Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the Eighty-Four Siddhas by James B. Robinson

By James B. Robinson

Those existence tales of eighty-four Tantric masters who completed the top result of the Vajrayana have encouraged generations of practitioners. by way of hoping on a certified instructor, dedicated women and men of other backgrounds: cobblers, princes, blacksmiths, and wood-gatherers, have been in a position to take daily adventure because the course and achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. full of sophisticated, concise teachings expressed within the poetic songs of cognizance of the siddhas. very good advent to the Vajrayana and a superb source for the learn of Tibetan. Tibetan textual content, iconographical notes, with eighty four specified line drawings.

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Engaging in meditation, and continuing one's worldly activities, are not mutually exclusive, so long as both are done in the proper way. paripa, a blacksmith who develops a disgust INTRODUCTION 17 for samsara and, in particular, for his work, are to make his customary activity, the source of his depression, into the means of his transformation. The instructions of Camaripa are another example of taking daily life as a spiritual exercise. Discontented with the ordinary life, Camaripa meets a yogin who gives him instructions that transform his work as a shoemaker into a spiritual activity.

19 If anyone stayed in their castle, they put a spell on him. The master, having ar~ived at this place of the witches, found food in the town, but no place could he find lodging. He met with a single Buddhist, a young Brahman, who told him that there were no humans left in the land, that all had become witches, and they were doing great harm to everyone. The master and the Brahman boy then proceeded to the temple where the master stayed. There the master initiated the Brahman boy and gave him mantras.

He meditated _,even during the night; but because of his sensuous enjoyments, he was known as Li:lapa, 'the Sporting Man'. Continuing to follow the instructions, he meditated unwaveringly on the ring on the finger of his right hand. Having done that, he visualized the divine hosts of Hevajra there. He then joined the Developing Stage and the Perfecting Stage and his perfect comprehension arose by its own power. 13 He obtained the siddhi of Mahamudra and then many qualities such as the superknowledges.

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