Tsongkhapa — is a well-known Tibetan religious philosopher. In his iconic form, wearing a tall yellow hat, he is the center of the Gelugpa Tib. The historical Tsongkhapa flourished in the period immediately following the final redaction of the Buddhist canon in Tibetan translation Tib. He propounds a distinctive Middle Way Sk.
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Je Tsongkhapa , whose ordained name was Losang Dragpa, was a great 14th century Tibetan Buddhist Master who promoted and developed the Kadampa Buddhism that Atisha had introduced three centuries earlier. Je Tsongkhapa patiently taught the Tibetans everything they needed for their spiritual development, from the initial step of entering into a spiritual practice through to the ultimate attainment of Buddhahood.
This verse reveals the special qualities of Je Tsongkhapa. The third line explains that although he was an enlightened being, a manifestation of the Wisdom Buddha Manjushri, Je Tsongkhapa did not reveal himself to be a special being but always appeared in the aspect of an ordinary practitioner.
In particular he never made a public display of his miracle powers or clairvoyance, and he encouraged his disciples to follow his example by not revealing any special powers they might have attained.
Instead of revealing miracle powers, Je Tsongkhapa mainly worked to establish pure Buddhadharma throughout Tibet. By giving teachings and showing a good example, he led many beings to gain pure, authentic realizations of Sutra and Tantra.
This is the meaning of the fourth line of the verse. This is the meaning of the fifth line. On each of the leaves, there appeared an image of Buddha Sengei Ngaro, who is the same mental continuum as Buddha Manjushri. This indicates that the child was a manifestation of Manjushri.
Eventually other similar trees grew around the stupa and their leaves also bore special images. These leaves were regarded as very precious, and when they fell in the autumn people would gather them and grind them into powder. Through tasting this powder many people have been able to cure diseases and increase their wisdom. Je Tsongkhapa showed a perfect example of how to build the foundation for the spiritual path, how to progress on that path, and how to complete it.
First he studied the entire Dharma of Sutra and Tantra by relying sincerely upon his Spiritual Guides, and then he put all this knowledge into practice and demonstrated the attainment of all the realizations from relying upon the Spiritual Guide up to the Union of No More Learning, or Buddhahood. If, instead of giving teachings and setting a pure example, Je Tsongkhapa had mainly demonstrated his own good qualities by displaying miracle powers and other forms of clairvoyance, we would have received no benefit from his actions.
What we need is not displays of miracle powers but a clear example of how to enter an unmistaken spiritual path, how to practice that path comfortably and smoothly, and how to complete it successfully. This is the actual method for solving our daily problems. Since Je Tsongkhapa provided us with just such an example, we should recognize his immense kindness and develop unchanging faith and respect for him. In this song, he says to Je Tsongkhapa:. For the fortunate people of Tibet, the Land of the Snows, your kindness, O Protector, is inconceivable.
There are two principal ways to practice the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa: according to the sadhana Heart Jewel, and according to the sadhana Offering to the Spiritual Guide. With the first, we practice the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa according to the Segyu lineage.
We meditate on our root Guru in the aspect of Je Tsongkhapa — the embodiment of Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, and Vajrapani, offer the seven limbs and the mandala offering, make requests with the Migtsema prayer, and then engage in the stages of the practice of profound meditations. Through practicing sincerely in this way, we can pacify all our negative karma and obstacles and increase our merit, life span, and Dharma realizations.
Of these, it is especially important to increase our wisdom because wisdom is the antidote to ignorance, the root of all our suffering. As Buddha says in the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra , those who lack wisdom are like blind people who continually experience problems and suffering because they cannot see.
The best method for increasing our wisdom, and thereby protecting ourself from suffering, is to practice the Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa, because Je Tsongkhapa is a manifestation of the wisdom of all the Buddhas.
On the basis of pacifying our negativity and obstacles and increasing our life span, merit, compassion, wisdom, and spiritual power, if we rely upon this practice we will easily gain all the realizations of Sutra and Tantra and eventually attain the Union of No More Learning, or Buddhahood.
To gain the realizations of these three Dharmas, we must receive into our mind the powerful blessings of Je Tsongkhapa by sincerely engaging in the practice of Heart Jewel. His appearance in Tibet had been predicted by Buddha himself. A common prayer among Kadampa Buddhists is: May I meet the doctrine of Conqueror Losang Dragpa, Who has a pure practice of stainless moral discipline, The courageous practice of the extensive deeds of a Bodhisattva, And the yogas of the two stages to supreme bliss and emptiness.
Especially for myself, Gendundrub, an indolent one, The fact that my mind is directed towards Dharma Is due solely to your kindness, O Venerable Father and Sons. From now until I attain enlightenment I shall seek no refuge other than you. O Venerable Father and Sons Please care for me with your compassion. Although I cannot repay your kindness, O Protector, I pray that, with my mind free from the influence of attachment and hatred, I may strive to maintain your doctrine and cause it to flourish Without ever giving up this endeavor.
Read a condensed Lamrim teaching by Je Tsongkhapa.
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The Life and Times of Je Tsongkhapa
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The Mahasiddha Je Tsongkhapa
Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa Tib. As a young man he distinguished himself through his study and his intellect. The last thirty years of his life were dedicated to teaching, writing, founding monasteries and other activities that greatly contributed to the revitalization of Buddhism in Tibet. Regarded as the living embodiment of Manjushri , and of Guru Rinpoche , he is also considered to have been the reincarnation of a young boy who offered a crystal rosary to Shakyamuni Buddha , and whom the Buddha predicted would be instrumental in the flourishing of the Buddhadharma in Tibet. Many prophecies about him can be found in the teaching of Buddha and later masters, including Padmasambhava. He rapidly became an accomplished master of all the teachings he had received.