A Clear Mirror: The Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan by Traktung Dudjom Lingpa

By Traktung Dudjom Lingpa

Own memoirs are usually not unusual in Tibetan Buddhism, yet A transparent replicate offers an strange edition: 3 degrees of religious teachings, conveying outer, internal, and sophisticated elements of knowledge, that provide readers complete entry to the wealthy lifetime of one among Vajrayana Buddhism’s most valuable figures. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) used to be a Tibetan visionary and nice Perfection grasp, or tertön, a revealer of religious treasures known as terma hidden within the Earth and within the minds of disciples. Dujdom Lingpa is well known for his revelations on “refining perception” or Nang Jang, and, via dream yoga, trance, and visions, for transmitting the “mindstream” of a few enlightened non secular beings, akin to Sri Singha, Saraha, Vajradhara, and Manjushri, whose knowledge he got and stocks during this e-book.

A transparent reflect
reveals what excessive lamas regard as so much sacred and intimate: non secular evolution through the lens of an innermost visionary existence. Lingpa recounts each one step of his personal enlightenment process—from studying how one can meditate to the top tantric practices—as he skilled them. A transparent reflect is a religious event that still contains daily meditation suggestion, designed for the lay reader in addition to the extra pro practitioner, during this evocative unique translation.

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T. Suzuki, but at the same time I have tried not to rely upon them too heavily–not because of any defect in them, but because I think readers are entitled to something more, by way of a fresh viewpoint, than a mere summarization of his views. Secondly, I have based the essential view of Zen here presented upon a careful study of the more important of its early Chinese records, with special reference to the Hsin-hsin Ming, the T’an Ching or Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, the Lin-chi Lu, and the Ku-tsun-hsü Yü-lu.

Thirdly, my information is derived from a large number of personal encounters with teachers and students of Zen, spread over more than twenty years. In the following pages the translations from the original texts are my own, unless otherwise indicated. For the convenience of those who read Chinese, I have supplied, following the Bibliography, an appendix of the original Chinese forms of the more important quotations and technical terms. I have found these almost essential for the more serious student, for even among the most highly qualified scholars there is still much uncertainty as to the proper translation of T’ang dynasty Zen texts.

I have also been on the inside of a traditional hierarchy–not Zen–and am equally convinced that from this position one does not know what dinner is being eaten. In such a position one becomes technically “idiotic,” which is to say, out of communication with those who do not belong to the same fold. It is both dangerous and absurd for our world to be a group of communions mutually excommunicate. This is especially true of the great cultures of the East and the West, where the potentialities of communication are the richest, and the dangers of failure to communicate the worst.

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