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POETRY THE ‘FIRE-SPARK’ OF A BURNING HEART. Tibetan poetry and translation in Tibet and exile, remembering Tibetan poet, Chen Metak and new tribute poem “Stoked with Love”

“Some have arranged two masks,When sporting the black one, they walk in great humilityWhile wearing the white one, they walk dragging their whips behind.” –Excerpt from “Strange World” poem by Chen Metak “An artist, if s/he’s unselfish and passionate, is always a living protest. Just to open his mouth is to protest: against conformism, against… Continue reading POETRY THE ‘FIRE-SPARK’ OF A BURNING HEART. Tibetan poetry and translation in Tibet and exile, remembering Tibetan poet, Chen Metak and new tribute poem “Stoked with Love”

SHARE THE LOVE, MERIT AND JOY WITH A DAKINI DAY VIDEO OFFERING AND COFFEE

“I would hope and expect that if a Dakini were running a translations website, that it would be very playful as well…” –Adele Tomlin (2022) New video on Youtube Channel Today for Dakini Day, I offer a new 5-minute video clip from a recent interview, discussing the challenging and playful nature of a dakini, here: … Continue reading SHARE THE LOVE, MERIT AND JOY WITH A DAKINI DAY VIDEO OFFERING AND COFFEE

DANCE AND DRUMS OF THE DAKINIS: Review of the Lhabab Duchen event at DGL nunnery, a fitting celebration empowering women

“Unless you have enough merit, you’re not going to get any dakinis interested in your case. You must have merit in the beginning to want to practice and to be in a situation where you are practicing. So, they just help the show along. They’re part of your merit that you have dakinis helping.” –Jetsunma… Continue reading DANCE AND DRUMS OF THE DAKINIS: Review of the Lhabab Duchen event at DGL nunnery, a fitting celebration empowering women

BUDDHIST MOTHER’S DAY: RE-TELLING (AND RE-NAMING) ‘LHABAB DUCHEN’: When milk streamed from a mother’s breasts to Buddha’s mouth and Buddha’s great act of repaying mother’s kindness

“From women…buddhas come into this world….” “But when Queen Māyā saw the immense might Of her son, like that of a seer divine, She could not bear the delight it caused her; So she departed to dwell in the divine realms.” —excerpt from Buddhacarita on Queen Māyā’s death “I tell you, monks, there are two… Continue reading BUDDHIST MOTHER’S DAY: RE-TELLING (AND RE-NAMING) ‘LHABAB DUCHEN’: When milk streamed from a mother’s breasts to Buddha’s mouth and Buddha’s great act of repaying mother’s kindness

NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Dakini Translations Founder, Adele Tomlin speaks to Guru Viking founder, Steve James: Youtube Premiere today

“From that moment on, when I went back to London I just decided that this was going to be my life from now on. I was going to return to India, I was going to study Tibetan, and I was going to go and see him teach. So, from that very short moment in time,… Continue reading NEW VIDEO INTERVIEW: Dakini Translations Founder, Adele Tomlin speaks to Guru Viking founder, Steve James: Youtube Premiere today

PRICELESS MAGIC IN THE BONES: DIAMONDS IN THE DIRT TO THE CROWN JEWELS OF INDIA, BUDDHA’S RELICS. Background and review of the Buddha’s relics exhibited in the National Museum, New Delhi

“Mahākāśyapa let out a long sigh, said a few verses, and circumambulated the pyre seven times. After Mahākāśyapa had seen the Buddha’s remains the pyre self-ignited. They had tried to ignite the remains several times but had been unable to do so. Now, the remains naturally ignited themselves.” “This third nirvana is called the “final… Continue reading PRICELESS MAGIC IN THE BONES: DIAMONDS IN THE DIRT TO THE CROWN JEWELS OF INDIA, BUDDHA’S RELICS. Background and review of the Buddha’s relics exhibited in the National Museum, New Delhi

ENTERING THE 16TH KARMAPA’S MANDALA: AS TOLD BY HIS TRANSLATOR, ACHI TSEPEL: The 16th Karmapa’s magnetic qualities, Hugh Richardson’s weeping, meeting foreign leaders, gifts of Bumthang valley land and diplomatic passport by the Bhutanese and severe sickness before Rumtek monastery founding ceremony. (41st Parinirvana Anniversary of 16th Karmapa)

“When I first met him, HH reached out to me when I went to get the blessings, he touched me and when he made eye contact, I felt like I just melted and there was like a very sublime experience of light.  Just something very wonderful where I felt an intense kind of a sense… Continue reading ENTERING THE 16TH KARMAPA’S MANDALA: AS TOLD BY HIS TRANSLATOR, ACHI TSEPEL: The 16th Karmapa’s magnetic qualities, Hugh Richardson’s weeping, meeting foreign leaders, gifts of Bumthang valley land and diplomatic passport by the Bhutanese and severe sickness before Rumtek monastery founding ceremony. (41st Parinirvana Anniversary of 16th Karmapa)

‘LADY HEAR ME TONIGHT’: NIGUMA’S MANTRA AND MEANING WITH MELODY BY 2ND KALU RINPOCHE

On October 23, a couple of weeks after the New Delhi Niguma Yoga event, HE 2nd Kalu Rinpoche gave melodious and moving chanting renditions of the mantras used in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition, the Niguma, Six-Armed Mahākāla and Guru Yoga mantras, during a live public FB teaching, which is still available to watch here .… Continue reading ‘LADY HEAR ME TONIGHT’: NIGUMA’S MANTRA AND MEANING WITH MELODY BY 2ND KALU RINPOCHE

THE SACRED BONE INK OF STAINLESS LIGHT: LONGCHENPA’S COLLECTED WORKS RE-CREATED THROUGH BHUTANESE CALLIGRAPHY: Contents and editions of Longchenpa’s Works, Bhutanese project and new website

“It is said that each word in the text is guarded by the dharma protective deities, Ekajati, Rahul and Damchen Dorji Legpa, and through the protection of their thousand eyes.”  –brochure of Bhutanese Collected Works project “The art of perfect calligraphy is the emanation of the Buddhas, There is no higher art than calligraphy to… Continue reading THE SACRED BONE INK OF STAINLESS LIGHT: LONGCHENPA’S COLLECTED WORKS RE-CREATED THROUGH BHUTANESE CALLIGRAPHY: Contents and editions of Longchenpa’s Works, Bhutanese project and new website

YIG-TSAL, FLOWING LINES OF AMAZING GRACE: POETIC TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF A MASTER TIBETAN CALLIGRAPHER, JAMYANG DORJEE. Review of the master Tibetan calligraphy artist, Jamyang Dorje Chakirar and his exhibition in Bhutan (2022), with a new poem spontaneously created as tribute to his work and effort

“After retirement I engaged into serious Buddhist practices and realized how vast Buddhist philosophy is. I began looking inward within myself, there is a beauty; my story would inspire many retirees. When they (people) retire they feel that they have nothing to do. But now is the time when you can express yourselves.” “Art is… Continue reading YIG-TSAL, FLOWING LINES OF AMAZING GRACE: POETIC TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF A MASTER TIBETAN CALLIGRAPHER, JAMYANG DORJEE. Review of the master Tibetan calligraphy artist, Jamyang Dorje Chakirar and his exhibition in Bhutan (2022), with a new poem spontaneously created as tribute to his work and effort

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