The Eighth Karmapa‚Äôs Life and his Interpretation of the Great Seal
A Religious Life and Instructional Texts in Historical and Doctrinal Contexts
HAMBURG BUDDHIST STUDIES 7
2017; 243 Seiten
This book investigates Miky√∂ Dorje‚Äôs biographies and carries out case studies of some of his mahńĀmudrńĀ (Great Seal) teachings, Buddhist instructions for the acquisition of meditative insight. After surveying a variety of textual sources for the study of the Karmapa‚Äôs life and works, this book shows how he developed into one of the most productive scholars of his tradition, who, located within the shifting religious and political hegemonies of his time, managed to acquire a status of singular importance to his school. Rheingans then goes on to analyse Miky√∂ Dorje‚Äôs mahńĀmudrńĀ teachings by examining selected texts that contain such instructions in historical and doctrinal context. This study contends that the Kagy√ľpa mahńĀmudrńĀ constitutes less a static system than an independent key instruction to be adapted by the guru to different students‚Äô requirements and are thus chiefly characterised by didactic pragmatism.