The Buddha from Dolpo: A Study of the Life and Thought of the Tibetan Master Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen

By Cyrus Stearns

Cyrus Stearns describes either Dolpopa's lifestyles and his principles. previous Tibetan precedents for the Zhentong view are mentioned, in addition to Dolpopa's personal distinctive use of language and the foremost affects at the improvement of his debatable theories.

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112 record of Plates 1. Kālacakra. overdue eighteenth- to early ninteenth-century portray. released in Rhie and Thurman (1999), p. 372. 2. Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361). previous painted clay photograph. deepest assortment. photo courtesy of Michael Sheehy. three. the nice stūpa at Jonang, began by means of Dölpopa in 1330 and accomplished in 1333. photo courtesy of Michael Sheehy. four. Dölpopa flanked by way of of his significant disciples. Jonang Choglé Namgyal (1306–86), to his correct, and Nya Ön Kunga good friend, to his left. Painted clay photographs within the nice stūpa of Gyantsé, accomplished within the 1430s. picture courtesy of Franco Ricca. five. continues to be of Dölpopa’s basic place of abode, Dewachen, at the mountainside above the stūpa at Jonang. photo courtesy of Michael Sheehy. 6. Jonang Tāranātha (1575–1635). Seventeenth-century (? ) portray. released in Jackson (1996), p. 188. 7. Takten Damchö Ling, the monastic castle accomplished via Jonang Tāranātha in 1628. photo courtesy of Michael Sheehy. eight. The Sakya grasp Lama Dampa Sönam Gyaltsen (1312–75). element of a seventeenth-century portray. deepest assortment. picture via Sofia Stearns. creation one of many significant assets of hysteria within the interpretation of past due Indian Buddhism as acquired in Tibet was once the it appears contradictory descriptions of vacancy (śūnyatā, stong pa nyid) present in scriptures and commentaries pointed out with various stages of the culture. 1 The concept of an enlightened everlasting essence, or buddha nature, found in each dwelling being was once in marked distinction to the sooner conventional Buddhist emphasis at the loss of any enduring essence. 2 For fans of Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna Buddhism in Tibet, the reconciliation of those subject matters within the doctrinal fabrics that they had inherited from India and in different places was once of an important significance. In fourteenth-century Tibet the worry with those matters turns out to have ultimately reached a severe element. there has been a burst of scholarly works dealing particularly with the query of the buddha nature and the attendant implications for Buddhist traditions of perform and explication. The forces essentially answerable for the serious curiosity surrounding those matters at this particular element in Tibetan historical past aren't but essentially understood. however it is apparent that a few of the popular masters of this era who produced the main influential works on those subject matters have been committed practitioners of the lessons of the Kālacakra Tantra, and both in my view knew one another or had a number of the comparable academics and disciples. one of the most vital masters have been Karmapa Rangjung Dorjé (1284–1339), Butön Rinchen Drup (1290–1364), Dölpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (1292–1361), Longchen Rabjampa (1308–64), Lama Dampa Sönam Gyaltsen (1312–75), and Barawa Gyaltsen Palsang (1310–91). three with no query, the writings of Dölpopa, who used to be often referred to as “The Buddha from Dölpo” (Dol po Sangs rgyas) and “The Omniscient One from Dölpo Who Embodies the Buddhas of the 3 occasions” (Dus gsum sangs rgyas Kun mkhyen Dol po pa), comprise the main debatable and wonderful rules ever offered via a good Tibetan Buddhist grasp.

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