PDFs of Thrangu Rinpoche's books

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The Life of Thrangu Rinpoche with Pictures

This is a biography of Thrangu Rinpoche with 20 pictures. It contains accounts of his childhood, of his recognized as the Thrangu Tulku, what he learned in Tibet, his escape from Tibet, the extensive learning he had in Buxalor, his teaching the Kagyu Rinpoches in India, the building of his...



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Thrangu Rinpoche - A Life of Happiness

  A Life of Happiness: A Practice Guide for Older Practitioners  is the first Buddhist practice guide intended for older people. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is a highly regarded lama with many students and centres worldwide. He has dedicated his life to serving the Dharma and is one of the...



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A Guide to Shamatha and Vipashyana Meditation (PDF)

Thrangu Rinpoche says that it is good to study Buddhism, but if you don't put it into practice with meditation, it is like accumulating a fortune and then never spending a penny of it.  This Guide to Shamatha and Vipashyana, often called Tranquillity and Insight meditation, is a precise...
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Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realization (PDF)

The Ornament of Clear Realization is one of the Five Treatises of the Maitreya Buddha transmitted to Asanga in the 4th Century. The Ornament of Clear Realization take the vast teachings of the Prajnaparmita (Perfection of Wisdom) literature which make us thousands of pages and summarized them...
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ALL 58 OF THRANGU RINPOCHE'S BOOKS (ON SPECIAL DOWNLOAD)

Thrangu Rinpoche is author of 60 books on Buddhism. You need only to peruse this book section to see all the different topics Thrangu Rinpoche has taught on. We have made PDFs of each of these books and made they searchable and put them in a folder and made the cost of this folder $35.00 ...
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Naropa's Wisdom (PDF)

Tilopa who founded the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism had one primary pupil who was Naropa. Naropa was a great scholar at Nalanda University a 1,000 years ago and he left his prestigious post to wander in the forests of India looking for Tilopa. He went through great hardship and finally was...
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Song for the King: Saraha Kings Doha (PDF)

Saraha is credited with being the first person to teach Mahamudra meditation which he learned from a female arrow-maker. After realizing Mahamudra Saraha wrote three treatises on Mahamudra-- the longest being the People's Doha , the middle length being the Queen's Doha , and the shortest...
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Tilopa's Wisdom (PDF)

The lineage of the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism begins with Tilopa, who is said to have received the teachings of Mahamudra directly from the buddha Vajradhara. Tilopa expressed his realization in the form of spiritual songs, pithy yet beautiful poems that he sang spontaneously. In this...
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Advice from a Yogi (PDF)

A new original teaching by Thrangu Rinpoche on the Tibetan classic by Padampa Sangye's One Hundred Verses . Padampa Sangye is best known as Machig Labrang's teacher, the famous yogini who developed the widely practiced  Cutting-off or Chod Practice. This work has been featured in this...
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Creation and Completion (PDF)

Creation and Completion is a unique guide to the practice of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. Drawing on experiential explanations from two great masters, it is both concise and thorough, both authoritative and clear. In the creation stage of tantra, practitioners visualize themselves in the form of...
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Crystal Clear:Practical Advice for Mahamudra Meditation (PDF)

Crystal Clear an important meditation manual on Mahamudra by Thrangu Rinpoche is a commentary to the classic meditation manual on Mahamudra meditation by Tashi Namgyal's Clarifying the Natural State . In his straightforward and lucid style Rinpoche gives us an indispensable guidebook for...
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Sup. Clarifying the Natural State by Tashi Namgyal (PDF)

One of Tibet's greatest masters, Dakpo Tashi Namgyal is famous for writing The Moonlight of Mahamdura . This book is a shorter and more  practical manual that covers simply and methodically the path from mindfulness to complete enlightenment by presenting the profound...



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Cultivating True Compassion: Bodhichitta (PDF)

Atisha was a great Bengal scholar who went to Sumatra to a thriving Buddhist community there and met his root guru and studied the Mahayana for 12 years. When he returned to India, he was invited to go to Tibet which was undergoing many Dharma difficulties after the Tibetan King Langdarma had tried...
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Distinguishing Dharma from Dharmata OF Maitreya (PDF)

Asanga was given five treatises from the Buddha Maitreya. Distinguishing Dharma from Dharmata was one of these texts. This text which is 1,400 years old and consists of 56 root verses is memorized and extensively studied by the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. This text is studied even today because it...
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Essential Practice-Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation (PDF)

"The great Indian master Kamalashila's  Stages of Meditation  in the Middle Way School opens the door of philosophy and practice to meditators at all levels. With brevity and clarity, it covers all the main topics one needs to know from developing compassion, through numerous...
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Essentials of Mahamudra: Looking Directly at Mind (PDF)

