Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché was a renowned teacher of
Tibetan Buddhism with students worldwide. Revered as a teacher by even
the Dalai Lama, he was known especially as a master of Buddhist tantra,
the powerful esoteric methods for attaining enlightenment swiftly. The
teachings in this book are a singular record of his deep learning in
that field. Originally delivered in California to a group of Western
students, the teachings comment on a classic introduction to tantra by
the 19th-century Mongolian lama Chöjé Ngawang Palden. The work, Illumination of the Tantric Tradition
, is a staple even today in the training of young monastics.
Kirti Tsenshap Rinpoché explains the distinctive features of the four
classes of tantra – action tantra, performance tantra, yoga tantra, and
highest yoga tantra – by describing the way to progress through their
paths and levels. He illuminates key issues in tantric practice that are
still a matter for debate within the tradition. Finally, he gives a
special treatment of the unique methods of Kalacakra tantra, which is
regularly taught around the globe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.