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By E. Gene Smith

Between Tibetan Texts is a part of Wisdom‘s acclaimed stories in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism sequence. for 3 a long time, E. Gene Smith ran the Library of Congress‘s Tibetan textual content book undertaking (PL480)-an attempt to salvage and reprint the Tibetan literature that were accrued via groups and exiles of Sikkim, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Smith wrote prefaces to those reprinted books to aid make clear and contextualize the actual Tibetan texts: the prefaces served as tough orientations to a poorly understood physique of international literature. initially produced in print amounts of 20, those prefaces quick turned mythical, and shortly photocopied collections have been passed from pupil to pupil, attaining a virtually cult prestige. those essays are amassed right here for the 1st time. The effect of Smith‘s examine at the educational learn of Tibetan literature has been large, either for his extraordinary skill to synthesize various fabrics into coherent debts of Tibetan literature, background, and spiritual suggestion, and for the exemplary serious scholarship he delivered to this box.

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The Smad 'Brug need not concern us too much. The Stod 'Brug, however, gave rise to a host of important schools: the Ne rings Bka' brgyud pa, the Mdo bo che ba, and the Yang dgon Bka' brgyud pa, among others. The Yang dgon school ultimately produced the 'Ba' ra Bka' brgyud pa, a sect that maintained an identity up to 1959. The gstr 'phrmg discussed here belongs to a branch lineage of the 'Ba' ra Bka' brgyud pa sect. E. The Smar pa (Dmar pa) Bka' brgyud pa Smar pa Grub thob Shes rab seng ge founded Sho dgon in Khams, the mother monastery of the Smar pa Bka' brgyud pa.

Rdza Opal sprul has written other works intended for the lay audience, such as Drang srong gdol ba 'i gtam and Gtam padma tshai gyi :dos gar. The latter was composed to console Bkra shis dge legs, a young Sde dge aristocrat, after the tragic death of his wife. In this beautiful poem Bkra shis dge legs is represented by a golden bee, while his deceased companion becomes the turquoise bee trapped within a flower that has closed. Opal sprul's grung 'bum also includes a concise history of Tibet. Rdza Opal sprul included among his studentsl7 Smyo shul Lung nogs and Obon po Bstan li 0 rgyan bstan 'dzin nor bu.

The efficacy of these precepts rests in their relevance to any given disciple into three classes: the mental class (sems sde), the expanse class (klong sde), and the precept class (man ngag sde). Klong chen pa himself has characterized his Rang gro/ skor gsum as an introduction to the essential meaning of the precepts belonging to the mental class. 89 The chief canonical sources for the teachings and practice of the mental class {sems sde) include the Kun byed rgya/ po. 90 Klong chen Rab 'byams pa and His Works This treatise of the immortal Klong chen Rab 'byams pa Dri med 'od zer constitutes the sixth section in most editions of his Gsung thor bu.

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