Best known as Machig Labdron’s teacher, the Indian mahasiddha Padampa Sangye carried the lineage of Chöd to Tibet and Buddha’s words to China, thereby creating a legacy that has spread through all sects and schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
Padampa Sangye’s teaching methods were unorthodox and sometimes extreme: this transcendent and irascible teacher encouraged his disciples to disregard social conventions and go beyond cultural conditioning. Inspiring innumerable highly realized disciples, many of whom were women, his teachings can be found in monasteries and retreat hermitages throughout central Asia and continue to be practiced with undiminished enthusiasm.
Lion of Siddhas presents two extraordinary texts: a biography of Padampa Sangye and a rare collection of his verbal and nonberbal teachings, called Mahamudra in Symbols, recorded by his chief Tibetan disciple almost a thousand years ago. Both are previously untranslated.