9780861711642

Hermit of Go Cliffs : Timeless Instructions from a Tibetan Mystic

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    9780861711642

  • ISBN10:

    0861711645

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications
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Summary

The great Tibetan meditation master Gyalwa Godrakpa (1170-1249) practiced and taught a nonsectarian approach to realization. Hermit of Go Cliffs is the first English translation of The Collected Songs of Godrakpa, presented here with the original Tibetan text and with Cyrus Stearns' comprehensive introduction to Godrakpa's life, legacy, and poetry.

Like the songs of Tibet's great saint Milarepa, Godrakpa's songs are uniquely beautiful and accessible: sometimes stern and sharp, sometimes lyrical and filled with allusions to the natural world. These songs express what Godrakpa emphasized in his life - a no-nonsense approach to the practice of meditation.

Author Biography

Cyrus Stearns first began to study Buddhism with Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) in 1973. Since that time he has studied with and translated for many Tibetan teachers, especially Dezhung Rinpoche and Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. Cyrus has a PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Washington and lived for about eight years in Nepal, India, and Southeast Asia. Among his other publications are The Buddha from Dolpo, Hermit of Go Cliffs, and Luminous Lives. Cyrus has three daughters and lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Preface and Acknowledgments xi
Introduction
The Tradition
1(5)
The Life
6(8)
The Songs
14(15)
Notes to the Introduction
21(8)
THE COLLECTED SONGS of the ADEPT GODRAKPA WHO IS PEERLESS IN THE THREE REALMS 29(148)
From when I was first a small child
33(6)
I'm beggar, I'm spiritual friend
39(6)
For those who act from the heart according to Dharma
45(2)
Since I'm beggar and spiritual friend
47(6)
A yogi like the sky
53(6)
Homage to the masters, my spiritual fathers
59(6)
The birth of faith is easy
65(4)
Homage to the masters, my spiritual fathers
69(4)
When there's no realization, these external appearances
73(4)
This lord and master is like a guide for the blind
77(4)
I take refuge in the kind lord
81(6)
When clinging to a self among the aggregates hasn't been abandoned
87(4)
The indisputable Kagyu
91(4)
This youthful vitality is like a flower in spring
95(4)
I'm this Langkor beggar
99(2)
Homage to the precious masters
101(4)
I'm a beggar yogi
105(2)
In samsara, which is like a dream and illusion
107(2)
Look, my son!
109(2)
Even though you are rich with gems
111(2)
Death is the mirror of mind
113(4)
Learning is like a design in water
117(2)
Homage to the masters
119(4)
The drought of my own desires has vanished
123(2)
External apprehended objects like the sky
125(2)
Watching---watching the Khawo glacier in the upper valley
127(2)
Both the nightingale and I
129(2)
I'm the dakini of the heights of the sky
131(2)
At first, when I was still at home
133(4)
Springs erupt in the meadows during the three months of summer
137(2)
For rulers with servants gathered as a retinue
139(4)
This morning I came from the expanse of reality
143(2)
No home to uphold
145(2)
After guarding---guarding the home
147(4)
Saffron root in the land of Kashmir
151(2)
Body impermanent like spring mist
153(2)
How do you people see the show?
155(2)
When this beggar wasn't old, but young
157(4)
External sky empty of substantiality and characteristic
161(2)
Now what year is the year this year?
163(2)
That spacious site of Tingri
165(2)
Numerous planets and stars in the sky
167(2)
On the vast plain of emptiness
169(2)
Precious lord and kind master
171(6)
Colophon
175(2)
Notes to the Translation 177(22)
Bibliography 199(6)
Index 205

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