The Tibetan Buddhist teachings on Mahamudra are known for their ability to lead to profound realization. These teachings are as useful for today's busy world as they have been for centuries. Essentials of Mahamudra is a commentary on Tashi Namgyal's famous Moonlight of Mahamudra a text that...
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Everyday Consciousness and Awareness (PDF)

This introduction to Buddhist psychology supplies essential instructions for successful meditation practice. Everyday Consciousness and Primordial Awareness sets forth the nature of mind and human potential and presents meditation practices that can powerfully influence and ultimately transform the...
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Five Buddha Families and Eight Consciousnesses (PDF)

Thrangu Rinpoche describes in a lucid manner the Tibetan view of mind by giving the function and the properties and importance of the eight Consciousnesses of mind. These consciousnesses interacting with each other and the outside world give us our view of the world and in their normal functioning...
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Four Dharmas of Gampopa (PDF)

Gampopa (1079 - 1153) was a physician from Gampo, Tibet and the foremost student of the famous Tibetan yogi Milarepa. Gampopa is known for combining the Kadampa tradition of Atisha with the Mahamudra teachings, thus establishing the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Gampopa’s Four Dharmas...
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Four Foundations of Buddhist Practice (PDF)

Thrangu Rinpoche discusses the four common foundations, which are the four thoughts to contemplate before beginning any spiritual practice. The first foundation, precious human birth, explains in detail why practice is important. The second foundation, impermanence, teaches us to find something...
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A Harmony of Views (PDF)

There are two ways to approach the teachings on emptiness: one can study the vast Prajna-paramita sutras and commentaries using logic until one has grasped this intellectually or one can look directly at mind in one's meditation. The Harmony of Views  is a fascination book which contains...
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Heart of the Dharma: Mind Training for Beginners (PDF)

This book is a commentary on Je Chekawa Yeshe Dorje's Seven Points of Mind Training , one of the best known and most beloved texts of Tibetan Buddhism because of its practical yet effective approach to dealing with the short- and long-term difficulties that all beings face. In this book which...
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History of Buddhism in India (PDF)

In 1991 Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche accompanied a group of western Buddhist students to each of the four major pilgrimage sites from the life of the Buddha (Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar and Lumbini). This book contains the teachings Rinpoche gave to the group at each pilgrimage site, enabling...



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How to Recite the Mani Mantra (PDF)

How to Recite the Mani Mantra is a small but valuable booklet in which Thrangu Rinpoche writes a commentary on Khenpo Gangshar's The Spiritual Song of the Mani Mantra . Khenpo Gangshar Wangpo was a guru of Thrangu Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet. He wrote a short Doha of the...
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Jewel Ornament of Liberation of Gampopa (PDF)

One of the shining jewels of the Kagyu Lineage is the Dharma Lord Gampopa (1079-1153) who is well-known for merging into one river of Dharma the Kadampa lineage of Atisha with the Mahamudra lineage that he received from his root guru Milarepa. The Jewel Ornament of Liberation is a graded path...



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SUP. Jewel Ornament of Liberation trans. Konchog Gyaltsen

A Supplemental Book to Jewel Ornament of Liberation Thrangu Rinpoche wrote is extensive commentary on the Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa which is an encyclopedia of Buddhist concepts as arranged and exponded on by one of the major founders of the Kagyu Lineage. It is to the Kagyu lineage...
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Journey of the Mind (PDF)

This book is a set of teachings on the bardo--the interval between our death of our present life and the next lifetime. Instead of concentrating on the the visions and deities and frightening things that happen in this interval of time, Thrangu Rinpoche concentrates upon what we need to know about...
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Sup. The Mirror of Mindfulness The Four Bardos by Rangdrol

This book is a an invaluable book on the bardo or the time between this life and we are reborn in the next. Thrangu Rinpoche used this book as a text for his bardo teachings. This book published in 1987 is out of print and we offer it as a PDF that is an exact copy of the paperback.
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King of Samadhi (PDF)

The King of Samadhi or the Samadhi Raja Sutra is one of the few sutras that discusses Mahamudra. Thrangu Rinpoche in this book gives a full length teaching on this sutra which in aditionally discussing Mahamudra, it also gives the story of how the Buddha predicted the coming of Gampopa. The...



