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[[Image:Mt-kailash-500.jpg|frame|[[Mt. Kailash]]]]
  
The three great tantric cycles of the Nyingma or the principal dieties of these cycles.
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[[ka i la sha]] - Mt. Kailash. See {[[ri bo gangs can]]} [RY]
  
[[bka' brgyad]] - Eight classes of Heruka<br>
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[[ke la sha]] - the mount Kailash. Mt. Kailash. See {[[gangs ti se]]}. See {[[ri bo gangs can]]} [RY]
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[[phur ba]] / [[rdo rje phur ba]] - Vajra Kilaya
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[[gangs dkar ti si]] - Mt. Kailash, Gang Tisey Mountains [RY]
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[[gangs dkar ti se]] - The [[White Snow Mountain]], Kangkar Tisey, [[Mt. Kailash]] (lit. Silver Mountain), is one of the world's great holy mountains, sacred to [[Hindus]] and [[Buddhists]] alike. It is one of the so-called "Three Holy Places of Tibet," associated with the body, speech, and mind aspects of [[Chakrasamvara]] and [[Vajra Varahi]]. The other two are [[Lapchi]] ([[la phyi]]) and [[Tsari]] ([[tsa ri]]). These three are also listed among the "[[twenty-four sacred places]]" (Skt. pitha) of the world, [[Kailash]] being identified as [[Himavat]], [[Labchi]] as [[Godavari]], and [[Tsari]] as both [[Caritra]] and [[Devikota]]. There are several descriptions of and guides to [[Mt. Kailash]], including one written by [[Könchok Tendzin Chökyi Lodrö]], the sixth Drigung Chungtsang ([['bri gung chung tshang dkon mchog bstan 'dzin chos kyi blo gros]], 1829-1906), and a recent one composed originally by [[Chöying Dorje]], which came to light in (1990). ([[MR]]) ([[RY]])
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[[chu bo bzhi]] - 1) the [[Four Great Rivers]] flowing in the four directions from [[Mt. Kailash]]: [[Brahmaputra]], [[Ganges]], [[Yamuna]], [[Indus]]. 2) [[Four Currents]] or, [[four pools]] are: {[['dod pa]]} or, desire. {[[srid pa]]} or, existence. {[[ma rig pa]]} or, ignorance. {[[log par lta ba]]} or, - wrong views. ([[RY]])
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[[ti se' gangs]] - Mt. Kailash. ([[RY]])
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[[stod gangs ri]] - Mt. Kailash. ([[RY]])
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Please expand with additional information regarding [[Mt. Kailash]] here.
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==''Discussion''==
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The following is from [[Matthieu Ricard]] ([[MR]]) in his [[The Life of Shabkar]].  The terms you may have been searching for will appear '''bolded''' in this wonderfully educational, and highly abbreviated geographic description of ''how'' the land of Tibet '''''actually lives through''''' it's cultural habitat, both historically ''and'' spiritually:
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from chapter 11, pgs. 342-343, note 10:
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The [[White Snow Mountain]], [[Kangkar Tise]] ([[gangs dkar ti se]]), [[Mt. Kailash]] (literally 'Silver Mountain'), is one of the world's great holy mountains, sacred to [[Hindus]] and Buddhists alike.  It is one of the so-called "[[Three Holy Places of Tibet]]", associated with the [[body, speech, and mind]] aspects of [[Chakrasamvara]] and [[Vajravarahi]].  The other two are [[Lapchi]] ([[la phyi]]) and [[Tsari]] ([[tsa ri]]).  These three are also listed among the "[[Twenty-four Great Sacred Places]]" (Tib. - [[gnas chen nyer gzhi]]), (Skt. - ''pitha'') of the world, [[Mt. Kailash]] being identified as [[Himavat]], [[Lapchi]] as [[Godhavari]], and [[Tsari]] as both [[Caritra]] and [[Devikota]].  There are several descriptions of and guides to [[Mt. Kailash]], including one written by [[Konchog Tendzin Chokyi Lodro]], the [[sixth Drigung Chungtsang]] ([['bri gung chung tshang dkon mchog bstan 'dzin chos kyi blo gros]], 1829-1906), and a recent one originally composed by [[Choying Dorje]] which came to light in (1990), hereafter quoted as MK.
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It is recounted in the ''[[Chakrasamvara Tantra]]'' and it's commentaries (as related in MK) that the world was once ruled by [[Bhairava]], the wrathful form of [[Mahadeva]], who made the land of [[Magadha]] the seat of his power.  It is said also that four [[devas]] and four ''[[gandharvas]]'' descended from the sky and established their dominion in the eight places known as the [[Eight Celestial Abodes]] ([[mkha' spyod kyi gnas brgyad]]).  Likewise, four [[yakshas]] and four [[rakshasas]], already on the earth, made their way to [[Jambudvipa]], where they established themselves in the [[Eight Earthly Abodes]] ([[sa spyod kyi gnas brgyad]], while four [[naga]s and four [[asura]]s came to [[Jambudvipa]] from beneath the earth, to settle themselves in [[Eight Underground Abodes]] ([[sa 'og gi gnas brgyad]]). They invited [[Bhairava]] to visit their dwellings, twenty-four in all, but he, instead of coming personally, manifested in each place as a ''[[lingam]]'' to which these savage beings would make blood sacrifices.
