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Buddhist Yogi: Mahasiddha

Buddhist Yogi: Mahasiddha

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Chapters: Mahasiddha. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 79. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Mahasiddha (Tibetan: ; Wylie: grub thob chen po; or Tibetan: ; Wylie: tul shug; Sanskrit Devanagari: ; IAST: mahsiddha, 'maha' meaning 'great' and 'siddha' meaning 'adept') is a term for someone who embodies and cultivates siddhi of perfection. They are a type of eccentric yogi in both Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Sri Akshunnanath Mahaprabhu(Lord Sri Akshunna) a master of siddha sampradaya says "But actually they were somebody who transcended religious designation of whether vajrayana buddhism or hinduism and transcending all religious notion they were simply called Nath(master).This is also the reason why it is said of siddha needed many years of penance to become mahasiddha and after becoming mahasiddha again needed many years of practice to reach the level of Nath". Anyway Mahasiddhas were tantric practitioners, or 'tantrikas' who had sufficient attainments to act as a guru or tantric master. A Siddha or adept is an individual who, through the practice of sadhana attains the realization of siddhis or psychic and spiritual abilities and powers. Their historical influence throughout the Indic and Himalayan region was vast and they reached mythic proportions which is codified in their songs of realization and hagiographies, or namthar, many of which have been preserved in the Tibetan Buddhist canon. The Mahasiddha are acknowledged as the founders of many Indian and Buddhist traditions and lineages. Robert Thurman, contrasts the Tantric Buddhist communities within which the Mahasidda practiced and taught with the Buddhist universities such as Nalanda which flourished at the same time: The Tantric communities of India in the latter half of the first Common Era millennium (and perhaps even ...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=553904