Monastic Buddhism in the Medieval Period - Footnotes

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(1) The Acta Thomae, or apocryphal Acts of Thomas, records Thomas, the brother of Jesus, in attendance to the Buddhist court of Gondophores, but the text can hardly be taken as authority without further evidence. It does appear, however, that it was during Gondophore's reign that Apollonius of Tyana came to Takshasila and was converted to Buddhism by masters of one of the Himalayan schools.

(2) A.A. Mac Donell, India’s Past, Oxford, 1927.

(3) Ronald M. Davidson, Indian Esoteric Buddhism, Columbia University Press, New York, 2002.

(4) Conze, Buddhism, Its Essence and Development, Oxford, 1960.

(5) A Sanskrit Biography of Advayavajra exists in the Kaiser Library, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Another Sanskrit biography as evidently been published by the Rastrabhasa Parished vihara, Patna, Nepal, 1957.

(6)  Padma dKar-po, Brug-pa’i Chos-byung, publicado por Lokesh Chandra, New Delhi, Internacional Academy of Indian Culture, 1968.

(7) The same occurred in the life of the modern spiritual master Namgyal Rinpoche. It was just when Rinpoche had reached rock bottom in his search for meaning in life, and was about to commit suicide, that he met his Guru U Tilla Wunta.

(8) Myanmar Digest, The Shwedagon Pagoda.

(9) For a more complete outline of Gampopa's life, see Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen's translation of The Jewel Ornament of Liberation by Gampopa, Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, New York 1998.

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