Kalacakra Root Tantra

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Kalacakra Root Tantra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:46 pm

Another section of the mulatantra has been traced; see the July 9 blog entry:

http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/
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Re: Kalacakra Root Tantra

Post by Malcolm » Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:22 pm

Nicholas Weeks wrote:Another section of the mulatantra has been traced; see the July 9 blog entry:

http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/

Nice find. I would amend his translation of the cited verse as follows however:

sems can sems nyid ‘od gsal zhing |
gdod nas skye ‘gag gnas bral te |
thog ma med pa’i sngon rol nas |
dang po mchog gi sangs rgyas te |
rgyu med rkyen gyis ma bslad pa |
  • The mind essence of sentient beings is luminosity,
    from the start free of arising, ceasing and abiding.
    From the beginningless past
    the adibuddha
    lacks a cause and is uncontaminated by conditions.
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Re: Kalacakra Root Tantra

Post by Crazywisdom » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:18 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Nicholas Weeks wrote:Another section of the mulatantra has been traced; see the July 9 blog entry:

http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/

Nice find. I would amend his translation of the cited verse as follows however:

sems can sems nyid ‘od gsal zhing |
gdod nas skye ‘gag gnas bral te |
thog ma med pa’i sngon rol nas |
dang po mchog gi sangs rgyas te |
rgyu med rkyen gyis ma bslad pa |
  • The mind essence of sentient beings is luminosity,
    from the start free of arising, ceasing and abiding.
    From the beginningless past
    the adibuddha
    lacks a cause and is uncontaminated by conditions.
So this does not square w the geluk view of Buddhahood arising by conditions, no?
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Re: Kalacakra Root Tantra

Post by Malcolm » Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:45 pm

Crazywisdom wrote:
Malcolm wrote:
Nicholas Weeks wrote:Another section of the mulatantra has been traced; see the July 9 blog entry:

http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/

Nice find. I would amend his translation of the cited verse as follows however:

sems can sems nyid ‘od gsal zhing |
gdod nas skye ‘gag gnas bral te |
thog ma med pa’i sngon rol nas |
dang po mchog gi sangs rgyas te |
rgyu med rkyen gyis ma bslad pa |
  • The mind essence of sentient beings is luminosity,
    from the start free of arising, ceasing and abiding.
    From the beginningless past
    the adibuddha
    lacks a cause and is uncontaminated by conditions.
So this does not square w the geluk view of Buddhahood arising by conditions, no?
The Gelugpa would argue the mind essence here, luminosity, is their mind of clear light, which they regard as a permanent continuum which has no first cause, thus it is without a cause; and is not altered by conditions.
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Re: Kalacakra Root Tantra

Post by Crazywisdom » Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:04 pm

Malcolm wrote:
Crazywisdom wrote:
Malcolm wrote:

Nice find. I would amend his translation of the cited verse as follows however:

sems can sems nyid ‘od gsal zhing |
gdod nas skye ‘gag gnas bral te |
thog ma med pa’i sngon rol nas |
dang po mchog gi sangs rgyas te |
rgyu med rkyen gyis ma bslad pa |
  • The mind essence of sentient beings is luminosity,
    from the start free of arising, ceasing and abiding.
    From the beginningless past
    the adibuddha
    lacks a cause and is uncontaminated by conditions.
So this does not square w the geluk view of Buddhahood arising by conditions, no?
The Gelugpa would argue the mind essence here, luminosity, is their mind of clear light, which they regard as a permanent continuum which has no first cause, thus it is without a cause; and is not altered by conditions.
So the condition come into recognizing right?
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Re: Kalacakra Root Tantra

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:58 pm

David Reigle, who wrote what is in the OP link may respond later today. For now, here is what he wrote in an email:
It is not my translation that Malcolm amended, it is Lobsang Lhalungpa's. I, too, thought that it was a bit too loose. I quite agree with Malcolm's amended translation, and am very glad that he made it.

The 2015 translation of it by Traleg Kyabgon in Moonbeams of Mahamudra, being an oral translation (as said on the title page), is considerably more loose than Lhalungpa's, so I did not refer to it.
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Re: Kalacakra Root Tantra

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