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A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Apr 01, 2011 5:18 am

In 2008 this book of 333 pages was translated by Yeshe Gyamtso and published by KTD Pubs. The subtitle The Eight Great Bodhisattvas tells all. Mipham spends almost half the book quoting from sutras inspiring passages about the vows & teachings of Manjushri. The other seven members of the Arya Sangha are given around 20 to 40 pages of sutra quotes each.

Can you name them all; without looking them up? Avalokita is one... who else?
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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Malcolm » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:25 pm

Will wrote:In 2008 this book of 333 pages was translated by Yeshe Gyamtso and published by KTD Pubs. The subtitle The Eight Great Bodhisattvas tells all. Mipham spends almost half the book quoting from sutras inspiring passages about the vows & teachings of Manjushri. The other seven members of the Arya Sangha are given around 20 to 40 pages of sutra quotes each.

Can you name them all; without looking them up? Avalokita is one... who else?

Manjushri, Avalokiteshavara, Vajrapani, Samantabhadra, Ksitigarbha, Akashagarbha, Nirvanavishakhambin, Mahasthamprapta.
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Caz » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:33 pm

Namdrol wrote:
Will wrote:In 2008 this book of 333 pages was translated by Yeshe Gyamtso and published by KTD Pubs. The subtitle The Eight Great Bodhisattvas tells all. Mipham spends almost half the book quoting from sutras inspiring passages about the vows & teachings of Manjushri. The other seven members of the Arya Sangha are given around 20 to 40 pages of sutra quotes each.

Can you name them all; without looking them up? Avalokita is one... who else?

Manjushri, Avalokiteshavara, Vajrapani, Samantabhadra, Ksitigarbha, Akashagarbha, Nirvanavishakhambin, Mahasthamprapta.
A mouthful of virtue right there :rolling:
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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by plwk » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:45 pm

Mahastamaprapta doesn't seem to be on the list of the 'asta maha bodhisattvas' or 'asta utaputras' and Maitreya is instead listed... see here and here

I recall in many past Mahayana ES threads that Mahastamaprapta is the peaceful form of Vajrapani...

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Post by Malcolm » Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:46 pm

plwk wrote:Mahastamaprapta doesn't seem to be on the list of the 'asta maha bodhisattvas' or 'asta utaputras'... see here and here

I recall in many past Mahayana ES threads that Mahastamaprapta is the peaceful form of Vajrapani...

You are right, Maitreya -- damn I get a D. Not because I got seven right, but because I got one wrong. (you are slipping, Namdrol).
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Malcolm » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:08 pm

plwk wrote:Mahastamaprapta doesn't seem to be on the list of the 'asta maha bodhisattvas' or 'asta utaputras' and Maitreya is instead listed... see here and here

I recall in many past Mahayana ES threads that Mahastamaprapta is the peaceful form of Vajrapani...

Interestingly, Samantabhadra is definitely considered to be a peaceful form of Vajrapani.
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འ༔ ཨ༔ ཧ༔ ཤ༔ ས༔ མ༔


[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:37 pm

Nirvanavishakhambin says Namdrol - close, a tad off. The book says Sarvanivaranavishkambhin meaning "complete remover of all obstacles." This is the one I have the most trouble remembering.

In the selection about this bodhisattva, another very impressive and powerful one is mentioned, the sister of a tathagata, Dispeller of Obstacles. Her Sanskrit original is not given.
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Post by Malcolm » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:47 pm

Will wrote:Nirvanavishakhambin says Namdrol - close, a tad off. The book says Sarvanivaranavishkambhin meaning "complete remover of all obstacles." This is the one I have the most trouble remembering.

In the selection about this bodhisattva, another very impressive and powerful one is mentioned, the sister of a tathagata, Dispeller of Obstacles. Her Sanskrit original is not given.

Type -- often his name is given sans sarva.
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[A]nything at all that is well spoken is the word of the Buddha.

-- Ārya-adhyāśaya-sañcodana-nāma-mahāyāna-sūtra

The different sūtras in accord with the emptiness
taught by the Sugata are definitive in meaning;
One can understand that all of those Dharmas in
which a sentient being, individual, or person are taught are provisional in meaning.

-- Samadhirāja Sūtra

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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri Apr 01, 2011 4:13 pm

Anyone else read this gem of a book? It is uplifting for sure.
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Re: A Garland of Jewels pp. 11-12

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Fri May 27, 2011 9:23 pm

We read that bodhisattvas can appear to be any being in order to tame others. Manjushri, for example, took the pratyekabuddha path 360 sextillion times. The Dharma of a sambuddha called Victor died out and the beings were interested only in pratyekabuddhas - but there were none. So Manjushri took the appearance of one and was able, over aeons of time, to tame 36 million beings.

It is good to be reminded that even when the Buddhadharma dies out, some of the dharma will exist and people will respond well to it.
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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:01 am

A little survey of the Arya Sangha: http://www.lionsroar.name/the_8_bodhisattvas.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Luke » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:51 pm

Wow! This looks like a very interesting book! :twothumbsup:

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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:55 pm

Something Jeff Watt wrote when the book came out:
What is not stated in this current translation is that this text attributed to and written by Mipham Rinpoche is based on the work of Zhuchen Tsultrim Rinchen (1697-1774) of Dege Gonchen Monastery. Zhuchen was the chief editor of the Dege Tangyur and one of the most important Sakya Lamas of Eastern Tibet in the 18th century.
If anyone knows of a free pdf of this Garland of Jewels anywhere, tell us all.
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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Norwegian » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:28 am

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:55 pm
Something Jeff Watt wrote when the book came out:
What is not stated in this current translation is that this text attributed to and written by Mipham Rinpoche is based on the work of Zhuchen Tsultrim Rinchen (1697-1774) of Dege Gonchen Monastery. Zhuchen was the chief editor of the Dege Tangyur and one of the most important Sakya Lamas of Eastern Tibet in the 18th century.
If anyone knows of a free pdf of this Garland of Jewels anywhere, tell us all.
You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1934608033/

or here:

https://www.namsebangdzo.com/Garland_of ... /15256.htm

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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:06 am

Norwegian wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:28 am

If anyone knows of a free pdf of this Garland of Jewels anywhere, tell us all.
You can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1934608033/

or here:

https://www.namsebangdzo.com/Garland_of ... /15256.htm
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I own the book, but would like a free pdf. But since you seem hung up on 'free' - know of any cheap pdfs available?
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Re: A Garland of Jewels by Jamgon Mipham

Post by Palzang Jangchub » Tue May 22, 2018 12:51 pm

Nicholas Weeks wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:55 pm
Something Jeff Watt wrote when the book came out:
What is not stated in this current translation is that this text attributed to and written by Mipham Rinpoche is based on the work of Zhuchen Tsultrim Rinchen (1697-1774) of Dege Gonchen Monastery. Zhuchen was the chief editor of the Dege Tangyur and one of the most important Sakya Lamas of Eastern Tibet in the 18th century.
If anyone knows of a free pdf of this Garland of Jewels anywhere, tell us all.
It's also worth noting that it's hard to distinguish the quotes of the Sutras/Tantras themselves from Mipham Rinpoche's commentary (both in the translation and in the original Tibetan, from what I understand). This, I think, is quite telling...
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"The Sutras, Tantras, and Philosophical Scriptures are great in number. However life is short, and intelligence is limited, so it's hard to cover them completely. You may know a lot, but if you don't put it into practice, it's like dying of thirst on the shore of a great lake. Likewise, a common corpse is found in the bed of a great scholar." ~ Karma Chagme

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