By Alan Young
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At the age of fifteen, I thought, "I should pray to the precious Master [Padmasambhava], the source of blessings. I recited one million Vajra Guru mantras,51 based on the ritual of the lineage ofAwareness-Holders. I dreamed of flying in the sky, seeing the sun and moon, walking uphill, finding jewel-treasures, and so forth. From then on, by the grace of Orgyen Rinpoche, I became filled with intense devotion toward the guru, affection toward my Dharma friends, compas- Early Years sion for sentient beings, and pure perception toward the teachings.
Each of these sons had many male descendants, multiplying the family tree so that eventually there were established three paternal bloodlines called Ngakor, Damtsang, and Gongpa I am from the family branch called Damtsang, descended from Changchup Senge. My ancestor, Changchup Senge, had a son, a grandson, and a great-grandson. In the fourth 15 16 1he Life of Shabkar generation, a handsome boy was born. " As a young boy, while herding cattle at a place known as Gyang Yaktser, he found a large vase filled with gold and other precious things.
The sixth tells how I went to practice at Tsonying Mahadeva, The Heart of the Lake, the renowned sacred place that induces wellbeing and happiness. The seventh tells how I went to practice at Machen Pomra, the mountain of the Lord of the Tenth Bhumi, auspicious and magnificent. The eighth tells how I went to practice at Trakar Drel Dzong, the White Rock Monkey Fortress, the source of all blessings and accomplishments. The ninth tells how, following the death of my mother, I went to the Pure Realm of central Tibet, U and Tsang.
In the Footsteps of Robert Bruce: In Scotland, Northern England and Ireland by Alan Young