A Fine Blend of Mahāmudrā and Madhyamaka: Maitrīpa’s - download pdf or read online

By Klaus-Dieter Mathes

ISBN-10: 3700177860

ISBN-13: 9783700177869

The gathering of twenty-six texts on non-conceptual awareness is the results of mixing the essence and tantric mahamudra teachings of Saraha, Nagarjuna and Savaripa with a specific kind of Madhyamaka philosophy, referred to as 'non-abiding' (apratisthana), which goals at significantly transcending any conceptual review of real truth. This aim is accomplished via "withdrawing one's awareness" (amanasikara) from something that contains 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 an important function, because it constitutes, including Naropa's teachings, the most resource of bKa' brgyud lineages. The version and translation of this assortment is via one other textual content attributed to Maitripa, the *Mahamudrakanakamala, which used to be translated by way of Mar pa Lo tsa ba Chos kyi blo gros (11th century) into Tibetan. The *Mahamudrakanakamala selections up at the issues of the gathering and indicates that every one features of Maitripa's mahamudra have been certainly handed directly to early bKa' brgyud masters. in addition to an English translation and research, the current booklet includes a new version of the on hand Sanskrit at the foundation of the editio princeps through Haraprasad Shastri, the version of the learning staff of Sacred Tantric Texts at Taisho college, the Nepalese manuscript NGMPP B 22/24, and the manuscript no. 151 from the Todai college Library. The Tibetan version of all texts is predicated 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 perfection of insight[, however,] is the essence of the five perfections. It is for this reason [that the illustrious one] said [in the Satasiihasrikii Prajniipiiramitii] : Emptiness endowed with all supreme aspects"0 is taught. (KDN 6) Moreover, the illustrious one said: "The five perfections without the perfection of insight do not [even] deserve to be given the name of per­ fection. " This is also taught in the Aryavimalakfrtinirde§a[sutra]: Means without insight is bondage; So is insight without means.

Yuganaddha is then also ex­ plained as the indivisible union of emptiness and compassion or clarity. A yogin realizing this union is said to abide in great bliss. 16. The Manifestation of Great Bliss (Mahasukhaprakasa) In this text, great bliss is taken as non-duality which is the true nature of entities. Maitrlpa cautions against a 'false manifestation of bliss ' which appears in the pure apparent truth of the yogin. It goes without saying, that both forms of bliss are inseparable, just as the ultimate and pure apparent truths are.

In the commentary on TD 7 , *Sahajavajra refers to these pith-instructions as mahamudra. Based on that, ' Gos Lo tsa ba gZhon nu dpal is then able to claim in his Blue Annals: In essence it is Paramita[naya] ; it accords with the Mantra­ [naya] ; and its name is mahamudra. 42 23 . hiina), to use Mai­ tripa' s final interpretation of manasikara. According to Maitripa, the initial a- does not only represent the simple negation of a privative a , but also stands for a profound Madhyamaka-type of negation, such as non-arising or emptiness, which Maitripa also understands positively as luminosity.

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