The Nyingma IconsThe Nyingma Icons

This collection of buddhas in The Nyingma Icons was chosen by His Holiness the late Dudjom Rinpoche to illustrate his encyclopedic work The History of the Nyingma Dharma (Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its ...

Author: Keith Dowman

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1512255912


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The Nyingma Icons The sacred art of Tibet is best known through its painted scrolls, or tankas. Each tanka describes a contemplative vision arisen in meditation containing images of lamas, buddha-deities, dakinis and protectors. The ninety-four line-drawings that comprise The Nyingma Icons delineate the graphic basis of these tankas, incorporating the principal images of the Nyingma pantheon. This collection of buddhas in The Nyingma Icons was chosen by His Holiness the late Dudjom Rinpoche to illustrate his encyclopedic work The History of the Nyingma Dharma (Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History, two volumes, translated by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein, Boston, MA, Wisdom, 1991). Dudjom Rinpoche (see illustration no. 64) was a great yogin and master of Dzogchen and a scholar steeped in the theoretical learning of his school. As he writes in his brief introduction to The Nyingma Icons, the buddhas and deities belong primarily to the lineage of his Khandro Tuktik. The structure of the book follows the metaphysical pattern employed in his History. After the first eight drawings, which represent the principals of Indian Mahayana Buddhism, the buddhas are divided into three classes, called the three roots, lamas, buddha-deities and dakinis, and ending with a fourth class - dharma protectors and guardians. Brief descriptions of these various classes are to be found at the beginning of each section below. The three roots are the lineal roots of the Dzogchen teaching that bestow blessings, the spiritual roots of yogins that bestow power, and the female roots of the mind that remove obstacles. The Nyingma Icons was first published in the interdisciplinary magazine Kailash in Kathmandu in February 1975. It has been available in various editions ever since, its line-drawings reproduced and published all over the world. During this period Dudjom Rinpoche's principle cyle of practice, the Dudjom Tersar, has become widely practiced by Nyingma yogins and yoginis. For this presentation edition, Au Leshe's line-drawings have been digitally re-processed providing higher resolution, and the greater space on the page sets off this ancient art form. The prose has been cosmetically edited. For these reasons this edition qualifies as a unique Presentation Edition. Any noncommercial reproduction of individual icons is welcome.

A Treasury Of Drawings Of Buddhas Deilites And Lamas Of TibetA Treasury Of Drawings Of Buddhas Deilites And Lamas Of Tibet

The Ninety-Fourline-Drawings That Comprise The Nyingma Icons Delineate The Graphic Basis Of The Tankas, Incorporating The Principal Images Of The Nyingma Pantheon.

Author: Keith Downman


ISBN: 8187138734


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The Ninety-Fourline-Drawings That Comprise The Nyingma Icons Delineate The Graphic Basis Of The Tankas, Incorporating The Principal Images Of The Nyingma Pantheon.

The Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the GreatThe Life of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great

Four of these were Nyingma: Katok, Dzogchen, Pelyul, and Zhechen. ... She also promoted Nyingma icons in the royal monasteries, installing a large statue of Padmasambhava in the Yudruk Chapel at Gonchen in 1801.

Author: Alexander Gardner

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834842090


Page: 400

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The first-ever extensive biography of Tibet's most famous nonsectarian Buddhist lama Known as the “king of renunciates,” Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Taye (1813–1899) forever changed the face of Buddhism through collecting, arranging, and disseminating the various lineage traditions of Tibet across sectarian lines. His extensive treasury collections of profound Buddhist teachings continue to be taught and transmitted throughout the Himalayas by all major traditions and represent the breadth and profundity of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and practice. Jamgon Kongtrul was a polymath, dedicated retreatant, ritual expert, writer, and teacher from the eastern Tibetan kingdom of Derge. During the nineteenth century, while central Tibet experienced extreme sectarian divides, Jamgon Kongtrul, along with Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Chokgyur Lingpa, set about collecting, teaching, and transmitting the major practice traditions found in Tibet. Their activity—much of which did not adhere to the traditional divides of the Tibetan “schools” and included both tantric lineages coming from India as well as Tibetan treasure (terma) lineages—is one of the finest examples of Tibetan ecumenism, or Rimay, and Jamgon Kongtrul is perhaps the most famous among Tibet’s Rimay masters. This is the most accessible work available on Jamgon Kongtrul’s life, writings, and influence, written as a truly engaging historical biography. Alexander Gardner provides an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist teachers to have ever lived.

Dolgyal ShugdenDolgyal Shugden

This discordance culminated in the late 1930s in the destruction of Nyingma texts, icons, and monasteries by zealous Geluk Shugden devotees claiming to be possessed by the deity. Indeed, as we shall see, some commentators have ...


Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 9781941312018


Page: 300

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Many visitors attending public talks and teachings of the Dalai Lama have been shocked to encounter nearby crowds of angry protesters, people dressed in Tibetan Buddhist monastic robes, proclaiming the Dalai Lama to be a "liar," "hypocrite," "dictator," etc., and accusing him of robbing them of their religious freedom. Dolgyal Shugden: A History reveals with clear evidence, how these protests have been organized by a Tibetan monk, Kelsang Gyatso, and have been coordinated and populated by his followers, members of his "New Kadampa Tradition." It also provides in depth research to show how, though the demonstrations purport to object to the Dalai Lama's repudiation of their worship of the Dolgyal Shugden, considered by most Tibetans to be a mundane, somewhat demonic spirit, their main aim is simply to attack the Dalai Lama by damaging his reputation, in parallel with the present Chinese government's worldwide attempts to do the same. This book seeks to clarify the ignorance and misconceptions surrounding the Dolgyal Shugden spirit cult and its relationship with the Dalai Lamas of Tibet, and goes on to further analyze the record and development of the schismatic New Kadampa Tradition, unveiling the cultic structures and dogmas, the financial mechanisms, the international affiliations, and the driving motivations of its leadership that keep it running and expanding its missionary activities.

Lord of the DanceLord of the Dance

"The Nyingma Icons. A Collection of line drawings of 94 deities and divinities of Tibet." Trans. Keith Dowman. Kailash. A Journal of Himalayan Studies, 3, No. 4. Khetsun Sangpo Rinbochay. 1982. Tantric Practice in Nyingma.

Author: Richard J. Kohn

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791448924


Page: 366

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A first-hand description of the Mani Rimdu festival of Tibet and Nepal, an event which encapsulates the Himalayan Buddhist experience.

Tibetan DemonologyTibetan Demonology

The Nyingma Icons: A Collection of Line Drawings of 94 Deities and Divinities of Tibet.” In Kailash 3(4), pp. 319–416. Tenzin Samphel. 2008. “Les bKa' Brgyad – Sources Canoniques et Tradition de Nyang ral Nyima 'Od zer.

Author: Christopher Bell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108587099



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Tibetan Demonology discusses the rich taxonomy of gods and demons encountered in Tibet. These spirits are often the cause of, and exhorted for, diverse violent and wrathful activities. This Element consists of four thematic sections. The first section, 'Spirits and the Body', explores oracular possession and spirit-induced illnesses. The second section, 'Spirits and Time', discusses the role of gods in Tibetan astrology and ritual calendars. The third section, 'Spirits and Space', examines the relationship between divinities and the Tibetan landscape. The final section, 'Spirits and Doctrine', explores how certain deities act as fierce protectors of religious and political institutions.

Original PerfectionOriginal Perfection

... Guide Masters of Mahamudra Sky Dancer: TheSecret Life andSongsofthe Lady Yeshe Tsogyel The Nyingma Icons The Divine Madman: The Life and Songs of Drukpa Kunley The Legendofthe Great Stupa Calm and Clear:AManualof Buddhist Meditation ...


Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781614291350


Page: 128

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These early, foundational Dzogchen texts--clear, lyrical, and rich in metaphor--were smuggled into Tibet in the eighth century on white silk, written in goat-milk ink that would become visible only when exposed to heat. These five texts are the root of Dzogchen practice, the main practice of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Vairotsana, a master among the first generation of Tibetan Buddhists, reveals here a truth that is at once simple and deeply profound: that all existence--life itself, everyone one of us--is originally perfect, just as is. Keith Dowman's sparkling translation and commentary provide insight and historical background, walking the reader through the truths encountered in this remarkable book.

Natural PerfectionNatural Perfection

... Secret Life and Songs ofthe Lady Yeshe Tsogyel The Nyingma Icons TheDivineMadman: TheLife and Songs ofDruhpa Kunley The Legend ofthe Great Stupa Calm and Clear: A Manual ofBuddhist Meditation Additional textural material relating to ...

Author: Keith Dowman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861716401


Page: 320

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Dzogchen or the Great Perfection is the apex of Tibetan Buddhism, and Longchen Rabjam is recognized as the pre-eminent master of Dzogchen and one of Tibet's greatest writers and sages. His Treasury of Reality encompasses and optimizes the radical precepts of Dzogchen and is a shining example of why people continue to turn to the traditions of Tibet for spiritual and personal transformation. Transcending the Tibetan context, Longchen Rabjam's book is a manual of practical wisdom for all people of all times, cultures, and traditions. Dzogchen teaches the natural perfection of all experience, phenomena, and life, just as it is, with no need to alter or fabricate complex ideas or philosophical views. This discipline of spiritual transcendence provides the key not only to our inner enlightenment but to the health and survival of our planet.

Tibet HandbookTibet Handbook

Author: Gyurme Dorje

Publisher: NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company

ISBN: UCSC:32106014942376


Page: 768

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Travelers to the Himalayan region will appreciate this complete overview which focuses on Tibet, the cultural heart of Inner Asia, as well as Nepal and Bhutan, where the cultures of the Tibetan world and the Indian subcontinent converge.

