Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the Eighty-Four Siddhas by James B. Robinson

By James B. Robinson

Those lifestyles tales of eighty-four Tantric masters who accomplished the top result of the Vajrayana have encouraged generations of practitioners. through hoping on a certified instructor, committed women and men of alternative backgrounds: cobblers, princes, blacksmiths, and wood-gatherers, have been capable of take daily adventure because the direction and succeed in enlightenment in one lifetime. choked with sophisticated, concise teachings expressed within the poetic songs of recognition of the siddhas. very good creation to the Vajrayana and an exceptional source for the research of Tibetan. Tibetan textual content, iconographical notes, with eighty four particular line drawings.

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The master, having ar~ived at this place of the witches, found food in the town, but no place could he find lodging. He met with a single Buddhist, a young Brahman, who told him that there were no humans left in the land, that all had become witches, and they were doing great harm to everyone. The master and the Brahman boy then proceeded to the temple where the master stayed. There the master initiated the Brahman boy and gave him mantras. All the witches having gathered, they. " they all cried.

She mixed some radishes in yogurt and took them to him, but he was sitting in meditation, so she went away without disturbing him. Saraha remained uninterruptedly in meditation for twelve years. " The serving girl replied, "How could I keep them? You have not arisen from meditational trance for twelve years. " But the girl replied, "A solitary body does not mean solitude. The best solitude is the mind far away from names and conceptions. You have been meditating for t\velve years, yet you have not cut off the idea of radishes.

There he practiced for twelve years. 1)0MBIPA 35 But the fortune of the land diminished by degrees, until finally the son and his people were no longer able to hold the country. The citizens assembled, and after conferring among themselves, sought the former king to offer him the kingdom once again. A delegation went to the forest where the king was residing: there they saw him sitting at the base of a tree, while his woman went out to draw water. She stepped out on a lotus leaf on the surface of the lake and, without sinking, drew water from a depth of fifteen fathoms; she then brought it back to the king.

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