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Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi: Tibetan Mahasiddha
By: Charles Manson

Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi: Tibetan Mahasiddha, Charles Manson


 
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Author: Charles Manson
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781559394673
Publication Date: 2022

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The life and writings of an accomplished Tibetan meditation master who was the Buddhist priest to two Mongolian emperors and was recognized as one of the first-ever reincarnated lamas in Tibet.

Karma Pakshi is considered influential in the development of the reincarnate lama tradition, a system that led to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. Born in East Tibet in the thirteenth century, Karma Pakshi himself was the first master to be named Karmapa, a lineage that continues to modern times and has millions of admirers worldwide.

During his lifetime, Karma Pakshi was widely acknowledged as a mahasiddha--a great spiritual adept--and was therefore invited to the Mongol court at the apogee of its influence in Asia. He gave spiritual advice and meditation instructions to the emperor Mongke Khan, whom he advised to engage in social policies, to release prisoners, and to adopt a vegetarian diet. After Mongke's death, Karma Pakshi was imprisoned by the successive emperor Kubilai Khan, and much of Karma Pakshi's writing was done while he was captive in northeast China. He was eventually released and returned to Tibet, where he commissioned one of the medieval world's largest metal statues: a seated Buddha sixty feet high.

Centuries later, two Buddhist meditation masters, the First Mingyur Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, were inspired by Karma Pakshi to write meditation practices that are profoundly important to contemporary Tibetan Buddhist practitioners: respectively, the Karma Pakshi Guru Yoga and the Sadhana of Mahamudra.

This first-ever comprehensive biography of Karma Pakshi in English reveals new information about a pivotal historical figure in the development of Tibetan Buddhism and his interactions with two Mongol emperors. Also included are translations of several newly available songs attributed to Karma Pakshi and translations of ten excerpts of his writings on reincarnation, meditation, dreams, visionary experiences, tantra, and consecration. Details on the music of Karma Pakshi's singing of the Mani mantra are also given.

Second Karmapa Karma Pakshi: Tibetan Mahasiddha, Charles Manson, Shambhala Publications, Paperback, 304 pages, $27.95

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