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Skillful Grace

Skillful Grace: Tara Practice for Our Times

Padmasambhava, Chokgyur Lingpa, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Jamgön Kongtrül, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche

Tara is an inspirational figure embodying the most compelling and vital qualities of the feminine: beauty, grace, and the ability to nurture, care for and protect. Tara is a true warrior, vanquishing fear and ignorance, both externally and internally; she is the earliest known Buddhist feminist.
For instructions on how to do Tara practice, there is no book superior to this, covering everything from beginning to end. Skillful Grace contains teachings on general topics of Dharma practice as well as the innermost view and meditation of Vajrayana, the unexcelled Tibetan Buddhist vehicle that facilitates enlightenment in one lifetime. There are practices of Tara and her retinue that dispel the various fears, consort practice and all the details on development and completion stages both with and without conceptual attributes. Nothing is left out. It is utterly complete with treasure and pith instructions from Tulku Urgyen and Adeu Rinpoche, adeptly arranged by the translation/author team of Erik Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmidt.
The book is rounded out with a foreword by Tara Bennett Goleman, author of the best selling book Emotional Alchemy, in depth introduction by Marcia Schmidt, and appendixes.

About the Authors: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche (1921-1996) was among Tibetan Buddhism's greatest 20th-century masters. Adeu Rinpoche lives at the Tsechu Monastery in Tibet. Erik Pema Kunsang is a highly regarded translator. He and his wife Marcia Schmidt manage Rangjung Yeshe Translations & Publications. Tara Bennett Goleman is the author of the bestselling Emotional Alchemy and lives in MA.

Table of Contents

Foreword 10
Preface 14
Introduction 18

The Essential Instruction on the Threefold Excellence 28
An Overview of the Threefold Excellence by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche 34

Skillful Grace by Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche 50
Introduction 50
Historical Background 59
Stepping Stones for the Path: Hinayana 62
Preliminaries for the Session 62
Preliminaries for the Teaching 64
Refuge 74
For Those of Medium Capacity 77
The Excellence of the Middle-Mahayana 84
Bodhichitta of Aspiration 89
Bodhichitta of Application 91
Praj˝a 105
The Excellence of the End-Vajrayana 114
Approach 114
Accomplishment 118
Sadhana Retreat 129
Anuttara Yoga 135
Special Preliminaries 135
The Main Part 138
The Subsequent Yoga 152
The Exquisite Yoga 154
The Great Yoga 155
Conclusion 155

Appendix 158
A description of Tara by the 15th Gyalwang Karmapa 158
The Twenty-One Taras described by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo 159
Endnotes 163










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