宗薩欽哲仁波切:伊喜措嘉與曼達拉娃佛母傳中譯版前言 Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandarava

— Extracted from Forwards of the Chinese versions of the live stories of Yeshe Tsogyal and Mandarava

宗薩欽哲仁波切關於伊喜措嘉佛母的開示:Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Queen Yeshe Tsogyal

Who or what is ‘buddha’? Historically, Prince Siddhartha was born into our world and attained enlightenment when he became known as the Buddha. However, this is a symbolic teaching. In reality, ‘buddha’ is made up of three aspects: dharmakaya, sambhogakaya and nirmanakaya. While none of these three kayas is separate from our being, the most visible and noticeable is the nirmanakaya. The nirmanakaya might manifest as a bird, or a prostitute, or some kind of material ‘thing’, and in fact, Queen Yeshe Tsogyal herself was a nirmanakaya manifestation.


The tantrayana teachings emphasize female receptivity since it is the quality of receptivity that is lacking in the male, dualistic mind and is so important when it comes to receiving blessings. So, Yeshe Tsogyal was symbolically offered to Guru Rinpoche by King Trison Deutsen. In reality, though, she is none other than our own buddha nature. And it is entirely thanks to Yeshe Tsogyal’s great efforts that so many living, breathing vajrayana teachings, like those on Vajrakilaya, still exist today.


~ Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, March 2011, Taipei.

~ 宗薩欽哲仁波切2011年三月於台北(「伊喜措嘉」與「普巴金剛」灌頂法會開示,英文由仁波切定稿並開許為中譯版《伊喜措嘉佛母傳》序文

轉載自: http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/gangkar-rinpoche/article?mid=4615

宗薩欽哲仁波切:《曼達拉娃佛母傳》中譯版前言 / Forward for Mandarava Stories by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

Even though men and women have lived together for tens of thousands of years, we still struggle to find genuine equality between the sexes. It’s curious and surprising to see that, in our modern world, we are unable to respect and value all human beings, regardless of their gender. Theoretically, many agree that equality between the sexes is desirable, but practically and personally, we are nowhere.


Even amongst Buddhists, female practitioners have tended to face more difficulties and hardships than their male counterparts. And far from celebrating those who attain higher levels of realization, great women practitioners have often been overlooked and forgotten.


Perhaps we have made so little progress because to do so would require a level of liberation we have yet to realize. Without it, to free every level of society from the self-perpetuating bondage that ties men into despising women and women into demonizing men will be extremely difficult.


Mandarava was a truly extraordinary woman and devoted student of Guru Rinpoche. Born into a royal family, she was drawn to spiritual practice from an early age. But her father, the King of Zahor, was determined to force her into marriage. So she ran away to join a nunnery, where she met Guru Rinpoche and became his Indian consort. The King was livid. He had her thrown into a pit of thorns and, famously tried and failed to burn Guru Rinpoche alive. Instead, the lake at Tso Pema in northern India was created, which pilgrims still visit to this day.

曼達拉娃是個真正卓越超凡的女性,她是蓮花生大士的虔誠弟子。她生於皇族,自幼便一心只想修行。然而父親沙霍國王卻決意迫使其出嫁。因此她逃離皇宮而進入尼院,並於該處遇見蓮師且成為其在印度的佛母。國王十分震怒。他將曼達拉娃丟入滿是荊棘的地洞,並極力想要活活燒死蓮師卻未果。反而因此創造了位於北印度的措貝瑪(Tso Pema)之湖,此處至今仍是朝聖之地。

This and many other stories from the Lives and Liberation of Mandarava, a terma text hidden by Yeshe Tsogyal for the benefit of future generations, chart the many tribulations she faced throughout numerous lifetimes in her quest for enlightenment, and may well provide the inspiration and guiding light necessary to encourage contemporary men and women find a way of releasing themselves from their self-imposed bonds of sexual inequality.


Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche                                  宗薩欽哲仁波切
Bir, 9 October 2011                                                 2011年10月9日於印度比爾



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