New Translations of Guhyasamaja Related Tantras

A Lamp to Illuminate the Five Stages: Teachings on Guhyasamaja Tantra (Library of Tibetan Classics) [Hardcover]
Tsongkhapa (Author), Thupten Jinpa Ph.D. (Editor), Gavin Kilty (Translator) published in 2013

Tsongkhapa’s Lamp to Illuminate the Five Stages (1419) is a comprehensive presentation of the highest yoga class of Buddhist tantra, especially the key practices—the so-called five stages (pancakrama)—of the advanced phase of Guyhasamaja tantra. Beginning with a thorough examination of the Indian sources, Tsongkhapa draws particularly from the writings of Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Candrakirti, and Naropa to develop a definitive understanding of the Vajrayana completion stage.

Vajra Rosary Tantra Translated by David R. Kittay. Columbia University Press. Forthcoming due May 2013.

This is a study and the first complete English translation of the Vajramala tantra, one of the key explanatory tantras of the Guhyasamaja and other tantric systems. The text describes how, after the prerequisite preparations and realizations of the bodhisattva path, through further intense, lengthy, and subtle practices of meditation and other activities, one can become a completely enlightened Buddha.

Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages: Practical Instructions in the King of Trantras, The Glorious Esoteric Community (Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences) [Hardcover]
Robert Thurman (Author) published in 2011

The Extremely Brilliant Lamp ( Shin tu gsal ba’I sgorn me) is Tsong Khapa’s most important commentary on the perfection stage practices of the Esoteric Community, the Tantra he considered fundamental for the practice of the “Father Tantra” class of Unexcelled Yoga Tantras.

Aryadeva’s Lamp that Integrates the Practices (Caryamelapakapradipa): The Gradual Path of Vajrayana Buddhism according to the Esoteric Community Noble Tradition [Hardcover]
Christian K. Wedemeyer (Author) published in 2008

The Lamp that Integrates the Practices is a systematic and comprehensive exposition of the most advanced yogas of the Esoteric Community (Guhyasamaja) Tantra as espoused by the Noble Tradition, an influential school of interpretation within the Mahayoga traditions of Indian Buddhist esoterism. Equal in authority to Nagarjuna’s famous Five Stages (Pañcakrama), Aryadeva’s work is perhaps the earliest prose example of the “stages of the mantra path” genre in Sanskrit. Its studied gradualism exerted immense influence on later Indian and Tibetan tradition, and it is widely cited by masters from all four major lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.


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