Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The 'Lost' Mūla-Tantra...Sha'kya & Padmapani Lokeshvara (876 BC)


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"King Suchandra came from Shambhala (some say north of Kashmir) to request and receive the Kalachakra teachings from Shakyamuni Buddha. After the teachings, he wrote them down and composed the 'Mula' or 'Root Text' of the Kalachakra tantra, comprising 12,000 verses. However, this text has never reached us.".....http://kalachakranet.org

"In the Mula Tantra, (the Root Tantra of the Kalachakra)....Shakya explicitly declares ...... 600 years from that date Rigden Kulika Kirti will succeed to the throne of Shambhala, his son or the young prince will be an incarnation of Padmapani Lokeshvara..... 'the lord of the world, holding a lotus in his hand; "they will be born in my own Shakya race, and in your own nation, Dazang!......and that 800 years after that , the Mleccha or Muhamadan religion will rise at Makha (Mecca).".....Page 191......'A Grammar of the Tibetan Language in English'.

"In 624 AD, a Moslem invasion weakened the Kingdom of Śambhala"……..(The Blue Annals: Part 10 (Kalachakra)…Tibetan Historical Text completed in 1476 AD, written by Gö Lotsāwa Zhönnu Pel

"...an incarnation of Padmapani Lokeshvara will be born (c. 300 BC)".....Padmasambhava (lit. "Lotus-Born"), also known as Guru Rinpoche, is a literary character of terma, an emanation of Amitabha that is said to appear to tertons in visionary encounters and a focus of Tibetan Buddhist practice.....In the eleventh and twelfth centuries there were several competing terma traditions surrounding, for example, Vimalamitra, Songtsen Gampo, Vairotsana and Padmasambhava. At the end of the 12th century, there was the "victory of the Padmasambhava cult."....Although there was also a historical Padmasambhava, nothing is known of the "obscure Indian sorcerer"..... (Swat Valley of Pakistan)....apart from him helping the construction of a temple at Samye at the behest of Tibetan king, Trisong Detsen (c. 742 AD) and shortly being chased out of Tibet.".... Schaik, Sam van. Tibet: A History. Yale University Press 2011.....Davidson, Ronald M. Tibetan Renaissance. pg 231. Columbia University Press, 2005.

The Wheel of Time: The Kalachakra in Context.....By Geshe Lhundub Sopa

The Lost Kalacakra Mula Tantra on the Kings of Sambhala by David Reigle (1986)..... http://www.academia.edu/6423778 The_Lost_Kalacakra_Mula_Tantra_on_the_Kings_of_Sambhala

In Sanskrit, "mula" means root.

Bu-ston's History of Buddhism and the Mañjuśrī-mūla-tantra...."Two years ago my translation of the second part of The History of Buddhism (Chos-ḥbyuṅ), the work of the celebrated Tibetan scholar Bu-ston Rin-chen-ḍub (grub), i.e. of the historical part proper, appeared in the press, published by the Heidelberg Society for the Investigation of Buddhist Lore. In the introduction to this translation I have indicated all the principal works of Buddhist scripture and exegesis (sūtra and śāstra) which have been referred to by Bu-ston and which represent the main sources from which he has compiled his work. I have, furthermore, drawn the attention of the reader to the fact that among the said sources an exclusive importance is given to the Mañjuśrī-mūla-tantra (or Kalpa; Tib. Ḥjam-dpal-rtsa-rgyud, Kangyur, RGYUD. xi, Narthaṅ edition, or xii, Derge edition). A great part of chapter 51 of this work, the “Prophecy concerning the Kings” (Rāja-vyākarana-parivarta), has been incorporated by Bu-ston in his work, mostly in the form of direct quotations, and partly condensed in prose. It is to be noted here that Bu-ston is not the only Tibetan author who has made copious references to the Mañjuśrī-mūla-tantra. The latter appears likewise as one of the principal sources in the well-known historical work of Tārānātha. The prophecies as such are not to be found here, but it is easy to trace considerable parts of Taranatha's text to the Mañjuśrī-mūla-tantra, the passages of which are stripped of their prophetical garb and appear in the form of ordinary historical data.".....(E. Obermiller).....Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland.....Volume 67 / Issue 02 / April 1935, pp 299-306.

