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. via counting on a certified instructor, committed women and men of alternative backgrounds: cobblers, princes, blacksmiths, and wood-gatherers, have been capable of take daily adventure because the direction and succeed in enlightenment in one lifetime. full of refined, concise teachings expressed within the poetic songs of consciousness of the siddhas. very good 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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To this the singer replied, "Your majesty is a king of Magadha-you rule 800,000 cities. Because of your royal wealth, you do not have to work for a living. We are of low caste, denigrated and shunned by other classes of people. " The king made his request again, but in a more forceful way; he took the girl, after giving her father a sum equal to her value from the treasury. For twelve years, the people did not know that she was the king's Tantric consort; but eventually it was discovered. " So the king abdicated in favor of his son, and with his low-caste mistress, went into the forest.
Even if I were to jump into a fire, I would not bum. Even if I ate poison, I would not die. " The king took faith and said, "I cannot wander the kingdom like you can, but I can meditate while staying in my royal quarters. l2 The king meditated on his lion-throne with its soft cushions of silk, surrounded by his wife, his ministers, and various kinds of musical entertainments. He meditated _,even during the night; but because of his sensuous enjoyments, he was known as Li:lapa, 'the Sporting Man'.
Since everyone who lives in samsara suffers, do not grieve over the world's painful nature. What do you accomplish by guarding a corpse that is like a lump of clay? " "If there is a method that would liberate me from the misery of birth and death in the world, please give it to me," said the householder. " "Then I ask for them," said the householder. And the yogin proceeded to initiate him and to give him the instructions on the essence of egolessness. " Then he set the householder to meditating.