Masters of Meditation and Miracles: Lives of the Great Buddhist Masters of India and Tibet

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Masters of Meditation and Miracles presents colorful biographies of thirty-five realized teachers whose lives were full of peace, enlightenment, and amazing miracles. They flourished in Tibet, the Roof of the World, in its golden days. These teachers belong to the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, a cycle of mystical teachings revealed by the great scholar and adept Jigme Lingpa.

From the first master, Garap Dorje, to the present, each ...

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Overview

Masters of Meditation and Miracles presents colorful biographies of thirty-five realized teachers whose lives were full of peace, enlightenment, and amazing miracles. They flourished in Tibet, the Roof of the World, in its golden days. These teachers belong to the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, a cycle of mystical teachings revealed by the great scholar and adept Jigme Lingpa.

From the first master, Garap Dorje, to the present, each spiritual personality has his or her own distinctive role to play in this great lineage. In retelling their stories in his own words, the author has sought to bring out their inner feelings as well as their external activities: how they faced and healed physical pain, how they dealt with emotional turmoil, how they overcame spiritual or meditative illusions, and most important, what experiences they had when they awakened their own inner Buddha Mind and Buddha qualities. These biographies not only provide great sources of teachings on meditation, but will also kindle a spiritual flame in the hearts of readers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570625091
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,310,634
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Tulku Thondup Rinpoche was born in East Tibet and was recognized to be a tulku at age five. He studied at Tibet’s famed Dodrupchen Monastery, settling in India in 1958 and teaching for many years in its universities. He came to the United States in 1980 as a visiting scholar at Harvard University.  For the past three decades he has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he writes, translates, and teaches under the auspices of the Buddhayana Foundation. His numerous books include The Healing Power of Mind, which has now been published in eighteen languages, and Boundless Healing, which has been published in eleven languages.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Author's Note xi
Preface xiii
Part 1 Introduction
Shakyamuni Buddha 4
After the Buddha 11
Buddhism in Tibet 13
Three Modes of Lineal Transmission of the General Nyingma Inner Tantras 18
Mind Transmission of the Buddhas 18
Symbolic Transmission of the Knowledge-holders 19
Oral Transmission of the Ascetics 22
Lineages of Three Major Nyingma Inner Tantras 23
Mahayoga 23
Anuyoga 28
Atiyoga (Dzogpa Chenpo) 29
Semde 30
Longde 31
Me-ngagde 32
Part 2 The Lineage of Longchen Nyingthig
Longchen Nyingthig Teachings 43
The Lineage Masters of Longchen Nyingthig 46
1. Dharmakaya 48
2. Sambhogakaya 51
3. Nirmanakaya 53
4. Prahevajra (Garab Dorje) 55
5. Manjushrimitra 59
6. Shrisimha 62
7. Jnanasutra 65
8. Vimalamitra 68
9. Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava 74
Guru Rinpoche's Visit to Tibet 83
The Five Principal Consorts of Guru Rinpoche 92
The Chief Disciples of Guru Rinpoche in Tibet 96
10. Kunkhyen Longchen Rabjam (1308-1363) 109
11. Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798) 118
12. First Dodrupchen Jigme Thrinle Ozer (1745-1821) 136
13. Jigme Gyalwe Nyuku (1765-1843) 163
14. Dola Jigme Kalzang (nineteenth century) 173
15. Fourth Dzogchen Mingyur Namkhe Dorje (1793-?) 175
16. Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (1800-1866) 179
17. Gyalse Zhenphen Thaye (1800-?) 198
18. Dzogchen Khenpo Pema Dorje (nineteenth century) 200
19. Paltrul Jigme Chokyi Wangpo (1808-1887) 201
20. Second Dodrupchen Jigme Phuntsok Jungne (1824-1863) 211
21. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) 215
22. Nyoshul Lungtok Tenpe Nyima (1829-1901/2) 222
23. Onpo Tendzin Norbu (nineteenth century) 226
24. Adzom Drukpa Drodul Pawo Dorje (1842-1924) 228
25. Lushul Khenpo Konchok Dronme (1859-1936) 230
26. Third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima (1865-1926) 237
27. Shuksep Lochen Chonyi Zangmo (1865-1953) 251
28. Fifth Dzogchen Thupten Chokyi Dorje (1872-1935) 256
29. Gekong Khenpo Kunzang Palden (1872-1943) 258
30. Yukhok Chatralwa Choying Rangtrol (1872-1952) 260
31. Kathok Khenpo Ngawang Palzang (1879-1941) 266
32. Alak Zenkar Pema Ngodrup Rolwe Dorje (1881-1943) 275
33. Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1893-1959) 278
34. Kyala Khenpo Chechok Thondrup (1893-1957) 283
35. Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Paljor (1910-1991) 292
36. Chatral Sangye Dorje (b. 1913) 296
37. Fourth Dodrupchen Rigdzin Tenpe Gyaltsen (1927-1961) 298
38. Fourth Dodrupchen Thupten Thrinle Palzang (b. 1927) 314
Lineage Tree 333
Works Cited 351
Notes 359
Index 379
Credits 384
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