Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun gsal)

(Chapters 25–51): Yogic Vows, Conduct, and Ritual Praxis

Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa. Introduction and translation by David B. Gray.

American Institute of Buddhist Studies

Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun gsal)

Pub Date: August 2018

ISBN: 9781935011101

424 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $56.00£44.00

Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun gsal)

(Chapters 25–51): Yogic Vows, Conduct, and Ritual Praxis

Tsong Khapa Losang Drakpa. Introduction and translation by David B. Gray.

American Institute of Buddhist Studies

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This is the second volume of the annotated translation of Tsong Khapa’s Illumination of the Hidden Meaning (sbas don kun gsal), a magnificent commentary on the Chakrasamvara Tantra. This is the first English translation of this important work, which marked a milestone in the Tibetan understanding and practice of the Indian Buddhist Tantras. It covers the vows, observances, and conduct of the initiated yogī, particularly in relation to the yoginīs, whose favor he must cultivate. It describes in great detail the rites of the tradition, including homa fire sacrifice and the uses of the mantras of the mandala’s main deities. The author provides a trilingual English-Tibetan-Sanskrit glossary.

Together with the present author’s related publications in this series—including translations of the Root Tantra (2007), the critically edited texts in Sanskrit and Tibetan of the Root Tantra (2012), and the first volume of this master Tibetan commentary (2017)—the reader will have the first full study of this important Tantra available in English.

About the Author

David B. Gray is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.