"HISTORY AS DESCRIBED IN THE KALACHAKRA TRADITION......Several of the prophecies in the Kalachakra tradition are already in the past, for example, king Manjushrikirti (living in the second century BC) predicted the coming of the "barbarian Dharma" after 800 years (about 600 AD). The prophecy further says that during the reign of the 21st. king, Aniruddha (1927-2027), Buddhism and the Kalachakra will have nearly come to an end in Tibet, Mongolia, China and much of Asia. This could certainly be said to be accurate! For example, after the Chinese invasion in Tibet in 1959 and the destruction of nearly all monasteries afterwards, the master Ven. Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche was the only remaining Tibetan master holding a specific lineage of the Vimalaprabha (the 'Stainless Light' commentary); which is one of the only two main Kalachakra texts.....This trend of degeneration is said to continue until the incarnation of Manjushri (and of the Panchen Lama), Raudra Chakrin, comes to the throne in 2327 (or 2424)."......http://kalachakranet.org

"From this year, after 600 years, for the maturation of the hermits, (Sanskrit: Ris'his, or of religious persons) will be born, at Shambhala, hJam dvyangs mi brags mi brag Gugs-pa, (a king, or lord of men) called the celebrated on (an incarnation of) Manyju Ghos'ha, (he with a sweet voice). The lady (Tibetan: sgrol-ma; Sanskrit: Tara) of this (king) is (or will be called) the great goddess (Uma, i.e. an incarnation of that goddess) his son or the young prince is (or will) (be an incarnation of) Pad-hdsin hjig-rten dvang, (Sanskrit: Padmapani Lokeshvara) 'the lord of the world, holding a lotus in his hand; "they will be born in my own Shakya race, and in your own nation, Dazang!'......'A Grammar of the Tibetan Language in English'...... Page 193....Calcutta, 1834

"..in the Mula Tantra, Shakya explicitly declares ...that the Rigsden Gragspa will be of his own Shakya race, and of the nation of Dazang, the natural interpretation is that they were both of the Scythian nation, or of the Sacae of the ancients...." .........'A Grammar of the Tibetan Language in English'...... Page 193....Calcutta, 1834

Page 191......'A Grammar of the Tibetan Language in English'...... Prepared under the patronage of the Government and the auspices of the Asiatic Society of Bengal., Calcutta: Baptist Mission Press, 1834.....Sándor Csoma de Kőrös....(1784 - 1842)......

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".....In the Mula Tantra, Sha'kya foretells to Dazang 25 kings, who will successively reign at S'ambhala, each for 100 years. The six first of them are called Dharma Rajas (Religious King) and the others are styled Rigs-iden, Kulika, 'the Noble of Illustrious' ....He foretells also that after 600 years from that date Rigs-Idan Grags-pa, Kulika Kirti ('the celebrated noble one' (the Epiphanes of the Greeks ?) will succeed to the throne of Shambhala, and that 800 years afterwards, the kla klo, Lalo Sanskrit: Mleccha) or Muhamadan religion will rise at Makha (Mecca)...."

".....The third work is called Paramadibuddha uddhrita Sri Kala Chakra, a Tantra delivered by Sakya, at the request of Da-Zang, a king of Shambhala, a fabulous city in the north; but the original is said to have proceeded from the first Supreme Buddha. It was introduced from the north, it is said, into India in the 10th Century.....Page 386....Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, Volume 1.....By Asiatic Society (Calcutta, India)

"....explained by Sha'kya at the request of Dava Zang-po, a King of Shambhala."....page 488...Asiatic Researches Or Transactions of the Society Instituted in Bengal for Inquiring Into the History and Antiquities, ... of Asia. - Calcutta, Cantopher 1788-1836 (Google eBook)

"....Bhadra (Tib. Zangpo) (76 BC -227 CE) One who Rules by the Thousand-spoked Wheel..."......The Twenty-Five Kalki (Tib. Rigden)....Kings of Shambhala.".....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_of_Shambhala

