By James B. Robinson
Those existence tales of eighty-four Tantric masters who accomplished the top result of the Vajrayana have encouraged generations of practitioners. via hoping on a professional instructor, dedicated women and men of other backgrounds: cobblers, princes, blacksmiths, and wood-gatherers, have been capable of take daily event because the direction and achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. jam-packed with refined, concise teachings expressed within the poetic songs of awareness of the siddhas. very good creation to the Vajrayana and an exceptional source for the examine of Tibetan. Tibetan textual content, iconographical notes, with eighty four special line drawings.
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If they broke this oath, their necks would be cut off with his discus, and the Ya~a of the North would drink their blood. Even now, the form of that discus and that ya~a can be seen in the sky. He then bound the witches by oath and put them in the retinue of the Dharma-protectors. Again Viriipa returned to Devikota. On the road, Siva and the goddess Uma created for him a phantom city with 450,000 inhabitants, and the gods of the thirty-three heavens and all the divine realms made him extensive offerings of food.
Akinl then appears in a dream to instruct him. INTRODUCTION 15 In several of the stories the c;lakini-guru is clearly a human female adept. Lilyipa's breakthrough occurs in his confrontation with a barmaid who is actually a <;lakini She recognizes what the difficulty is that is blocking his practice, and causes him to deal with it. Kambala's mother, who also serves as his teacher, is a <;lakini, and Kattbapa's woman, Bandhe, ha~ extraordinary powers, though she otherwise appears as a very human person.
Once there was a king as wealthy as Kubera, the god of riches. He not only had a palace decorated with jewels, pearls, gold and silver, he also LfJYIPA 23 had three sons. When the king died, an astrologer was consulted as to which of the sons would inherit the kingdom. " So the middle son was given the kingdom. The older and younger brothers, together with all the subjects, crowned him as king, even though he himself did not wish this. He attempted to escape the throne, but his brothers and subjects prevented him, and put him in chains of gold.
Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the Eighty-Four Siddhas by James B. Robinson