- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Inner Traditions; Auflage: Original. (1. Juni 1998)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0892817844
- ISBN-13: 978-0892817849
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,6 x 1,9 x 29,2 cm
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Buddhist Masters of Enchantment: The Lives and Legends of the Mahasiddhas (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juni 1998
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In Buddhist Masters of Enchantment, Robert Beer, having studied with the greatest living painters of the Tibetan tradition, offers up mesmerizing polychrome images of legendary tantric masters. The illustrations accompany a modern translation of a centuries-old text that in the hands of Tibetan Buddhist initiate Keith Dowman reads as enchantingly as the Brothers Grimm. Buddhist Masters of Enchantment is a rich achievement, worthy of the great mahasiddhas it depicts, men and women who attained spectacular powers of enlightenment within their lifetimes. --Brian Bruya
"These are extraordinary, riveting tales. . . a book of high merit and high adventure, a marvel of inspired creation. . . stories through whose cosmic transparency shines the illimitable Buddha-nature." (Small Press)
"Robert Beer is a master. His own story of being rescued by Tibetan art is almost as amazing as the stories of the Mahasiddhas." (Frank Olinsky, Tricycle Magazine)
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So all in all, this is a beautiful, fascinating book, that anyone interested in folklore and/or Tibetan Buddhism, will love.
I really enjoyed this book. One of the things I like best about it is that it gives examples of how different types of individuals can pursue enlightenment in the tantric tradition. Some of the mahasiddhas started out in life as monks, scholars, or kings, but others started out as thieves, peasants, or gluttons; there is really a very wide range. Both men and women mahasiddhas are included, though the majority are men.
The stories read like mythology, but where myth starts and history begins is anyone's guess. The stories are full of magic and miraculous happenings. Several of the mahasiddhas are individuals who are very important to Tibetan Buddhism, and at least one (Nagarjuna) is important to all Buddhism except maybe Theravada.
Often in the stories a distraught individual will meet a teacher and the teacher will give them a practice that is suited to the individual's life and nature. The book does not have specific information on practices. The practices are only described in broad outlines. As for the illustrations, I really like them, especially the color paintings. Im sure I will read through this book again at least once.