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

By Traktung Dudjom Lingpa

Own memoirs aren't unusual in Tibetan Buddhism, yet A transparent reflect offers an strange version: 3 degrees of non secular teachings, conveying outer, internal, and sophisticated facets of knowledge, that supply readers complete entry to the wealthy lifetime of one in every of Vajrayana Buddhism’s most beneficial figures. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) used to be a Tibetan visionary and nice Perfection grasp, or tertön, a revealer of non secular treasures referred to 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 couple of enlightened religious beings, comparable to Sri Singha, Saraha, Vajradhara, and Manjushri, whose knowledge he got and stocks during this ebook.

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

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