Freeing the Heart and Mind Introduction to the Buddhist Path: Part 1 His Holiness Sakya Trizin (Widsom Publications 2011) is full of timeless wisdom, including an introduction to the lineage, an explanation of the teaching Matchless Compassion by the Indian saint Virupa, and a selection of commentaries on the essential teaching called Parting from the Four Attachments. Developed as the first volume in a course of study for students of the Sakya tradition, it nonetheless stands alone as an excellent entry into the teachings of the Buddha. Freeing the Heart and Mind also includes a full-color photo insert of Sakya lineage masters.
Freeing the Heart and Mind: Part Two: Chogyal Phagpa on the Buddhist Path by Sakya Trichen, unpacks two texts by the legendary thirteenth-centurty Drogön Chögyal Phagpa: A Gift of Dharma to Kublai Khan and A Garland of Jewels. The two texts are presented in sparkling translation, each accompanied by penetrating commentary from His Holiness, who takes these texts, written initially for royalty, and shows how their timeless lessons—how to meditate, the personal characteristics we should cultivate, and the states on the path to buddhahood—can be incorporated into our lives today. A must-read for students of the Sakya tradition, with a gorgeous full-color photo section, it can be enjoyed either as the second volume in the course developed by His Holiness or as a stand-alone volume on its own merits.