By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a background of the early masters of the nice Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, similar 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 experts, got the foundation of the dakini messengers, bought the valuable lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.
Their songs, additionally translated right here, even though incomplete with out a master's textual transmission, supply a reference to the area of mahamudra.
Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters relies at the histories composed by way of 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 experts resembling Ato Rinpoche and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
The Kagyu culture is likely one of the 4 significant colleges 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 religious transmission on hand on the earth today. This booklet deals a notable investigate the origins of this international.
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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'. consisting of the anuttaratantra cycles which he obtained from his gurus in India. Marpa had intended to transmit his lineages through his son Darma-Dode but this latter was killed in an accident and was unable therefore to continue his father's lineage. 9 Marpa Chokyi Lodro passed away in I 097 at the age of eighty-six.
He was gripped by a strong wave of emotion. After various auspicious signs had appeared in his dreams indicating the existence of a connection between Gampopa himself and Mila. Gampopa decided that his future lay in being accepted as Mila's student. He formally requested permission from his Kadam teachers to make his journey. Geshe Chennawa. · implying that he should continue to maintain his observance of monastic rules. Gampopa found Milarepa in Chu-bar. He presented Mila with gold and a brick of tea as an offering.
Some time later he founded a second monastery at Tshurphu in Tolung. which was to become the major monastery of the Karma Kagyus. Dusum Khyenpa was proclaimed 'Karmapa' by the Kashmiri scholar Sakyasri who declared him to be 'the one of buddha-activity' (Karmapa) prophesied in the Samadhira;asutra. 3 A black hat woven from dakinis' hair which granted liberation to all those who beheld it was bestowed upon him by the dakinis themselves. 4 Dusum Khyenpa's successor as head of the Karma Kagyu was his disciple.
A Garland of Gold: The Early Kagyu Masters in India and Tibet by Jampa Thaye