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The Most Mystical Dalai Lama

May 6, 2013

Book coverThe Fifth Dalai Lama (1617–1682) was perhaps the most mystical of all the Dalai Lamas in that he seemed to spend much of his time in a state of trance. During these trances many gurus of past ages, as well as mandala deities, buddhas, and bodhisattvas, would appear directly to him and give him secret transmissions, initiations, and teachings. As the Thirteenth Dalai Lama says of the Great Fifth later in this chapter, he “was continually absorbed in the wisdom dance that experiences all appearances as pure vision.”

From From the Heart of Chenrezig: The Dalai Lamas on Tantra, page 255.

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