The following article is from the Autumn, 1990 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.



Whitney Stewart writes fiction and non-fiction for children. She has been a children's librarian and a tutor of English, French, creative writing, and children's theater. Her experience as a puppeteer and actor has been a base for writing for and working with children in elementary and high school.

TRANSCENDENT WISDOM: A Commentary on the Ninth Chapter of Shantideva's [Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life, by H.H. the Dalai Lama; Trans., ed. & annotated by B. Alan Wallace. 146pp., ISLBKTW $9.95 A clear exposition Vajradhatu Sun

The Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life is one of the most highly recommended texts for Mahayana practice. The ninth chapter of that book, the chapter on Transcendent Wisdom, is known among Buddhist scholars as a challenging and profound exposition of the Madhyamika View of Buddhist philosophy. It is difficult to understand without a commentary.

In this work we have the Dalai Lama at full strengtha profound work.Parabola

In 1979, His Holiness the Dalai Lama delivered an oral teaching on this text before an assembly of over a thousand Tibetans and Westerners. B. Alan Wallace has translated, edited and added explanatory notes to this extraordinarily clear and valuable commentary.

THE UNION OF BLISS AND EMPTINESS, H.H. the Dalai Lama. 191pp. #SLBKUBE $12.95

The origins of the instructions on this Lama Choepa (guru yoga) practice are traced back to the explanatory tantra called Vajramala, in which the visualization of the body mandala deities on the guru's body is explained according to Guhyasamaja. Since the integral practice of Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja and Heruka has great merit and advantages, Lama Choepa explains how to do it on the basis of this guru yoga practice. The actual practice is explained on the basis of Guhyasamaja, the preliminaries such as the self-generation are explained on the basis of Yamantaka, and performing offerings and so forth is explained according to Heruka. This guru yoga is widespread within the Gelug system and most followers know it by heart. This volume present useful tantric material unavailable elsewhere.

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FREEDOM IN EXILE: The Autobiography of the Dalai Lama. 256pp., 16 black & white photos, #HRFE $22.95

In this landmark book the Dalai Lama tells his storyfrom his remarkable childhood as the leader of 6 million Tibetans through the crisis of the Chinese invasion up to the present life in exile and re-establishment of his culture in India.

KALACHAKRA: RITE OF INITIATION, by Dalai Lama and Hopkins. 511pp. #WIBKKRI $22.95 (see Kalachakra)

OCEAN OF WISDOM: Guidelines for Living, text by Dalai Lama, photos by Marcia Keegan. 112pp. 19 color photos. #HROW $8.95 paper #CLOW $14.95 cloth The Dalai Lama's message is interwoven with many photos of him.

PATH OF THE BODHISATTVA WARRIOR, by The Thirteenth Dalai Lama & Glenn H. Mullin, 387pp. #SLBKPBW $14.95 (See Religion Section)

SONGS OF SPIRITUAL CHANGE, by the Seventh Dalai Lama & Glenn H. Mullin. 205 pp. #SLBKSW7 $10.95 (See Religion Section)

TANTRIC YOGAS OF SISTER NIGUMA, by the Second Dalai Lama & Glenn H. Mullin. 240pp. #SLBKSW2 $12.95 (See Religion Section)

POSTER OF H.H. THE DALAI LAMA, 12 x 19 #SLPODL $3.75 A beautiful full-color portrait of His Holiness taken from the cover of Kindness, Clarity, and Insight, on an aquamarine background with the following quotation that captures the essence of his teaching: Out of my experience, I tell my friends wherever I go about the importance of love and compassion. Deep down we must have real affection for each other, a clear realization or recognition of our shared human status.