chapter  16
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Received Teachings of Tibet and Analysis of the Tantric Canon

A thob yig ("manual of what was received") is a work in which the author sets forth the lineages of the various doctrines and practices in which he has become learned or skilled. The East Asiatic Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, possesses a four-volume thob yig by the Dzaya-par:u;lita Blo bzail. l).phrin las, l entitled Zab pa dan rgya che babi dam pabi chos kyi thob yig gsa/ bal;i me ion, "The 'Bright-mirror' thob yig of the profound and far-reaching illustrious Law". This is a well-printed Peking block-print. The same library also has this author's Nag rnams phyogs su bsgrigs pa-his minor essays. The latter were quite popular among the Lamas, especially the essay Ma-r;zibi phan yon sogs ston pabifbyin rlabs myur bjug ces bya, on the celebrated formula Of!l mar;zi padme huf!l, and hence were sometimes separately printed. These are in two volumes in a Peking block-print which has been run off from blocks damaged in part. Both sets were brought to that University by Professor F. D. Lessing. Using the colophon of the thob yig and his autobiography

among the nag phyogs, I have already pointed out that he was born chu pho rta ( 1 642 A.D.) and was 61 years old when the Sixth Dalai Lama was 19 years old (i.e. in A.D. 1 702) and that he may have been the teacher of the Sixth Dalai Lama.2