By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a historical past of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, equivalent to Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their non secular heirs. This heritage represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, exhibiting us how they built devotion and self belief of their professionals, obtained the muse 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 the following, notwithstanding incomplete with no master's textual transmission, supply a reference to the realm of mahamudra.
Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters is predicated at the histories composed via Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), pass 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 experts 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 to be had on the earth today. This publication bargains a amazing look at the origins of this international.
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The Taklung monastery became famous for its strictness: meat and alcohol were totally forbidden. After Taklung Thangpa's death. control of the Taklung monastery and the rapidly expanding subsect passed initially to his disciple Rinchen Gon. and hence to Sanjay Yarjon. 10 The Trophu subsect was founded by the two brothers Rinpoche ·Gyaltsa (1118-1195) and Kunden Tsangpa Repa ( 1148-1217). embers of a Nyingma family descended from Namkhai Nyingpo of Nub.
He subsequently formally entered the va;rayana through the abhiseka of Guhyasamaja which he received at the monastic university of Nalanda. For a time Saraha continued to maintain the monastic discipline outwardly. while following the practice of a tantric yogin in private. Saraha later took a consort who gave him instructions in her craft of arrow-making and in va;rayana. Saraha himself became an arrow-maker. Finally. as a result of his va;rayana practice. he received the transmission of mahamudra from the tenth level bodhisattva Ratnamati who had himself received it from Buddha Vajradhara.
Touching the earth with his foot. ' He then bestowed upon Marpa the complete transmission of the twelve instructions of the 'whispered lineage'. thus fulfilling the prophecy made by his own guru Tilopa many years previously. At that time Naropa himself prophesied that Marpa's chief student would be one named Mila. ' When Marpa returned to Tibet at the end of his second visit The Kagyus in Tibet 43 to India. it was as the spiritual heir of Naropa. Once back in Lhodrak. Marpa married the Lady Dakmedma.