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Machen - The mighty Amnye Machen Range, the "Great Peacock Ancestor" (a myes rma chen), also called Magyal Pomra (rma rgyal spom ra), or Machen Pomra (rma chen spom ra), stands in the great curve of the Machu River (which becomes the Yellow River in China), to the east of two great lakes, known in Mongolian as Tsaring Nor and Oring Nor (Tib. skya rangs mtsho and sngo rangs mtsho). This sacred mountain is said to be the abode of Machen Pomra, a powerful protector of the Dharma who, after having being subjugated by Guru Padmasambhava, became a Bodhisattva of the tenth spiritual level (bhumi). In his History of the Dharma Protectors (dam can bstan srung rgya mtsho'i rnam thar, vol. 1, p.142), Lelung Shepai Dorje (sle lung bzhad pa'i rdo rje, b.1697) presents Magyal Pomra as the chief of 360 surrounding mountain-gods, led by four main ones, one in each of the four directions (among whom is gnyan chen thang lha, in the north). Magyal Pomra is said to be married to Gungmen Lhari (gung sman lha ri) and to have nine sons and nine daughters. When, at Samye, Guru Padmasambhava bound under oath the devas and raksas, he omitted to subjugate Machen Pomra. The Bönpos rejoiced greatly, but after Guru Padmasambhava made the summoning mudra, Machen came, arrogantly putting one foot on top of Hepori at Samye and keeping one foot in Amdo. Guru Padmasambhava bound Machen under oath, yet the latter remained one of the haughtiest among the wild spirits. There are eight great peaks in the Machen range, of which the three most prominent are: Amnye Machen itself, in the center, the lowest of the three, at 6282 meters; Chenrezi (spyan ras gzigs), to the south, the medium peak; and Dradul Lung Shok (dgra 'dul rlung gshog), to the north, the highest. It takes a week to perform the circumambulation of the whole range on foot, and more than a month when making prostrations the entire way, as many faithful pilgrims do. Pilgrims gather in especially great numbers every twelve years, in the Horse Year. See K. Buffetrille (1992) and Galen Rowell (1984). The ruins of Shabkar's stone hermitage are still clearly recognizable (see Buffetrille, 1992). Pilgrims who perform the circumambulation of Amnye Machen often visit the site, which is located at a place called Mowatowa (mo ba gto ba), on the west side of the range, in between the Height of the Supreme Horse (rta mchog gong pa) and before the Great Hanging Brocade Image (gos sku chen mo), a cliff of various hues, said to be the door curtain of Magyal's palace. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Machen Pomra (rma chen spom ra). A powerful local spirit from the area of Kham, the chief of twenty-one major local divinities. [ZL] [RY]

MACHIG LABDRÖN (ma gcig lab sgron). (1031-1129). The great female master who set down the Chö practice, cutting through ego-clinging. Disciple and consort of the Indian master Phadampa Sangye. Machig Labdrön means 'Only Mother Lamp of Dharma.'[AL] [RY]

Machik Labdron (ma gcig lab sgron). The great female master who set down the Chö practice. [RY]

Machik Labdrön : 1055-1143 (other dates found,:birht in 1099, or 1102; passed in 1155) [MR]

Machik Labdronma / Ma gcig Slab sgron ma - Disciple and consort of the Indian master Dam pa sang rgyas; leading figure in transmission of Zhi byed schools [RY]

Machik Lapkyi Drönma (ma gcig lab gyi sgron ma, 1055-1143?), the famed incarnation of Yeshe Tsogyal who became the consort and chief disciple of Padampa Sangye and spread the teachings of Chöd in Tibet. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Machu [LW1] [RY]

Madhyamaka (dbu ma). 'Middle Way System', highest philosophical system of Indian buddhism. RY

Madhyamaka (dbu ma); see 'Middle Way' [LWx] [RY]

Madhyamaka, "the middle", [RY]

Madhyamaka - Philosophical school linked to the Prajnaparamita; developed on the basis of Nagarjuna's teachings [RY]

Madhyamaka (dbu ma), the Middle Way, is the corpus of the highest philosophical view of the Mahayana, free from all limiting concepts. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Madhyamaka (dbu ma). The Middle (Way). The highest of the four buddhist schools of philosophy. The Middle Way means not holding any extreme views, especially those of eternalism or nihilism. [RY]

Madhyamaka {du ma chen po}. Middle way. Madhyamaka has two main schools, Svatantrika and Prasangika. The first one considers that, in terms of absolute truth, phenomena have no true existence whatsoever; but in terms of relative truth, phenomena appear through the combination of causes and conditions, perform their function, and have a verifiable conventional existence. The second school asserts that, from both an absolute and a relative point of view, phenomena are totally devoid of existence and cannot be characterized by any concept such as "existent," "nonexistent," "both existent and nonexistent," or "neither existent nor nonexistent." For the Prasangikas, absolute truth is the nondual pristine wisdom of the Buddhas, free from conceptual elaboration. [RY]