The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra Book 13The Complete Nyingma Tradition from Sutra to Tantra Book 13

Jigme Chokyi Dorje Great Anthology of Buddhist Icons according to the Tibetan Lineages Bodbrgyud nangbstan lhatshogschen mo Ziling. Qinghai mi rigs dpe skrun khang, loor. Jigme Tekchok Successive Hierarchs of Rongpo Gonchen Rongbo dgon ...

Author: Choying Tobden Dorje

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781559394604


Page: 672

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Chöying Tobden Dorje's magnum opus presented in English for the first time, in an authoritative translation prepared under the auspices of well-known and highly respected Tibetan teachers and translators. In 1838, Choying Tobden Dorje, a yogin and scholar of northeastern Tibet, completed a multivolume masterwork that traces the entire path of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism from beginning to end. Written by a mantra practitioner for the benefit of mantra practitioners living among the lay community, it was intended to be informative, inspirational, and above all, practical. Its twenty-five books, or topical divisions, offer a comprehensive and detailed view of the Buddhist path according to the early translation school of Tibetan Buddhism, spanning the vast range of Buddhist teachings from the initial steps to the highest esoteric teachings of great perfection. Choying Tobden Dorje’s magnum opus appears in English here for the first time. Book 13 presents the philosophical systems of India and Tibet, according to the writings of Longchen Rabjam and the revelations of Orgyan Lingpa. First, it discusses the views attributed to classical Hinduism, Jainism, materialism, and nihilism. Second, it describes the standpoints of the Vaibhashika and Sautrantika exponents of the lesser vehicle, exemplified by pious attendants and hermit buddhas, and the Cittamatra (“mind only”) and Madhyamaka (“middle way”) commentators of the great vehicle, exemplified by great bodhisattva beings. Third, it analyzes the inner and outer vehicles of the Buddhist tantras, with an emphasis on the three classes of the great perfection. Fourth, it documents the lines of philosophical transmission within Tibet, including Bon, Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, Kadampa, and Geluk. It concludes with an extract from a well-known treatise of the Fifth Dalai Lama, applying the techniques of consequential reasoning to the first chapter of Vasubandhu’s Treasury of Phenomenology.

Ruthless CompassionRuthless Compassion

Deities and Dttmatkt of Tibet: Tlie Nyingma Icons. Translated by Keith Dowman. Kathmartdu, 1988, Tewari, Ramesh Chandra. "Pre-Buddhist Elements in Himalayan Buddhism: The Institution of Oracles." journal of the International Association ...

Author: Robert N. Linrothe

Publisher: Serindia Publications, Inc.

ISBN: 9780906026519


Page: 354

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The historical development of Esoteric Buddhism in India is still known only in outline. A few verifiably early texts do give some insight into the origin of the ideas which would later develop and spread to East and Southeast Asia, and to Tibet. However, there is another kind of evidence which can be harnessed to the project of reconstructing the history of Esoteric Buddhist doctrines and practice. This evidence consists of art objects, mainly sculpture, which survive in significant numbers from the 6th to the 13th century.

Masters of Meditation and MiraclesMasters of Meditation and Miracles

In Nyingma icons, Dharmakāya is symbolized by a naked, sky-colored (light blue) male and female Buddha in union, called Samantabhadra. Samantabhadra signifies the aspect of realizing the Dharmakāya, the ultimate nature of all the good ...

Author: Tulku Thondup

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824829


Page: 400

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Masters of Meditation and Miracles presents colorful biographies of thirty-five realized teachers whose lives were full of peace, enlightenment, and amazing miracles. They flourished in Tibet, the Roof of the World, in its golden days. These teachers belong to the Longchen Nyingthig lineage of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, a cycle of mystical teachings revealed by the great scholar and adept Jigme Lingpa.

Beyond AestheticsBeyond Aesthetics

first exilic depiction of the Dalai Lama he both incorporated a photograph and copied the resulting photo-icon for ... (the head of the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism, Mindroling Trichen Rinpoche) in a photo-icon style similar to ...

Author: Christopher Pinney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000180947


Page: 300

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The anthropology of art is currently at a crossroads. Although well versed in the meaning of art in small-scale tribal societies, anthropologists are still wrestling with the question of how to interpret art in a complex, post-colonial environment. Alfred Gell recently confronted this problem in his posthumous book Art and Agency. The central thesis of his study was that art objects could be seen, not as bearers of meaning or aesthetic value, but as forms mediating social action. At a stroke, Gell provocatively dismissed many longstanding but tired questions of definition and issues of aesthetic value. His book proposed a novel perspective on the roles of art in political practice and made fresh links between analyses of style, tradition and society. Offering a new overview of the anthropology of art, this book begins where Gell left off. Presenting wide-ranging critiques of the limits of aesthetic interpretation, the workings of objects in practice, the relations between meaning and efficacy and the politics of postcolonial art, its distinguished contributors both elaborate on and dissent from the controversies of Gells important text. Subjects covered include music and the internet as well as ethnographic traditions and contemporary indigenous art. Geographically its case studies range from India to Oceania to North America and Europe.