By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a historical past of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, akin to Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their religious heirs. This background represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, displaying us how they built devotion and self belief of their authorities, acquired the muse of the dakini messengers, received the dear lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.
Their songs, additionally translated the following, although incomplete with out a master's textual transmission, provide a reference to the area of mahamudra.
Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters is predicated at the histories composed via 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 non secular transmission to be had on this planet today. This e-book bargains a awesome look at the origins of this international.
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Although Marpa to all outward appearances lived the life of a wealthy family man. a considerable number of students sought him out. Of these disciples. four were particularly outstanding. being known as the 'four great pillars': Ngok Choku Dorje. Meton Tshonpo. Tshurton Wangdor. and Milarepa Zhepa Dorje. It was to Milarepa that Marpa bequeathed the 'lineage of practice' consisting of maflamudra and the Six Doctrines. and to Ngok Choku Dorje that he 44 Garland of Gold transmitted the 'lineage of teaching'.
E.. the son of Mila Sherab Milarepa The Kagyus in Tibet 4 7 Gyaltsen and Nyang Za Kargyen. a prosperous couple who hailed from the village of Kya-nga Tsa in Gungthang, western Tibet. His parents named him Thopaga ('delightful to hear'). Tragedy struck the family when Mila was seven years old. His father died suddenly and, on his deathbed, he entrusted the care of his family and affairs to Mila's paternal uncle and aunt. These relatives proceeded to seize the estate for their own use and pressed Mila.
To which the latter responded by insisting that Gampopa drink half of a skull-cup full of beer. Overcoming his initial reluctance to infringe the vinaya in this way. Gampopa accepted and drank the beer. thus proving himself a worthy vessel for the teaching of the siddhas. Milarepa questioned him closely about his previous studies. and Gampopa told him that he had received the Guhyasamaja cycle from Geshe Maryul Loden and Hevajra from other Kadam masters. When Gampopa further volunteered the information that he had experienced a meditative absorbtion lasting thirteen days Milarepa burst into laughter and exclaimed: 'Butter can never be extracted from sand.