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These demonic forces prevailed from the "[[golden age]]" until the beginning of our present "[[era of strife and conflict]]." It was then, the tantra recounts, that the Blessed One, [[Vajradhara]], knew that the time had come to subdue these unsuitable beings. Without his mind ever wavering from [[objectless compassion]] ([[dmigs pa med pa'i snying rje]]), he arose in the formidable wrathful display of a [[Heruka]] with four heads and twelve arms. He danced, and through the power of the [[nondual wisdom]] of all [[the Buddhas]], trampled down [[Mahadeva]] and his consort together with their [[retinue]], liberating their minds into the absolute expanse and establishing them in [[great bliss]].
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The [[Heruka]] then blessed each of the [[twenty-four abodes]] as a palace of [[Chakrasamvara]] and each of the twenty-four [[lingam]]s as a [[mandala]] of [[sixty-two wisdom deities]]. The sixty-two are [[Chakrasamvara]] and his consort, and his [[retinue]]: the twenty-four male and twenty-four female [[Bodhisattva]]s, and the [[twelve goddesses]].
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At the [[nirmanakaya]] level, it is said that [[Mt. Kailash]] was miraculously blessed by [[Buddha Shakyamuni]] and [[five hundred arhats]].  Once, [[Ravana]] ([[mgon po beng]]) and his consort had taken to their palace in [[Lanka]] one of the three statues of [[Buddha Shakyamuni]] which the Lord himself had blessed.  Desiring to place this statue on a worthy support, [[Ravana]] had planned to take [[Mt. Kailash]] on his back and carry it to [[Lanka]].  At the same moment [[Lord Buddha]] and [[five hundred arhats]] came flying through the sky and alighted to the west of [[Mt. Kailash]], leaving their footprints in the rock.  The [[Buddha]] stepped on all four sides of the mountain, leaving footprints in the rock which are known as the [[Four Immutable Nails of Kailash]] ([[mi 'gyur ba'i gzer bzhi]]).  [[Ravana]] thus was unable to lift the mountain.  Then the Buddha sat on a rock in front of the mountain and taught [[Dharma]] to the [[naga king]] [[Anavatapta]], the lord of the [[Lake Manasarovar]].  He then taught the ''[[Lankavatara Sutra]]'' to [[Ravana]], and blessed him and his consort as the [[Glorious Wisdom Protector]], the [[Great Being and Consort]] ([[dpal ye shes mgon po beng chen lcam dral]]).
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[[Mt. Kailash]] was later blessed by [[Guru Padmasambhava]], and became famous after
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[[Jetsun Milarepa]] lived there and held his contest of miracles with [[Naro Bonchung]].  (When [[Jetsun Milarepa]] and the [[Bonpo]] [[Naro Bonchung]] held their famous contest of miracles to decide who would retain supremacy over the sacred mountain, they left imprints of their feet in the rocks and many other miraculous signs.  See G. C. C. Chang, (1962, vol. 1, pp. 215-224). Later [[Gyalwa Gotsangpa]] ([[rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje]]), [[Linge Repa]] ([[gling rje ras pa]]) (1128-1188), and many other great meditators lived ascetic lives at the foot of [[Mt. Kailash]].
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In particular, holders of the [[Drigung Kagyu]] lineage frequented this place in great numbers.  [[Drigung Jigten Gonpo]] ([['bri gung 'jigs rten mgon po]] 1143-1217) had a dream in which the guardian deities of the [[Three Sacred Places]] of [[Tsari, Lapchi, and Kailash]] came and prostrated themselves before him, requesting him to go and bless their territories.  [[Jigten Gonpo]] replied that he would send great meditators instead.  Accordingly, he dispatched 80 hermits to each place.  Some years later, he reputedly sent 900 hermits and finally 55,525 practitioners to each site (see Huber, 1989).  At [[Kailash]] these were under the leadership of the great ''[[pandita]]'' [[Yakgangpa]] ([[pan chen]] [[yag sgang pa]]), who is also called (according to MK, pg. 59), [[Dorzin Guhya Gangpa]] ([[rdor 'dzin gu hya sgang pa]]); at [[Lapchi]] the practitioners were led by [[Geshe Paldrak]] ([[dge bshes dpal grags]], 12th-13th century); and at [[Tsari]] they were under the guidance of [[Dorzin Gowoche]] ([[rdor 'dzin mgo bo che]]).  In the [[Three Sacred Places]] of [[Tsari, Lapchi, and Kailash]], ''Dorzin'' ([[rdor 'dzin]] = ''Holder of the [[Vajra]]'') usually refers to a spiritual master or an administrator sent from [[Drigung Monastery]] as representative of the [[Drigung]] hierarchs.  (see Petech 1978, 317.)  ([[MR-ShabkarNotes]]).
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Latest revision as of 06:07, 27 October 2007

