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A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka: Maitrīpa’s by Klaus-Dieter Mathes

By Klaus-Dieter Mathes

The gathering of twenty-six texts on non-conceptual recognition is the results of mixing the essence and tantric mahamudra teachings of Saraha, Nagarjuna and Savaripa with a specific type of Madhyamaka philosophy, referred to as 'non-abiding' (apratisthana), which goals at substantially transcending any conceptual review of real fact. This objective is completed through "withdrawing one's recognition" (amanasikara) from something that comprises the duality of a perceived and perceiver. the result's a "luminous self-empowerment," Maitripa's (986-1063) ultimate tantric research of amanasikara. the gathering of texts on non-conceptual recognition performs a vital function, because it constitutes, including Naropa's teachings, the most resource of bKa' brgyud lineages. The version and translation of this assortment is by means of one other textual content attributed to Maitripa, the *Mahamudrakanakamala, which was once translated via Mar pa Lo tsa ba Chos kyi blo gros (11th century) into Tibetan. The *Mahamudrakanakamala alternatives up at the topics of the gathering and indicates that each one features of Maitripa's mahamudra have been certainly handed directly to early bKa' brgyud masters. along with an English translation and research, the current e-book includes a new version of the on hand Sanskrit at the foundation of the editio princeps by means of Haraprasad Shastri, the version of the learning staff of Sacred Tantric Texts at Taisho collage, the Nepalese manuscript NGMPP B 22/24, and the manuscript no. 151 from the Todai collage Library. The Tibetan version of all texts relies at the Derge and Peking bsTan 'gyur and the dPal spungs variation of Karmapa VII Chos grags rgya mtsho's (1454-1506) number of Indian Mahamudra Works (Phyag rgya chen po'i rgya gzhung).

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The Five Verses on Penetrating Insight (Nirvedhapaiicaka) An unmediated vision of true reality without superimposition is the focal point of the five verses on penetrating insight. In the first verse this insight is identified with the realization of the Buddha within. Ac­ cording to the commentary in the 'Bri gung bka ' brgyud chos mdzod, Maitripa here teaches buddha nature. It should be noted, however, that he does not make use of the terminology found in the Ratnagotra­ vibhiiga. It is also noteworthy that even though wisdom is positively described as having the nature of effortless compassion, it nonetheless arises in dependence for Maitripa like everything else.

This is also taught in the Aryavimalakfrtinirde§a[sutra]: Means without insight is bondage; So is insight without means. Means supported by insight is liberation; So is insight supported by means. (KDN 7) The identity of these two is understood thanks to the pith-instruction of the genuine guru. It is established as the co-emergence [of means and insight] , like a lamp and [its] light. Therefore, it is said: All yogins should perform The initial activity as taught above; Wisdom which is inseparable from emptiness and compassion 1 08 Tib .

Jvalapati) this was the mali­ cious cj,iikinf Visvarupi, who had five hundred riik:fasf attendants. Each day they were said to devour hundred thousand men and animals in Jambudvipa and the small islands. lacarya crossed the ocean by magical means. (Templeman 1989:21) MAITRIPA ' S LIFE STORY 27 Jvalapati brought down the fruit with a fixed gaze. When she caused [the fruit] to move up [the tree again] , floating, and descending her mother came and said: Do not mistreat him, this noble being and offer him [the fruit] !

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