We have three pieces of news for March and April:
New Macintosh OSX Software
We announced in our last newsletter that we built a completely new reader for
our dictionaries for the Mac OSX platfrom. The first version of the software
has now been praised by everyone who has used it. One user said,
“It is a substantial and pleasing leap forward. It has true Mac look
and feel to it”. It was carefully designed to have the same look and
feel as our iOS reader for our dictionaries, so that Apple users as a whole
find our OSX and iOS dictionaries easy to use.
Since the initial release of the new reader, we have made many
improvements to it which will be available as a free update. The
initial release was only available with our Illuminator Dictionary. Now
it is has been packaged with the other four of our major dictionaries. We
will send out a second newsletter when they are available, in about one week. For
now, you can • purchase the new Mac OSX Reader with the 2014 version of the Illuminator Dictionary in our shop.
We have published a total of eight new books in this first part of 2014. All
of the books have been published on paper and some on Kindle. The link
for each book will take you to a complete description of and purchase buttons
for the book. If you are in North America, the quickest and cheapest
way to purchase any of these books on paper is
Bangdzo and in Europe it is through Wisdom
Books in London (who have all of the new books on discount):
- Condensed Advice on Great Completion’s Thorough Cut by Dodrupchen III, instructions on Thorough Cut or Thregcho
- A Complete Session of Meditation, a complete guide to doing a session of meditation in the Kagyu-Nyingma style
- The Six Topics that all Buddhists Learn, teachings of Abhidharma that the Buddha said all of his followers must learn, with the scent of the Dzogchen view wafting through it
- Maitreya’s Sutras and Prayer, two key sutras of the third turning of the wheel of dharma, with Padma Karpo’s Commentary to the famous prayer included in one of them
- The Sutra Petitioned by the Householder Uncouth, a key sutra of the third turning of the wheel of dharma
- Point of Passage Wisdom Sutra, another key sutra of the third turning of the wheel of dharma
- Commentary to Shantideva’s Entering the Bodhisatva’s Conduct, an excellent clarification by Padma Karpo of the meaning of the first four chapters of this famous text
- A Practical Guide to the Great Vehicle View. We have been working for some time towards publishing as many of Dza Patrul’s
texts that are related to Dzogchen as possible.
This is another book in that series. It is about the two truths but with an emphasis on the non-dual understanding of them, culminating in them taught as Dzogchen’s Thorough Cut. The text is interesting for its short but clear presentation of the two truths and even more interesting for its non-dual approach culminating in Thorough Cut. The other texts of Patrul’s in this series that we have published are:
Feature of the Expert Glorious King, the most popular primer these days on Thorough Cut practice; and Key Issues of Visualization, the standard reference for explaining difficult points of Jigmey Lingpa’s very famous treatment of Development Stage practice called Stairway to Akanishta.
A further book with three more of Dza Patrul’s texts on Dzogchen is forthcoming. This book is particularly
interesting for its denial of Bonpo Dzogchen and its record of teachings received from Jigmey Gyalway Nyugu that
were given after Jigmey Gyalway Nyugu died (similar to Garab Dorje giving the Three Lines teaching after he
died). More information about this very interesting book is • available here.
Reduced prices on some dictionaries
We have lowered the prices on some of the dictionaries we sell. Prices of all of our dictionaries with purchase links • can be found here
In particular we have substantially lowered the price on our revised edition of the famous Tshigdzo Chenmo dictionary. A number of people have said that they do not want to purchase our version of this dictionary for the simple reason that many free versions of it exist. There is a general lack of understanding about the free editions. In fact, all of them derive from a single, very sloppy work done many years ago in which the Tibetan of the dictionary was transcribed into Wylie transliteration. Since then it has been copied and used by many people, and always with all of the many mistakes and omissions in the original transliteration still present. Deeply bothered by this, we made our own edition. It was input by us and edited for two full years by professional Tibetan editors to ensure total accuracy. Moreover, we carefully removed the Chinese from the original to make a new, revised edition that would be of maximum value to those interested only in the Tibetan aspect of the dictionary. Our dictionary is not free, but it is truly reliable and even better than the original, something which cannot be said for any of the free versions in use today.
The dictionary in general is a higher
level product not useful to beginners. However, our thoroughly revised
edition really is a must-have for all serious students of the Tibetan language.
Lama Tony Duff, Director,
Christopher Duff, Manager,
Tamash Agocsh, Translator
Padma Karpo Translation Committee