By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a heritage of the early masters of the nice Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, equivalent to Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their religious heirs. This historical past represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, exhibiting us how they constructed devotion and self assurance of their authorities, acquired the foundation of the dakini messengers, bought the dear 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, provide a reference to the realm of mahamudra.
Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters is predicated at the histories composed through Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), move Lotsawa (1392-1481) and Pema Karpo (1527-1592). He bought the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different authorities akin 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 continues to be one of many nice non secular transmission on hand on the earth today. This booklet deals a extraordinary check out the origins of this international.
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18 Gampopa went first to the Kadam monastery at Se-wa-lung in Nyal but he soon discovered that his sojourn there was harmful to his mahamudra practice. Recollecting Mila's advice. Gampopa entered into retreat for three years until he realized the true nature of mind and simultaneously recognized his guru as truly a buddha. Gampopa then moved to Ode Gungyal where he remained in retreat for a further nine years. By then twelve years had passed since his leave-taking of Milarepa. and he retraced his steps towards his guru's residence in Chubar.
Which he alone was able to drink. Milarepa told him that this vision signified that the hindu was increasing in the central nadi but that he needed to practise some hatha-yoga exercises. A month later. Gampopa suddenly experienced a violent and sustained physical trembling. Milarepa advised him to continue with his exercises. 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.
As he was also known. Druptop U-se). one of the four main disciples of Gampopa, and incarnation of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. Dusum Khyenpa was born in Tresho in Kham. At the age of sixteen he obtained novice ordination, receiving the name Chokyi Drakpa. Three years later. Dusum Khyenpa travelled to U province where. he studied philosophy with the two scholars )amarpa and Chapa Chokyi Sengge. 1 A little later. Dusum Khyenpa received instruction in Kadam doctrine from Geshe Sharawa. 2 His scholarly studies continued with Patsab.
Garland of Gold: Early Kagyu Masters in India and Tibet by Jampa Thaye