Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and by Thomas Marcotty

By Thomas Marcotty

Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and fabrics

Show description

Read or Download Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and Materials PDF

Best eastern books

Perception: An Essay on Classical Indian Theories of Knowledge

This ebook is a defence of a sort of realism which stands closest to that upheld via the Nyaya-Vaisesika tuition in classical India.

Opening the Wisdom Door of the Madhyamaka School

During this 3rd 12 months of our carrying on with research of Buddhist philosophy, we commence our examine of Madhyamaka, the center means institution. Madhyamaka is an immediate educating at the crucial nature, loose from all extremes. it may be divided into different types: real truth Madhyamaka and note Madhyamaka. actual truth Madhyamaka is absolutely the, inexpressible nature-the mom of the entire triumphant Ones; be aware Madhyamaka describes this absolute nature.

The path of freedom (Vimuttimagga)

The trail of Freedom, or Vimuttimagga, which serves as a meditation handbook, is greatly thought of a superb and significant paintings. it truly is just like the trail of Purification, or Visuddhimagga, yet much less analytical and simpler in its remedy of the normal meditation items. either are commentaries, no longer from the Pali Canon, yet very suitable to it, in particular to the component of the Pali Canon known as the Abhidhamma which incorporates the philosophical treatises of the Buddha.

Extra info for Dagger Blessing: The Tibetan Phurpa Cult : Reflections and Materials

Example text

In th e dag g er ritu a l they a r e hence real, perceivable, and p re s e n t. The sam e is valid for wild onions, caraw ay se ed or b e rrie s o f th e b arb erry bush which, if thrown, a re also supposed to keep th e air clean of unwelcome dem onic onlookers. But I doubt if - as is said in th e old in stru c tion s - ink c an be p re p ared from th e c e re b ra l blood of one who died o f idiocy (61). Such inks, which must be le ft to visualization, a re needed for th e production of effig ie s o f which I will speak below.

In theory, th e refo re, the front is clea rly marked: anybody may decide in favour or against the dagger cult. This should clarify the situation. But th a t is just theory. In p ra c tic e nobody knows who has th e mag#: dagger hidden in his belt. Who sees what happens a t night on the c e m e ­ te rie s? One devines this and whispers th a t about who is handling the black-poisenous dagger c u lt of th e le ft hand: why should a woman have died here in childbed? Or why has the cattle- of a neighbouring village died of foot-and-m outh disease?

In T ibet th ere a re no o th e r g re at rivers. The general custom is the openair-burial, th e corpse being deposed at c e rta in places. It will then serve th e birds and b easts of prey as food. By this last good deed the deceased may yet gain some m e rit. T hat is why I use the te rm place of the dead. 54 A nother location suitable for dagger rituals one finds in the te m p le s in as much as they are built according to rule: Vajrayana te m ples are e re c te d on rectan gu lar The narrow side of the re c ta n g le - and one usually finds the e n tra n c e th e re too - is o rien ted to th e east.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.54 of 5 – based on 50 votes