Entries Tagged as Kagyu

Refuge Field - Karma Kagyu - Updated

June 04, 2010 ·

The earliest known painting of a Karma Kagyu Refuge Field composition has been updated with all of the figures numbered and named. Also see the colour coded image identifying and naming the various groupings of figures: Guru, Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, Meditational Deities, Protector Deities and Wealth Deities. At the top right and left are Manjushri and Maitreya accompanied by the Six Ornaments and Two Excellent Ones of the Southern Continent. Directly below those are miscellaneous Indian and Tibetan teachers. At the top center interspersed with the early teachers of the Mahamudra Lineage are the Eight Great Siddhas according to the system of Situ Panchen Chokyi Jungne.

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The Five Treasures of Jamgon Kongtrul

January 18, 2010 ·

Jamgon Kongtrul (1813-1899) was a prolific writer of the 19th century as well as a compiler of the works of other scholars. He gathered together and included their written works into larger compendia of contextualized material and structered encyclopaedic collections - numbering approximately 150 volumes. Many of these works are invaluable resources of iconographic information and indispensable for the study of Himalayan and Tibetan art history. The most famous of Jamgon Kongtrul's compilations are called the Five Treasures:

1. The Treasure of Encyclopaedic Knowledge (shes bya kun la khyab pa'i mdzod), a massive work  covering all of the common and uncommon subjects of Tibetan Buddhism.

2. The Treasure of Precious Instructions (gdams ngag rin po che'i mdzod), the most important texts of eight of the principal transmission lineages of Tibetan Buddhism known as the Eight Chariots.

3. The Treasure of Kagyu Mantras (bka' brgyud sngags kyi mdzod), a collection of the most important practices of the Kagyu Tradition.

4. The Treasure of Precious Revealed Treasures (rin chen gter mdzod), the largest compiled collection of rare Nyingma Termas (Revealed Treasure teachings).

5. The Treasure of Extensive Teachings (rgya chen bka' mdzod), primarily Jamgon Kongtrul's own writings such as the commentaries on the Hevajra Tantra and the Khon Tradition Vajrakila, etc.

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Kagyu Tradition Outline Page

January 17, 2010 ·

Kagyu Tradition"The Kagyu tradition [Outline Page] originated in the 11th century with the Tibetan translator Marpa (mar pa), his famous disciple Milarepa (mi la ras pa) and his disciple Gampopa (sgam po pa), who merged the lay tradition with the Kadampa (bka' gdams pa) monasticism and scholarly focus that he had previously studied. Gampopa founded the first Kagyu monastery, Daglha Gampo (dwags lha sgam po) in Dagpo, southern Tibet. Following Gampopa the tradition split into multiple autonomous subsects, listed below. All claim allegiance to the tantric teachings of the Indian Mahasiddha tradition, primarily that of Naropa, in the form of the Six Doctrines of Naropa (na ro chos drug) and the doctrine of Mahamudra. The Kagyu were also heavily involved in the transmission of the Chakrasamvara, Hevajra, among other tantras of the Second Propagation era.

The traditional - though not very old - way of classifying the Kagyu lineages was evidently invented by members of the Drugpa Kagyu. These are all covered by the general term Dagpo Kagyu (dwags po bka' brgyud), the name stemming from the monastery Gampopa founded in 1121." (Dan Martin, 2009)

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New Outline Page : Protectors of the Kagyu Tradition

January 14, 2010 ·

Kagyu ProtectorsA new outline page for the Protectors of the Kagyu Tradition has been added. More links will be added as more examples of the special protectors of the various traditions are acquired.

Additional images and links have been added to the Refuge Field Main Page and Outline Page.

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