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SUP King of Samadhi Root Text translated by Roberts

This book is a translation of the complete original King of Samadhi sutra which is over 500 pages long. We offer this free as a supplement to Thrangu Rinpoche's King of Samadhi teaching which was not available when this translation was published.
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Life and Teachings of Gampopa (PDF)

Gampopa was the main disciple of Milarepa and one of the founders of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism from which originated the four greater and eight lesser schools. Besides writing the Jewel Ornament of Liberation , Gampopa distilled the Buddhist path into four short lines or dharmas known...
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Life and Spiritual Songs of Milarepa (PDF)

Milarepa was one of the greatest Buddhist saints to have ever lived. His incredible story of accomplishing enlightenment in one lifetime is one of the truly inspirational books in Buddhism.  What Milarepa practiced, realized, and taught was Mahamudra, which is the main meditation of the Kagyu...
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Luminous Clarity:Union of Mahamudra and Dzogchen (PDF)

The meditation of Mahamudra and the meditation of Dzogchen are highly appropriate meditations for Western practitioners, who are engaged in their families and their jobs, because these meditations can be done in ordinary life and without elaborate pujas and visualizations, that is, they are done by...
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Mahamudra Lineage Prayer (PDF)

One of the most beloved and often recited prayers in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Mahamudra Lineage Prayer , also called the Dorje Chang Prayer combines a supplication to the Mahamudra lineage with a concise guide to Mahamudra practice and the stages of the path to enlightenment. ...
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Medicine Buddha Teachings (PDF)

One of Thrangu Rinpoche's most popular publications is the  Medicine Buddha Teachings. This book presents more than just the medicine Buddha practice but includes many basic principles of tantric theory and practice in general. Presented are the stages of practice of the Medicine Buddha...



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Middle Way Meditation Instructions of Mipham (PDF)

Mipham Rinpoche, a 19th century Tibetan scholar and practitioner, gives a definitive explanation of the Middle-way Instructions. For a few years of his life he stayed at the Tenth Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery, where he was supplied with the materials for his prolific writing. One of Mipham...
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Ninth Karmapa's Ocean of Definitive Meaning (PDF)

The Ocean of Definitive Meaning is by the Ninth Karmapa and is one of the most profound and famous texts on Mahamudra and is of vital importance even today in the Kagyu tradition. It contains a detailed and comprehensive presentation of instruction on both the view and the practice. The Ninth...
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Ocean of the Ultimate Meaning (PDF)

Thrangu Rinpoche's teachings encompass the entire path of Mahamudra, including the preliminaries, the main practice, removing obstacles, and attaining the result of Buddhahood—with detailed instruction in tranquility and insight meditation. This is the only available volume that presents...
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SUP Opening the Door to Certainty Bokar Rinpoche (PDF)

Thrangu Rinpoche gave a commentary on the Ocean of Certainty (Namo Buddha Publications carries the paperback and also the PDF of his commentary). Here Bokar Rinpoche's book has an extensive translation of the who Ocean of Certainty text with the Tibetan script on the left page and a translation...
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On Buddha Essence: The Third Karmapa's Treatise (PDF)

According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, human beings' true nature, buddha essence, is the foundation from which all wisdom develops. In order to discover our Buddha-essence or Buddha-nature the meditator needs to know how to meditate correctly and must properly understand the reasons for...



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Open Door to Emptiness (PDF)

One of the most important concepts in Mahayana Buddhism is the concept of Emptiness. We have external experiences that appear, but when they are examined closely in four careful analyses of the Middle-way (Madhyamaka) they are found to be insubstantial or lack inherent reality. This fact has led...
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Pointing Out the Dharmakaya (PDF)

At the heart of successful Mahamudra practice is the ability to get directly at the nature of mind. The Ninth Karmapa was the acknowledged master of this approach. No more authoritative or useful instructions exist than in his three definitive texts on Mahamudra, of which this easy-to-use manual is...
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Practice of Tranquillity and Insight (PDF)

The foundation of all meditation practice are the two types of meditation that form the core of Buddhist spiritual practice: Tranquillity (Shamatha) meditation which aims at stilling the mind and Insight meditation (Vipasyana) meditation produces insight into the nature of all phenomena. Shamatha...
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Rechungpa: A Biography of Milarepa's Disciple (PDF)

Milarepa, Tibet's greatest saint, had two major disciples: Gampopa, who established the monastic foundation of the Kagyu lineage, and Rechungpa, who traveled to India and brought back profound teachings which were absorbed into several lineages. Rechungpa's biography stands out because of...
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Seven Points of Mind Training (PDF)

The great Indian Buddhist scholar Atisha went to Indonesia and spent 12 yearrs studying Buddhism there. When he returned to India, he condensed his realization into short one-line instructions on how to behave correctly as a Buddhist and how to develop one's practice to become a Bodhisattva....
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Shantideva's Bodhisattva's Way of Life (PDF)

This is one of the most dearly beloved Buddhist texts and has been translated into over a dozen languages because of its relevance to modern times. This book was written by an eighth century Indian Bodhisattva, Shantideva, and is a comprehensive outline of what it is to be a bodhisattva. This...
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Shentong and Rangtong: Two Views of Emptiness (PDF)

