Sunday, June 2, 2013

Dorje Lingpa: Gold Needle Terma: Serthur (1346-1405)

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"Kubum, the Bonpo Establishment in Bhutan in the Fourteenth Century Kubum was the place where Dorje Lingpa spent some time when he was in Bhutan. As I mentioned above, one of the principal reasons for visiting Paro was to reveal some hidden manuscripts in one of the caves of Tagtshang. The “Gold Needle” is the main work of the manuscript collection. It contains a remarkably original exposition of the Dzogchen doctrine, which he claims to be in accordance with the Bon tradition. In the colophon of this work he signed with the name Bonzhig Lingpa and gives the year pig, which corresponds to 1371 AD"......http://www.bhutanstudies.org.bt/pubFiles/1.gold_needle.pdf

"The Kubum Pagoda stupa was also built in 14th century by Rabten Kunsang. The Stupa is nine storey high and 75 chapels, dedicated to the murals and statues, describing the tantric Tibetan Buddhism."

"Dorje Lingpa (Wyl. rdo rje gling pa) (1346-1405), the third of the five sovereign terma revealers..... In his fifteenth year in a cave at the Ökar rock, when Guru Padmasambhava came to him in person and granted him empowerment, he revealed many termas.".... http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Dorje_Lingpa

"An extensive biography of Dorje Lingpa exists in English has been published by scholar Samten Karmay in his article, "Dorje Lingpa and His Rediscovery of the "Gold Needle" in Bhutan:" (Bhutan Studies Journal Volume 2 No. 2, 2000). Karmay writes:......"Dorje Lingpa [1346-1405] was born...in the district of Dra, south of the Tsangpo river in Lhokha, Central Tibet. He lost his mother, Karmogyen, at the age of 3 and father, Sonam Gyaltshen, at 7. He was brought up by an aunt. His childhood name was Ogyen Zangpo. At the age of 8 he was symbolically ordained as a novice at Lharikha. At 13 he rediscovered for the first time hidden manuscripts from the ancient temple of Tradrug. Among the manuscripts he found there were the khachang "guides" that indicated the existence of manuscripts concealed in other places."......http://www.rangjung.com/authors/Dorje_Lingpa.htm

"At 15, he disclosed a large number of manuscripts at Namchagdrag (Bhutan) amongst which he found the text Tawa Longyang. It became the basis of his Dzogchen teachings in later life. In this work he held some radical views on the main Dzogchen theories that aroused a good deal of interest amongst his followers as well as eliciting severe criticisms from the Gelugpa dialecticians (Karmay 1988: 186)." In his book, The Great Perfection, Karmay writes, "...while Longchenpa's scholastic approach was aiming at re-structuring and organising the Dzogchen philosophy, Dorje Lingpa was still producing new materials which gave a further dimension to the doctrine. The Tawa Longyang is perhaps the best example among [his terma texts]. " "From the same place he also revealed the Lama Kadu amongst other ritual cycles. The Lama Kadu is the ritual component of the annual festivals in several places in Bhutan today.".....http://www.rangjung.com/authors/Dorje_Lingpa.htm

"The foremost of his termas is the Trilogy of Lama, Dzogchen and Avalokiteshvara (Wyl. bla rdzogs thugs gsum). He also revealed wonderful images and blessed substances, as well as Bön treasures, texts on medical science and astrology. The name under which he is best known is Dorje Lingpa, but he is also called Pema Lingpa, Kunkyong Lingpa, Yungdrung Lingpa and Jampel Chökyi Shenyen.".....http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Dorje_Lingpa

"On the third of the 7th month, earth-bird year (1369) I, BonzhigLingpa, was 24 and was at Yartö Chuwori where in a dream I receivedprophetical indications of finding manuscripts of the Bonpo and Nyingmapa traditions in Tagtshang, Paro. On the 10th of the 1stmonth, iron-dog year (1370) I, accompanied by Togden Gyabum,went to look for the manuscripts. We found a copper box in the Dzutrul cave which is at Kyangring Chenpo near Orgyen Drubchu.From the box emerged the texts that were concerned with the Chipungtantric teachings and Dzogchen texts, such as the Serthur (the “GoldNeedle”)."....http://www.scribd.com/doc/131942970/Karmay-Samten-G-Dorje-Lingpa-and-His-Rediscovery-of-the-Gold-Needle-in-Bhutan

"Paro Taktsang (spa phro stag tshang / spa gro stag tshang), is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery (also known as The Tiger's Nest),[1] a prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site and temple complex, located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley, Bhutan. A temple complex was first built in 1692, around the Taktsang Senge Samdup (stag tshang seng ge bsam grub) cave where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have meditated..."

1969: Chogyam Trungpa receives The Sadhana of Mahamudra terma text while on retreat in Paro Taktsang, a sacred cliffside monastery in Bhutan."

"According to Dudjom Rinpoche's History of the Nyingma School, Dorje Lingpa completed his service to beings in his sixtieth year. He then delivered his testament called The Great Prophetic Declaration, and accompanied by wondrous omens, he passed away at Traklong........"His corpse remained [uncorrupted] for three years, during which time it sometimes continued to benefit beings by speaking and reciting four-line dedications of merit. When Dorje Lingpa's remains were finally offered on the funeral pyre many divine images and relics appeared. With a roar of the flames, his right foot flew from the crematorium to his spiritual son Tashi Jungne, and his left foot to Thokme Gyagarwa as their share of the remains. The relics from these multiplied many times, and it appears that they lasted until later times."......http://www.rangjung.com/authors/Dorje_Lingpa.htm

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John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….June 2013

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