ISBN-10: 0861716590

ISBN-13: 9780861716593

The Hidden Lamp is a suite of 1 hundred koans and tales of Buddhist girls from the time of the Buddha to the current day. This progressive publication brings jointly many instructing tales that have been hidden for hundreds of years, unknown till this quantity. those tales are outstanding expressions of freedom and fearlessness, proper for women and men of any time or position. In those pages we meet nuns, laywomen practising with their households, well-known lecturers commemorated by means of emperors, and outdated girls promoting tea at the facet of the road.

Each tale is followed by way of a mirrored image through a latest lady teacher--personal responses that support convey the previous tales alive for readers today--and concluded through a last meditation for the reader, a query from the editors intended to spark additional rumination and inquiry. those are the voices of the ladies ancestors of each modern Buddhist.

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Ba This text is found in SDE DGE’s Vol. Nya; MTSHAMS BRAG’s Vol. Ba; and GTING Vol. uk/csac/NGB/da/2). It is most probably to be identified with the Phur pa’i rgyud la khu byug rol pa specified (along with the Myang ’das and a number of other Phurpa tantras) in the list of tantras considered of dubious origin by Pho brang Zhi ba ’od in his late eleventh century polemical open letter (KARMAY 1980: 18; see above, note 15). A text referred to as the Mdo khu byug rol pa is also mentioned in the ’Bum nag (Bdud ’joms Bka’ ma edition: Vol.

24 The SDE DGE edition (Vol. yas... A DUNHUANG PHURPA CONSECRATION RITE 17 interlineal commentary adds the appropriate Buddha family. This corresponds to the Phur pa bcu gnyis ordering, apart from a reversal of the associations for the final two fingers: the syllables at the ring and little fingers are said in the Phur pa bcu gnyis to generate Amoghasiddhi and Amitābha respectively, but here, the commentator notes associations with the lotus and activity family respectively. The Phur pa bcu gnyis also specifies that the listed fingers refer to the right hand, and it then adds a verse concerning the female consorts arising on the fingers of the left hand.

PT 44, a text on, ‘the origins and doctrines of Phurbu’, 33 is concluded with a passage which alludes to a variation of the rite, although there is no explicit indication that its purpose is consecration. The passage reads: Holding the Mount Meru kīlaya [with] planed edges 34 in the right hand, [one] holds a cakra in the left hand. In the centre of the right palm, from a [arises] a moon maṇḍala, [while] in the centre of the left palm, from ma [arises] a sun maṇḍala. The natural expression of the phurbu is meditated on [as] the heruka[s] of the five families [appearing] above the upper knot.

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