"The Seven Dharmarajas (Tib. Chogyal).......Suchandra (Tib. Dawa Sangpo) c. 900 to 876 BC. Note: the Kalachakra calculations put the life of Shakyamuni Buddha quite a bit earlier than is generally accepted, and the Tibetans produced a number of divergent calculations of the dates given here. Also, many of the names of the kings are often wrongly Sanskritized (back-translated from the Tibetan) in Western publications.".....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_of_Shambhala

Shambhala King: Chokyi Gyalpo Rigden Dawa Zangpo.... is peaceful in appearance, blue in colour, holding the stems of two lotus blossoms supporting a gold vajra and bell. To the right side of the king sits a consort, blue in colour, holding a stringed instrument. This image iconographically identical to HAR #51821. They are both seated atop an ornate throne supported by the four prominant Hindu Gods Brahma, Indra, Vishnu and Shiva, in front of a large temple and stupa complex. ....http://www.himalayanart.org/image.cfm/77259.html

Dawa Zangpo was the first of the seven "Shakya" kings of Shambhala.......Bryant: Wheel of Time Sand Mandala...

"Alexander Csoma has the following passage:....XVI ......He conjectured that S'ambhala must have been the capital of a kingdom that flourished in the early centuries of Christ and that S'ridhdnya Kataica was the Cuttak of modern Orissa. ....The last of the kings of Shambhala is, however, not mentioned in the 3Ju!a Tantra. It is stated that a king named Samudra Vijaya arrived at Shambhala in 618 A.D., and shortly after that the period called, in the Tibetan chronology, (Me-kha-rgya-Mtsho*), commenced. It is also stated that in 622 A.D., at Makha (Mecca) the Muhamadan religion was established. From what can be gathered from Tibetan histories and works on Kala Chakra may be conjectured that this Shambhala, very probably, was the capital of the Bactrian Empiire of the Eastern Greeks who had embraced Buddhism. It is also conjectured that the modern city of Balkh must have been the site of their latest capital. The name of King Menander {in Sanskrit: Minendra) who erected a very lofty Kala (Castle) has been mentioned by the Kashmirian poet Ksomendra, in the Avaddna Kalpalatd, a work that was finished in about 1035 A.D.".... .....http://archive.org/stream/grammaroftibetan00dass/grammaroftibetan00dass_djvu.txt

"In 642 A.D., a " King Ta-mo-yin-t'o-ho-szu" of Uddiyana is said to have sent a gift of camphor and an embassy to the Emperor of China. This is the year that the Arabs succeeded in defeating the King of Kings, Yazdagird 111, of Persia. The latter, fleeing eastward, met his death near Merv in 651. With the death of Yazdagird, last of the Sassanid dynasty, the southern bedouin hordes of Islam for the first time marched onto the soil of Iran and began their great, rapacious advance eastward. The kings of the Orient had cause to fear the coming of the Arabs. These southerners were savagely barbarian; a patchwork of desert tribes woven together by the threads of a fanatical monotheism and a religion which encouraged them to slay with the sword those whom they could not convert to their personal dominion. " Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day," says the Koran (Sura 9:29), " ...until they pay you tribute out of hand, having brought them low.".....http://www.dharmafellowship.org/biographies/historicalsaints/lord-padmasambhava.htm#eightcentury

International Kalachakra Network...."The Kalachakra system is clearly related to the ancient Vedic tradition in India which existed long before Buddhism appeared.......The Kalachakra refers to many different traditions, for example the Hindu; Saivite, Samkya, Vaishnava, the Vedas, Upanisads and Puranas traditions, but also Jainism. For example, the Kalachakra mandala includes deities which are equally accepted by Hindus, Jainas and Buddhists.....David Reigle suggests, "Among the many traditional ideas which must be mastered to understand Kalachakra are several which are not found within Buddhism.... These include .... the Sankya system .... the Mandukya Upanisad .... and even the Jaina tradition.".....

"The Kalachakra tantra puts the life of Shakyamuni Buddha in the 9th. Century BC, instead of the more commonly accepted 6th. Century BC. There is also some discussion on when Shakyamuni Buddha taught the Kalachakra during his life time......



John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….September 2014


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