By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a background of the early masters of the nice Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, resembling Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their non secular heirs. This background represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, exhibiting us how they constructed devotion and self belief of their experts, bought the muse 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 the following, although incomplete with no master's textual transmission, provide a reference to the realm of mahamudra.
Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters relies at the histories composed by way of Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), pass Lotsawa (1392-1481) and Pema Karpo (1527-1592). He obtained the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different specialists equivalent to Ato Rinpoche and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
The Kagyu culture is likely 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 earth today. This e-book deals a impressive look at the origins of this international.
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After his expulsion. Maitripa revealed himself to be a siddha by floating upon the surface of the Ganges seated upon his meditationmat. The monks were awe-struck and begged him to stay but he refused. 22 Some time later. Maitripa received a command from the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara to travel to southern India where he would find his destined guru Sahara. On their first meeting. Sahara appeared as a swineherd accompanied by two women and Maitripa was unable to recognize this apparition as his 36 Garland of Gold destined guru.
Shortly after this. Gampopa had a vision of the sun and moon being eclipsed. His guru told him that this event signalled that the pranas and hindus were entering the central nadi. The eighth in this succession of spiritual experiences was Gampopa's vision of the mandala of red Hevajra. Milarepa connected this with the gathering of the red hindu at Gampopa's heart-cakra. This vision was followed by a similar experienced in which Gampopa saw the mandala of Cakrasamvara. This. according to Milarepa.
9 The Taklung sub-sect was established by Taklung Thangpa Tashi Pel ( 1142-121 0). disciple and attendant of Phakmo Drupa. Taklung Thangpa hailed from Yangsho Bongra Teng. In his youth he studied Kagyu dharma with Geshe Drakgonpa and received lay ordination at the age of eighteen. Some years later. Taklung Thangpa met Phakmo Drupa. He stayed with his guru for six years in all. receiving the full transmission of the teachings. Following Phakmo Drupa's death in 1170. Taklung Thangpa travelled for some time meeting and studying with.