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  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9781559394406
  • Imprint: Snow Lion
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $49.99

Vajra Wisdom

Deity Practice in Tibetan Buddhism



Vajra Wisdom contains two of the most important explanations of the "development stage" of meditation, relevant for most practitioners in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Now available in paperback for the first time.

The practices of deity, mantra, and wisdom are also known within the Tibetan system as the “development stage," because the practitioner is said to attain spiritual insight by developing meditative visualizations that bring the experience of awakening directly into one's present life, without having to wait for later spiritual fulfillment. 

Vajra Wisdom presents the commentaries of two great nineteenth-century Nyingma masters, Kunkyen Tenpe Nyima and Shechen Gyaltsap IV, which guide practitioners engaged in development stage practice through a series of straightforward instructions. The rarity of this kind of material in English makes it indispensable for practitioners and scholars alike. 

The goal of the development stage of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition is to realize the inseparability of phenomena and great emptiness. Using the methods of deity visualization, mantra recitation, and meditative absorption, the practitioner arrives at this nonconceptual view.

  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9781559394406
  • Imprint: Snow Lion
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $49.99

Praise for Vajra Wisdom

“As more and more people embrace the Tibetan Buddhist path with sincerity and dedication, priceless instructions like these by the great masters of the past take on a crucial importance. Only with such clear and practical guidance can we fully appreciate the depth of the extraordinary practices of the Vajrayana, and discover for ourselves their transformative power.”—Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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