A Garland of Gold: The Early Kagyu Masters in India and by Jampa Thaye PDF

By Jampa Thaye

'A Garland of Gold' is a historical past of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, equivalent 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 muse of the dakini messengers, bought the valuable lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.

Their songs, additionally translated right here, although incomplete with no 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 through Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), cross Lotsawa (1392-1481) and Pema Karpo (1527-1592).  He bought the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different professionals resembling 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 is still one of many nice religious transmission on hand on the planet today.  This e-book deals a impressive investigate the origins of this global.

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Tshurton Wangdor was born in lower Dol. receiving his first spiritual instructions from his father who was a ngakpa endowed with great magical power. Like Ngok. on hearing of the power of Marpa. he journeyed to the latter's home to seek an audience. Before Marpa would bestow teaching upon Tshurton he ordered him to accomplish magical rites against his cousin and enemy Marpa Monnak. Tshurton then entered into retreat to perform the necessary rituals after which he told Marpa that Marpa Monnak could be informed of his impending doom.

He achieved realization of the 'one flavour' of all phenomena. Jigten Gonpo did not receive ordination until he was thirty five years old. However. when he later established his own monastery at Drikung in I I 79. he maintained a very strict regime. Drikung Jjgten Gonpo's fame spread widely and some of his contemporaries. like the Kashmiri scholar Sakyasribhadra. recognized him as an emanation of Nagarjuna. E. at the age of seventy-four. His lineage was maintained by his principal student. Chenna Rinpoche (b.

Naro the blind saw ultimate reality. On the mountain of dftarmaflaya The lame Mati runs without coming or going. The dance of the sun. moon and Hevajra Is the one flavour of the many. The conch-shell proclaims its fame in the ten directions. It calls out to the strong. who are suitable vessels. The cakras are Cakrasamvara. Turn the wheel of the caflras of the whispered lineage without attachment. · Marpa reached Puspahari only to discover that his guru had departed. He set out immediately to find him and during his search experienced a series of eight visions.

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