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Translation of the Dharani section from Kangyur

 

     Hindu-Tibetan Buddhism is known for an enormous profusion of methods for discovering wisdom and gaining spiritual insight. But quite unknown is the vast number of practical methods of Buddhist teachings aimed at the more relative realm of our reality. 

дхарани

What is in the section?

     The dharani section of the traditional Kangyur textual canon contains many short sutras and teachings that can be useful in everyday life. The texts of the section are aimed not only at gaining spiritual benefit, but also at solving a variety of life’s problems everyone can relate to. Indeed, when the conditions of our lives are harmonious and we are not faced with troubles (which can be avoided), it is easier for us to realize the final fruit - Awakening. 
   Particularly in the Dharani section, one can find texts with practical methods for improving health, financial well-being, living conditions, etc. These sutras were bestowed by various beings at the time of Shakyamuni and were subsequently included in the Tibetan Kangyur Canon, which has survived in its authentic form to this day.

Translation of the Kriya-tantra section

     The Tibetan canonical collection of sacred Kangyur texts contains many sections. One of these is devoted to tantras, which are divided into four types, including the Kriya-tantra section.

     Kriya-tantra (Sanskrit kriya-tantra, Tib. bya rgyud, tantra of action) is the first class of the so-called "outer" tantras of Vajrayana Buddhism.

крия-тантра

About kriya-tantra

     This kind of tantra is intended for deep purification of body, speech and mind of a practitioner and for receiving blessings of various Buddhas and bodhisattvas. In other words, the correct practice of these techniques can qualitatively change our lives for the better on a relative level - bringing well-being, health, prosperity, happiness and harmony. But we should not forget that the goal of these methods is to attain the highest possible good on the absolute level--the Buddha state. The history of Buddhist tradition provides ample evidence that yogis and yogini achieved these kinds of benefits.

Translation of texts from Sangye Lingpa's terma cycle

 

Over the centuries in Tibet there have appeared many amazing teachers - monks, scholars and yogis. In the ancient Nyingma tradition (the school of Old Translations), which originates from Guru Padmasambhava, one can also find a special type of teachers who discover spiritual treasures - terma. Such teachers are commonly referred to as tertons.

Each terton-teacher, because of his close connection with Guru Padmasambhava, receives the ability or competence to reveal teachings relevant to a particular time and beings. Padmasambhava himself left prophecies about the coming of the "Great" tertons who should play a particularly important role in the preservation and dissemination of his teachings.

Sangye Lingpa 

     One of the "Great" tertons is Sangye Lingpa. In the fourteenth century he discovered a great cycle of teachings, equal in length to fourteen volumes, which has still not lost its relevance and continues to be of great benefit to living beings. This is due both to the strength of the teachings themselves and to the purity of the lineage by which this cycle of the terma has survived to this day. 

     The collection includes numerous materials on astrology, rituals, meditative techniques, explanations of Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings, composition of protective amulets, yoga, the practice of Chod, and much much more.

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