By Abhayadatta; Keith Dowman; Hugh R Downs
In Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra represents a perfected point of meditative consciousness: it's the inseparable union of knowledge and compassion, of vacancy and skillful capability. those eighty-four masters, a few old, a few archetypal, complete this tradition in India the place they lived among the 8th and 12th centuries. major unconventional lives, the siddhas comprise a few of the maximum Buddhist lecturers; Tilopa, Naropa, and Marpa between them. via a long time of analysis, Keith Dowman has accrued and translated their songs of consciousness and the legends approximately them. In session with modern lecturers, he offers a remark on all of the nice Adepts and culls from on hand assets what we will be able to recognize in their history.
Dowman's large creation strains the advance of tantra and discusses the main thoughts of the Mahamudra. In a full of life and illuminating type, he unfolds the deeper understandings of brain that the texts encode. His remedy of the various parallels to modern psychology and event makes a valualbe contribution to our realizing of human nature.
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The practice which gave him his name also brought him power and realization. Luipa became a renowned Guru, and in the legends of Darikapa and I)erigipa there is further mention of him. Siidhana It is appropriate that the first of the eighty-four legends should repeat the elements of the story of the first Buddha, Sakyamuni, in a tantric guise. Luipa is a king who renounces his throne for the sake of enlightenment. I-asara) as a mat, a throne, and a shawl. Deer-skins indicate renunciate status; the Bodhisattva AvalokiteS'vara wears one around his torso.
More useful than the Tibetan standpoint is the expedient, simplistic view that the Hindus are practitioners of the exoteric, mundane-oriented Tantra while the Tibetan Buddhists are bearers of the esoteric, transcendental soteriology. The Vediintins, certain siikta cults and saiva lineages, particularly the niiths, all with Buddhist origins, are the exceptions that prove the rule. 13. , 1982: ch. 2 for a general introduction to the tantras, and Dr. Snellgrove's translation of the Hevajra-tantra as a specific example.
Dmigs pa, is the object of meditation, such as a candle flame or a visualization. 43. The Tibetan equivalent of the Sanskrit karma that is applied to Buddhas and sentient beings alike, is las for sentient beings and 'phrin las for Buddhas. Las means "action" or "work," while 'jJhrin is an honorific prefix. Different schools perceive the Buddha's karma in different ways. Gautama's final action, his death, was, according to some scriptures, effected by his thoughtless killing of an insect in a past life, but upon his parinirvaI;la his karmic depths were exhausted.