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By Thrangu Rinpoche

Tilopa was once thought of the founder of of the Kagyu Lineage in Tibet. This publication not just provides a biography of Tilopa's existence and the way he met his 8 major scholars, however it additionally supplies a close statement on his most renowned directions on Mahamudra Meditation referred to as the Ganges Mahamudra.

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As can be seen, these symbolic stories are very profound. I believe that this story ofTilopa is also symbolic. The crystal ladder is a metaphor for the pure view of realizing emptiness which is like a crystal. The jeweled bridge is a metaphor for meditation because meditation on resting the mind is so uncommon that it is like a bridge and it is covered with jewels because it is very pure. The grass key is a metaphor that indicates action without attachment. The key is made of grass because one doesn't become attached to something made of grass.

The third disciple was found because the kingdoms in Bengal were extremely rich at that time and were under attack from an extremely vicious and deceitful magician. This magician had been progressing through various kingdoms in the south of India creating with magic enormous armies and causing these kingdoms to surrender out of fear of war. After he robbed and pillaged the palaces of one kingdom, he continued on to the next kingdom using his magical power to defeat his enemies. In a city of one of the kingdoms of Bengal the magician arrived with his horde of magically produced armies and all the people in the city were extremely frightened and had a large meeting to discuss what they should do in the face of this attack.

The singer became the sixth famous disciple called Yontan. The seventh disciple ofTilopa was found when Tilopa heard abom an on-going debate between a great Hindu scholar and a Buddhist scholar who were always debating the law of cause and effect {karma). The debate went on for a long time with each side using great logic. At every turn of the argument, the Hindu scholar refuted the law of karma, which is rhe cornerstone of the Buddhist viewpoint. Tilopa heard about this and entered the debate.

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