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Khenpo Gangshar's The Magical Key (MP3 CD)
Khenpo Gangshar's The Magical Key (MP3 CD)
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The Magical Key is a concise text written by Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo presenting the philosophical schools, focusing primarily on the profound definitive meaning of the Great Middle Way. Thrangu Rinpoche stated that Khenpo Gangshar held the lineage of teachings of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche. He also was one of the most influential teachers of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche. This text by Khenpo Gangshar was recently discovered and translated into English. Understanding the view is an essential foundation for developing genuine direct experience and realization when practicing Mahamudra and Dzogchen. In these talks, Thrangu Rinpoche presents the view based on teachings he received directly from Khenpo Gangshar. Rinpoche briefly explains five non-Buddhist Schools as well as the Vaibhashika, Sautantrika and Chittmatra (Mind Only) schools of Buddhism. The primary focus of these teachings, however, is on the Middle Way Schools of the Mahayana. Khenpo Gangshar’s text skillfully presents the meaning of the Great Other Empty Middle Way School and its relationship to the Self Empty Middle Way School. Thrangu Rinpoche’s commentary clarifies this text making Khenpo Gangshar’s profound teaching accessible. Translation by David Karma Choephel. 9 talks on 1 MP3CD. Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo (b. 1925- ?) - a renowned master of the 'crazy wisdom' approach, who was connected with Shechen Monastery. He was a root teacher of both Thrangu Rinpoche and Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. For a while it was thought that after the Chinese invasion of Tibet he died in prison between 1958 and 1961. However, it has also been reported that he in fact survived 22 years of imprisonment, and passed away in 1980 or ‘81, before any of his former students could contact him.
  • Mainly English Edition Because Thrangu Rinpoche often speaks for long periods of time in Tibetan when he teaches, his long monologues have been curtailed on CD and MP3 CD recordings (audio) to preserve the continuity of the teaching and make listening easier. Thus the voice heard for the majority of the time is that of the translator. DVD video recordings include all of Rinpoche’s Tibetan.

  • MP3CD Recordings MP3CDs look like ordinary CDs, but contain compressed audio files. While a regular audio CD holds a maximum of only 80 minutes of recorded audio, an identical-looking MP3CD can easily hold the audio files from an entire weekend or even week-long teaching. MP3CDs can be played in a computer and/or the audio files can be downloaded into an iPod or similar device. MP3CDs may also be played on a portable MP3CD player. Most ordinary CD players, such as the CD player in most older cars (roughly 2005 and earlier), will not play MP3CDs. Many but not all cars 2006 or later do have MP3-capable CD players. Any car or home stereo CD player that is capable of playing an MP3CD will have “MP3” or “MP3-WMA” clearly marked on the front of it.
  • The MP3CDs available for sale on this web site are all clearly labeled and packaged in a clear case. The audio files on them have proper ID3 tag information, which means that on a computer, iPod or similar device the audio files will display (and can be searched by) Album (Title of teaching), Song (Talk number within a teaching) and Artist (Teacher).

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