By Janet Gyatso, Parul Dave Mukherji
An research into what's identified in Tibet as "secret autobiography", a literary style that provides a private exploration of intimate non secular reviews. The textual content specializes in the key autobiographies through the Tibetan Buddhist visionary, Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798), whose writings are as a lot the character of his personal id, reminiscence and the undecidabilities of autobiographical fact as they're narrations of the particular content material of his personal stories. The publication examines the questions of why Tibetan Buddhists produced such a lot of autobiographies, and the way autobigraphical self-assertion is feasible even whereas Buddhists think that the self is eventually an phantasm. additionally explored are Jigme Lingpa's ancient milieu, his revelatory visions of the traditional Tibetan dynasty, and his mediative practices of non-public cultivation
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I entered] a concentrated meditation of the three maQgalas, and my memory became intoxicated in the state of reality. DANCING MOON IN THB WATER 33 There I saw, as if in an optical illusion, the yogin of unformulated spaceLord Lhatsun, Mighty One of the I;>akinis, with a body not very old, just beyond youth. I pleased him with a discussion of my meditative experiences and realizations. x6. " From whatever connections [had been created] by his saying that I acquired this wonderful ritual dagger, which is known to be that awareness-holder's neck dagger, as a material [support] for power.
I composed a new prayer in verse. · After that, in my thirtieth year, on the night of the tenth day of the waxing of the Marga8irsa month, while going along with my younger brother, [we encountered] what we thought to be a house, the elegant door to which we opened, and when we went through DANCING MOON IN THE WATER it was the happy country of glorious. Chimpua valley of fruit-tree forests, filled with the fragrance of medicinal herbs. My visionary experiences were delightful, like a grand midsummer holiday.
20. Once, during a strict recitation practice I met, inside a beautifully designed house that I thought was my usual dwelling place, an illusion-like apparition · of Awareness-Holder Great Hiiq1kara, appearing as if fat in flesh with a moonlike face. His bright aura was peerless. " He said, "Now, instead of building a new three-dimensional one, there is a smaller one that needs repair in another place. I will take it and give it to you, son. 36 DANCING MOON IN THE WATER Then he disappeared, went off somewhere else.