The phrase "Kadam masters" evokes for many Tibetans a sense of a spiritual golden age-the image of a community of wise yet simple monks devoted to a life of mental cultivation. These eleventh- and twelfth century masters were particularly famed for their pithy spiritual sayings that captured essential teachings in digestible bites. In these sayings one unmistakably detects a clear understanding of what comprises a truly happy life, one that is grounded in a deep concern forthe welfare of others.
Like the Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Lao Tzu, or Rumi, the teachings contained in Wisdom of the Kadam Masters can be approached as a part of the wisdom heritage of mankind, representative of the long history of the long human quest to understand our existence and its meaning. This volume offers some of the most beloved teachings of the Tibetan tradition.
"Thupten Jinpa shines as an interpreter of classical Buddhism for our times. In Wisdom of the Kadam Masters he shows how these pithy sayings from long ago offer anyone sound principles for living a meaningful, fulfilling, and happy life."
— Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
"Geshe Thupten Jinpa is one of the foremost interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism for the modern world, and each of his translations of Tibetan classics as well as books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a jewel. With his classic Buddhist monastic training culminating in his earning the coveted Geshe Lharam degree and his superb Western education culminating in his doctorate in religious studies from Cambridge University, he brings an unparalleled depth of vision to the significance of Buddhism in the modern world. With the greatest respect, I recommend this latest volume of his marvelous translations of the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism."
— B. Alan Wallace, president, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies
Thupten Jinpa Langri was educated in the classical Tibetan monastic academia and received the highest academic degree of Geshe Lharam (equivalent to a doctorate in divinity). Jinpa also holds a BA in philosophy and a PhD in religious studies, both from the University of Cambridge, England. Since 1985, he has been the principal English-language translator to the Dalai Lama. He has translated and edited many books by the Dalai Lama, including The World of Tibetan Buddhism, Essence of the Heart Sutra, and Ethics for the New Millennium. Jinpa has published scholarly articles on various aspects of Tibetan culture, Buddhism, and philosophy, and books such as Songs of Spiritual Experience (co-authored) and Self, Reality and Reason in Tibetan Thought. He serves on the advisory board of numerous educational and cultural organizations in North America, Europe, and India. He is currently the president and the editor-in-chief of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to translating key Tibetan classics into contemporary languages. He also currently chairs the Mind and Life Institute.