Cyrus Stearns has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism for over thirty-five years. His main Tibetan teachers were Dezhung Rinpoche Chogye Trichen Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. He received a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Washington and is the author of several books including Taking the Result As the Path and King of the Empty Plain. He is currently a fellow at the Tsadra Foundation and lives in the woods on Whidbey Island north of Seattle Washington.
"This revised edition of Cyrus Stearns's The Buddha from D lpo is a must read for all interested in the intellectual history of Tibet. New translations of some of the key works of D lpopa open philosophical and cosmological ideas of one of the great thinkers of the Tibetan tradition. This is a marvelous piece of scholarship."--E. Gene Smith, founder and senior research scholar of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center "Cyrus Stearns's The Buddha from D lpo is among the major contributions to the history of Tibetan Buddhism in recent years. This new, expanded edition amplifies and extends Stearns's innovative inquiry into the life and works of the remarkable fourteenth-century teacher D lpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, master of the Kalacakra founder of the zhentong philosophical tradition and architect without peer. The Buddha from D lpo is essential reading for all serious students of the Dharma in the Land of Snows."--Matthew T. Kapstein, author of The Tibetans "The first edition of The Buddha from D lpo was like a brilliant beam of light for the first time, illuminating the dark chamber of D lpopa's long-buried legacy, opening the eyes of many to the inspiring life and teachings of one of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. This new, carefully revised, and enlarged edition is like the sun shining through all the windows of this chamber, revealing many essential jewels in the treasury of D lpopa's thought. It is a true masterpiece that reestablishes D lpopa's so important but long-denied place in Tibetan Buddhist history. Highly recommended reading for all who are interested in going beyond sectarian biases and wish to understand what this towering figure had to say on his own ground and in his own terms."--Karl Brunnh lzl, author of The Center of the Sunlit Sky and Luminous Heart "The Buddha from D lpo is the most significant contribution to the study of the life and revelations of one of the most enigmatic personalities in Tibetan intellectual history, the Jonang master D lpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292-1361). Narrating Dolpopa's life story and evolution of thought, Cyrus Stearns lucidly describes how this foremost exponent of shentong philosophical thinking and Kalachakra tantric practice served as the catalyst figure for the Jonang Buddhist tradition during its formative period in fourteenth-century Tibet. A decade after its first publication, this revised and enlarged edition includes several significant refinements and additions, including a translation of D lpopa's own commentary on his masterful work concerning the calculations of cosmic time according to shentong literature known as the Fourth Council. With this revision, Stearns secures The Buddha from D lpo its place within the Western-language canon of scholarship on Tibetan Buddhism, making it an essential read for understanding D lpopa's presentation of shentong, the Kalachakra Tantra in Tibet, and the early Jonang Buddhist tradition."--Michael R. Sheehy, PhD, Senior Editor of Tibetan Literary Research at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center and Executive Director of the Jonang Foundation