ka i la sha - Mt. Kailash. See {ri bo gangs can} [RY]

ke la sha - the mount Kailash. Mt. Kailash. See {gangs ti se}. See {ri bo gangs can} [RY]

gangs dkar ti si - Mt. Kailash, Gang Tisey Mountains [RY]

gangs dkar ti se - The White Snow Mountain, Kangkar Tisey, Mt. Kailash (lit. Silver Mountain), is one of the world's great holy mountains, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. It is one of the so-called "Three Holy Places of Tibet," associated with the body, speech, and mind aspects of Chakrasamvara and Vajra Varahi. The other two are Lapchi (la phyi) and Tsari (tsa ri). These three are also listed among the "twenty-four sacred places" (Skt. pitha) of the world, Kailash being identified as Himavat, Labchi as Godavari, and Tsari as both Caritra and Devikota. There are several descriptions of and guides to Mt. Kailash, including one written by Könchok Tendzin Chökyi Lodrö, the sixth Drigung Chungtsang ('bri gung chung tshang dkon mchog bstan 'dzin chos kyi blo gros, 1829-1906), and a recent one composed originally by Chöying Dorje, which came to light in (1990). (MR) (RY)

chu bo bzhi - 1) the Four Great Rivers flowing in the four directions from Mt. Kailash: Brahmaputra, Ganges, Yamuna, Indus. 2) Four Currents or, four pools are: {'dod pa} or, desire. {srid pa} or, existence. {ma rig pa} or, ignorance. {log par lta ba} or, - wrong views. (RY)

ti se' gangs - Mt. Kailash. (RY)

stod gangs ri - Mt. Kailash. (RY)

Please expand with additional information regarding Mt. Kailash here.


Discussion

The following is from Matthieu Ricard (MR) in his The Life of Shabkar. The terms you may have been searching for will appear bolded in this wonderfully educational, and highly abbreviated geographic description of how the land of Tibet actually lives through it's cultural habitat, both historically and spiritually:

from chapter 11, pgs. 342-343, note 10:

The White Snow Mountain, Kangkar Tise (gangs dkar ti se), Mt. Kailash (literally 'Silver Mountain'), is one of the world's great holy mountains, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike. It is one of the so-called "Three Holy Places of Tibet", associated with the body, speech, and mind aspects of Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi. The other two are Lapchi (la phyi) and Tsari (tsa ri). These three are also listed among the "Twenty-four Great Sacred Places" (Tib. - gnas chen nyer gzhi), (Skt. - pitha) of the world, Mt. Kailash being identified as Himavat, Lapchi as Godhavari, and Tsari as both Caritra and Devikota. There are several descriptions of and guides to Mt. Kailash, including one written by Konchog Tendzin Chokyi Lodro, the sixth Drigung Chungtsang ('bri gung chung tshang dkon mchog bstan 'dzin chos kyi blo gros, 1829-1906), and a recent one originally composed by Choying Dorje which came to light in (1990), hereafter quoted as MK.

