The Lamp That Enlightens Narrow Minds: The Life and Times of a Realized Tibetan Master, Khyentse Chokyi Wangchug

The Lamp That Enlightens slim Minds: The existence and occasions of a learned Tibetan grasp, Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug provides an attractive account of the lifetime of Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug, a learned Tibetan tulku (reincarnated lama or teacher). The book's old references offer a close portrait of Tibet at the verge of invasion and career via chinese language forces within the many years prime as much as 1959 whilst chinese language repression led the Dalai Lama to take shelter in India.

Narrated through Chökyi Wangchug's nephew, writer and foreign Tibetan instructor Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, this encouraged biography describes the extreme occasions of Chökyi Wangchug's lifestyles in this momentous interval in Tibetan historical past. Born in 1909 in a valley south of Derge, an historic middle of Tibetan tradition, Chökyi Wangchug was once famous at an early age as a reincarnation of a tulku and therefore acquired Buddhist teachings from the best masters of the epoch. A privileged observer of his uncle's lifestyles, Namkhai Norbu finds the complexity of Tibetan Buddhist hierarchy and the conflicts brought on not just via chinese language forces, but in addition via humans with regards to Chökyi Wangchug who had develop into individuals of factions prompted by means of bigotry and private greed. regardless of the problems he encountered, he maintained a nation of equanimity and devoted himself to a lifetime of peace and compassion for all sentient beings. eventually tortured and imprisoned by way of the chinese language, he and different discovered Tibetan academics passed on to the great beyond on the related second whereas meditating.

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Abbots of Reting have been eligible for the location of regent, which used to be exercised through the years earlier than the arrival of the age of the Dalai Lamas. 2. Reting Jampel Yeshe Gyaltsen (1911–1947), often called Reting Rinpoche. Regent throughout the years while the current Dalai Lama had now not but reached maturity, he used to be on the middle of advanced political events that resulted in his imprisonment and dying in felony. See Richardson, “The Rva-sgreng Conspiracy of 1947”; Goldstein, A heritage of contemporary Tibet, vol. 1, 310–521; and Goldstein, A historical past of recent Tibet, vol. 2, 200–204, 235–36. three. See bankruptcy five notice 7. four. Lingkor, the line that encircles the previous urban of Lhasa, together with inside it the Potala and the Chagpori; pilgrims and religious contributors circumambulated this path to render homage to the sacred position and to acquire advantages. five. Chagpori, one of many small hills that represent the panorama of the Lhasa valley. positioned southwest of the Potala, it's thought of a sacred position of Vajrapāṇi. within the 17th century, Desi Sangye Gyamtso, the regent of the 5th Dalai Lama, had a school of drugs and astrology built on its summit, destroyed by way of the chinese language in 1959 and changed by means of a radio antenna which nonetheless disfigures the positioning at the present time. 6. Togden Chamten (Champa Tendar), disciple of Khyentse Chökyi Wangchug and well known Tārā practitioner, talked about greatly later within the textual content. 7. A ho maha su kha ho is a mantra used in the course of ganachakra libation rituals. eight. Naljormai Chöka, a Vajrayoginī instructing. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu doesn't remember with precision the main points of this educating. nine. Yamalung, a sacred position associated with Guru Rinpoche located close to Tragmar Drinsang, the birthplace of King Tride Tsugden. The statue pointed out right here, it truly is acknowledged, was once consecrated via Padmasaṃbhava himself. 10. Tibetan: dajang, symbolic characters that the tertön deciphers with the intention to exhibit the terma. eleven. Shiwa Yongdü, Union of peaceable Manifestations, a cycle of teachings associated most likely to Vajrasattva. 12. Tragmar Keutsang, the sacred position the place Guru Rinpoche gave for the 1st time the instructing of The 8 Sādhanās or Drubpa Kagye to King Trisong Detsen and his important disciples. thirteen. A sacred website positioned approximately 9 miles northeast of Samye monastery. at the mountain of Chimphu are innumerable hermitages and caves attached to the background of the 1st diffusion of Buddhism in Tibet, to Guru Rinpoche, and to his first disciples. 14. Tibetan: osäl, the kingdom of transparent mild, is the situation that offers itself among the instant one falls asleep and the instant one starts to dream. it really is defined that during this country, the functionality of dualistic brain isn't really current. Practitioners of the Dzogchen instructing search to take care of this presence so as to stay within the kingdom of contemplation. 15. Tsiu Marpo, a mum or dad spirit belonging to the tsen classification, is among the relevant protectors of the Samye monastery and is the explicit parent of Chimphu. sixteen. Trogyal Yongdü is a cycle of practices associated with a wrathful type of Mañjuśrī; Chögyal Namkhai Norbu nonetheless has the textual content of the condensed model of this educating (gyünkhyer) that's meant to be used in day-by-day perform.

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