Interest in Tantric Buddhism has grown tremendously in recent years, but authentic translations from classical sources remain difficult to find. The great popularity achieved by the early Dalai Lamas was due in part to the clarity and power of their tantric writings. Glenn Mullin's translations present this rich resource to a wider audience, offering a wealth of tantric materials—the most extensive such collection available in print. Over the past five hundred years, the Dalai Lamas have contributed works of vital importance to the library of tantric literature. Glenn Mullin, a translator and scholar of Tibetan texts and an acknowledged authority on the Dalai Lamas, has collected many of these writings here for the first time. His introduction situates the tantric tradition within overall Buddhist practice. The sweeping survey by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama which follows treats all the principal Tibetan Buddhist tantric systems found in all four categories of tantras. The wonderful texts that follow include works on the powerful and profound systems of Avalokiteshvara, Kalachakra, Chakrasamvara, Hayagriva, and Yamantaka, as well as other less widely-known practices such as the Six Yogas of Niguma and living on the essence of flowers. For the reader wishing to encounter Tantric Buddhism through authentic sources, this book is a must.
"It is nearly thirty years since Glenn H. Mullin first arrived in Dharamsala and began to take an interest in the works of the Dalai Lamas. I admire the persistence with which he has pursued this interest and have sometimes wondered if he has not found out more about them than even I know. Many people have told me that he reveals an ability in his books to make things Tibetan accessible and easily understood to ordinary readers."—H.H. the Dalai Lama
"A wonderful array of writings by the Dalai Lamas translated and annotated with Mullin's characteristic clarity and precision."—Buddhadharma
"[Mullin’s] work is valuable in showing the role of the Dalai Lama as scholar, writer, and teacher. . . . The sections about ritual and Tibetan medicine will be informative for all. Recommended."—Choice