Madhyantika - A disciple of Ananda who established the teachings in Kashmir; sometimes regarded as an eight patriarch [RY]

Madhyantika - A disciple of Ananda who established the teachings in Kashmir; sometimes regarded as an eighth patriarch. [Tarthang]

Magadha - Most powerful kingdom at the time of the Buddha; scene of many important events in the Buddha's life; later the home of Nalanda and other great universities [RY]

Magars, one of the largest Nepalese tribes. Of Tibetan origin, the Magars are often craftsmen, blacksmiths, bridge makers, salt traders, or warriors. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Magic wand. [RY]

Magical city of sign script (brda yig sprul pa'i grong khyer) because a city comprised of numerous words and meanings of treasure teachings are perceived within each single symbolic character. (H.H. DKR) [RY]

Magical display of the four conversions ('dul ba bzhi'i cho 'phrul) possessed by a nirmanakaya: Converting through the perfect deeds of his Body endowed with great merit; such as the Twelve Deeds (mdzad pa bcu gnyis) and so forth. Conversion through the direct perception of the great super-knowledges of his Mind which are the six super-knowledges (mngon shes drug). Conversion through the great miraculous power of his inconceivable Qualities and Activities which are the various magical displays of the deeds of his Three Secrets (gsang gsum). Conversion through the knowledge of teaching the five vehicles of his Speech or conversion through the Mahayana teaching of his Speech. The five vehicle are for gods, humans, shravaka and pratyekabuddhas, bodhisattvas, and the Secret Mantra. [RY]

magical display of the fourfold conversion ('dul ba bzhi'i cho 'phrul) [LW1] [RY]

magical display of the fourfold conversion ('dul ba bzhi'i cho 'phrul); expl. [LWx] [RY]

Magical Display of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones (sgyu 'phrul zhi khro), Skt. Shanti Krodha Mayajala. [ZL] [RY]

Magical Display of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones (zhi khro sgyu 'phrul). [EMP] [RY]

Magical Mirror (me long sgyu 'phrul). One of the eight divisions of Mayajala Tantras (sgyu 'phrul gyi rgyud). [RY]

Magical Net (Gyütrül) [LWx] [RY]

magical net (sgyu 'phrul drva ba) [LW1] [RY]

Magical net (sgyu 'phrul drva ba), mayajala. A collective term for the manifestations of enlightenment to tame whoever needs in whichever way is necessary. In particular, it refers to the various divinities and vidyadharas who are manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. [RY]

Magical Net (sgyu 'phrul). A collective term for the manifestations of enlightenment to tame whoever needs in whichever way is necessary. In this book the term refers to a collection of tantric scriptures belonging chiefly to Mahayoga. [ZL] [RY]

Magical Net {sgyu 'phrul dra ba}. Tantra of the Magical Net. Skt: mayajala-mahatantraraja. [RY]

Magical net of emanations (sprul pa'i sgyu 'phrul drva ba). See Magical Net. [RY]

Magical Net of Manjushri ('jam dpal sgyu 'phrul drva ba) [LW1] [RY]

Magical Net of Manjushri ('jam dpal sgyu 'phrul). A Mahayoga scripture. Vol. BA of the Nyingma Gyübum. [ZL] [RY]

Magical Net of Manjushri ('jam dpal sgyu 'phrul). A Mahayoga scripture. Vol. BA of the Nyingma Gyübum. Possibly identical with the Manjushri Namasangirti. [ZL] [RY]

Magical Net of Manjushri; quotation from; [LWx] [RY]

Magical Net of the Goddess (lha mo sgyu 'phrul). A Mahayoga scripture. Vol. BA of the Nyingma Gyübum. [ZL] [RY]

Magical Net of the Vidyadharas (rig 'dzin sgyu 'phrul drva ba) [LW1] [RY]

Magical Net of Vairochana (rnam snang sgyu 'phrul drva ba). A Mahayoga scripture which functions as subsidiary support for engaging in yogic activities connected to the mandala. See Eighteen Mahayoga Tantras. [ZL] [RY]

Magical Net; Eight Sections [LW1] [RY]

Magical samadhi (sgyu ma lta bu'i ting nge 'dzin). The second of the three samadhis the nature of which is luminosity and compassion, spontaneous like the light of the sun shining in the sky. See also 'three samadhis.' [RY]

magic-weapon torma (thun gtor) [RY]

Magyal Phomra. [RY]

Magyü Sangwey Lamkyer (ma rgyud gsang ba'i lam khyer). Terma of Chokgyur Lingpa. [RY]

