Clarence wrote: Bhusuku wrote:
One quick question: I've read that Changchub Dorje could not (or only barely) read and write. So who wrote all of these 8000 pages of texts mentioned in the link above?
Probably his scribes. Tertons often had scribes. They would read aloud what they saw in their visions and scribes would write it down.
In one of Rinpoche's books (I think it is The Crystal and the Way of Light
) there is a line-drawing of Changchub Dorje. In the background there is a window, thorugh which ChNNR is shown taking dictation from Changchub Dorje. According to ChNNR, Changchub Dorje would dictate to students who knew how to write, and did so with notable clarity and fluency despite interruptions when patients came to consult him.
Dukkham eva hi, na koci dukkhito,
kaarako na, kiriyaa va vijjati,
atthi nibbuti, na nibbuto pumaa,
maggam atthi, gamako na vijjati
Suffering there certainly is, but no sufferer,
no doer, though certainly the deed is found.
peace is achieved, but no-one's appeased,
the way is walked, but no walker's to be found.
- Visuddhimagga XVI, 90