The Karmapas and Their Mahamudra Forefathers

An Illustrated Guide

With lively, engaging stories and exquisite portraits, this volume is sure to inspire all practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.



344 pages, 6.5 x 7.5 inches


ISBN 9781614292807

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“This collection of inspiring stories and beautiful artwork presents a glimpse into the lives of some of the greatest masters of the Kagyu lineage. These stories have been passed down from teacher to student for centuries. Filled with profound teachings and practical guidance on the path of awakening, this volume will be of great interest to all those who wish to embody compassion and wisdom.” —Mingyur Rinpoche, author of The Joy of Living 

Wed, 04/13/2016 - 16:35 -- Kestrel Slocombe

“I believe the life a lama lives is the greatest instruction to the students who follow him or her. It is an instruction we can actually see. The lama's deeds display the Dharma in action for us. They can instruct our hearts with the fullness of lived experience. In the lama's actions we can observe how the mind turns to Dharma, and how that Dharma becomes a path. We can watch how the path eliminates confusion, and how confusion arises as wisdom.”– H.H. the Seventeenth Karmapa

The Karmapas and Their Mahamudra Forefathers collects fascinating accounts of the lives of the Karmapas and of their forefathers in the Mahamudra practice lineage. Each story is accompanied by a beautiful, full-color illustration of its subject in the lineage, as depicted in a traditional style of Eastern Tibet used at the renowned Thrangu Tashi Yangtse Monastery in Nepal.