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By Abhayadatta

In Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra represents a perfected point of meditative consciousness: it's the inseparable union of knowledge and compassion, of vacancy and skillful ability. those eighty-four masters, a few old, a few archetypal, comprehensive this tradition in India the place they lived among the 8th and 12th centuries. prime unconventional lives, the siddhas contain the various maximum Buddhist academics; Tilopa, Naropa, and Marpa between them. via decades of analysis, Keith Dowman has accrued and translated their songs of consciousness and the legends approximately them. In session with modern academics, he provides a observation on all of the nice Adepts and culls from on hand assets what we will understand in their history.

Dowman's broad creation lines the improvement of tantra and discusses the most important innovations of the Mahamudra. In a full of life and illuminating sort, he unfolds the deeper understandings of brain that the texts encode. His therapy of the various parallels to modern psychology and event makes a valualbe contribution to our knowing of human nature.

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