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Buddha's Lions: The Lives of the Eight-Four Siddhas
Inspiring generations of practitioners, the life stories of these eighty-four Tantric masters demonstrate the path that men and women of all backgrounds followed to attain enlightenment in a single lifetime. An excellent introduction to the Vajrayana. Tibetan text, bibliography, iconographical notes, and index.
Paperback, 422 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Dharma Publishing
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The Buddha’s Lions is a collection of tales about the lives Indian wonder workers or siddhas. The Caturasiti-siddha-pravrtti was originally written Sanskrit in the late eleventh or early twelfth century by Abhayadatta. It was translated into Tibetan and then in 1970’s into English by James B. Robinson. A facsimile of the Tibetan text is included at the end of Robinson’s translation. Normally, I really enjoy hagiographies, but I just couldn’t seem to get into these stories. I think part of the pr ...more
Mar 03, 2010 Jason rated it liked it
The text presents a translation of traditional accounts of the lives of the 84 mahasiddhas, Indian spiritual masters of the first millennium CE whose "spiritual accomplishments" (siddhis) transcended Hindu-Buddhist sectarianism. There are themes (e.g., an incident that provokes the siddha-to-be to follow the path to spiritual transformation, the length of time of practice, etc.) that pervade the stories, and the translator has helpfully included a table of these themes at the end of the book, al ...more