Does Karmapa meditate on Karmapa?

Moderator: Tibetan Buddhism moderators

Does Karmapa meditate on Karmapa?

Postby ReasonAndRhyme » Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:19 am

Hi all,

steveb1 has opened a thread about the nature of deity yoga and what exactly it means to meditate on a deity which is related to a historical person - like for instance Buddha Shakyamuni or the Bodhisattvas like Chenrezig or Manjusri. I'm not sure if Guru Yoga strictly speaking falls under the category of Deity Yoga, but certainly the same question arises there.

In this context I vaguely remember that I once heard or read a story about one of the Karmapas. Since I don't remember it clearly, nor do I remember the source or if the source was even remotely reliable, I've opened this thread as a question to all of you.

One of the Karmapas (maybe the 16th?) was asked for explanation by his students who were confused because they found it strange to hear that the Karmapa himself was reciting Karmapa Chenno mantras. He explained that there was nothing absurd or contradictory in this because practicing Guru Yoga does not mean to relate to the historical person of the Guru, but rather to relate to his enlightened wisdom mind and therefore there is nothing strange about the 16th Karmapa meditating on the 15th Karmapa and so on.

Can somebody confirm this story and explain the philosophical background - or correct me if I am wrong?

Best wishes,

R'n'R

[edit: grammar mistake corrected]
Last edited by ReasonAndRhyme on Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:45 am, edited 1 time in total.
"Forget about being clever, and simply remain." Guru Rinpoche, Treasures from Juniper Ridge
ReasonAndRhyme
 
Posts: 253
Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 8:33 pm

Re: Does Karmapa meditate on Karmapa?

Postby Andrew108 » Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:01 am

Yes this is true. The explanation given is correct.
Andrew108
 
Posts: 1058
Joined: Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:41 pm

Re: Does Karmapa meditate on Karmapa?

Postby ReasonAndRhyme » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:42 pm

thx!
"Forget about being clever, and simply remain." Guru Rinpoche, Treasures from Juniper Ridge
ReasonAndRhyme
 
Posts: 253
Joined: Sun May 06, 2012 8:33 pm


Return to Kagyu

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests

>