By James B. Robinson

Those lifestyles tales of eighty-four Tantric masters who accomplished the top result of the Vajrayana have encouraged generations of practitioners. by way of counting on a certified instructor, dedicated women and men of other backgrounds: cobblers, princes, blacksmiths, and wood-gatherers, have been in a position to take daily event because the direction and succeed in enlightenment in one lifetime. choked with sophisticated, concise teachings expressed within the poetic songs of consciousness of the siddhas. first-class creation to the Vajrayana and a superb source for the research of Tibetan. Tibetan textual content, iconographical notes, with eighty four distinct line drawings.

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Although the guru usually appears as a yogin, this is not always the case. The guru may also appear in superhuman form: Nagarjuna's teachers are Bodhisattvas who come to guide him at crucial moments of his life. akin1,9 the feminine embodiment of wisdom, who appears when she is needed to provoke insight. q. one story, Vin1pa becomes so disgusted with his meditation, no sign of success having come in many years, that he throws his rosary into a latrine. akinl then appears, gives him back the rosary, and instructs him on correct practice.

He had been initiated by the guru Viriipa, and having been granted the instructions, he experienced their meaning. Though he re- 34 l;)OMBIPA garded his subjects as a father thinks of his only son, the people did not know that their king had entered the door of the Dharma. " One day, the king said to his minister: "The people are suffering in our country. Thieves and robbers are destroying property, and because of the people's little merit, there are increasing numbers of the poor and indigent.

The people were astonished and said, "Surely if you rule the country everything will prosper. " But the king replied, "If I am of low-caste, how am I fit to take the kingdom? " So the people burned the two, king and consort, in a fire fueled with sandalwood: because there was so much wood, the fire burned for seven days. But within the fire they caught glimpses of the couple transformed into Hevajra and his consort, in a self-produced body, shining like dew. When they saw this, the people of Magadha took faith, and the king became known as the master Oombipa, 'He of the Low-caste Oombis'.

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