Gampopa taught Mahamudra to his heart disciple Phagmo Drupa in a specific way that made it into a five-part practice. Phagmo Drupa practised it then taught it widely to his disciples. From there, "The Five-Part Mahamudra", as it is called became an important part of the Kagyu approach to Mahamudra.
This book is a complete reference to the Five-Part Mahamudra teaching. It contains translations of several key texts by important authors of Drigung, Drukpa, and Karma Kagyu lineages. It contains unpublished selections from Gampopa's Collected Works including his exchanges with Phagmo Drupa that led to the Five-Part system. It contains texts that explain the entire practice from Jigten Sumgon, The translator from Throphu, Situ Chokyi Jungnay, and the Zhamar Konchog Yanlag. It ends with a very extensive oral explanation of the system from the current Benchen Tenga Rinpoche.
This is the first book to present the Five-Part Mahamudra system in its entirety and is unusual for the extensive translations of source texts contained. The introduction by the author provides a very clear overview of the tradition and full information on the texts in the book.
The following texts are included:
A Written Instruction Coming from the Throphu Kagyu on the Five-Part Mahamudra by The Translator from Throphu, Jampay Pal
The Source of the Jewels of Experience and Realization, The Ocean-Like Instructions on the Five Parts. The instructions by Jigten Sumgon arranged and commented on by Zhamar Konchog Yanlag
"Mind Harvest", An Instruction on the Five-Part Mahamudra by All-knowing Padma Karpo
A Written Instruction on the Five-Part Mahamudra by All-knowing Situ Chokyi Jungnay