Posts Tagged ‘mahasiddha’

Books in Diamond Way Centres: Recommended reading Pt.2

Monday, April 19th, 2010

In the second of a series of entries, we present Buddhist books from the “recommended reading list” for students of Diamond Way Buddhism by various authors, together with links to a reliable UK-based supplier, Wisdom Books. This group of books includes life stories of great Buddhist practitioners.

Entering the Diamond Way – Tibetan Buddhism Meets the West

Lama Ole Nydahl

This is the genuinely compelling story, and spiritual odyssey, of Ole and Hannah Nydahl, who in 1968 became the first Western students of the great Tibetan master, His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. Their exciting travels on the worn path between the green lowlands of Europe to the peaks of the Himalayas, led them to experience the skilful teachings of numerous Tibetan lamas who helped transform their lives into “limitless clarity and joy.” From their first contact with Tibetan Buddhism in Kathmandu in the form of a lama with extraordinary psychic powers, Ole and Hannah encountered the full spectrum of the Buddhist view. Their real aim in writing this book is “to form a bridge between two worlds, and especially to share with all who are looking for their true being… an introduction to a time-proven way to Enlightenment.”


Mahasiddha Saraha on non-duality

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
Statue of the mahasiddha Saraha

Statue of the mahasiddha Saraha

“The cross-eyed fool sees one lamp as two; The vision and the viewer are one”

– Saraha (8th Century CE)

From “Saraha’s Dohakosa: The Royal Song” (translated by Keith Dowman)

Saraha is known as the chief of the Indian Mahasiddhas or “Great Accomplishers”, a prominent master of the Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra) teachings, and a former incarnation of the Karmapa.