What Tibet’s Greatest Ever Yogi Can Teach Us About Living Life

Jetsun Milarepa Image Source: ganachakra.com
Jetsun Milarepa Image Source: ganachakra.com

Reposted from thedailymind.com

His name was Milarepa and he was a murderer
. The start of this yogi’s life was marred by violence, hatred and revenge. But mention his name to any Tibetan and their eyes will well up with tears of devotion and joy. For this is a story about change. This is a man who recognized his flaws and mistakes and turned his life around. This is a man who became the greatest yogi the world has ever seen.

Who was Milarepa?

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Origin Of Mantra ཀརྨ་པ་མཁྱེན་ནོ། – Karmapa Chenno

Reposted from redzambala.com:
ཀརྨ་པ་མཁྱེན་ནོ།
The most important practice in Tibetan Buddhism is Guru Yoga, meditation and mantra on the spiritual head and teacher of the tradition, which is seen as living Buddha, embodiment of three kayas and 10 bhumi (extraordinary powers). In Kagyu tradition the head Lama is Gyalwa Karmapa and his mantra is ཀརྨ་པ་མཁྱེན་ནོ། Karmapa Chenno. It is believed sounds of this mantra are directly connected with the enlightened mind of HH Karmapa and carry its enlightened qualities and brings help when it is most necessary for the benefit of student.

Here I would like to share with you a story about the origins of Karmapa Chenno mantra. The Karmapa mantra has originated at the times of 8thKarmapa Mikyo Dorje (1507-1554) in context of teaching about “Calling the Lama from afar.” (more…)

The Guru as Buddha or like Buddha?

Reposted from fpmt.org

His Holiness Sakya Trizin had some surprising answers to Julia Hengst’s questions about devotion to one’s teacher. She traveled to Pullawari, India to meet with him in February.

Julia Hengst: You commented in the March 2000 issue of Mandala that in the Vajrayāna tradition the guru is seen as the Buddha, whereas in the Mahāyāna tradition the guru is seen as being like the Buddha, not that he is the Buddha. Can you expand on this so that students can understand the difference?

Sakya Trizin: In every school, Hīnayāna, Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna, the guru is very important. Even in an ordinary sense, without a teacher you can’t learn things. Every level in each of the schools emphasizes how important the master is. But in the lower vehicles, Hīnayāna and especially in the Mahāyāna, although the teacher is very important, the teacher is not the Buddha. He is as important as Buddha, but not a real Buddha.

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