By Janet Gyatso, Parul Dave Mukherji
An research into what's recognized in Tibet as "secret autobiography", a literary style that offers a private exploration of intimate spiritual reports. The textual content specializes in the key autobiographies through the Tibetan Buddhist visionary, Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), whose writings are as a lot the character of his personal id, reminiscence and the undecidabilities of autobiographical fact as they're narrations of the particular content material of his personal reviews. The publication examines the questions of why Tibetan Buddhists produced such a lot of autobiographies, and the way autobigraphical self-assertion is feasible even whereas Buddhists think that the self is eventually an phantasm. additionally explored are Jigme Lingpa's historic milieu, his revelatory visions of the traditional Tibetan dynasty, and his mediative practices of private cultivation
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I'm not mouthing words, I've ascertained the main point! 3· Ruminating in my heart over the uncertainty of life['s length], 18 DANCING MOON IN THE WATER there dawned a fierce depression regarding the karmic cycle. I earnestly began practicing the essential point, and then the following manifested in the lake of my mental consciousness: I was singing that all that appears is hii11t according to the Padma Nyingtig hiif11. practice, a teaching that Father Lotus-Born Lord, whose kindness is unreturnable, gave as father's wages to his worker, when from the east, the powerful day-maker's light-rays wound round the top of my meditation hut, and I beheld, in the door through which shines unimpeded cognition of what appears in experience, the body-print at southern Monkha Rock.
It is in this manner, moreover, that Omniscient Longchenpa-he whose countenance is not different from that of Samantabhadra-had a profoimd experience by virtue of the display-energy of his realization, and committed it to writing in an exegetical mode. It appears in all of his great realized Treasures and treatises-he who doesn't blunder onto the wrong road with respect to how to explain all this. One could explain realistically and in detail the Heaven of the ThirtyThree to person X who has not experienced going there, but other than a rough idea that "it's like that," certainty would not arise; it is difficult for it to appear as an object of the mind in the way that it actually is.
But the evidence that dispels doubt, even about those who have the name Padma as a sort of given name or clan [name], is from the Sealed Prophecy Word of the Lama Gongdu: all future prophecy holders will be nailed by three unchanging signs. From that [text], They have three never-changing indicative signst I. On·the body. moles at the navel, flesh marks at the heartf 2.. In speech, diligence in poetic song and mantric utterance! And possession of the name Padma, from Padma[sambhava]t 34 DANCING MOON IN THE WATER 3· As for the mind, they remember me one-pointedly with mighty longingt Nailed in, they think of nothing but thist To have three together is excellent; two together middlingt One together is lowest, but anyway [one is] still a destined [discoverer]t just as that indicates, I have thirty red mole spots indicating the shape of a vajra around my heart.