Legend of the Great Stupa: and the life of the lotus-born guru
THE LEGEND OF THE GREAT STUPA
Prosperous by virtue of diligent work, the poultry woman Shamvara and her four sons aspired to build a Great Stupa - a reliquary for the remains of the Tathagatas and a plane of adoration for innumerable beings. Great were the benefits conveyed through this supremely meritorious action. But in the age of darkness, predicted Padmasambhava, chaos would rule the lives of living beings, and the Stupa would be destroyed; later, one filled with compassion would rebuild the Stupa, restoring harmony and balance to the world.
This tale of selfless devotion, told by the Great Guru Padmasambhava to Trisondetsen, King of Tibet, uses the language of myth to convey profound depths of meaning. The cycles of building, prospering, destruction, and regeneration it relates echo experiences inherent in spiritual growth, providing a visionary guide through the stages of enlightenment.
THE LIFE STORY OF THE LOTUS-BORN GURU
An introduction to the nature of Guru Padmasambhava and his work in establishing the Dharma in Tibet. Drawn from the Seven Profound Themes of the terma master Orgyen Chokyur Lingpa, this concise account surveys the appearance and manifestations of Padmasambhava, the teachings and initiations he received, his subjugations of hostile forces, and the building of the monastery of Samye, where thousands of Dharma texts were translated. Offering insight into the importance of devotion and the meaning of Dharma transmission, this biography describes the Great Guru's disciples and their practices, the concealment of the terma, or treasure texts, and the predictions for their later recovery.
The Legend of the Great Stupa
The Life Story of the Lotus Born Guru
The Life Story
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