By Alexandra David-Neel

Nestled amid the excessive peaks and everlasting snows of the Himalayas and different mountain levels, Tibet is domestic to a centuries-old Buddhist culture, wealthy in mystic rites and rituals aimed toward aiding adherents in attaining non secular bliss. during this attention-grabbing quantity, a famous authority delves into the character and resources of Tibetan mysticism, offering readers with a wealth of knowledge concerning Lamaic rites of initiation and the lessons given to initiates, either in the course of and after the initiation ceremonies.
The writer first defines Tibetan mysticism and examines the function of the non secular consultant and the alternative of a grasp. this can be by means of a dialogue of the character of the esoteric doctrines and conventional oral guide. Madame David-Neel then recounts intimately a few of the different types of initiations and their goals, together with initiations with and with out “activity,” the “Mani” initiation, and the several meanings of Aum mani padme hum! additionally lined are the magic rites referred to as dubthabs, the “gymnastics” of breathing, day-by-day religious routines, the contemplation of sunlight and sky, the dalai lamas, other kinds of morality, and plenty of different topics.
Alexandra David-Neel used to be a historian of faith and a resident of Tibet for 14 years. As a practising Buddhist, she participated in lots of of the religious rites and practices defined during this ebook, which supplies her account a distinct immediacy and authenticity. Lucid, aim, and hugely readable, Initiations and Initiates in Tibet is a treasury of truth and lore delivering invaluable insights and data to scholars of faith and Tibetan Buddhism in particular.

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There are also those who have never needed to use them. As we shall shortly see, the liturgical' words uttered during the mystic initiati_ons confirm the sayings of the Lamas. Indeed, they tend to exhibit to the novice the power and intelligence existing in him in a latent state, to induce him to develop them and rely upon them alone. The disciple should prepare himself to receive the anglcur of "activity" by living a pure life, "fleeing from evil actions as one flees from a poisonous serpent".

Men's Names Women's Names Freed from diversity Infinite extent of space -·· Excellent nature Self-born joy Light illumining space Light of the essence of things Blessed king Lotus upward stretching Liberated from the Mind extending equally acts of the five senses in all directions The disciple must keep his "initiate" names strictly secret, whereas the name received on entering the religious Order becomes the one by which a monk is subsequently known. The liturgical recitation continues after the name has been given: Disciple.

These are to be found in different forms in all religions. ur is the Hindu ahhisheka. Nevertheless, it seems possible that, prior to the introduction ofTantric Buddhism into Tibet, the Bonpos were already conferring initiations the spirit of which is now found in Lamaist angkurs. The Sanskrit term abhisheka means "to sprinkle", "to consecrate by unction". It is noteworthy that the Tibetan translators (lotsawas ), whose renderings are invariably so faithful, have rejected the meaning of consecrating by unction, and have adopted that of giving power: angkurwa.

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