By E. Gene Smith

ISBN-10: 0861711793

ISBN-13: 9780861711796

Between Tibetan Texts is a part of Wisdom‘s acclaimed stories in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence. for 3 many years, E. Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress‘s Tibetan textual content booklet undertaking (PL480)-an attempt to salvage and reprint the Tibetan literature that have been gathered through groups and exiles of Sikkim, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Smith wrote prefaces to those reprinted books to assist make clear and contextualize the actual Tibetan texts: the prefaces served as tough orientations to a poorly understood physique of overseas literature. initially produced in print amounts of 20, those prefaces speedy turned mythical, and shortly photocopied collections have been passed from student to student, reaching a virtually cult prestige. those essays are accumulated right here for the 1st time. The effect of Smith‘s study at the educational learn of Tibetan literature has been super, either for his amazing skill to synthesize different fabrics into coherent bills of Tibetan literature, heritage, and spiritual inspiration, and for the exemplary severe scholarship he delivered to this box.

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D. The Gling ras Bka' brgyud pa and the 'Brug pa sects The numerous 'Brug pa Bka' brgyud pa transmissions passed through Gling ras pa Padma rdo rje (1128-88) to Gtsang pa Rgya ras Ye shes rdo rje (1161-1211). The 'Brug pa sects take their name from the monastery of Gnam 'Brug founded by Gtsang pa Rgya ras. This guru also founded both Klong rdol in Skyid shod and Rwa lung, the monastic complex that was to become the major seat of the Rgya prince-abbots, the hierarchs of the 'Brug pa sects. The most important teachings peculiar to the 'Brug pa center around the Ro myoms skor drug.

87 The most treasured methods of Rnying rna pa contemplation center around the Rdzogs chen system. The Rdzogs chen teachings belong to that broad group known as precepts (man ngag, Skt. upadefa), 88 tried and tested instructions bestowed by authentic tantric gurus. The efficacy of these precepts rests in their relevance to any given disciple into three classes: the mental class (sems sde), the expanse class (klong sde), and the precept class (man ngag sde). Klong chen pa himself has characterized his Rang gro/ skor gsum as an introduction to the essential meaning of the precepts belonging to the mental class.

Gos Lo tsa ba was one of the most interesting scholars to appear in the Tibetan tradition. g chen Vanaratna, and Sgroi chen Sangs rgyas rin chen. He served as tutor of the three Phag mo gru princes, Grags pa 'byung gnas (1414-45), Kun dga' legs pa (1433-83), and Spyan snga Ngag gi dbang po (1439-91). His Deb thtr sngon po is one of the masterpieces ofTibetan historical writing. 'Gos Lo tsa ba followed both the "Old" and "New" Tantras. He was the guru of both the Seventh Zhwa nag Karma pa, Chos grags rgya mtsho (1454-1506), and the Fourth Zhwa dmar, Chos grags ye shes (1453-1524).

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