A Garland of Views by Padmasambhava & Jamgon Mipham

By Padmasambhava & Jamgon Mipham

A Garland of perspectives provides either a concise observation via the eighth-century Indian Buddhist grasp Padmasambhava on a bankruptcy from the Guhyagarbha Tantra at the diversified Buddhist and non-Buddhist philosophical perspectives, together with the nice Perfection (Dzogchen), and an explicative statement on Padmasambhava’s textual content by means of the nineteenth-century pupil Jamgön Mipham (1846–1912).

Padmasambhava’s textual content is a center textual content of the Nyingma culture since it offers the foundation for the approach of 9 cars (three sutra cars and 6 tantra autos) that accordingly turned the authorised approach of classifying the various Buddhist paths within the Nyingma tradition.

Mipham’s observation is the single most ordinarily used to give an explanation for Padmasambhava’s instructing. Mipham is widely known for his prolific, lucid, and unique writings on many topics, together with technology, medication, and philosophy, as well as Tibetan Buddhist perform and conception.

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Some believe in a reality—an effect—for which there is no cause. Some have an incorrect view of causality. Some believe that whereas the cause is real, the effects are unreal. All these are the views of ignorance. The path that leads beyond the world has two aspects: the vehicle of characteristics and the Diamond Vehicle. The vehicle of characteristics has three further divisions: the Listener Vehicle, the Solitary Realizer Vehicle, and the Bodhisattva Vehicle. The followers of the Listener Vehicle believe that the views of the eternalistic extremists and so on amount to conceptual exaggerations and depreciations of phenomena as a whole.

We are also most grateful to Alak Zenkar Rinpoche and Khenpo Tenzin Norgay for the time they spent answering our questions. The main work of translating A Garland of Views was carried out by Stephen Gethin, who alone is responsible for any errors and misinterpretations. Invaluable help was received from other members of the Padmakara Translation Group: Wulstan Fletcher, who painstakingly read through the draft translation, and Helena Blankleder and John Canti, who made many useful suggestions. Larrie Gethin kindly read the final draft and pointed out a number of inconsistencies.

One then meditates on this. As it is said in the tantra: The vajra aggregates Are known as the five perfect buddhas. All the many senses-and-fields Are the maṇḍala of bodhisattvas. Earth is Locanā, water Māmakī, Fire is Pāṅḍaravāsinī, wind is Tārā, And space Dhātvīśvarī. The three worlds are pure from the beginning. The phenomena of saṃsāra and nirvāṇa are unborn from the beginning, yet they appear in the manner of illusions, capable of functioning, and having the nature, since the beginning, of the ten male and female buddhas and so on.

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