Khedrup Norsang Gyatso (1423-1513), a well-known scholar and adept of the fifteenth century, was a student of the First Dalai Lama and a principal teacher of the Second Dalai Lama. Though belonging to the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism, Norsang Gyatso is recognized as a seminal figure in the promotion of a syncretic approach-between the Geluk and Kagyu schools-to the teachings and practices of mahamudra. Along with Phukpa Lhundrup Gyatso, Norsang Gyatso is credited also with the founding of the highly influential Phuk school of Tibetan astronomy and astrology. Because of his dedication to intensive meditative practice for more than four decades as a wandering hermit, Norsang Gyatso came to be revered by the Tibetan tradition as a great meditator and teacher, and he is included among the lineage masters of many important practice traditions, including the lineage of Kalachakra.
Gavin Kilty has been a full-time translator for the Institute of Tibetan Classics since 2001. Before that he lived in Dharamsala, India, for fourteen years, where he spent eight years training in the traditional Geluk monastic curriculum through the medium of class and debate at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics. He also teaches Tibetan language courses in India, Nepal, and elsewhere, and is a translation reviewer for the organization 84000, Translating the Words of the Buddha.
"An excellent introduction to the more advanced forms of
Indian-Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism in general. Kilty's translation
is accurate and faithful to the original. Being a translation
rather than an interpretation, the book presupposes that the reader
has a solid foundation in basic Buddhism and the Mahayana, and some
acquaintance with the Vajrayana. This book is required reading for
advanced students of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism; it belongs in any
library seeking thorough coverage of the Buddhist tradition."--John
Newman, New College of Florida
"A radiant gem drawn from the vast ocean of Tibetan literature on the Kalackra tantra. It provides a clear, comprehensive summary of the basic structure and essential features of this important system of mysticism. Also, Khedrup Norsang Gyatso's interpretations of controversial issues in the Kalackra contribute to our understanding of the evolution of Tibetan theories of mysticism. Gavin Kilty's faithful translation makes this work easily accessible--it is a fitting inaugural volume for The Library of Tibetan Classics."--John Newman, MacArthur Professor of Asian Religions, New College of Florida
"Spectacular."--E. Gene Smith, Founder, Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center