Tsele Natsok Rangdröl is renowned in the Kagyü and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism for his brilliant scholarship, profound exposition, and meditative accomplishment. Comprised of two of his most important texts, this collection presents four essential Buddhist strands of philosophical viewpoint and meditation technique: the teachings of the Prajnaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) body of literature; the philosophy of the Middle Way; Mahamudra meditation; and Dzogchen teachings and practice.The theme of these teachings is that in every person’s heart, mind, and spirit there is an identical essence that makes that person a living Buddha. The focus is on how to realize that essence through “effortless” training based on the four techniques. Since the training is unbound by cultural or temporal limitations, the truth the book conveys is as valuable today as it was in centuries past. This system has been applied by people from many walks of life, giving them a simple method to not only withstand life’s challenges but to transcend them. This redesigned edition of The Heart of the Matter and Lamp of Mahamudra features illuminating introductions and a new foreword, bringing Rangdröl’s timeless message to contemporary seekers.
Erik Pema Kunsang
About Erik Pema Kunsang
Erik Pema Kunsang, also known as Erik Hein Schmidt, is one of the world’s best known and most accomplished translators of Buddhist literature from Tibet. Traveling to Nepal from his native Denmark at twenty years old, he has studied with or translated for more than sixty Tibetan masters. He is the compiler of a voluminous 3,000-page Tibetan dictionary for spiritual terms (The Rangjung Yeshe Tibetan-English Dictionary of Buddhist Culture), used by other Tibetan translators as an authoritative reference. He was the main interpreter of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche for seventeen years, living in Tulku Urgyen's monasteries and translated forty-six books of scripture and sacred writings. His books include: As It Is, Mirror of Mindfulness, Blazing Splendor, Wellsprings of the Great Perfection and Juniper Ridge. Other projects include translating over fifty volumes of Tibetan texts and teachings, and creating the Dharma Dictionary, an electronic dictionary of Tibetan and English terms. He currently lives and teaches at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde, a Buddhist retreat center in Denmark. Together with Marcia Binder Schmidt, he founded Rangjung Yeshe Publications, an independent publisher of Vajrayana Buddhist texts in English.