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Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava's Oral Instructions to Lady by Yeshe Tsogyal

By Yeshe Tsogyal

Padmasambhava, the Indian mystic and tantric Buddhist grasp, is moment purely to Buddha Shakyamuni because the most famed personage within the Tibetan culture of Buddhism. within the 9th century, he made the adventure around the Himalayan Mountains to set up Buddhism for the folks in that state. Now, greater than 1,000 years later, we will pay attention and be touched through his voice as contained inside this selection of oral recommendation. the decisions in Dakini Teachings are well timed recommendation - brief, direct directions when it comes to the 3 degrees of Buddhist perform: Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. the most emphasis of Padmasambhava's instructing is that religious wisdom has to be custom-made and never stay as mere thought. The booklet comprises an introductory discourse by means of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and a brief biography of Padmasambhava by means of Jamgon Kongtrul the 1st.

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Then, placing the gaze firmly in the sky and without moving the eyeballs, rest your awareness-vivid, awake, bright, and all-pervasive -free from fixation on perceiver or the perceived. That itself is the view possessing confidence, the meditation possessing experience, and the action possessing companionship! Thus it should be pointed out. Meditate then as mentioned above. This was the explanation of the secret way of taking refuge. The nirmanakaya master Padma said: This was my oral instruction in which the outer, inner, and secret teachings, the higher and lower views, and the vehicles of mantra and philosophy4 are condensed into a single root within the outer, inner, and secret way of taking refuge.

When states of mind that are agitated, obscured, or drowsy occur, use these experiences as training. Whatever occurs, such as these, do not regard them as defects. Lady Tsogyal asked: What is the method of taking the vow of the secret way of taking refuge? The master replied: Prostrating to and circumambulating the master, present him with flowers. The disciple should assume the cross-legged posture and with compassion take the vow of cultivating bodhicitta for the benefit of self and others. Then, placing the gaze firmly in the sky and without moving the eyeballs, rest your awareness-vivid, awake, bright, and all-pervasive -free from fixation on perceiver or the perceived.

These are the three special trainings. To explain that further: First, having taken refuge in the Buddha, "not to bow down to other gods" means that if you bow down to mundane gods such as Mahadeva, Vishnu, Maheshvara, or others, your refuge vow is damaged. If you go to such gods for refuge, your refuge vow is destroyed. Secondly, having taken refuge in the Dharma, "to give up causing harm to sentient beings" means that your refuge vow is definitely destroyed if you engage in killing. It is damaged even if you just beat other beings out of anger, enslave them, make holes in their noses, imprison them in a cattle shack, pluck out their hair, take their wool, and so forth.

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