Secret of the Vajra World, The Tantirc Buddhism of Tibet-Shambhala

Reginald A. Ray

Language: English

Pages: 546

ISBN: 2:00304228

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Secret of the Vajra World is a comprehensive survey of the profound and
vast teachings of the Vajrayana, focusing especially on the Kagyti and
Nyingma lineages. Acharya Ray's mastery of the subject and devotion
to the tradition-an inspiring combination of gifts-permeate the entire
book. Streams of nectarlike quotations from the warm breath of many
great masters and an abundance of illuminating stories produce a book
that is meaningful, enchanting, and easy to understand. Taken together
with the author's earlier work, Indestructible Truth, it provides an indepth
treatment of Tibetan Buddhism, including both its exoteric (Hinayana
and Mahayana) and esoteric (Vajrayana) vehicles, illuminating
its philosophical basis, meditation practices, goal of enlightenment, cultural
context, and historical background.
Buddhism offers multiple approaches to awaken the enlightened nature
of the mind. The true nature of the mind is enlightened, the utmost
peace, openness, and omniscience. Conceptual notions of forms,
words, and feelings are mere designations created and felt by the dualistic
mind, all rooted in grasping at a "self," perceived as a truly existing
entity. Therefore, when the enlightened nature of the mind is awakened,
our grasping mentality dissolves and all the mental objects-the
whole universe-are awakened as the Buddhafield, the qualities of the
enlightened nature.

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practiced in Tibet, presupposes that the yogin has practiced and attained some measure of competence in both the Hinayana and the Mahayana. It is assumed that the tantric yogin has assimilated the Hinayana view of suffering, has trained in its basic meditation techniques, and has attained some measure of renunciation. Likewise, one's understanding of emptiness as well as one's Mahayana motivation and commitment are taken for granted, as is practice of the paramitas and other Mahayana disciplines.

involves breaking our bodhisattva vow. Again, the specter of Rudra looms on the horizon. Result The Hinayana teachings on cessation, and also the Mahayana restall'ment, provide final, critical foundations for tantric practice. The Hina 8g FouNDATioNs oF VAJRAYANA yana teaches that a cessation of the ego mechanism, of samsara, can be attained. Through the teachings on emptiness, the Mahayana points to a place in our experience not only where samsara ceases, but where any conceptual

realizations, respectively, of the Nyingma and the New Translation schools. Generally, one traverses the path to these realizations through a certain amount of yidam practice. At a certain point, when one's teacher deems the time appropriate, one is given mahamudra or dzokchen instruction and then sent into retreat. Occasionally, in the case of extraordinarily "ripened" disciples, a person may be set to practicing the formless meditations directly, with little or no preliminaries. THE SECRECY OF

VAJRA MASTER The essence of the student-teacher relationship in Tibetan Buddhism is communication and friendship. Trungpa Rinpoche: "The teachings emphasize a mutual meeting of two minds. It is a matter of mutual communication, rather than a master-servant relationship between a highly evolved being and a miserable, confused one.... A guru should be a spiritual friend who communicates and presents his qualities to us." 12 The prospective disciple also must present him or herself

realized beings who make up the lineage one is following. These are typically arranged in what is called a lineage tree, upon whose branches these figures are depicted as sitting. In the central position on the lower branches in front is Vajradhara (see figure 9.1), who is considered inseparable from one's own principal teacher. Vajradhara is blue in color, like the cloudless sky, and sits in cross-legged meditation posture. He holds a dorje (vajra) in his right hand and a bell (see figure 10.5

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