A Harmony of Views

Three Songs by Ju Mipham, Changkya Rolpay Dorje, and Chögyam Trungpa

Translated by Thrangu Dharmakara Translation Collaborative
By Khenchen Thrangu

- Paperback
Snow Lion
Pages: 240
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781559394963
Do different Tibetan Buddhist traditions share an essential, common view? Khenchen Thrangu’s practice-oriented explanations of the three songs of the view, translated here, will help to answer that question. The story begins when the great Geluk scholar Changkya Rolpay Dorje wrote a song in the eighteenth century describing the view of the middle way. Later, the nonsectarian polymath Ju Mipham (1846–1912) and the influential Kagyu master Chögyam Trungpa (1939–1987) wrote songs modeled upon his song that describe the views of dzogchen and mahamudra, respectively. Khenchen Thrangu explains that studying the profound view helps to develop the certainty that is necessary to bring meditation practice to fruition. These songs are especially beneficial because of their engaging eloquence, which makes them a delight to read, reread, and memorize. By clarifying the view again and again in this way, they offer continual inspiration to practitioners. Moreover, read together, these songs reveal how the middle way, dzogchen, and mahamudra are harmonious.