It is recounted in the Chakrasamvara Tantra and it's commentaries (as related in MK) that the world was once ruled by Bhairava, the wrathful form of Mahadeva, who made the land of Magadha the seat of his power. It is said also that four devas and four gandharvas descended from the sky and established their dominion in the eight places known as the Eight Celestial Abodes (mkha' spyod kyi gnas brgyad). Likewise, four yakshas and four rakshasas, already on the earth, made their way to Jambudvipa, where they established themselves in the Eight Earthly Abodes (sa spyod kyi gnas brgyad, while four [[naga]s and four asuras came to Jambudvipa from beneath the earth, to settle themselves in Eight Underground Abodes (sa 'og gi gnas brgyad). They invited Bhairava to visit their dwellings, twenty-four in all, but he, instead of coming personally, manifested in each place as a lingam to which these savage beings would make blood sacrifices.

These demonic forces prevailed from the "golden age" until the beginning of our present "era of strife and conflict." It was then, the tantra recounts, that the Blessed One, Vajradhara, knew that the time had come to subdue these unsuitable beings. Without his mind ever wavering from objectless compassion (dmigs pa med pa'i snying rje), he arose in the formidable wrathful display of a Heruka with four heads and twelve arms. He danced, and through the power of the nondual wisdom of all the Buddhas, trampled down Mahadeva and his consort together with their retinue, liberating their minds into the absolute expanse and establishing them in great bliss.

The Heruka then blessed each of the twenty-four abodes as a palace of Chakrasamvara and each of the twenty-four lingams as a mandala of sixty-two wisdom deities. The sixty-two are Chakrasamvara and his consort, and his retinue: the twenty-four male and twenty-four female Bodhisattvas, and the twelve goddesses.

At the nirmanakaya level, it is said that Mt. Kailash was miraculously blessed by Buddha Shakyamuni and five hundred arhats. Once, Ravana (mgon po beng) and his consort had taken to their palace in Lanka one of the three statues of Buddha Shakyamuni which the Lord himself had blessed. Desiring to place this statue on a worthy support, Ravana had planned to take Mt. Kailash on his back and carry it to Lanka. At the same moment Lord Buddha and five hundred arhats came flying through the sky and alighted to the west of Mt. Kailash, leaving their footprints in the rock. The Buddha stepped on all four sides of the mountain, leaving footprints in the rock which are known as the Four Immutable Nails of Kailash (mi 'gyur ba'i gzer bzhi). Ravana thus was unable to lift the mountain. Then the Buddha sat on a rock in front of the mountain and taught Dharma to the naga king Anavatapta, the lord of the Lake Manasarovar. He then taught the Lankavatara Sutra to Ravana, and blessed him and his consort as the Glorious Wisdom Protector, the Great Being and Consort (dpal ye shes mgon po beng chen lcam dral).

Mt. Kailash was later blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, and became famous after Jetsun Milarepa lived there and held his contest of miracles with Naro Bonchung. (When Jetsun Milarepa and the Bonpo Naro Bonchung held their famous contest of miracles to decide who would retain supremacy over the sacred mountain, they left imprints of their feet in the rocks and many other miraculous signs. See G. C. C. Chang, (1962, vol. 1, pp. 215-224). Later Gyalwa Gotsangpa (rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje), Linge Repa (gling rje ras pa) (1128-1188), and many other great meditators lived ascetic lives at the foot of Mt. Kailash.

In particular, holders of the Drigung Kagyu lineage frequented this place in great numbers. Drigung Jigten Gonpo ('bri gung 'jigs rten mgon po 1143-1217) had a dream in which the guardian deities of the Three Sacred Places of Tsari, Lapchi, and Kailash came and prostrated themselves before him, requesting him to go and bless their territories. Jigten Gonpo replied that he would send great meditators instead. Accordingly, he dispatched 80 hermits to each place. Some years later, he reputedly sent 900 hermits and finally 55,525 practitioners to each site (see Huber, 1989). At Kailash these were under the leadership of the great pandita Yakgangpa (pan chen yag sgang pa), who is also called (according to MK, pg. 59), Dorzin Guhya Gangpa (rdor 'dzin gu hya sgang pa); at Lapchi the practitioners were led by Geshe Paldrak (dge bshes dpal grags, 12th-13th century); and at Tsari they were under the guidance of Dorzin Gowoche (rdor 'dzin mgo bo che). In the Three Sacred Places of Tsari, Lapchi, and Kailash, Dorzin (rdor 'dzin = Holder of the Vajra) usually refers to a spiritual master or an administrator sent from Drigung Monastery as representative of the Drigung hierarchs. (see Petech 1978, 317.) (MR-ShabkarNotes).