Maha (rnal 'byor chen po). The first of the Three Inner Tantras. [RY]

Maha (Skt., chen po). The usual abbreviation for 'Mahayoga.' [RY]

Maha {ma ha}. The first of the three inner yogas, which correspond to the seventh of the nine Vehicles according to the Nyingmapa school. [RY]

Maha ati (rdzogs chen). The third of the three inner tantras. For the most part synonymous with Dzogchen. [RY]

Maha ati. [RY]

Maha Ati. Within the Nyingma classification of six Tantrayanas, the three highest, the three "inner" Tantrayanas, are the Mahayoga, the Anuyoga and the Atiyoga, the Ati being the highest. [RY]

Maha Shri Heruka (dpal chen he ru ka) [LW1] [RY]

Maha, Anu, and Ati, - literal meaning of; See also 'Three Inner Tantras' [LW1] [RY]

Maha, anu, and ati. Mahayoga (chen po'i rnal 'byor) means great yoga. Anu Yoga (rjes su rnal 'byor) means subsequent yoga. Ati Yoga (shin tu rnal 'byor) means perfect yoga. [RY]

Mahabodhi (byang chub chen po), statue of the Buddha [LW1] [RY]

Mahabodhi [LWx] [RY]

Mahabodhi Temple (byang chub chen po). The enormous shrine in front of the bodhi tree at Vajra Seat, Bodhgaya. [ZL] [RY]

Mahabrahma (tshangs po chen po). 'Great Brahma', = Brahma. [RY]

Mahadeva - Monk said in several accounts to have originated the five points of controversy which led to the division into eighteen schools. [Tarthang]

Mahadeva (lha chen). A form of Shiva. [RY]

Mahadevas [LW1] [RY]

Mahaguru Orgyen Tötreng Tsal (ma ha gu ru o rgyan thod phreng rtsal). Same as Guru Rinpoche. [RY]

Mahaguru Padma Tötreng Tsal (ma ha gu ru pad ma thod phreng rtsal). Same as Guru Rinpoche. [RY]

Mahaguru Padmakara (ma ha gu ru pad ma 'byung gnas). Same as Guru Rinpoche. [RY]

Mahaguru Padmakara. See Padmasambhava [LW1] [RY]

Mahaguru Padmakara; the names of [LWx] [RY]

Mahaguru Padmasambhava. See Padmasambhava [LW1] [RY]

Mahaguru Padmasambhava; [LWx] [RY]

Mahakala - great wrathful tantric deity; wrathful aspect of Avalokiteshvara. [RY]

Mahakalpa (bskal pa chen po). A great aeon during which the entire universe is formed, remains, disintegrates and is void. [RY]

Mahakarunikaya (thugs rje chen po'i sku). The 'embodiment of great compassion,' Avalokiteshvara. [RY]

Mahakarunikaye (Skt.). Together with the 'namo,' it means "Homage to the Great Compassionate One," Avalokiteshvara. [RY]

Mahakashyapa - () The disciple to whom the Buddha entrusted the care of the Sangha; the first of the patriarchs [RY]

Mahakashyapa ('od srung chen po). [ZL] [RY]

Mahakasyapa - The disciple to whom the Buddha entrusted the care of the Sangha; the first of the patriarchs. [Tarthang]

Mahamadyamika (dbu ma chen po). See 'madhyamika.' [RY]

Mahamaya (sgyu ma chen mo); great illusion. A tantra of the anuttara tantra. [Rain of Wisdom]

Mahamudra - (phyag rgya chen po) lit. 'Great Gesture' or 'Great Seal'; all-encompassing, and unchanging; the indivisible unity of the Developing and Perfecting Stage; attainment of Pristine Awareness. [RY]

Mahamudra (phyag chen, phyag rgya chen po). In the context of this book, 'mahamudra' refers to the 'supreme attainment of mahamudra' which is synonymous with complete enlightenment or to the 'vidyadhara level of mahamudra,' the third of the four vidyadhara levels. [ZL] [RY]

Mahamudra (phyag rgya chen po) [LW1] [RY]

Mahamudra (phyag rgya chen po), the Great Seal, is the main system of practice for recognizing the nature of mind in the Kagyu traditions. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Mahamudra (phyag rgya chen po). In the context of this book, 'mahamudra' either refers to the 'supreme attainment of mahamudra' which is synonymous with complete enlightenment, or to the 'mahamudra form of the yidam deity' mentioned below. [RY]

Mahamudra (phyag rgya chen po). Literally, the "great seal," the most direct practice for realizing one's buddha nature. A system of teachings which is the basic view of Vajrayana practice according to the Sarma schools, the New Schools of Kagyu, Gelug, and Sakya. [RY]

