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 heritage represents the testomony of the Kagyu lineage forefathers, displaying us how they constructed devotion and self belief of their specialists, 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 the following, notwithstanding 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 is predicated at the histories composed via Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa (1504-1566), move 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 experts 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 is still one of many nice religious transmission to be had on the planet today. This e-book deals a impressive check out the origins of this international.
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