Masters of Mahamudra

Masters of Mahamudra

Dowman’s extensive Introduction traces the development of tantra and discusses the key concepts of the Mahamudra. In a lively and illuminating style, he unfolds the deeper understandings of mind that the texts encode.

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Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438401485

Category: Philosophy

Page: 454

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In Tibetan Buddhism, Mahamudra represents a perfected level of meditative realization: it is the inseparable union of wisdom and compassion, of emptiness and skillful means. These eighty-four masters, some historical, some archetypal, accomplished this practice in India where they lived between the eighth and twelfth centuries. Leading unconventional lives, the siddhas include some of the greatest Buddhist teachers; Tilopa, Naropa, and Marpa among them. Through many years of study, Keith Dowman has collected and translated their songs of realization and the legends about them. In consultation with contemporary teachers, he gives a commentary on each of the Great Adepts and culls from available resources what we can know of their history. Dowman’s extensive Introduction traces the development of tantra and discusses the key concepts of the Mahamudra. In a lively and illuminating style, he unfolds the deeper understandings of mind that the texts encode. His treatment of the many parallels to contemporary psychology and experience makes a valualbe contribution to our understanding of human nature.
Categories: Philosophy

Infinite Possibility

Infinite Possibility

Keith Dowman (translator), Masters of Mahamudra: Songs and Histories of the 84 Buddhist Siddhas (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1985), p 39. Dowman, Masters of Mahamudra, p 56. Dowman, Masters of Mahamudra, pp 66-8.

Author: Audrey A. Irvine

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 1467877263

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 344

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Have you had experiences with telepathy, precognition or subtle energies? You are not alone. These and many other extraordinary abilities have been reported since the earliest days of humankind and hint at an indwelling potential we all share. To broaden our understanding of these abilities, Infinite Possibility compares eight different spiritual traditions and the Scientific paradigm to understand: How different cultures understand the extraordinary The range of abilities seen across cultures Where in the hierarchy of consciousness extraordinary abilities occur The methods used to evoke abilities And the risks reported in undertaking the extraordinary Perhaps you are interested in what your particular tradition has contributed to our understanding of the extraordinary. Or you may simply enjoy reading about the exploits of saints, lamas, shaman and intuitives. Whatever your reason, this exceptional survey of the worlds traditions is guaranteed to deepen your understanding of our infinite human potential.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje

The Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje

In this groundbreaking work, Ruth Gamble synthesizes her extensive research on Rangjung Dorje into a sweeping biography covering his life, legacy, and important selected writings.

Author: Ruth Gamble

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834843271

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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The first comprehensive overview of the life and writings of the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, a revolutionary figure in the Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Known for his mastery of teachings across sectarian lines, his treatises on medicine and astrology, and his work as spiritual advisor to the last Yuan emperor of China, Rangung Dorje (1284-1339) is considered one of the most important and influential figures in Tibetan Buddhist history. First recognized as a tulku, or reincarnated Buddhist master, at the age of five, Rangjung Dorje became the Karma Kagyu lineage holder and instituted the reincarnation-based inheritance structure within Tibetan Buddhism that led to the formation of important lineages of tulkus such as the Dalai Lamas. In this groundbreaking work, Ruth Gamble synthesizes her extensive research on Rangjung Dorje into a sweeping biography covering his life, legacy, and important selected writings. Included in her discussions are Rangjung Dorje's synthesis of Dzogchen and Mahamudra in his writings, his devotion to spreading the teachings of Buddha nature, and several works never before translated into English. As the most comprehensive work available on Rangjung Dorje, this book is an indispensable resource for scholars and Buddhist practitioners alike.
Categories: Religion

Moonbeams of Mahamudra

Moonbeams of Mahamudra

For translations of Maitripa's texts, see Mathes, Fine Blend, and for a translation of the lifestories of the mahāsiddhas, see Dowman, Masters of Mahāmudrā. 6. See Glossary of Enumerations for lists of the texts included in each ...

Author: Dakpo Tashi Namgyal

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834842113

Category: Religion

Page: 784

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A new translation of Tibet's most important manual for Mahāmudrā view and meditation This classic Buddhist work, written in the sixteenth century, comprehensively presents the entire scope of the Tibetan Kagyu Mahāmudrā tradition. These profound yet accessible instructions focus on becoming familiar with the nature of one’s mind as the primary means to realize ultimate reality and thus attain buddhahood. Dakpo Tashi Namgyal’s manual for the view and practice of Mahāmudrā is widely considered the single most important work on the subject, systematically introducing the view and associated meditation techniques in a progressive manner. Moonbeams of Mahāmudrā, along with the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje’s Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance, are to this day some of the most studied texts on Mahāmudrā in the Kagyu monasteries throughout Tibet and the Himalayas. Elizabeth M. Callahan, a renowned translator of classical Kagyu literature, has provided new translations of these two texts along with ancillary materials and annotations, making this a genuine resource for both scholars and students of Tibetan Buddhism. This historic contribution therefore offers the necessary tools to properly study and apply the Mahāmudrā teachings in a modern context.
Categories: Religion

Journey Into Consciousness

Journey Into Consciousness

In the Masters of Mahamudra , Keith Dowman describes how the fish swims effortlessly , unblinking and apparently never sleeping , through its environment . In addition , fish don't get wet ; they are in the ...

