Enthronement: The Recognition Of The Reincarnate Masters Of Tibet And The Himalayas

Enthronement: The Recognition Of The Reincarnate Masters Of Tibet And The Himalayas

by Jamgon Kongtrul, Kon-Sprul
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559390832

ISBN-13: 9781559390835

Pub. Date: 01/28/1997

Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.

Even the most casual contact with the culture, politics, or religion of Tibet and the surrounding region brings outsiders face to face with the institution of reincarnate spiritual masters. Past masters are identified as small children installed in their predecessor's monastery in a ceremony called "enthronement" and educated to continue the work of their former

Overview

Even the most casual contact with the culture, politics, or religion of Tibet and the surrounding region brings outsiders face to face with the institution of reincarnate spiritual masters. Past masters are identified as small children installed in their predecessor's monastery in a ceremony called "enthronement" and educated to continue the work of their former incarnation. This custom has provided a principal source of spiritual renewal for Himalayan Buddhists for the past thousand years. The introduction places the subject of reincarnate meditation masters within two major contexts: the activity of bodhisattvas, and in modern Tibetan society, where the reappearance of past masters is both natural and profoundly moving.

Tai Situpa Rinpoche, a contemporary reincarnate master and a leader of the Kagyu lineage, describes the process of finding other reincarnate masters. Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye, an outstanding writer and meditation master, offers a traditional view of the enthronement of reincarnate masters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559390835
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface9
Acknowledgments13
INTRODUCTION15
A Historical Perspective16
Bodhisattvas: Spiritual Heroes and Heroines19
The Tulku System in Modern Tibetan Society26
Difficult Choices for Modern Tibetan Parents27
The Lack of Choices for Modern Tibetan Women29
Death and Rebirth among the Tibetans32
Kalu Rinpoché (1905-1989)32
The Last Days of Kalu Rinpoché's Life38
Kalu Rinpoché's Return46
The Young Reincarnate Master Meets the World49
The Tulku's Father Meets the Media54
PART ONE: THE RECOGNITION OF REINCARNATE MASTERS —
AN INTERVIEW WITH TAI SITUPA
The Recognition of Reincarnate Masters61
An Interview with Tai Situpa65
PART TWO: THE ENTHRONEMENT OF A REINCARNATE MASTER
Introduction to the Text87
The Historical Context87
A Brief Overview of the Text93
THE CELEBRATION OF THE OPENING OF ONE HUNDRED DOORS TO GREAT
WONDER by Jamgon Kongtrul LodröTayé97
Chapter One: The Five Magnificent Aspects of Our
Spiritual Master's Manifestation in the World101
Tai Situpa's Magnificent Teacher: Karmapa102
Tai Situpa's Magnificent Residence: Palpung Monastery105
The Magnificent Time: The Occasion of the Investiture
of Tai Situpa107
The Magnificent Entourage Surrounding Tai Situpa108
The Magnificent Spiritual Instructions112
Chapter Two: Tai Situpa's Special Qualities117
Chapter Three: A Step-by-Step Description of Enthronement
and the Presentation of Offerings129
The Acts Which Cultivate Merit and Wisdom129
The Investiture of Authority131
The Preparation131
The Main Ceremony of Investiture132
The Conclusion of the Investiture135
The Offering of the Universe in the Form of a Mandala137
The Mandala: The Main Form of Offering137
The Essence of the Offering138
The Literal Meaning of the Sanskrit Word Mandala139
The Styles in Which Mandalas Are Offered139
The Reasons for Offering a Mandala141
Directions for Making the Offering141
The Visualization That Accompanies the Offering142
The Wishes That Should Accompany the Offering148
Dedication and Colophon153
Appendix: On Spiritual Kings and Crowns155
The Red Crown of the Tai Situpas157
The Tenth Tai Situpa, Péma Kunzang163
The Incarnations of Karmapa and Tai Situpa166
Notes167
Names Mentioned in the Text177
Texts Cited187

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