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 nice Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, resembling Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their non secular heirs.  This historical past represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, exhibiting us how they built devotion and self assurance of their authorities, got the foundation of the dakini messengers, acquired the dear lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.

Their songs, additionally translated right here, although 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 got the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different authorities comparable to Ato Rinpoche and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.

The Kagyu culture is likely 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 this planet today.  This publication deals a awesome investigate the origins of this international.

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In fact this branch almost immediately split into a number of sub-sects and the main branch itself 68 Garland of Gold receded in importance. Dorje Gyalpo was born in Kham in I II 0. His name and that of the branch come from the place. Phakmo Dru. where he established his monastic seat. As a young man he met and studied with some of the most eminent masters of his day. including Chapa Chokyi Sengge with whom he studied madftyamaka philosophy. In Sakya. Phakmo Drupa received 'The Path and its Fruit' from Sachen Kunga Nyingpo.

Mahamaya and the dftarmapala Vetali. Ngok later said: 'My offerings did not last for more than this. ' 10 In time he became a specialist in the Heva;ra Tantra and maintained Marpa's lineage of teaching. Ngok Choku Dorje had numerous disciples including Ramtsachen. Bawabachen. Ngok Munpachen and Sumpa Phodkachen. He passed away at the age of sixty-eight being transported to the realm of the dakinis. His lineage continued The Kagyus in Tibet 4 5 through his own son. Ngok Dode born in I 090. who was recognized as a Nyingma incarnation.

His main monastery was located at Tshal Gungthang just south of the city of Lhasa. Due to his wrathful compassion and his powers as a ·siddfra. Lama Zhang dedicated himself to establishing law and order through military means. However. Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa pacified his wrath and brought an end to the disputes in which Lama Zhang was engaged. Zhang Yudrakpa passed away at the age of seventy in I 193. His successor as abbot of Tshal Gungthang was Shakya Yeshe ( 114 7-1207). For well over a hundred years the Tshalpa Kagyu was very successful.

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