A Garland of Gold: The Early Kagyu Masters in India and - download pdf or read online

By Jampa Thaye

ISBN-10: 0950911933

ISBN-13: 9780950911939

'A Garland of Gold' is a historical past of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, comparable to Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their non secular heirs.  This background represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, displaying us how they built devotion and self assurance of their experts, obtained the foundation of the dakini messengers, got the dear lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.

Their songs, additionally translated right here, notwithstanding incomplete and not using a master's textual transmission, provide a reference to the area of mahamudra.

Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters is predicated at the histories composed by means of Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), pass Lotsawa (1392-1481) and Pema Karpo (1527-1592).  He acquired the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different authorities corresponding to Ato Rinpoche and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

The Kagyu culture is without doubt one of the 4 significant faculties of Tibetan Buddhism along the Sakya, Nyingma and Gelug. It rose to prominence within the 11th and 12th centuries C.E. a few one and a part millennia after the passing of Lord Buddha and continues to be one of many nice religious transmission to be had on the planet today.  This ebook bargains a impressive look at the origins of this global.

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Was of his own body being as vast as space and containing all sentient beings drinking milk. Milarepa informed him that this was a sign that his pranas had been transformed into wisdom-pranas. A month later. Gampopa saw successively, whilst in meditation. the eight deities of the Bhaisajyaguru cycle. the sambhogakaya realms and Sakyamuni as chief of the one thousand Buddhas of the fortunate aeon. ' Milarepa then sent Gampopa to U province to continue his meditation in solitary retreat. He predicted that Gampopa would perceive the dharmakaya nature of mind and recognize his guru as being in reality a buddha.

His students were yogins like Drigom Repa, Seban Repa, Repa Zhiwa Od, Ngenton Repa; penitent malefactors like Chira Repa, the former hunter: yoginis such as Selle-od, Rechungma and Peldarbum and, most illustrious of all. the 'moon-like' Rechungpa and the 'sun-like' Gampopa. Milarepa passed away in 1123 at the age of eighty· three going to dwell in the realm of Abhirati. buddha-field of Aksobhya. 15 Rechungpa ('little cotton-clad one') was born in Gungthang in I 083. His parents named him Dorje Drak ('vajra fame').

Nothing therefore stood in the way of his return to India for further studies except his need for the necessary funds. To finance his next trip Marpa utilized Naropa's instruction on the propitiation of Vetali by performing ceremonies dedicated to the goddess as a protection-ritual for the sons of wealthy men. As offerings for these ceremonies he received substantial remuneration in gold. It was at this time that Marpa acquired his first serious students. His own cousin Marpa Golek received the abhiseka of Hevajra from him.

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