Paperback, 183 pages
"Saraha's A Song for the King is a sublime ode to enlightenment, famous in Tibet for nearly a millenium. Traditionally counted as one in a trilogy of poetic songs offered by Saraha to the king, queen, and people of eastern India, A Song for the King uses a series of linked metaphors to lead the listener through the stages of mahamudra meditation. The oral teaching on Saraha's Song by contemporary master Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, so smoothly translated here by Peter O'Hearn, is based upon a famous sixteenth-century commentary by Karma Trinlepa. Thrangu Rinpoche's careful analysis helps the reader to savor both the aesthetic richness and the contemplative instructions of Saraha's verses. This eloquent work is a welcome contribution to the literature on Saraha's songs in English."
-Kurtis R. Schaeffer, author of Dreaming the Great Brahmin: Tibetan Traditions of the Buddhist Poet-Saint Saraha