By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a heritage of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, resembling Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their religious heirs. This historical past represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, displaying us how they built devotion and self assurance of their authorities, got the muse of the dakini messengers, got the dear lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.
Their songs, additionally translated the following, although incomplete and not using a master's textual transmission, provide a reference to the realm of mahamudra.
Lama Jampa Thaye's account of the early masters relies at the histories composed by way of Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), pass 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 professionals comparable 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 the earth today. This booklet bargains a impressive check out the origins of this global.
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Mila settled in the cave of White Rock Horse Tooth near Kyanga Tsa. After several years of intense austerity. Mila's health began to deteriorate. Fortunately it was at this point that his sister Peta and an old fiancee. Dzesay. arrived to see him. Alarmed to find Mila in such an extremely weak condition. Peta and Dzesay insisted that he should eat some meat and drink some beer. The food and drink brought restored him to health but had the unfortunate side-effect of disturbing his meditation. Mila remembered that Marpa had earlier given him a sealed scroll containing advice on problems he might encounter in retreat.
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. a member of the Nyak clan. At the conclusion of a year-long apprenticeship with this master, Mila was sent to one of his colleagues named Yeshe Zung.
Marpa married the Lady Dakmedma. 6 bought a farm at Drowolung in his home province of Lhodrak. 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.