By Abhayadatta; Keith Dowman; Hugh R Downs

ISBN-10: 0887061583

ISBN-13: 9780887061585

ISBN-10: 0887061605

ISBN-13: 9780887061608

In Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra represents a perfected point of meditative attention: it's the inseparable union of knowledge and compassion, of vacancy and skillful capability. those eighty-four masters, a few historic, a few archetypal, entire this tradition in India the place they lived among the 8th and 12th centuries. best unconventional lives, the siddhas contain a number of the maximum Buddhist academics; Tilopa, Naropa, and Marpa between them. via decades of analysis, Keith Dowman has accrued and translated their songs of consciousness and the legends approximately them. In session with modern academics, he supplies a statement on all of the nice Adepts and culls from to be had assets what we will understand in their history.

Dowman's wide advent strains the advance of tantra and discusses the most important options of the Mahamudra. In a full of life and illuminating variety, he unfolds the deeper understandings of brain that the texts encode. His therapy of the various parallels to modern psychology and event makes a valualbe contribution to our realizing of human nature.

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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. But Liiipa was born into the kalz'yuga when it was no longer possible to practice the fierce discipline and simple practices that Siikyamuni taught.

The "royal pride" she discerned in his heart can be rendered more precisely as "racial, caste and social discrimination,"2 and with her putrid food she pointed at a method which can best be described as the path of dung eating. Cultivate what is most foul and abhorrent, and consciousness is thereby stimulated to the point of transcendence; familiarize yourself with what is most disgusting and eventually it tastes no different from bread and butter. The result of this method is attainment of the awareness of sameness8 that is at the heart of all pride, all discrimination and prejudice, and transmutes these moral qualities, that are the mental equivalent of fish-guts, into emptiness.

Danger, however, lies in interpreting these symbolic indications through the filter of a deluded mind, rather than allowing intuition to assimilate them immediately. Third, the precepts enshrining specific meditation instruction is what is to be practiced as sadhana. Most of the siddhas' practices can be subsumed under the heads of creative and fulfillment modes, but Tantra, defined in contra-distinction to hlnayana and mahayana is "the path of multiple means,"29 and in this phrase lles an ocean of possibilities.

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