Padma Karpo Translation Committee
Newsletter October 2015 :: New Book

NEW DHARMA BOOKS

In this newsletter we announce our latest books.  They are a grand exposition of Samantabhadra’s Prayer published in a set of two volumes.  Practitioners who have purchased the set have made unsolicited comments like “This contents of this pair of volumes on Samantabhadra’s Prayer is amazing; the books are a true accomplishment”.

Samantabhadra’s Prayer
with Indian, Tibetan, and Western commentaries

The Prayer of Samantabhadra, also known as “a prayer of excellent conduct” and “a king of prayers”, is one of the five great prayers of the Great Vehicle tradition and one of the most popular prayers in that tradition—for example, it is recited every day without fail by many Tibetans including Dzogchen practitioners for whom it is an essential part of Dzogchen practice.

Samantabhadra’s Prayer is actually the conclusion to an amazing sutra that exposes he mind-blowing, cosmically vast capabilities of the tenth level bodhisatva Samantabhadra.  The author translated the sutra including the prayer and then read over twenty commentaries to the prayer, Indian and Tibetan, in order to unravel the depths of the its meaning.

The outcome was a very large book containing an extensive introduction, the sutra, the prayer, and many commentaries, including a very large commentary by the author himself that gathers together all the information from the many commentaries he studied.  The book was split it into two volumes for convenience and reduction of cost.  Both volumes contain the same introduction and translations of the sutra but each volume contains different commentaries to the prayer.