April 20, 2012

བཀའ་བརྒྱད་སྐོར་དགུ།

bDud-’joms ’Jigs-bral Ye-shes-rdo-rje (1904–1988), for example, speaks of nine revealed cycles of Eight Pronouncements (gter byon bka’ srol):

Treasure Revealers 
(dPal chen thugs thig, pp. 90.3–91.2)
Revealed bKa’-brgyad Cycles
1.
Nyang-ral Nyi-ma-’od-zer (1136–1204)
bDe gshegs ’dus pa
2.
Guru Chos-kyi-dbang-phyug (1212–1270)
gSang ba yongs rdzogs
3.
Rig-’dzin rGod-kyi-ldem-phru-can (1337–1409)
Rang byung rang shar
4.
Padma-gling-pa (1450–1521)
Thugs kyi me long
5.
bSam-gtan-bde-chen-gling-pa (15/16th cent.)
Yang gsang dregs ’dul
6.
rDo-rje-gling-pa (1346–1405)
gSang rdzogs drag sngags ’dus pa
7.
Rig-’dzin ’Ja’-tshon-snying-po (1585–1656)
dNgos grub snying po
8.
Rig-’dzin Klong-gsal-snying-po (1625–1692)
bDe gshegs yongs ’dus
9.
mKhyen-brtse’i-dbang-po (1820–1892)
Khrag ’thung bde gshegs ’dus pa


Of these, the first five are collectively designated Five Great Treasures of the Heart (thugs gter chen po lnga), and these are respectively described as (1) heart-like (snying dang ’dra ba), (2) cardiac-blood-like (snying khrag dang ’dra ba), (3) essence-like (dwangs ma dang ’dra ba), (4) life-force-like (srog dang ’dra ba), and (5) body-like (lus dang ’dra ba). The most influential cycles of Eight Pronouncement seem to be the bKa’ brgyad bde gshegs ’dus pa of Nyang-ral Nyi-ma’i-’od-zer, the bKa’ brgyad gsang ba yongs rdzogs of Guru Chos-kyi-dbang-phyug (1212–1270), and bKa’ brgyad rang byung rang shar of Rig-’dzin rGod-kyi-ldem-khru-can (1337–1409) simply designated the “Three Types of Eight Pronouncements” (bka’ brgyad rnam gsum).

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