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Straight from the Heart

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May 11, 2007 | ISBN 9781559398626

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“Essential teachings. . . . The deepest insights are presented here straight from the heart. I consider this a great contribution to the study of Buddhism.”—Ringu Tulku

“Straight from the Heart is a priceless garland of Mahayana and Vajrayana literary gems that were previously difficult to locate. . . . Beautifully translated. . . . All communicate the singular power and beauty of the Dharma and undoubtedly will awaken or deepen faith in the reader as well as instruct and delight. . . . Brunnhölzl’s thoroughness in presenting these rare and inspiring materials can be gauged from the fact that the book contains well over one thousand footnotes furnishing further details both for the general reader and scholars. Straight from the Heart has an almost magical quality; it makes one feel as though one were sitting in the presence of all those wonderful masters.”—Georg Feuerstein, PhD

“In the preface to Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions the translator Karl Brunnhölzl aptly compares his new anthology to a box of fine chocolates. There is a tremendous variety within the collection, and as with chocolates these unique and rich poems, songs, and pithy treatises are best appreciated one or two at a time. . . . For readers who enjoy a book that may be repeatedly dipped into for inspiration, Straight from the Heart is a very deep well indeed. Brunnhölzl strives for a balance of precision and clarity in his translations that make these esoteric instructions more accessible, and his commentaries contextualize the verses just enough without burying them in too much explanation.”—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly

“Straight from the Heart: Buddhist Pith Instructions is an exciting new collection of poetry, songs, meditation, instructions, and philosophical works by Indian and Tibetan Buddhist masters, much of which has previously been unavailable in Western languages. The eminently capable translator Karl Brunnhölzl has made his selections from the writings of such famous teachers as Nagarjuna Asanga and the Karmapas of Tibet as well as from those of lesser known teachers. Each selection is prefaced by an introduction and a biographical sketch of its author and is copiously annotated. The result is a compendium of profound and witty writings that will delight, inform, and inspire all who are interested in the Buddhist spiritual path.”—Elizabeth Callahan, editor and translator of The Treasury of Knowledge, Book Six, Part Three: Frameworks of Buddhist Philosophy

“Well presented. . . . Brunnhölzl is an eminently capable translator and has made his selections from famous teachers like Nagarjuna Asanga and the Karmapas of Tibet. . . . Profound and witty writings that speak straight to the heart.”—The Middle Way

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