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By Janet Gyatso, Parul Dave Mukherji
An research into what's identified in Tibet as "secret autobiography", a literary style that offers a private exploration of intimate spiritual stories. The textual content specializes in the key autobiographies through the Tibetan Buddhist visionary, Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), whose writings are as a lot the character of his personal identification, reminiscence and the undecidabilities of autobiographical fact as they're narrations of the particular content material of his personal stories. The ebook examines the questions of why Tibetan Buddhists produced such a lot of autobiographies, and the way autobigraphical self-assertion is feasible even whereas Buddhists think that the self is finally an phantasm. additionally explored are Jigme Lingpa's historic milieu, his revelatory visions of the traditional Tibetan dynasty, and his mediative practices of private cultivation
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One's kith and kin, circling around one's old house and bed and so forth, themselves eat a meal, but they don't give any to me! Calling one by name, they cry, and they talk about death and so forth, and one becomes extremely displeased. Where to go? One goes on, aimlessly. ¥[can be seen from Yangonpa's] extensive analysis of the nature of the bardo of becoming, our current dreams and the bardo to come have the same basic point. Thus I realized that there needn't be disputes concerning the various ways in which [the bardo] is explained.
In at least one twentieth-century Nyingmapa monastic center, the texts were even read aloud for evening amusement and inspiration. 17 In such a context, casual listeners and neophytes on the edges of the initiated circle would also have been privy to Jigme Lingpa's expression of his secret spiritual life. Authorial Intention Jigme Lingpa offers two main reasons why he wrote Dancing Moon and l)iikki's Secret-Talk. One is announced in the opening statement to l)iikki's Secret-Talk: this text will tell "the story of the coming into being of the radiant-light vajra core" .
I'm not mouthing words, I've ascertained the main point! 3· Ruminating in my heart over the uncertainty of life['s length], 18 DANCING MOON IN THE WATER there dawned a fierce depression regarding the karmic cycle. I earnestly began practicing the essential point, and then the following manifested in the lake of my mental consciousness: I was singing that all that appears is hii11t according to the Padma Nyingtig hiif11. practice, a teaching that Father Lotus-Born Lord, whose kindness is unreturnable, gave as father's wages to his worker, when from the east, the powerful day-maker's light-rays wound round the top of my meditation hut, and I beheld, in the door through which shines unimpeded cognition of what appears in experience, the body-print at southern Monkha Rock.
Apparitions of the Self: The Secret Autobiographies of a Tibetan Visionary by Janet Gyatso, Parul Dave Mukherji