gives
a further long answer again making it seem that it is better to be ordained. However, by the end of the sutra,
the Buddha has shown that householder bodhisatvas like Uncouth are much more capable of living the true bodhisatva
life and much more capable of benefitting sentient beings than the monastics. Together with this, the Buddha
makes statements about non-dual wisdom which make this sutra into one of the ultimate meaning sutras. This
is a fascinating sutra which, when properly understood, teaches non-dual wisdom as the final meaning and
definitively answers the question of whether one should be ordained or not. The book features a long
introduction that clearly draws out all of the threads of this amazing sutra. You can read our review
of the book here: The Sutra Petitioned by the Householder Uncouth
This second sutra is a very short but important sutra. It is regarded as one of five sutras that condense
the entire meaning of the Buddha’s teaching. An extensive explanation of the sutra and its importance
within all the sutras is provided in the introduction. You can read our review of the book
here: The Noble
One Called “Point of Passage Wisdom”, A Great Vehicle Sutra
The e-books (PDF format) can be purchased through us:
and Point of Passage Wisdom
. The paper
books can be purchased through Wisdom Books in
or through NamseBangdzo
in the USA
• We recently announced an update to TibetDoc. The update was to version 5.41. A further update, still at
version 5.41 is now available. This update fixes save to HTML which was not working. Owners of TibetDoc 5.40 and 5.41
can have the update free just by writing to us. Owners of earlier versions can obtain it by purchasing an update. Anyone
who now has a version less than 5.40 will gain significant improvements by doing the update, including full compatibility
with Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1. Purchase the update to TibetDoc here: Purchase TibetDoc 5.41 update.
• Lama Tony stayed at home during 2014 in order to complete many translations, all of which
will be published in this coming year—there are texts of Padmasambhava, texts and commentaries by Mipham, and many works of
Longchenpa. These works focus on explaining the entire path of Dzogchen, giving a view of the path which so
far has not been available in English. Collectively they should be a great boon to the many Westerners
attempting to do these very high practices who often have not been taught the necessary underpinnings of the high teachings.
• Lama Tony will be travelling and teaching extensively in 2015. His schedule can be
viewed here. It is possible still to request Lama Tony to
come and teach in Europe or the USA this year; contact us by e-mail using the link at the foot of this newsletter.
Some of our other new publications for 2014. “The Other Emptiness” and
Complete Session of Meditation have been in high demand.
Lama Tony Duff, Director,
Christopher Duff, Manager,
Tamash Agocsh, Translator
Padma Karpo Translation Committee