Reincarnation and Personal Identity in the Lives of Tibetan Masters: Linking the Revelation Cycles of Three Lamas of the Dudjom Tradition
Dudjom Rinpoche's Vajrakīlaya Works - A Study in Authoring, Compiling, and Editing Texts in the Tibetan Revelatory Tradition - Cathy Cantwell
Cathy Cantwell [+]
University of Oxford
Cathy received Buddhist teachings from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche during his visit to London in 1979, having earlier had her first introduction to the tantric deity, Vajrakīlaya, from the Sakya Gongma Ngawang Kunga, in London 1978. Beginning academic Tibetan Studies in 1979, she did her Ph.D fieldwork at a Dudjom tradition monastery in Himachal Pradesh, India, 1981-83, and has maintained a life-long interest in this religious tradition.
This chapter explores Tibetan understandings of character, personal identity, and questions of authorship, when the life story and spiritual writings in fact involve more than one person linked by a line of incarnation. The focus is the case study of Dudjom Rinpoche himself, his immediate predecessor, Dudjom Lingpa (bdud 'joms gling pa, 1835-1904), along with their seventeenth century former incarnation, Dudul Dorje (bdud 'dul rdo rje, 1615-1672).