By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a historical past of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, resembling Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their non secular heirs. This heritage represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, displaying us how they built devotion and self assurance of their professionals, got the foundation of the dakini messengers, got the valuable lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.
Their songs, additionally translated right here, notwithstanding incomplete with no master's textual transmission, supply a reference to the realm of mahamudra.
Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters is predicated 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 experts similar 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 bargains a impressive investigate the origins of this global.
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8 In the years following his return to Tibet Marpa made two fairly brief trips to Nepal to receive various teachings from a number of masters. Whilst on the return leg of the second of these excursions. Marpa was temporarily detained for a few days in Lisokara in northern Nepal by corrupt customs officials. One night during his stay there. he had an overwhelmingly powerful vision of the siddfla Saraha who gave him special instructions in maflamudra. Marpa subsequently composed 'The va;ra Song of the Four Letters' to encapsulate these precepts.
Into humiliating domestic service. Despite their misfortune, Milarepa's mother endeavoured to ensure that he receive some education. His initial tutor was a Nyingma master named Lotsawa Lanchung. also known as Lu-jaypa. From this teacher Mila received instruction in meditation on Vajrapani. His mother, it appears, was determined that her son should utilize his intelligence to learn sorcery in order to wreak vengeance on her cruel in-laws. Thus, when Mila reached the age of eighteen, she sent him to Yarlung in Tsang province so that he could acquire the powers of sorcery from the adept Yungton Throgyal.
Marpa gave Mila a further series of abhisekas including those of Hevajra. Mahamaya, Buddhakapala and Guhyasamaja finally ordering him to remain in retreat for the next two years. At the end of this period an offering feast was held in honour of Marpa's own guru Naropa. During the festivities Milarepa and all the assembled guests actually saw Marpa in the form of Hevajra and Cakrasamvara. When his studies were over. and he had received the practice lineage in its entirety. Mila was sent away by Marpa to enter solitary meditation.