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EMPRESS XU’S DREAM REVELATION OF A SUTRA BY AVALOKITESVARA AND ADVOCATE OF WOMEN’S EDUCATION. ‘Good Deeds’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 9: part 2)

Today, is a short post about the Empress Xu (徐皇后) (1362 – 1407), consort of the Yongle Emperor, her background and life, and the teaching the 17th Karmapa recently gave about her connection with the 5th Karmapa, Dezhin Shegpa, and an extraordinary dream in which Avalokiteśvara dictated an entire Sutra to her. Empress Wu – Consort of… Continue reading EMPRESS XU’S DREAM REVELATION OF A SUTRA BY AVALOKITESVARA AND ADVOCATE OF WOMEN’S EDUCATION. ‘Good Deeds’ by 17th Karmapa (Day 9: part 2)

OFFICIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL: White jade seal, paintings and precious objects given by Chinese Emperor to the 5th Karmapa, and other Tibetan seals, their language and origin. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 7th Karmapa (Day 9)

In the first half of day nine of the teachings on ‘Good Deeds’ by 8th Karmapa, HH 17th Karmapa gave an account of the birth and early life of the 5th Karmapa, Dezhin Shegpa (1384-1415), and explained, in particular, his connection to the Chinese Ming emperor, Yongle. Today’s post, will focus on the precious objects,… Continue reading OFFICIAL SEAL OF APPROVAL: White jade seal, paintings and precious objects given by Chinese Emperor to the 5th Karmapa, and other Tibetan seals, their language and origin. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 7th Karmapa (Day 9)

Anniversary of Marpa Lotsāwa: Jamgon Kongtrul’s Praise in ‘Marpa’s Guru Yoga’

Fifteen Days of Miracles Today is Chotrul Duchen (Great Day of Miraculous Manifestations), the 15th full moon day of the 1st lunar month. It is celebrated, in particular,  by Tibetan Buddhists as the final day of the fifteen days of miracles, that commence on the 1st day of the new lunar year. These days celebrate… Continue reading Anniversary of Marpa Lotsāwa: Jamgon Kongtrul’s Praise in ‘Marpa’s Guru Yoga’

‘THUNDEROUSLY BLOWING HIS TRUMPET’: Abandoning meaningless distractions and the 8th Karmapa’s one-week visit to Jiang. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 8:Part II)

On the eighth day of the 17th Karmapa’s teaching on the Autobiographical Praises by 8th Karmapa, he continued with detailed explanations of the life of the fourth of 8th Karmapa’s main teachers, Karma Trinlepa (1456-1531).  That part, and Day 7 of the 17th Karmapa’s teachings about the 8th Karmapa’s other two main teachers, Dumo Tashi… Continue reading ‘THUNDEROUSLY BLOWING HIS TRUMPET’: Abandoning meaningless distractions and the 8th Karmapa’s one-week visit to Jiang. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 8:Part II)

EATING ONLY THE ESSENCE: Birthplace of 8th Karmapa and his first gurus, 2nd Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche and 1st Sangye Nyenpa, Siddha from Denma: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 6)

On the sixth day of the ‘Good Deeds’ teachings, HH Gyalwang 17th Karmapa gave detailed teachings on the life of 8th Karmapa with an introduction to two of the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje’s important teachers, the 2nd Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Tashi Namgyal and the 1st Sangye Nyenpa, the siddha from Denma. Up until now, there… Continue reading EATING ONLY THE ESSENCE: Birthplace of 8th Karmapa and his first gurus, 2nd Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche and 1st Sangye Nyenpa, Siddha from Denma: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 6)

NON-SECTARIAN SONG OF FAITH AND DEVOTION: 8th Karmapa’s ‘Song to Lineage Masters, Je Tsongkhapa, Bodong Panchen, Je Ngorchen and Rongton Chenpo’. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5: Part II)

“So if you wish to follow me, Do not make Dharma lineages into ‘mine’ and ‘yours’, Spreading Buddha’s teachings is enough. Having warm affection for one’s ‘own side’ Do not think of flourishing for that one alone. May the mind of non-sectarian bias for all the teachings Be like an unbearable, blazing gust in the… Continue reading NON-SECTARIAN SONG OF FAITH AND DEVOTION: 8th Karmapa’s ‘Song to Lineage Masters, Je Tsongkhapa, Bodong Panchen, Je Ngorchen and Rongton Chenpo’. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5: Part II)

RUSSIAN TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to Padmasambhava’ by 13th Karmapa, Dudul Dorje

For Guru Rinpoche today, the first post is a Russian translation by native Russian speaker, Karma Lungtok Tenzin, of the Supplication to Padmasambhava by 13th Karmapa, Dudul Dorje (translated from the English version here into Russian). Om Swasti! To Dharmakāya, limits of appearances; Sambhogakāya, Avalokiteśvara; Nirmanakāya, Great Padmasambhava, With continual devotion of body, speech and… Continue reading RUSSIAN TRANSLATION: ‘Supplication to Padmasambhava’ by 13th Karmapa, Dudul Dorje

WOLVES IN MONK’S CLOTHING: 8TH KARMAPA’S ACCOUNT OF ABANDONING NEGATIVE FRIENDS AND THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A KARMAPA: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5)

.On the fifth day of the ‘Good Deeds’ teaching, HH 17th Karmapa gave an extensive explanation of the difficulties and challenges faced by Mikyo Dorje and the negative acts of people around him. Comparing it to his own challenges in both Tibet and India, the Karmapa advised us all to understand that even though the… Continue reading WOLVES IN MONK’S CLOTHING: 8TH KARMAPA’S ACCOUNT OF ABANDONING NEGATIVE FRIENDS AND THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A KARMAPA: ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day 5)

SACRED GEOGRAPHY OF KARMA KAGYU: THREE MAIN SEATS, ‘OUTER’ AND ‘INNER’ SITES OF CHAKRASAMVARA AND BIRTH PLACES AND DATES OF THE EIGHT KARMAPAS. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day Four)

Introduction On the fourth day of the 17th Karmapa’s teachings on ‘Good Deeds’ by 8th Karmapa, he first wished the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche a happy Birthday and recited a long-life prayer for him. Later, a new long-life prayer by the 17th Karmapa ,written specifically for this birthday, was published online (which I have translated… Continue reading SACRED GEOGRAPHY OF KARMA KAGYU: THREE MAIN SEATS, ‘OUTER’ AND ‘INNER’ SITES OF CHAKRASAMVARA AND BIRTH PLACES AND DATES OF THE EIGHT KARMAPAS. ‘Good Deeds’ teaching by 17th Karmapa (Day Four)

NEW LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR 12th TAI SITU RINPOCHE’s BIRTHDAY by 17th Karmapa

On the occasion of the 67th birthday of the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche today, during his online teachings, HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, recited the long-life prayers for Tai Situ written by the previous Drupon Dechen Rinpoche (for more info on his life, see here). In addition, the 17th Karmapa composed a new long-life prayer for… Continue reading NEW LONG-LIFE PRAYER FOR 12th TAI SITU RINPOCHE’s BIRTHDAY by 17th Karmapa

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