By Traktung Dudjom Lingpa
Own memoirs are usually not unusual in Tibetan Buddhism, yet A transparent replicate offers an strange edition: 3 degrees of religious teachings, conveying outer, internal, and sophisticated elements of knowledge, that provide readers complete entry to the wealthy lifetime of certainly one of Vajrayana Buddhism’s Most worthy figures. Dudjom Lingpa (1835–1904) was once a Tibetan visionary and nice Perfection grasp, or tertön, a revealer of non secular treasures known as terma hidden within the Earth and within the minds of disciples. Dujdom Lingpa is well known for his revelations on “refining perception” or Nang Jang, and, via dream yoga, trance, and visions, for transmitting the “mindstream” of a couple of enlightened non secular beings, akin to Sri Singha, Saraha, Vajradhara, and Manjushri, whose knowledge he got and stocks during this booklet.
A transparent replicate reveals what excessive lamas regard as such a lot sacred and intimate: non secular evolution through the lens of an innermost visionary lifestyles. Lingpa recounts every one step of his personal enlightenment process—from studying the way to meditate to the top tantric practices—as he skilled them. A transparent replicate is a non secular experience that still comprises daily meditation suggestion, designed for the lay reader in addition to the extra professional practitioner, during this evocative unique translation.
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In the worldview that prevails in Korea’s folk religion, there are no sins, if sins are understood as actions contrary to the will of God. Instead, there are taboos and expectations. None of the gods in the folk pantheon issue commandments, but there are certain behavioral guidelines that regulate human interaction with a god or spirit. For example, before automobiles became common in Korea, shamans and other believers in the folk religion would regularly make pilgrimages on foot to the mountain shrines of patron deities.
In the Korean worldview, evil is not an abstract concept that can stand alone or that can be defined without reference to the particular situation in which it is created. Rather, evil appears when we do what we should not have done or when we do not do what we should have done. In other words, evil is a failure to act appropriately that introduces disharmony into our lives, our society, and our universe. Unfortunately, despite the best of intentions, human beings cannot always act appropriately.
The ignorance that results is the cause of our inability to consistently think and act appropriately. Enlightenment, however, allows us to recover our innate goodness and eliminate the inappropriate thoughts and behavior that cause suffering. Wŏnhyo represents philosophical Buddhism, which is less interested in asking various buddhas for specific favors in this world than in learning why this world will always disappoint us and how we can rise above the anguish that results from that disappointment.