By Je Tsongkhapa, Thupten Jinpa Ph.D. Ph.D., Kilty Galvin

ISBN-10: 0861714547

ISBN-13: 9780861714544

Tsongkhapa's A Lamp to light up the 5 Stages (1419) is a finished presentation of the top yoga classification of Buddhist tantra, particularly the major practices - the so-called 5 phases (pancakrama) - of the complex part of Guhyasamaja tantra. starting with an intensive exam of the Indian assets, Tsongkhapa attracts fairly from the writings of Nagarjuna, Aryadeva, Candrakirti, and Naropa to boost a definitive knowing of the Vajrayana finishing touch degree. while within the new release level, meditators visualize the Buddha within the type of the deity living in a mandala palace, within the finishing touch degree mentioned within the current quantity, meditators go beyond usual attention and actualize the country of a buddha themselves. between different issues, Tsongkhapa's paintings covers the delicate human body structure of channels and winds in addition to the method of loss of life, the bardo, and rebirth. This definitive assertion on Guhyasamaja tantra profoundly affected the process Buddhist perform in Tibet.

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In commenting on the remaining syllables, when it says “From the explanatory tantra . . ,” it would seem to be refer­ ring to this tantra. Therefore the Tantra Requested by Indra is spoken of as an explanatory tantra. This was not translated into Tibetan. The Ärya master and his disciples speak of the eighteenth chapter as a later tantra but do not refer to it as an explanatory tantra. Nonetheless, just as Thagana and Jinadatta have asserted it to be an explanation of the Root Tantra, it should be asserted as being an explanatory tantra.

Therefore its message is similar to the other two citations. The phrases “primarily teaching” and “primarily not teaching” indicate whether the respective tantra does or does not explain the above with partic­ ular emphasis on one or the other and do not indicate merely whether they are taught at all. If these two differentiating characteristics can be observed in the main father and mother tantras as explained by authentic masters, then other method and wisdom tantras are branch tantras to be included in these two main types of tantras.

According to Tibetan scholars, anger tantras include Yamantaka and so on, and ignorance tantras include the Vajrarali Tantra and so on. 48 Specific explanation o f Guhyasamaja 1. Understanding the Root Tantra and the Later Tantra19and the catalog of the explanatory tantras 2. The teachings of the explanatory tantras Specific Explanation o f Guhyasamaja M ethod Tantra 45 Understanding the Root Tantra and the Later Tantra and the catalog o f the explanatory tantras The commentary to the Vajra Garland50 explains that the Guhyasamaja has an extensive tantra of 25,000 verses and a condensed tantra of 1,800 verses in eighteen chapters.

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