From farmers and wood-gatherers to royal ministers, scholars, and kings, the great siddhas, bearers of enlightened knowledge, came from widely divergent backgrounds. Yet each found within their way of life the keys to realization. Abhayadatta's account of eighty-four great siddhas offers insight into the Vajrayana, the path that transforms ordinary experiences into oportunities for awakening. These stories reveal that the doorway to enlightenment is close at hand, and that the freedom found by the siddhas is as available now as in ages past.
Make your thoughts into a plow, and make pleasure and pain into oxen. Contemplate your body as the field, and contemplate the fruit, the bliss of the Dharma-nature,coming forth night and day. Make your concepts into a plow, your feelings of pleasure and pain into oxen. Sow the seeds of the elements to ripen on the field of your body. Exerting yourself on that field, work day and night! The fruit, the bliss of the Dharma-nature, will never end.
Buddha's Lions, Abhayadatta, Dharma Publishing, 403 pages, $19.95