A Garland of Gold: The Early Kagyu Masters in India and by Jampa Thaye

By Jampa Thaye

'A Garland of Gold' is a historical past of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, comparable 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 authorities, acquired the foundation of the dakini messengers, received the valuable lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.

Their songs, additionally translated the following, notwithstanding incomplete and not using a master's textual transmission, supply a reference to the area of mahamudra.

Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters is predicated at the histories composed by way of Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), cross Lotsawa (1392-1481) and Pema Karpo (1527-1592).  He got the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different experts 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 continues to be one of many nice religious transmission on hand on the planet today.  This ebook deals a outstanding check out the origins of this international.

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Into humiliating domestic service. Despite their misfortune, Milarepa's mother endeavoured to ensure that he receive some education. His initial tutor was a Nyingma master named Lotsawa Lanchung. also known as Lu-jaypa. From this teacher Mila received instruction in meditation on Vajrapani. His mother, it appears, was determined that her son should utilize his intelligence to learn sorcery in order to wreak vengeance on her cruel in-laws. Thus, when Mila reached the age of eighteen, she sent him to Yarlung in Tsang province so that he could acquire the powers of sorcery from the adept Yungton Throgyal.

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.

And prospered. Shortly afterwards. Dakmedma gave birth to his son and heir. Darma-Dode. A few years after establishing himself in Drowolung. Marpa paid his third and final visit to India to study with the siddfla Maitripa. 7 Marpa met Maitripa in eastern India and although he had already received maflamudra from Naropa. it was from Maitripa. heir to the lineage of Saraha. that he obtained the definitive and complete transmission. Marpa himself later declared: 'Through the great venerable Lord Maitripa.

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