The Life of Longchenpa
Renowned as a peerless teacher, practitioner, and scholar, Longchenpa thoroughly studied and mastered every one of the many Buddhist vehicles and lineages of teachings existing in Tibet at his time. Through his radiant intellect and meditative accomplishment, in both his teachings and written works, he was able to reconcile the seeming discrepancies and contradictions between the various presentations of the view and the path within the many lineages of transmission. His written works are also famous for being able to transfer true blessings just by reading or hearing his enlightened words.
Compiled from numerous Tibetan and Bhutanese sources, including Longchenpa’s autobiography, and stories of his previous lives and subsequent rebirths, The Life of Longchenpa weaves an inspiring tale of wonder and magic, of extraordinary visions and spiritual insight, set in the kingdoms of fourteenth-century Tibet and Bhutan. It also reveals for the first time fascinating details of his ten years of self-exile in Bhutan, stories that were unknown to his Tibetan biographers.
"Longchenpa is the Buddha of Tibet and my all-time spiritual hero. His teachings are the catalyst for the genuine inner awakening of countless women and men throughout the ages. I am delighted that Jampa Mackenzie Stewart has written a book on the life of Longchenpa with great care and devotion. May this book let many fall in love with the timeless wisdom of Longchenpa." —Anam Thubten, author of The Magic of Awareness and No Self, No Problem
"Jampa Stewart’s elegant combination of poetic language and scholarly research shows his deep affinity with the matchless master of the Great Perfection. May this book profoundly inspire thousands of people." —Erik Pema Kunsang, translator of Wellsprings of the Great Perfection
"This compilation of teachings, visions, stories, and the biography of this great and rare master, Longchenpa, is an excellently crafted and inspiring resource for us all. We meet and get a feel for a master who seamlessly interwove timeless awareness within the context of a particular historical time and its complexities. Combining study of this biographical work on Longchenpa by Jampa Mackenzie Stewart with meditation on the teachings—really letting them wash over you and pervade your mind and heart—is an unexcelled joy." —Tsoknyi Rinpoche, author of Fearless Simplicity and Open Heart, Open Mind