By Jampa Thaye
'A Garland of Gold' is a background of the early masters of the good Kagyu culture of Tibetan Buddhism, akin to Saraha, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa and their non secular heirs. This background represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, exhibiting us how they constructed devotion and self assurance of their experts, obtained the muse of the dakini messengers, got the valuable lineages, attained the imaginative and prescient of mahamudra, and unfold the keys to enlightenment.
Their songs, additionally translated right here, notwithstanding incomplete with no 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), move Lotsawa (1392-1481) and Pema Karpo (1527-1592). He acquired the transmissions and teachings of the Kagyu forefathers from Karma Thinley Rinpoche and his different specialists corresponding to Ato Rinpoche and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.
The Kagyu culture is likely one of the 4 significant colleges 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 to be had on the earth today. This booklet deals a extraordinary check out the origins of this international.
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The 'Saraha of Tibet'. incarnation of Manjusrimitra. who followed Marpa as holder of the Kagyu lineage. Milarepa was born in I 040 C. E.. the son of Mila Sherab Milarepa The Kagyus in Tibet 4 7 Gyaltsen and Nyang Za Kargyen. a prosperous couple who hailed from the village of Kya-nga Tsa in Gungthang, western Tibet. His parents named him Thopaga ('delightful to hear'). Tragedy struck the family when Mila was seven years old. His father died suddenly and, on his deathbed, he entrusted the care of his family and affairs to Mila's paternal uncle and aunt.
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.