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ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga’ text download and requirements to practice

Yesterday, I posted the first translation of a Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga text by the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje. However, due to some technical issues, an earlier version of the text was uploaded. For those who have already downloaded the prior version please upload the correct version here. There have also been a few queries… Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT: ‘Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga’ text download and requirements to practice

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga’ by 15th Karmapa

“You are a fully qualified dakini and the mother who gives life to all triumphant buddhas. Yours is the great force of all buddhas, as the motherly loving protector of all beings of the six realms. My own qualities as Lotus-Born don’t come from me— they come from you.” —Praise of Guru Rinpoche to Yeshe… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Yeshe Tshogyel Guru Yoga’ by 15th Karmapa

NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Actually Realising’ White Tārā Daily Practice by 13th Karmapa

Today for Tārā day, I offer the first translation and publication of a very concise White Tārā  daily practice composed by the 13th Karmapa, Dudul Dorje (dDud-‘dul rDo-rje, 1733-1797). The text (compiled in English, Tibetan and phonetics) can be downloaded freely here . Although the 13th Karmapa was not as prolific in terms of his… Continue reading NEW TRANSLATION: ‘Actually Realising’ White Tārā Daily Practice by 13th Karmapa

4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

Today is the paranirvana of Omniscient (Kun mkhyen) Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen (dol po pa shes rab rgyal mtshan) (1292–1361) one of the most extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist masters, and key advocates and founders of the Empty-of-Other (gzhan stong) philosophy school and a highly realized practitioner of tantra, in particular Kālacakra. He is one of the main… Continue reading 4th Shamarpa, Yangchenpa Monastery and his ‘Praises to Dolpopa’

The Chinese and the Karmapas: Historical survey from the 2nd to 19th Karmapas

 “Marvellous indeed is the play which comes to its end before a large audience. The duty of a monk is to go wherever a peaceful place is to be found and to help spread the doctrines through compassion to all beings.”  –4th Karmapa, Rolpe Dorje to Chinese Emperor and Ministers Tibet has always had a… Continue reading The Chinese and the Karmapas: Historical survey from the 2nd to 19th Karmapas

The power of a woman’s devotion: Utpalavarṇā, the first to greet Buddha’s Descent from the Heavens (Lhabab Duchen)

“With chariot and horses, four I came, Made visible by supranormal power, And worshipped, wonder working, at his feet, The wondrous Buddha, Sovereign of the World.” -Utpalavarṇā , the first person to greet the Buddha on his Descent from the Heavens Today is known as Descent from the Divine Realm (Lha-Bab Duchen) and is celebrated… Continue reading The power of a woman’s devotion: Utpalavarṇā, the first to greet Buddha’s Descent from the Heavens (Lhabab Duchen)

‘Embodiment of all the Buddhas’: Twenty-three short Karmapa Guru Yoga texts by the 15th Karmapa

For today’s full ‘blue moon’, it is a pleasure to offer the first translation of Embodiment of all the Buddhas Guru Yoga[i] by the 15th Karmapa, Khakyab Dorje, (mkha’ khyab rdo rje, 1871/2-1921/2).  This Guru Yoga is in a Collection of Works by the Garland of Karmapas[ii], published in Lhasa, Tibet in 2013, which contains… Continue reading ‘Embodiment of all the Buddhas’: Twenty-three short Karmapa Guru Yoga texts by the 15th Karmapa

‘Scholars’ Banquet’ and the ‘Hero’ (Pawo) lineage

Yesterday, I was delighted to watch a documentary film, The Lion Begins to Roar, about the 17th Karmapa’s early life in Tsurphu Monastery, Tibet. In the film, there is a wonderful section on the recognition and life of a young tulku, 11th Pawo Rinpoche born 1993 (gtsug lag bstan ‘dzin kun bzang chos kyi nyi… Continue reading ‘Scholars’ Banquet’ and the ‘Hero’ (Pawo) lineage

The male-female tantric union: Homophobic heteronormativity or biological inner essences?

There is much misunderstanding about tantric sexual union practice in Vajrayana, as practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. This is one of the main reasons it is kept ‘secret’ and only for the initiated. For many, including some well-known Tibetan Buddhist male teachers, it is seen, and used, as another outlet for hedonistic lust, predatory… Continue reading The male-female tantric union: Homophobic heteronormativity or biological inner essences?

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