Author: Charles Breaux

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 8120814541

Category: Chakras

Page: 254

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In the present book, the author introduces the Tantric methods of Tibetan Buddhism and draws correlations between this practice and the teachings of Carl Jung. In a clear, concise style, Breaux points out how many psychological truths are woven into the fabric of the Tantric doctrine. The language of the Tantra is visionary--abounding in symbols and metaphors produced spontaneously in the meditations of ancient yogis. At the heart of tantra is the experience of a divine power within the human being that can be awakened. The format of the book begins in the root chakra and follows the path of your psychological and spiritual continuum up through the chakras. Each chapter includes a meditation practice employing Tibetan Tantric Deities and procedures. Although not a substitute for a genuine Tanric teacher, the book will enable readers to experience the tantra through suggested meditation. You enter the light within when you step outside of your own shadow. The basic drive to remember your essential nature surges beneath all your fears, desires and preconceptions. Although they approach this process from opposite sides of the world, both Tantra and Jungian psychology aspire to fathom this mysterious process and create the necessary conditions so spiritual transformation can occur.
Categories: Chakras

Passionate Enlightenment

Passionate Enlightenment

216–17 ; Keith Dowman , Masters of Mahāmudrā , pp . 325–26 ; and Sonam Tobgay Kazi , Tibet House Museum , / . pp . 48–49 . 69. Translation by Keith Dowman in Masters of Enchantment , p . 163 . 70. Ibid . , p . 162 . 71.

Author: Miranda Shaw

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691235592

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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The now-classic exploration of the role of women and the feminine in Buddhist Tantra The crowning cultural achievement of medieval India, Tantric Buddhism is known in the West primarily for the sexual practices of its adherents, who strive to transform erotic passion into spiritual bliss. Historians of religion have long held that this attempted enlightenment was for men only, and that women in the movement were at best marginal and subordinated and at worst degraded and exploited. In Passionate Enlightenment, Miranda Shaw argues to the contrary and presents extensive evidence of the outspoken and independent female founders of the Tantric movement and their creative role in shaping its distinctive vision of gender relations and sacred sexuality. Including a new preface by the author, this Princeton Classics edition makes an essential work available for new audiences.
Categories: Religion

A Classical Tibetan Reader

A Classical Tibetan Reader

... translated by James B. Robinson (Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1979), p. 43. 10. “The Life Story ofGuru Koṭālipa,” Masters ofMahamudra, pp. 238–39, and Bud11. “The Life Story of Guru Śāntipa,” Masters of Mahamudra, pp. dha's Lions, ...

Author: Yael Bentor

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781614292722

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 160

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A Classical Tibetan Reader answers a long-standing need for well chosen readings to accompany courses in classical Tibetan language. Professor Bentor has built her Tibetan reader out of time-tested selections from texts that she has worked with while teaching classical Tibetan over the past twenty years. She has assembled here a selection of Tibetan narratives, organized to introduce students of the language to complex material gradually, and to arm them with ample reference materials in the form of glossaries customized to individual readings. Instructors will find this reader an invaluable tool for preparing lesson plans and providing high-quality reading material to their students. Students, too, will find the selections contained in the reader engaging. Even novice readers of Tibetan will feel welcomed and encouraged, thanks to the author's astute judgment of student capacity.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Buddhism After Patriarchy

Buddhism After Patriarchy

Keith Dowman , tr . , Masters of Mahamudra : Songs and Histories of the Eightyfour Buddhist Siddhas ( Albany , NY : SUNY Press , 1985 ) , p . 373 . 15. Allione , Women of Wisdom , pp . 80-126 . 16. Ibid . , pp . 114-15 . 17.

Author: Rita M. Gross

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791414035

Category: Religion

Page: 365

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This book surveys both the part women have played in Buddhism historically and what Buddhism might become in its post-patriarchal future. The author completes the Buddhist historical record by discussing women, usually absent from histories of Buddhism, and she provides the first feminist analysis of the major concepts found in Buddhist religion. Gross demonstrates that the core teachings of Buddhism promote gender equity rather than male dominance, despite the often sexist practices found in Buddhist institutions throughout history.
Categories: Religion

You Are the Eyes of the World

You Are the Eyes of the World

The arrow - like Mahāmudrā instructions of the great master of mTshal to De'u - ri ras - pa make the same point . 78 The statement that if one understands impure actions to be absolute reality , then all faults become positive qualities ...

Author: Longchenpa

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781559393676

Category: Religion

Page: 120

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Just as the images on television are nothing more than light, so are our experiences merely the dance of awareness. Often we form attachments to or feel enslaved by these experiences. But they are only reflections. As easily as television pictures vanish when the channel is changed, the power of our experiences fades if we penetrate to the heart of reality—the light of the natural mind within everyone. You Are the Eyes of the World presents a method for discovering awareness everywhere, all the time. This book does not discuss how to turn ordinary life off, and it does not describe how to create beautiful spiritual experiences; it shows how to live within the source of all life, the unified field where experience takes place.
Categories: Religion

The Treasury of Knowledge Books Nine and Ten

The Treasury of Knowledge  Books Nine and Ten

These factors refine away indwelling distortions, after which one's own mind fully experiences the state of mahāmudrā. Thus, on the path of meditation one becomes a master of mahāmudrā awareness, endowed with an illusory embodiment of ...

Author: Jamgon Kongtrul

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781559397414

Category: Religion

Page: 704

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Jamgön Kongtrul's ten-volume Treasury of Knowledge is a unique, encyclopedic masterpiece embodying the entire range of Buddhist teachings as they were preserved in Tibet. Tibetan Buddhist teachers expected their students to study Buddhist philosophical texts as well as practice reflection and meditation; present-day students have also realized that awakening has its source in study as well as in reflection and practice. Journey and Goal focuses on the spiritual path—the journey and the resultant state of enlightenment to which it leads—the goal. Extensively varied perspectives are offered not only from within the many schools of Buddhism but also from the different levels of practice and attainment. This is in fact the most comprehensive treatment of these themes to appear in the English language.
Categories: Religion