Wylie:Rgyal thang lugs kyi gcod dbang nam mkha' sgo 'byed kyi cho ga
rgyal thang lugs kyi gcod dbang nam mkha' sgo 'byed kyi cho ga
The Required Liturgies on the Occasion of Master Tāranātha’s Severance Empowerment of Opening the Sky Door in the Gyaltang Tradition
This text is characterized in the Kundeling printing of the Treasury as “notes on the lectures of Venerable Jonang Tāranātha,” and it follows directly upon the initiation text by Tāranātha, Object Severance Empowerment Known as Opening the Sky Door. These notes, arranged by an unnamed compiler, fill in some of the seemingly missing parts of the empowerment ritual, such as the preliminary tormas, supplications, mantras, and other recitations.
The source of the Severance tradition that Jamgön Kongtrul inherited from Tāranātha and Kunga Drölchok is the visionary Samten Özer of Gyaltang. Samten Özer was a recipient of both the long lineage (ring brgyud) of Severance, which he received on five separate occasions, and a direct lineage (nye brgyud) from visionary encounters with Machik Lapdrön. His remarkable experiences are recounted in Nectar of Meaning of the Profound Severance of Evil, where he declares himself to be basically identical to Machik. This direct encounter engendered a lineage of teachings that became known as the Gyaltang tradition (rgyal thang lugs). It spread widely, particularly in the Jonang, Shangpa, and Kagyu traditions.
- 1 rGyal thang lugs kyi gcod dbang nam mkha’ sgo ’byed kyi cho ga rje btsun tā ra nā thas mdzad pa’i skabs su nye bar mkho ba’i ’don cha, in DNZ, vol. 14 (pha), pp. 165–71; DNZ-K, vol. 9, pp. 611–17. DV, vol. ta, pp. 587–600.
- rGyal thang pa bSam gtan ’od zer, who also styled himself as Man of the Charnel Ground (dur khrod pa). I have not been able to ascertain a date for him with certainty; in the long lineage that descends from him, Jonangpa Kunga Drölchok (1507–1566) is sixth in line.
- bDud gcod zab mo don gyi nying khu in bDud gcod zab mo’i skor (Darjeeling: Lama Dawa and Chopal Lama, 1974), pp. 1–22.
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- The Sadhanas of Chod Empowerment Called "Opening the Sky" from the Gyal Tang Tradition Written by Taranatha.
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- Published in New Delhi in 18 volumes
- Genre from Richard Barron's Catalog
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- yan lag gi chos, gcod yul skor
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