A Lamp to Illuminate the Five Stages: Teachings on by Je Tsongkhapa, Thupten Jinpa Ph.D. Ph.D., Kilty Galvin

By Je Tsongkhapa, Thupten Jinpa Ph.D. Ph.D., Kilty Galvin

Tsongkhapa's A Lamp to light up the 5 Stages (1419) is a complete presentation of the top yoga classification of Buddhist tantra, particularly the main practices - the so-called 5 levels (pancakrama) - of the complicated section of Guhyasamaja tantra. starting with a radical exam of the Indian resources, Tsongkhapa attracts really from the writings of Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Candrakirti, and Naropa to improve a definitive realizing of the Vajrayana of completion degree. while within the iteration level, meditators visualize the Buddha within the type of the deity living in a mandala palace, within the crowning glory degree mentioned within the current quantity, meditators go beyond traditional awareness and actualize the country of a buddha themselves. between different issues, Tsongkhapa's paintings covers the sophisticated human body structure of channels and winds besides the method of death, the bardo, and rebirth. This definitive assertion on Guhyasamaja tantra profoundly affected the process Buddhist perform in Tibet.

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The position o f others 2. Refutation Theposition o f others The positions of some Tibetans are as follows. 29 According to some Tibetans the first four lines indicate that when the Tathägata showed himself in the form of a dakinl and was the central deity in female form, or because he was surrounded mainly by an entourage of women, the tantra taught was a mother tantra. Likewise, they assert that when the Tathägata showed himself in the form of the lords of the five The Two Types o f Tantra 35 buddha families and was surrounded mainly by an entourage of men, the tantra taught was a father tantra.

Therefore nothing other than great bliss was taught. W ith the lines “This I have heard” and “was dwelling,” the possessor of the Mind Vajra taught all buddhas. Concerning the excellent words “was dwelling,” just as Sri Mahásukhanatha has explained in what manner they are excellent, likewise, I too will speak a little on that. 23 Therefore he praises tattva in terms of what exists if it is present and what does not exist if it is not present, and more than once he explains that tattva refers to bliss and emptiness inseparably in union.

The term yoga tantra applies to both method and wisdom tantras, but usingyoga tantra for method tantras is to use the general for the specific. For example, the term child is the basis for the divisions “boy” and “girl,” but to use child for a boy is to use a general for a specific. The term däkini tantra is also often used for yogini tantras. Pundarlka’s Stainless Light Com­ mentary and others talk of method tantra and wisdom tantra. 6 A Lamp to Illum inate the Five Stages Division of tantra into two types in keeping with the meanings of the names 1.

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