The Mahayana path of Buddhism requires the development of vast loving-kindness and compassion. The foundation for developing impartial compassion for all sentient beings is based on understanding the emptiness of self and the emptiness of phenomena. In Shentong and Rangtong Thrangu Rinpoche begins...
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Sixteen Arhats text and pictures (PDF)

The Sixteen Arhats are 16 different wise teachers who lived in India and who represent many different aspect of the Buddhist experience. Although these adepts lived in India their stories and accomplishments were taken to China, Japan, and Tibet where they are featured in Buddhist ceremonies. The...
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Songs of Naropa (PDF)

Songs of Naropa is now out of print.  A much revised and expanded version of this book is now available here at the PDF section entitled Naropa's Wisdom . Naropa's wisdom combines some of the material of this book with much more material from other teachings Thrangu Rinpoche gave on...
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Spiritual Biography of Marpa (PDF)

Buddhism was introduced into Tibet quite late in the 8th century by Padmasambhava which lead to the rise of the Nyingma school. Many centuries later in the 11th century, just before the destruction of Buddhist universities in the Moslem invasion of India, Marpa undertook the incredibly difficult...
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Distinguishing Consciousness from Wisdom (PDF)

The entire path of Buddhism can be characterized as a quest for understanding the mind and then ridding the obstacles to mind. While the mind is the foundation of Buddhism, it is rarely directly described in its complexity. For this reason the Third Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje, wrote a treatise...
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Spiritual Song of Lodro Thaye (PDF)

Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899 CE), also called Lodro Thaye was an incredible practitioner and scholar who composed over 90 volumes of Buddhist works and is especially known for his encyclopedic work the Five Great Treasuries and being a major member of the Rime movement.  After doing a long...



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Teachings on the Practice of Meditation (PDF)

The essence of the teachings of the Buddha is practice. The reason we practice meditation is to attain happiness. This means happiness in both the short term and the long term. The short-term benefits of meditation are more than merely peace of mind, because our physical health as well depends to a...
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Three Vehicles of Buddhist Practice (PDF)

This extensive set of teachings was one of Thrangu Rinpoche's introductions to the basic concepts of the three vehicles of Buddhism. When Buddhism came to Tibet, the great masters of meditation determined that to practice Buddhism properly, all three vehicles, or levels, of Buddhism have to be...
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Twelve Links of Interdependent Origination (PDF)

The Buddha taught that our world was not created by some kind of creator. Rather he taught that everything in samsara follows the process of interdependent origination in which one action or event causes another event, which causes another event, and so on. In personal terms, interdependent...
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Uttaratantra (Sublime Continuum) of Maitreya (PDF)

The  Uttaratantra Shastra  also called the Sublime Continuum elucidates the Third Turning of the Buddha's Teachings on Buddha-essence--the inherent qualities and potential for Buddhahood present in all beings. This 283 page book includes a translation of the 404 verses of the root...



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Ten Virtuous Actions (PDF)

King Trisong Detsun, who was king who first introduced into Tibet, asked the Buddhist practitioners to come up with a simple  list of what was proper Buddhist conduct for the Tibetans. They came up with ten simple rules and this became a major teaching of how Buddhist sshould conduct...
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Vivid Awareness: Mind Instructions of Khenpo Gangshar (PDF)

Vivid Awareness presents Khenchen Thrangu's commentary on the famous Dzogchen and Mahamudra master Khenpo Gangshar's two texts on Naturally Liberating Whatever You Meet . The book also includes translations of both root texts. The instructions in this book are a distillation of the...
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Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva (PDF)

Many times Thrangu Rinpoche has said that Buddhist practitioners often concentrate on meditation and that is, of course, good. But if they don't matach their meditation with compassion, unselfish behavior and engaging in virtuous actions, their meditation will never go well. To encourage his...
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WaterMoons: 108 Pith Instructions with Photos (PDF)

WaterMoons is a unique books which contains 108 pith instructions that Thrangu Rinpoche gave while he was teaching on the three Ninth Karmapa's famous trilogy on Mahamudra (The Ocean of Definitive Meaning, the eliminating the Darkness of Ignorance, and Pointing Out the Dharmakaya). Each pith...
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Milarepa's Wisdom by Thrangu Rinpoche (PDF)

Milarepa was Tibet's most famous saint who renouced dark magic and with Buddhist practice was able to become realized in one lifetime. Practicing in the high Himalayan mountains, wearing only a cotton robe, he taught the Dharma through beautiful, imagery-filled spiritual songs making them...
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White Tara: Wish Fulfilling Wheel by Khenpo Karthar Rin.(PDF)

White Tara is practiced by all four major schools in Tibet. There are actually several Tara practices, but White Tara's special function is to promote long life both for the practitioner and for all others. Ultimately, White Tara is the nature of Dharmakaya and accomplishing her practice leads...