Legend of the Great Stupa is a translation of two texts
related by the Great Guru. The first text is a deeply symbolic allegory
of the power of devotion that enabled an impoverished poultry woman to
build a great stupa to the previous Buddha, Kasyapa. Although
constructed in Nepal, this Stupa is closely linked to Tibet, for the
sons of the poultry woman took vows to establish the Dharma in the Land
of Snow. In lives to come, they would be reborn as the great Guru
Padmasambhava, King Trisong Detsen, and Abbot Shantirakshita, who worked
together to found Samye, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
"life story" that follows relates the principal events in the life of
Padmasambhava, describing the founding of Samye, the teachings given to
the twenty-five disciples, the concealment of the treasure texts, and
the predictions for their later recovery. It was published to generate
faith in the power of devotion and awaken appreciation for the blessings
of the Great Guru, the "Second Buddha" who dispels negativity and
upholds the Dharma even in the darkest times of the kaliyuga.
190 pages. Paperback.