By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a heritage of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, similar to Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their non secular heirs. This heritage represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, exhibiting us how they constructed devotion and self belief of their experts, got the foundation 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 right here, even though incomplete and not using a master's textual transmission, supply a reference to the area 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), cross Lotsawa (1392-1481) and Pema Karpo (1527-1592). He acquired the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different professionals corresponding to 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 this planet today. This ebook deals a amazing look at the origins of this international.
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Textual transmissions and oral instructions of Cakrasamvara. Hevajra and Guhyasamaja from Geshe Maryul Loden. He also studied Atisa's teachings on 'The Graduated Path of the Three Persons' and related meditational instructions with several masters such as jayulpa, Nyukrumpa. and Gyayon Dak. It was during his thirty-second year that Gampopa first heard of Milarepa. One day Gampopa happened to overhear some beggars discussing the powers of the great yogin. Immediately upon hearing the name Milarepa.
These relatives proceeded to seize the estate for their own use and pressed Mila. his mother and sister. 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.
On the very day of his death he gave maftamudra teaching to two monks who had come to request vajrayana abftiseka. At the cremation of his body. dakinis and gods appeared in the sky and his heart was found intact in the ashes of the pyre. Four of Gampopa's students. Dusum Khyenpa. Dakpo Gomtsul. Phakmo Drupa. and Baram Darma Wangchuk received the complete transmission of his teaching. These four. directly or indirectly. subsequently became the founding fathers of the 'four major' branches of the Dakpo Kagyu: The Karma.