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Brilliant Light Goddess: Karmapa ‘s Tibetan Translation of the Dhāraṇī of Mārīcī (Ozer Chenma): Prayers to End Adversity (Part I)

“There is a goddess named Mārīcī who goes ahead of the sun. Because she has the means of mastery over miracles, she always goes ahead of the sun. The sun cannot see her, but she can see the sun. No one can see her. No one can know her.  No one can catch her. No one… Continue reading Brilliant Light Goddess: Karmapa ‘s Tibetan Translation of the Dhāraṇī of Mārīcī (Ozer Chenma): Prayers to End Adversity (Part I)

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to Dagpo Kagyu’ by 15th Karmapa and new website section on Gampopa

Introduction Recently, HH 17th Karmapa gave an eight day teaching on the Four Dharmas of Gampopa. Edited transcripts of the complete teachings are now available on this website (based on the original Tibetan and English translation). See links here: ‘Confusion dawning as primordial awareness’: the fourth Dharma, Chinese Zen and the debate on gradual vs… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to Dagpo Kagyu’ by 15th Karmapa and new website section on Gampopa

‘Confusion dawning as primordial awareness’: the fourth Dharma, Chinese Zen and the debate on gradual vs instant awakening. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8: Part II)

‘Next, is ‘confusion dawning as primordial awareness’, ultimately, when through the power of meditating on all phenomena as free from arising and ceasing, and whatever appears, or is thought, is severed into the essence, that is confusion dawning as primordial awareness’. – Je Gampopa in ‘Four Dharmas: An Excellent Summary‘ For Dakini day today, am… Continue reading ‘Confusion dawning as primordial awareness’: the fourth Dharma, Chinese Zen and the debate on gradual vs instant awakening. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8: Part II)

‘Dismantling Artificial Boundaries’: Concepts of nations, ‘self’ and ‘other’; developing great love and compassion and ‘without borders’ ultimate nature. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8)

“Then the ‘path clarifies confusion’. First, meditating on impermanence, clarifies the confusion of fixating on this life. Meditating on karmic cause and effect, clarifies the confusion of wrong views. Meditating on the defects of samsara, clarifies the confusion of attachment to samsara. Meditating on loving-kindness and compassion, clarifies the confusion of the Hinayana vehicles. Meditating… Continue reading ‘Dismantling Artificial Boundaries’: Concepts of nations, ‘self’ and ‘other’; developing great love and compassion and ‘without borders’ ultimate nature. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 8)

Suffering is ‘ready and waiting to happen’: The three types of suffering, being a Dharma practitioner and ‘Dharma going on the Path’. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day VII)

 “For the ‘Dharma to go along with Dharma’, month by month, and year by year, as you practice, your mental continuum will become softer and softer, your afflictions will get smaller and smaller. Not just from your thinking, but from your very depths, you will be able to accept defeat again and again. Your character… Continue reading Suffering is ‘ready and waiting to happen’: The three types of suffering, being a Dharma practitioner and ‘Dharma going on the Path’. ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Day VII)

‘Dharma is not ‘one size fits all’: The importance of individual levels, the infallibility of karma and seeing others’ good qualities: ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Part VI)

“When you die, your self-aware, primordial awareness will only be accompanied by your virtuous and negative karma. It is not possible to encounter karma you have not done. It is not possible for even the slightest karma you have done not to be experienced. If one is born in the three lower realms due to… Continue reading ‘Dharma is not ‘one size fits all’: The importance of individual levels, the infallibility of karma and seeing others’ good qualities: ‘Four Dharmas of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Part VI)

‘May Dharma go along with Dharma’: The difference between ‘real Dharma’ and ‘pretend Dharma’: ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part V)

Meditate extensively on internal and external interdependence, leave all things, possessions, relatives and busyness behind. Go to an isolated place. At that time, unless you think that nothing but Dharma will help and develop the attitude that nothing else is worth doing, the Dharma will never go along with Dharma. One does not know when… Continue reading ‘May Dharma go along with Dharma’: The difference between ‘real Dharma’ and ‘pretend Dharma’: ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part V)

‘The Crown Jewel of Kagyu’: Gampopa’s Collected Works, Last Testament and Textual Sources : ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part IV)

“Read well the two-volume ‘Collected Works of Gampopa‘, the crown jewel of all the Kagyu. These teachings on the union of Kadampa and Mahamudra are more wondrous and greater in blessings than other works and termas. The Kagyu masters of the past all received siddhi through these profound teachings.  Meeting the Buddha’s teachings through the… Continue reading ‘The Crown Jewel of Kagyu’: Gampopa’s Collected Works, Last Testament and Textual Sources : ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part IV)

When Gampopa met Milarepa: A tale of beggars, buttocks and bliss. ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part III)

Yesterday, on the third day of the teachings on the ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa, the 17th Karmapa explained the importance of how Gampopa came to meet Milarepa via three beggars, what happened when he met Milarepa, what practices and teachings he was given by Milarepa and his most direct, pith instructions, which involved Milarepa baring… Continue reading When Gampopa met Milarepa: A tale of beggars, buttocks and bliss. ‘Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa by 17th Karmapa (Part III)

The Doctor of Dagpo (Dagpo Lhaje) whose family tragedy led to monkhood: ”Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Part II)

On the second day of the 17th Karmapa’s teaching on the four Dharmas of Gampopa, he taught the first part of the life-story of Gampopa (Dagpo Lhaje). Covering topics such as how he was a renowned doctor whose loss of wife and children due to a smallpox epidemic, led to him becoming a monk. Also,… Continue reading The Doctor of Dagpo (Dagpo Lhaje) whose family tragedy led to monkhood: ”Four Dharmas’ of Gampopa’ by 17th Karmapa (Part II)

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