By Tony Duff
Th is booklet started as a translation of the "Interviews" part of Gampopa's Collected
Works. Interviews or query and solution periods as they're actually called
in Tibetan are files of the non-public interviews of a good instructor with those
who come to work out him. Th ese are among the main attention-grabbing writings to be
found in Tibetan literature as a result very own caliber present in them.
Th e interviews component of Gampopa's amassed Works contains interviews with
four of his maximum yogin disciples-the fi rst Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa, resource of
most of the entire lesser Kagyu lineages Phagmo Drupa, Lord Gomtshul, and Yogin
Th e awesome characteristic of those interviews is the personal teachings on Essence
Mahamudra, the final word transmission of Mahamudra in the Kagyu lineage.
In one consultation after one other, Gampopa finds all of the teachings of Essence
Mahamudra to his finest disciples in a completely own, pointed, and
practical demeanour. one other function is that those interviews supply a truly transparent picture
of how final Mahamudra used to be taught within the early days of the Kagyu lineage.
Yet one other characteristic of those interviews is that most of them are notes that
were taken immediate or written out simply after the interviews. As such, they are
historical files which provide us a really own experience of Gampopa and those great
disciples and what they went via on their own trips to enlightenment.
More than that although, the reader will get a special effect of the personalities
involved via their very own, hand-written records.
Because the interviews are so focussed on Gampopa's presentation of Mahamudra,
two extra texts from his accumulated Works have been further to offer an extra feel of his
way of training it: fi rst, a quick textual content that's the basis of his well-known "Four Dharmas
of Gampopa" educating, and moment, a medium-length textual content which files an oral
teaching he gave at the whole course of Mahamudra.