Blavatsky's Masters discovered? - (Part 2 of 4)
Aug 05, 2009 12:16 PM
by Morten Nymann Olesen
My views are:
Here follows part 2 of 4 on the quest for H. P. Blavatsky masters.
A. Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz
"Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz (February 2, 1878 - July 17, 1965) was an anthropologist and writer who was a pioneer in the study of Tibetan Buddhism. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and as a teenager read Madame Blavatsky's Isis Unveiled and The Secret Doctrine and became interested in the teachings of Theosophy. "
"Evans-Wentz is best known for four texts translated from the Tibetan, especially The Tibetan Book of the Dead. Evans-Wentz credited himself only as the compiler and editor of these volumes. The actual translation of the texts was performed by Tibetan Buddhists, primarily Lama Kazi Dawa-Samdup (1868-1922), a teacher of English at the Maharaja's Boy's School in Gangtok, Sikkim who had also done translations for Alexandra David-Neel and Sir John Woodroffe."
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B. On Mahamudra Yoga and the WHITE DYNASTY
Taken from the "Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines" by Evans-Wentz:
"Gurus of the White Dynasty
AS THE twenty-fourth head in the line after Marpa, Guru Padma-Karpo, the author of our text of The Epitome of the Great Symbol compiled it as we have it, after extracting its essentials at the wish of a disciple (a probation-shishya) who was the King of Kashmir. The king returned to Kashmir, the Land of Saffron, and seems to have established a Kashmiri hierarchy of the White Line there. Today the poet and compiler and editor Padma-Karpo is the chief authority concerning the Tantric lore of the Kargyutpa School. [111, 112]
His line of the gurus of the Great Symbol teachings is called the White Dynasty [or Line]. In it we find the hermit guru Norbu (The Gem Possessing Power of [Divine] Speech" (Nor-bu). "
" The term Great Symbol is equivalent to the Sanskrit Mahamudra, "Great Mudra"."
The Gelug-Kagyu Tradition of Mahamudra (need to be read a bit between the lines, because Berzin is not a real theosophist)
"The Gelug tradition of mahamudra is known as Gelug-Kagyu because it uses Kagyu-style methods for recognizing the conventional nature of mind and then typically Gelug ones for its deepest nature. "
A few words added to the words from the previous e-mail
The Kargyutpa and Khadampas School could also daringly be re-named the Kagyupa or Kagyu School. It is known that the Mahamudra Yoga teachings are close between the Kagyu and Gelugpa, and not the Sakya, - yet there are various sub-branches as far as I understand it. More on this in the above link to Berzin's website on this.
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The Kargyutpa School could also be named the Kagyu School.
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Tilopa (Founder of the Kagyu School )
"He is regarded as the human founder of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and is, in effect, the Buddha Vajradhara."
Six Words of Advice
First short, literal translation Later long, explanatory translation Tibetan (Wylie transliteration) 1 Don't recall - Let go of what has passed - mi mno
2 Don't imagine - Let go of what may come - mi bsam
3 Don't think - Let go of what is happening now - mi shes
4 Don't examine - Don't try to figure anything out - mi dpyod
5 Don't control - Don't try to make anything happen - mi sgom
6 Rest Relax, right now, - and rest - rang sar bzhag
The 7th is of course the synthesis.
I better show this to a friend of mine who often speculates and scratches his head. :-)
I am not saying that all of the above is all true, but I find it suggestive.
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