By Bruce Newman
This can be a ground-level, practice-oriented presentation of Tibetan Buddhism—personal and extremely obtainable. The booklet starts with the awakening of scholars' curiosity in spirituality and the preliminary come across with Tibetan Buddhism, then leads us via all of the steps invaluable for profitable perform within the West. incorporated is succinct assistance on discovering a suitable instructor, receiving empowerments, changing into energetic in a middle, and launching and maintaining a Vajrayana perform. unique emphasis is put on the aptitude pitfalls, and the impressive advantages, of the guru-disciple dating.
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It's only normal to want to venerate and promote your teacher; however, most of us find it a little confusing and off-putting. Guru Rinpoche, or Padmasambhava, the most important founder of Tibetan Buddhism, had twenty-five major, fully realized Tibetan disciples. Before he left Tibet, he entrusted them to reveal in their future lives teachings that he had concealed. The teachings are called "treasures,"or terma, and the lamas who discover them are tertons. Some do not accept the validity of termas in general, and there are claims that certain tertons are bogus.
Almost all of them spent some time in an apprenticeship serving their gurus. Milarepa spent many years building one useless tower after another for his guru, Marpa. Only then was he considered ready for meditation. If you recall from the story, he escaped and received instructions from another lama. He practiced diligently in retreat but with absolutely no benefit. He was forced to return to Marpa and continue building. Milarepa is an extreme example of course-he had killed thirty-five people with black magic.
The samaya vows (explained at the end of this chapter) are given with some saffron water or alcoholic liquor to seal the commitment, along with a stern warning about what may happen to those who break these commitments. At this point, we have reached the point of no return and have committed ourselves to being tantric practitioners. The next section, "the descent of blessings" invokes the blessings of all the buddhas, bodhisattvas, and deities while music is played and the students meditate on a visualization that the master has just described, usually imaging countless buddhas in the form of the deity melting into them.
A Beginners Guide to Tibetan Buddhism: Notes from a Practitioners Journey by Bruce Newman