By Alexandra David-Neel, Lama Yongden

This can be an account of the Madhyamika (Middle manner) institution of Buddhism, a mode of mediation and enlightenment that was once constructed by way of the nice Indian instructor Nagarjuna. In a collaboration among the Frenchwoman Alexandra David-Neel and her good friend, the Tibetan lama Aphur Yongden, those educating are provided basically and skillfully, meant for the layman who seeks how to perform and adventure the conclusion of oneness with all existence.Alexandra David-Neel was once born in 1868 in Paris. In her formative years she wrote an incendiary anarchist treatise and was once an acclaimed opera singer; then she made up our minds to dedicate her lifestyles to exploration and the research of global religions, together with Buddhist philosophy. She traveled widely to in imperative Asia and the a ways East, the place she discovered a couple of Asian languages, together with Tibetan. In 1914, she met Lama Yongden, who grew to become her followed son, instructor, and better half. In 1923, on the age of fifty-five, she disguised herself as a pilgrim and journeyed to Tibet, the place she was once the 1st eu lady to go into Lhasa, which used to be closed to foreigners on the time. In her overdue seventies, she settled within the south of France, the place she lived until eventually her demise at one hundred and one in 1969.

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When you think that you are looking for a long time, what in fact happens is a series of repeated contacts, each one of which lasts only for an instant, and of which none is identical with the previous one. Why not identical? perception and understanding. Well then, the material organ called the eye which consists of an aggregate of a large number of cells2 is not motionless. The cells which compose it are in perpetual movement ; they are sensitive, indi2 The expression "cell" is mine. A Tibetan would say doul ten (rdul phren) or doul ta (rdul phra), two terms corresponding also to molecule and atom, and also figuratively, to a grain of dust, and, in IN TIBETAN BUDDHIST SECTS 23 vidually, to numerous influences brought to bear on them by agents exterior to them3 and undergo numerous changes depending on the nature of their own evolution.

The classic example given in Buddhist Texts is that of the waggon which consists of a collection of wheels and their spokes, a pole and so forth, ... or the house which c;:onsists of a frame made of beams, of rafters, of a roof and so forth . . but the waggon in itself, the house in itself, where are they? . 46 THE SECRET ORAL TEACHINGS In the same way, if from a man you take away the physical form, sensation, perception, mental activity and consciousness, what remains? Where will you find the man existing in himself outside the corporality and mentality?

Event here means "something which happens". These "somethings" arising instantaneously and in series, these rapid flashes of energy are sufficiently like one another during the series to remain imperceptible to us, then suddenly occurs, in this series of moments, ~ different moment which catches our attention and makes us think that a new object has appeared. germ, that is something differing from the grain. However, the inertness of J 21 IN TIBETAN BUDDIDST SECTS the grain of corn was only in appearance.

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