The Lamp That Enlightens slender Minds: The lifestyles and instances of a learned Tibetan grasp, Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug offers an attractive account of the lifetime of Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug, a learned Tibetan tulku (reincarnated lama or teacher). The book's ancient references supply an in depth portrait of Tibet at the verge of invasion and profession via chinese language forces within the a long time major as much as 1959 whilst chinese language repression led the Dalai Lama to take safe haven in India.
Narrated by way of Chökyi Wangchug's nephew, writer and overseas Tibetan instructor Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, this encouraged biography describes the extreme occasions of Chökyi Wangchug's existence in this momentous interval in Tibetan heritage. Born in 1909 in a valley south of Derge, an old heart of Tibetan tradition, Chökyi Wangchug was once famous at an early age as a reincarnation of a tulku and hence got Buddhist teachings from the best masters of the epoch. A privileged observer of his uncle's lifestyles, Namkhai Norbu finds the complexity of Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy and the conflicts triggered not just by means of chinese language forces, but additionally via humans with reference to Chökyi Wangchug who had turn into participants of factions influenced by means of bigotry and private greed. regardless of the problems he encountered, he maintained a kingdom of equanimity and committed himself to a lifetime of peace and compassion for all sentient beings. finally tortured and imprisoned by way of the chinese language, he and different discovered Tibetan academics gave up the ghost on the similar second whereas meditating.
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See Düdjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma tuition of Tibetan Buddhism, 845–46 and photograph ninety three. 29. Disciple of Guru Rinpoche, the nice translator Vairocana is likely one of the most crucial lineage masters of the Dzogchen semde and longde sequence. He translated into Tibetan the 1st 5 texts of the Eighteen unique Texts of Dzogchen Semde (Semde Chogye): Rigpai Khujyug, Tselchen Trugpa, Khyungchen Dingwa, Dola Serzhün, and Minub Gyaltsen Namkhache. His biography, written by way of Yudra Nyingpo, has been translated into English because the nice photograph: The existence tale of Vairochana. 30. The Sengchen Namdrag cave of Vairocana is found at the western financial institution of the Drichu (Yangtze) River in a spot known as Dzamthog. 31. Bero Thugthig: one of many various gongters of Chökyi Wangpo, nearly all of which, like these of his successive reincarnation, have been misplaced throughout the early years of the chinese language profession. 32. Tibetan: gongter. Teachings printed by way of learned masters referred to as tertöns (treasure discoverers) who exhibit them within the kingdom of illuminated brain. The treasures (Tibetan: terma) are teachings, gadgets, and sacred elements that have been hidden in precedent days, frequently through the nice grasp Padmasaṃbhava and by means of his disciples, and successively rediscovered. The terma culture used to be embodied by way of masters belonging to all of the non secular faculties of Tibet. but it is very associated with the Nyingmapa institution and the transmission of its teachings, that are subdivided into these transmitted orally and accumulated in a chain often called the Nyingma Kama and people referred to as terma teachings. those lineages of transmission are known as the “long lineage of the oral transmission” (ringyü kama) and the “short lineage of treasures” (nyegyü terma), respectively. The termas are labeled in lots of methods; it's enough to recollect the class that distinguishes among the treasures hid within the earth (sater) and the treasures rediscovered within the kingdom of illuminated brain (gongter). As acknowledged formerly, the critical protagonist of the terma culture in Tibet is grasp Padmasaṃbhava, who, in line with culture, concealed religious treasures in 1000's of locations in Tibet, Nepal, and India with the purpose of conserving the instructing for the good thing about destiny generations. The authenticity of this custom has been again and again puzzled by way of Tibetan and Western students. the truth is that it is still a continual font of revitalizing proposal for the Tibetan non secular culture and that probably the most notable figures within the historical past of Tibetan Buddhism are its exponents. For deeper wisdom of this custom, see Düdjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma institution of Tibetan Buddhism, 743–49. For an research of the type of termas and a dialogue of the query in their authenticity, see health care professional, Tibetan Treasure Literature. This fascinating paintings additionally includes a translation of a textual content by means of Ju Mipham Rinpoche, gTer ston brtag pa chu dwangs nor bu zhes bya ba, which analyzes the standards used to judge the authenticity of termas.