The Story of the Early Masters of the Lam`dre in Tibet
Author(s) : Stearns, Cyrus
A detailed description of the lineage masters of the Lamdre, or Path and its Result, teachings which are at the heart of the Sakya tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Lamdre tradition has been practiced in Tibet for almost a thousand years, and Luminous Lives is the first in-depth study of its history and literature. The central focus of this work is a rare Tibetan history that brings alive the story of the earliest practitioners of the Lamdre. This text, recording the words of the great Sakya Pandita, was a major source for all later histories of the tradition. Recently rediscovered, it has been reproduced here along with Cyrus Stearns` translation, introduction and annotations. Luminous Lives opens a window into the world of one of the great traditions of tantric Buddhism in Tibet.
"Stearns` survey of the oldest Lamdre literature with the admirable translation of a collective biography of the early masters of the tradition is a wonderful contribution to our knowledge of an unexplored area in Tibetan cultural history." Leonard van der Kuijp.
"Cyrus Stearns presents in this book a rare manuscript history of the Path with its Fruit instructions, the teaching that is at the very heart of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. He proves himself to be one of the best Tibetan translators working today, capturing faithfully and movingly both the spirit and literal sense of his thirteenth-century author." David Jackson.