Mahamudra (phyag rgya chen po). Literally, the 'great seal,' the most direct practice for realizing one's buddha nature. A system of teachings which is the basic view of Vajrayana practice according to the Sarma or 'new' schools of Kagyü, Gelug, and Sakya. [Bardo Guide 91] [RY]

Mahamudra {phya rgya chen po}. Lit. Great seal. It refers to the seal of the absolute nature on all phenomena. The term is used for mahamudra teaching and practice, and for supreme accomplishment. [RY]

Mahamudra Bindu (phyag chen thig le). A tantric text. [RY]

Mahamudra form of the yidam deity (yi dam lha'i phyag chen kyi lus). The attainment, chiefly through Mahayoga Tantra, of the illusory wisdom body on the vidyadhara level of mahamudra which corresponds to the path of cultivation. It is a divine form of a deity endowed with the complete major and minor marks and through which the yogi is able to benefit beings in an extent that is equal to the sambhogakaya. [RY]

Mahamudra level of the path of cultivation (sgom lam phyag rgya chen po). Same as the vidyadhara level of mahamudra. [ZL] [RY]

Mahamudra of Dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance (phyag chen ma rig mun sel). [EMP] [RY]

Mahamudra of Unconfined Vastness (phyag chen klong yangs mtha' bral). [EMP] [RY]

Mahamudra Prayer (phyag chen smon lam) written by the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje (rang 'byung rdo rje, 1284-1339). [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Mahamudra Teachings of the Gedenpas (dge ldan bka' brgyud rin po che'i phyag chen rtsa ba rgyal ba'i gzhung lam), by Lobzang Chökyi Gyaltsen (blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan), see DZ, vol.4 pp. 489-98. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Mahamudra vidyadhara level. See vidyadhara level [LW1] [RY]

Mahamudra vidyadhara level; [LWx] [RY]

Mahamudra; [LWx] [RY]

Mahanirvana (mya ngan las 'das pa chen po). The state of final buddhahood that dwells neither in samsaric existence nor in the passive nirvana of an arhant. [RY]

Mahanirvana Sutra; quotation from; [LWx] [RY]

mahapandita (great schlar, teacher) [Rain of Wisdom]

Mahaparinirvana Sutra (myang 'das chen po) [LW1] [RY]

Mahasamghika - The great assembly; one of the earliest Buddhist schools, usually contrasted with the Sthavira [RY]

Mahasamghika - The great assembly; one of the earliest Buddhist schools, usually contrasted with the Sthavira. [Tarthang]

Mahasandhi (rdzogs pa chen po). Same as Dzogchen. Literally, 'great perfection,' the most direct practice for realizing one's buddha nature according to the Nyingma, or Old School. [RY]

Mahasandhi (Skt., rdzogs pa chen po). See 'Dzogchen.' [RY]

Mahasandhi. Mahasandhi (Tibetan: rdzogs chen) "The Great Completion" is the highest teaching amongst the early Tantras. [Peter Roberts]

Mahasattva. 'Great Being', standard epithet of Bodhisattvas. [RY]

Mahasiddha (grub chen). 'Great perfected one', realized Tantric practitioner. [RY]

Mahasudarsana - Last of the seven patriarchs; taught extensively in south and east; also known as Sudarsana. [Tarthang]

Mahasudarshana - Last of the seven patriarchs; taught extensively in south and east; also known as Sudarshana [RY]

Mahasukha Natha (dgon po bde ba chen po) [LW1] [RY]

Mahasukha Natha (dgon po bde ba chen po) [LWx] [RY]

Mahasukha Padmasambhava, the Lotus-Born of Great Bliss. See Padmasambhava [LW1] [RY]

Mahasukha Padmasambhava; [LWx] [RY]

Mahasukhakaya (bde ba chen po'i sku). Of the five kayas, the 'body of great bliss.' [RY]

Mahatma (bdag nyid chen po). One of noble nature, exceedingly wise, etc. [RY]

Mahavajra (Skt.). [ZL] [RY]

Mahavibhasa - Great compilation of Abhidharma teachings associated with the Third Council; basis of the Vaibhashika school [RY]

Mahavihara - Monastery founded in Sri Lanka bv King Devanampiya Tissa; leading center of the Theravadin tradition. [Tarthang]

Mahavihara - Monastery founded in Sri Lanka by King Devanampiya Tissa; leading center of the Theravadin tradition [RY]

Mahayana - (theg pa chen po) lit. 'Great Vehicle'; the way of those who follow the Bodhisattva ideal, intent on achieving liberation for the purpose of freeing all beings from the misery of samsara. Two paths lead to the realization of the Bodhisattva: the Sutrayana, the way of those who follow the teachings of the Sutras, and the Mantrayana, the way of those who follow the teachings of the Sutras and Tantras. [RY][[

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