Blue Annals (deb-ther sngon-po)

by George N. Roerich | 1949 | 382,646 words | ISBN-10: 8120804716 | ISBN-13: 9788120804715

This page relates ‘Zur Geneology (xii): Jo bsod of dbus’ of the Blue Annals (deb-ther sngon-po)—An important historical book from the 15th century dealing with Tibetan Buddhism and details the spiritual doctrine and lineages of religious teachers in Tibet. This chapter belongs to Book 3 (Early translations of Secret Mantra).

Chapter 1c - The Zur Geneology (xii): Jo bsod of dbus

His great grandfather rta bon dbang brags, who followed both the Doctrine and the Bon, possessed sons, wealth and authority. He was the lord of Upper g. Yu ru, and had eight sons and two daughters, ten in all. The youngest of the eight sons was rta ston jo ‘bum. His son was jo yes. When jo 'bum was young, he heard the bka' gdams pa doctrine of po to ba in the presence of the bla ma mda' byang chub sems dpa' of grum bu Iung of gzad.

Later he stayed in his native district. He possessed numerous attendants and much landed property. He felt sadness towards them, and felt disgust. Taking with him four servants, he proceeded into the presence of gnyos chu bo ri pa, the spiritual son of lha rje glan nya tshal pa, and with his five attendants entered religion.

He heard many doctrines of the "Old" Tantras, and especially became learned in the basic text of the "Great Perfection" (rdzogs chen) together with precepts, according to the method of skor.

Having visited bla ma phag mo gru pa, he heard the complete precepts of the "Path and Fruit" (lam 'bras) doctrine, and those of the Mahāmudrā (phyag rgya chen po). Further, he heard the three sections of the Dohā (do ha skor gsum) according to the system of sgang of the Mahāmudrā from the bla ma 'tshar ston of Upper dbu ru. From zangs pa’i 'gro ras he heard the system of ras chung pa of lo ro. From nang ston mgon po he heard the Vajravidhu (rnam 'joms) and the Vajrakīla (Tantras). From dmar ston ‘jam he heard the Saṃvara,[1] and obtained on 108 occasions the Saṃvara initiation.

Thus, though he had attended on many teachers, he accepted as his mūla ācāryas (rtsa ba'i bla ma) gnyos chu bo ri pa and phag mo gru pa. He, was satisfied with his studies, and settled at chu bo ri, and practiced meditation. Many disciples gathered round him, and he labored extensively for the welfare of others.

He had (two) sons rta ston jo yes and jo bsod of dbus. When jo yes was twelve, and jo bsod seven, their father jo 'bum, aged fifty-one, passed away on the 13th day of the first month (cho 'phrul zla ba) of the Horse year (rta lo), jo bsod visited zhig po, who approved of him and bestowed upon him the complete precepts, and the Tantra of the "Mental" Class (sems phyogs).

Zhig po said to him: "Since you have shown earnestness towards the Doctrine, I shall send you to my Teacher. Go there and study well!” Thus having entrusted him to lha khang pa, the Great, jo bsod made a complete study of the mdo, the Māyā (sgyu 'phrul) and the "Mental" Class (sems phyogs).

At that time he became known as jo bsod of dbus, the spiritual son of zhig po and lha khang pa, and became an excellent scholar. He died at the age of thirty-one.

Footnotes and references:


bde mchog, i.e, the Ś rī-Cakrasaṃvara-tantrarāja, Kg. rgyud, No. 413

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