Biography; Forward; Preface; Introduction; BOOK ONE: A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMMON SYSTEM OF MEDITATION -- Common Meditation; Common Tranquility & Insight Meditation; Common Tranquility Meditation; Common Insight Meditation; Misconceptions About Common Meditation. BOOK TWO: AN EXTENSIVE DESCRIPTION OF THE UNCOMMON SYSTEM OF MAHAMUDRA MEDITATION -- Part I: The Preliminaries; An Explanation to Arouse Confidence; Part II: Mahamudra Meditation The Kagyu Tradition of Meditation; Guiding Meditators on the Path; Tranquility Meditation; Insight Meditation; The Stages of Virtuous Practice; Stages of Identification; Consolidating our Meditative Experiences; Integrating Meditation & Post-Meditation; Eliminating Meditative Deviations; Determining the Originless Nature of Mind; Transforming Adversity on the Path; The Dawning of Realisation; Four Yogas of Mahamudra; Footnotes; Quoted People; Quoted Texts; Topics Outline; Index.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX was born in eastern Tibet in 1955. He was recognised by His Holiness XVI Karmapa as the ninth Traleg tulku and enthroned at the age of two as Supreme Abbot of Thrangu Monastery in Tibet. Traleg Kyabgon was taken to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim at the age of four where he was educated with other young tulkus in exile by His Holiness Karmapa. Traleg Kyabgon moved to Australia in 1980 and commenced his studies in comparative religion and philosophy at La Trobe University. He established E-Vam Institute in Melbourne in 1982 where he gave weekly teachings on classic Kagyu and Nyingma texts. He established a Buddhist college and founded Dharma centres in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche passed away in 2012. A traditional cremation ceremony was conducted at his retreat and conference centre, Maitripa Centre, Australia, and a stupa was erected on the centres grounds in his honour.
"[Kyabgon] was able to teach westerners in English in a way that is
rare and important. Moonbeams of Mahamudra . . . is one of
the most important texts on Mahamudra meditation." --Khenchen
Thrangu Rinpoche, author, Essentials of Mahamudra
"A beautiful, profound, exquisite exposition of the consummate Buddhist path. . . . I highly recommend it for all individuals interested in the Great Liberation." --Ken Wilber author, A Brief History of Everything