Biographies of the First Karma-pa Dus-gsum-mkhyen-pa, Critical Text Edition and Translation of two biographical works; and an Overview of the Dus-gsum-mkhyen-pa Collection

Abstract : The dissertation contributes to an area of knowledge that to date has received limited attention, namely the Karma Bka’-brgyud tradition of Buddhism. Specifically, it adds new insights into the life and work of one of his founding fathers rge renowned 12th century Buddhist master Dus-gsum-mkhyen-pa (Düsum Khyenpa). The research suggest that his main goal was to embody the bodhisattva ideal in Buddhism, i.e. making progress in capabilities in order to guide sentient beings in general and one’s students in particular. His main biography, the Gser gling – “A Golden World” –, offers a record of his own journey on the bodhisattva path. The biography dates from the early thirteenth century. The Gser gling itself is a unique record of how Düsum Khyenpa manifests the bodhisattva ideal, through ten past lifetimes, his 12th century life, and three future lifetimes. The Gser gling combines bodhisattva path and biography in an unprecedented way, and is based in large on words of the master himself. The dissertation also presents his “autobiographical notes”, Zhus lan 2, “An Exchange between Sgam-po-pa and Düsum Khyenpa”. This Zhus lan 2 describes Düsum Khyenpa’s “Awakening”, which itself is the main goal on the Buddhist path. Furthermore, the dissertation adds knowledge to a specific 15th century untitled group of works, which I call the “Düsum Khyenpa Collection”. The dissertation explores this collection of very diverse scriptures that all, in one way or another, are related to Düsum Khyenpa.
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Peter Kersten. Biographies of the First Karma-pa Dus-gsum-mkhyen-pa, Critical Text Edition and Translation of two biographical works; and an Overview of the Dus-gsum-mkhyen-pa Collection. Religions. PSL Research University, 2018. English. ⟨NNT : 2018PSLEP055⟩. ⟨tel-02176973⟩

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